Once upon a time, not too far in the future, one happy family lived in a beautiful city somewhere in Canada. Everything went well for this family. The fathers was a still young and intelligent computer specialist and the mother was a brave nurse in a big hospital. Their son, Jan, was a very hard working student, very eager to learn as much as possible.
But one day, all their hopes and dreams crushed all of a sudden. Jan was found with a very serious illness. There was hope, but the cure was very expensive. The family was not rich and sadly, the insurance did not cover this specific cure. So the father, with his computer skills, decided to obtain the cure by using the model of Robin Hood when taking from the riches and giving to the poor. He put his mind to modifying the information of the insurance companies to include the expensive cure to be covered. He tried so hard without any success, and he was desperate and ready to do anything to save Jan.
When he almost gave up his hopes, he met at his office a new company collaborator, Janet. They become friends and Janet, who has many skills and no friends at all, decides to help Jan’s father. Jan dad found out that Janet was the inventor of the cure his son needed, as she used to work for a big pharma company.
Although Janet had no friends and she was often mocked for being a nerd, she was a honey heart and wishfully to help any people. Long time ago, she realized that she can transform what seems to be a defect into a major strength, like Rapunzel in her legend, Janet used her strength to help Jan father, a Robin Hood of modern days, come to the rescue of the week.
When I was 5 or 6 years old I invented the country which I named: Negrochia. It was my dream country, and every time I played, everything was happening there, in Negrochia.
Negrochia is not a big country, but it has high mountains, rich forests and a large and deep river, called Rochia river. Its waters are clear and home to so many kinds of fish. Some are big, some small, some red, some yellow or blue. There are so many birds in the sky and in the forest, some of them singing beautifully and some of them impressed by their unique looks.
The cities of Negrochia are clean and modern, with beautiful houses, colorful gardens and large streets. The cities also have many schools, where children go everyday smiling and determined to learn. Everything works here with electricity.
Negrochia is a very well organized country. Here, each inhabitant is well represented by one of his own, so that not only people are representatives but also from the animal kingdom. In Negrochia, people and animals can talk to each other. People and animals live in harmony, study and work together. One of the most important laws is about the right to be happy. If for some reasons you feel sad one day, the others will do their best to comfort you and make you smile and laugh. The second law is about education. All children in the country go to school and discover their talents. The third law is about friendship. Everyone respects and protects each other. In this society, there is no place for envy or anger.
If you wish to become a Negrochian citizen you must prove that you are a funny and happy person.
So far, we have read Chapter 1-4 in Tales of a fourth grade nothing. In the beginning, Chapter 1 starts with 4th grader Peter Warren Hatcher attending JimmyFargo, one of his classmates birthday parties. Peter will be the “big winner” at the party, his prix being a turtle who will name it Dribble. Peter’s mom was not that happy about it.
Then in Chapter 2…..
All the family was getting ready for receiving guests: Mrs.and Mr. Juicy O and Peter were complaining about sleeping with Fudge.Fudge was playing with his father’s socks and Fudge ate 2 flowers,determining Peter to do the same. The visit of Mrs.and Mr. Yarby a.k.a Mrs. and Mr. Juicy O ends up not so well, both of them being very snobbish and not so amused regarding Fudge child silliness or impressed by Peter sincerity, calling them both not well educated and missing “old-fashioned manners”.
And in Chapter 3…
Family was hit by losing the contract with Juicy-O but the father took out the guild from there shoulders by saying he “glad to be rid of Mr.Yarby”.Fudge was experimenting involving his family’s patience by refusing to eat for no reason. Problem was solved by the father, using the motto:”Eat it or wear it!”.
Finally in Chapter 4…
We are introduced to another character, a girl from Peter and Jimmy’s class, called Sheila. Peter finds her very annoying and he never loses the chance to contradict her. Sheila either! A bad accident happened in the park to Fudge under Peter, Sheila and Jimmy poor surveillance. Even though it was an unfortunate accident, all three of them felt kind of guilty, but not enough not to put the blame one to each other. After a total loss of two front teeths, Peter and his mom are pretty sure that Fudge will never try to be a flying bird again.
Peter Warren Hatcher-is a 4th Grade student, the main character
Fudge- the two and half year old brother, curios and funny toddler, he always exploring something new
Mrs.and Mr. Hatchet- the loving parents of Peter and Fudge, they are caring and dedicated parents. Mrs Hatchet is overreacting, sometimes being too worried for her youngest son.
Jimmy Fargo- a classmate and neighbour of Peter, he is a good playing partner to Peter.Also,he is very good at imitating languages, a great skill when it’s come to play spies games.
Sheila- another classmate and building neighbour of Peter. She is a smart girl, probably looking to be friends with Peter, but doing it all wrong when she annoys Peter calling after him “you have cooties…”.
