135 Whisperpedia: Dwarfs – Mythology and Culture

A Whisperpedia reading about  fictional Dwarfs based on mythology.  Includes their origins in Norse and German literature and their modern representation which was mostly shaped by JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings book and his other books.


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129 Whisperpedia: Drums – History & The One-Armed Drummer

A Whisperpedia reading about the types of drums, history of drums, uses of drums, and Rick Allen, the one-armed drummer of Def Leppard.  


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124 Whisperpedia: Practices of Buddhism – Noble Eightfold Path

A Whisperpedia reading about the Noble Eightfold Path, eight practices of Buddhism which include: right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.


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119 Whisperpedia: Komodo Dragon – Discovery & Biology

A Whisperpedia reading about  Komodo Dragons.  Learn about their discovery, diet, behaviors, size, biology, and ecology.


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114 Whisperpedia: Marco Polo – Travels & Controversies

A Whisperpedia reading about Marco Polo, with a special focus on the veracity of the accounts of his travels. 


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109 Whisperpedia: Dodo bird – Biology & History

A Whisperpedia reading about the dodo, an extinct bird from the island of Mauritius. 

Here are some questions that will be addressed as I read to you about the dodo :

  • What bird is the closest living relative to the dodo?
  • How tall was the dodo?
  • Was it really unable to fly?
  • Was it really a fat and clumsy bird?
  • What is the origin of the word “dodo”
  • Why did humans hunt the dodo?
  • When did the dodo become extinct?
  • What factors contributed to their extinction?
  • What famous children’s book features a dodo bird?
  • Why are there some genes named after the dodo?
  • And I will finish by reading a short poem about the dodo.


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104 Whisperpedia: Gene Simmons: Kiss Band & Curious Life

A Whisperpedia reading about  Gene Simmons, lead member of the band, Kiss.

Questions that will be addressed as I read to you about Gene Simmons:
• Birth name? Real name?
• Character name in the band kiss?
• What famous fashion magazine did he work for?
• His Kiss makeup was based on what comic book character?
• What was the source and significance of Kiss’ stage makeup and personas?
• When the popularity of Kiss was decreasing, what did the band do that resulted in a resurgence?
• What other famous singers has he had live-in relationships with?
• What five languages can he speak?
• How did he get banned for life from Fox News?
• What did he say to offend Terry Gross during an NPR interview?
• Why did angry hackers shut down his website, twice?

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099 Whisperpedia: Domestic Turkeys – History & Behaviors

A Whisperpedia reading about domestic turkeys.  Includes their history, behaviors, commercial raising, welfare concerns, and products.

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096 Whisperpedia: Hypnos, God of Sleep – Mythology & Greek Literature

A Whisperpedia reading about  Hypnos, the God of Sleep.  You will learn about several other Gods and Goddesses including Nyx, Erebus, Zeus, Hera, Morpheus, and more.

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095 Whisperpedia: Table Etiquette – Manners & Culture

A Whisperpedia reading about  table etiquette; including table manners, table settings, and proper placement and use of eating utensils.

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