Saturday, January 18, 2014

Terrapene Ornata, Part 1

Click here to listen to: Terrapene Ornata, Part 1 (19:30)

Haver Hawkings loves geography and maps, but hates getting dirty. When his teacher introduces him to a global hobby called Geocaching, Haver learns there's a world of hidden objects for him to discover.

Note: This story is the next part in the series started in Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1 and Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2. Although this story stands alone, some listeners might enjoy contemplating how the two stories might connect. 

Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1 (16:00)
Strange images seemingly appear out of nowhere when Vivien 
spends time with a special animal. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1

Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2 (23:45)
Admist tradgedy, Vivien learns the secret behind her visions 
and discovers she has a difficult decision to make. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2

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What did you say? A word of the day! 
In our story there are many juicy words 
that are fun to use and say.

amateura person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity.  
cache: a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for treasures. 
geocaching: the outdoor game or sport of searching for hidden objects by using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates posted on the Internet.
gossamer: a fine, filmy cobweb.

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. Haver finds different geocaching names such as, HideyBone, Looking4TubsInAllTheWrongPlaces, SeekNFind79, and GeoGeorge. What would your Geocaching name be? Share with us in the comments.

2. Interested in Geocaching? This article, called "Geocaching with Kids" is a great place to start to learn the basics of the hunt. 

3. Find out if there are Geocaches near your neck of the woods at the Official Geocaching website.

4. Summarize one of the scenes in the story by creating a comic strip at Bitstrips. Send us your finished product to   

After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who was running the Geocaching activity at school?
2. What does Haver do when he finds the first cache at school?
3. Where was the second cache at school hidden? 
4. Why did Haver decide to take pictures of the caches as documentation?
5. How did Haver manage to lose even though he was the first one to finish finding all of the caches?

Robert of Virginia
Lily of West Virginia
Taylor the Teenager of Georgia
Reagan of Kentucky
Heidi of South Dakota
Anna of Pennsylvania
Camden of Maryland
Papa of Massachusetts
Uncle Mark of Massachusetts
Maggie of the Night Light Stories Household
Mr. Chris of the Night Light Stories Household

Did you know...our fully illustrated version of Dragonfly, Dragonfly
Show Us The Way is now available in English and Spanish as an in-app purchase from the Flying Books appIt is available for download 
on your iPhone or iPad. 

Illustration by Reg Silva