Dribble-a turtle who loves his terrarium rock. Peter is very fond about his first pet, won it at Jimmy Fargo birthday party.
Mrs.and Mr.Yarby- a very selfish and snobbish couple, who did not have kids, but they did not request advice on how to educate kids.
Harry- the elevator man, friendly and a good person.
My opinion of the book so far is that it is very detailed because it describes very vividly the experiences of Peter in contact with adults and children and made me feel as if I was there. I believe that the story will continue until Peter reaches 5th grade. I would give it 5 stars because it is very interesting to learn about different characters. I would recommend it because I enjoy it a lot. I think the book is best suited to the 9 to 10 age group because the main character is a 4th grader. (think about the words used and types of characters.)
Détails physiques: Elle est 1m63, elle est flexible et musclée, elle a des cheveux longs.
Autres détails: Elle a toujours un sourire sur les lèvres.
Elle a gagné beaucoup de médailles: 5 médailles d’or, 3 médailles d’argent, 1 médaille de bronze aux Jeux Olympiques un en 1976, à Montréal, et en 1980, à Moscou.
Faits sur Nadia Comaneci
En 1976 aux Jeux Olympique à Montréal, elle gagne trois médailles d’or. Elle a seulement 14 ans et son résultat est parfait.
Elle gagne plus de 25 médailles d’or dans les compétitions de gymnastique.
En 2000 elle est nommée une des meilleures athlètes du siècle.
Nadia Comaneci est la seule athlète au monde à avoir reçu deux fois L’Ordre Olympique, la plus prestigieuse distinction du Mouvement Olympique en 1984 et 2004, accordée par Le Comité Olympique International.
For those who don’t know, I am born in a small country called Romania situated in East Europe.
Despite the fact that Romania is 42 times smaller than Canada :)!!!!!, there are astonishing places in my country that may take your breath away.
I will try now to do a virtual travel with you through the tenth best places in Romania:
Sighisoara, Mures County
It is a very old (Middle Ages) city, a medieval fortress very well conserved, full of towers and is also called “pearl of Transylvania”.
You must visit the Clock Tower, the Hall of Arms and Torture Chamber.
Sighisoara Medieval City
It’s called in german Hermannstadt -The Heart City because it is situated in the center of Romania…like a heart in my country’s chest. In Sibiu you must visit the Bridge of Lies which is known to be one of the oldest iron bridges ever built in Romania, and the second ever built in Europe.
Sibiu -Bridge of Lies
Since you are in the area, you must not miss a visit to Mud Castle of Fairy Valley near Sibiu. You will feel like in a fairy tale, trust me!
Brasov is a very well known city for tourism – many people visit it throughout the year. It is located in the Carpathian mountains and is known for its churches, the town square, and its medieval natured walls. For example, when you go to Brasov, you would go with the gondola (which I have done many times before) and visit the great cafes in the well known Council Square (Piata Sfatului). Did you know that Brasov is also the home of the famous Bran Castle?? (you may also know it as Dracula’s Castle!!).
Dracula’s Castel -Bran
Deva, is another city located in the Transylvania region, much like Brasov is. Deva is well known for its great castles and for being on the Mures River. An interesting fact is that Deva had Jewish occupancy in the 1830s. When Romania entered WWII, Deva was a safe place for Jewish refugees to stay. Way to go, Deva!! The best place to visit is the Great Fortress of Deva which is located on top of a volcanic hill.
Deva City view
Cluj is the 4th most popular city in Romania and is known for the “creepy” Hoia Forest (which has been said to be haunted), the great ethnographic museums that help you learn about the history of Romanians, and all the churches that have been built during various dynasties, such as the Hungarian one.
It is currently dedicated to the memory of those deported who were victims of The Holocaust.
Neolog Synagogue in Cluj-Napoca
Bucharest is the Capital City of Romania and is my place of birth! Other than Bucharest being my favorite city, it has some great architectural structures that are well known in Europe. Like you may know from Paris, we also have the Arc of Triumph in the heart of the city. Bucharest is also the home of one of the largest buildings in the world, which was built during the unfortunate communist period – the Palace of the Parliament. When visiting Bucharest, you should go to see the National Village Museum, the Palace of the Parliament, and the many parks located throughout the city.
Transalpina is the highest road in Romania. It’s one of the famous Romanian high altitude roads. With a length of 146 km, it goes through the Carpathian Mountains, topping out at 2.145m (7,037ft) above sea level in Pasul Urdele. Its name comes from Latin which means “The country beyond the mountains”.It crosses over 6 mountains all part of the big Carpathian mountains chain.
It’s quite famous and it attracts an impressive number of tourists due to the experience it provides: driving through a mountainous region and being surrounded by nature on all sides. You can only imagine the landscapes you are bound to admire on your trip. But what you might not know is that Transalpina also offers a beautiful natural setting. In fact, if you take this path instead of the one leading to Transfagarasan, you will be taken aback by what nature has to offer you. Transalpina, known as “The Devil’s Path”, is Romania’s newest attraction twisting and turning from North to South across the Parang mountains. Transalpina road was opened in 1938, built under King Carol II *At that time Romania was a Monarchy.
Transalpina Road and Heights
Mud Volcanoes (Vulcanii Noroiosi)
Mud volcanoes are an amazing place you can ever imagine! But first…you have to bring a friend with you in case you fall into the mud! And don’t forget to bring water and a bag of chips or something else. The mud in the mini volcanoes look like jacuzzies or hot tubs with mud instead of water. Mud volcano or Mud dome is a landform created by the eruption of mud or slurries, water and gases.My grandpa lives here, in the village of mud volcanoes, so let me know when you plan a trip there to be your personal guide :).
Mud Volcanoes at sunset
Danube Delta (Delta Dunarii)
The Danube Delta is a unique ecosystem, the best preserved in Europe, a World Heritage Site. The Danube Delta consists of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. This area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a fascinating mix of cultures and people as well as a vast array of wildlife. Located at the tip of the three channels, Tulcea makes a great starting point for exploring the Danube Delta.
Did you know that The Danube River is the most international river on the planet – its course runs across — or forms a part of the borders of several countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and four capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade?!
The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve has the third largest biodiversity in the world (over 5,500 flora and fauna species), exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.
The Danube Delta is home to over 60% of the world’s population of pygmy cormorants (phalacrocorax pygmeus), 50% of red-breasted geese (branta ruficollis) and the largest number of white pelicans (pelecanus onocrotalus) and Dalmatian pelicans (pelecanus crispus) in Europe.
It also is home to the world’s largest reed bees expanse – 625, 000 acres / 240,000 ha.
Danube Delta -white pelicans
It is hard to choose what place should be the first to visit because it’s my country and I love each millimeter of it. I’ll give you a last shoot of why you must see it with your own eyes.
Fun facts about Romania:
Romanians speak Romanian- the only Latin based language in the South Est European region;
Romania holds the Guinness World Record for the largest flag: 349×227 meters (1145X 745 ft.);
The House of Parliament-in Bucharest is the largest building in Europe, and the second largest after Pentagon-USA. It is also the heaviest building in the world;
Romania is almost equally divided between planes, hills and mountains. The highest peak stands at 2544 meters above sea level. It is crossed by many rivers, and almost all of them end on the Danube River, the southern natural state border of Romania.
Timisoara City was the first European City with electric street lights, while Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit with electricity.
The Movile Cave in Dobrogea is a unique ecosystem (low on oxygen), separated from the outside for 5.5million years, which is completely based on chemosynthesis (not photosynthesis).
Transparent, Translucent, and Opaque properties of materials
When we think about light we first think to categorized it into: natural light or artificial light. Then we think how using the light improves our everyday life.
Since the discovery of fire, humans have tried to find ways to use the light through different methods and materials to “catch” the light, to close it or use it as they need.
One of our lesson of Science was about understanding how different types of substance and materials act in the presence of natural or artificial light. In everyday life, we are faced with a multitude of materials. Some of them are natural, while others are man-made. All these materials react differently to light and all of them are studied or used differently based on their properties to improve or sustain life.
With my mom’s help I made a practical application to see myself how different materials and substances “behave” in light presence. We use a lantern and many materials (black paper, whiter paper, plastic “encolour” protection foil, colored foil, aluminum foil, mirror, etc.). We also use natural “materials” as water, my hand, leaves, etc.)
We find out that “transparent and/or in color” materials make light shine through them. For example: the window glass, the white paper, the water, the plastic in color foil.
We observe that through light (bright) colored materials, the light passes through and even we can see through them. The examples are: painted glass or foil, tea, colored plastic foil, clouds. Through all translucent materials, the light is refracted.
When we tried to use: dark colored paper, waxed paper, mirror, aluminum foil, my hand or leaves I observed that the light is blocked or /and reflected and also the cast shadows. All these materials are opaque, meaning they absorb or reflect the light.
I like our science classes because since we started I learned why different things I notice everyday happened and I become eager to do experiences myself. I secretly wish to have my own experiment laboratory on the last floor of our residence.
For this Science experiment Kazoo Tune I used: toilet paper roll, tissue paper, pencil and an elastic. To use all of those materials I had to be very attentive on the boo so I understand well the experiment. I grabbed the toilet paper roll and punch a hole in it, I took the tissue paper and covered the hole and put the elastic over the tissue paper.
The Science experiment was fun and cool the sound was not that quite kazoo-ish but it was still fun to do.