Wearing real animal fur is definitely a controversial topic. Personally, as someone who lives in an area with cold winters, I have never felt the need to wear fur. There are plenty of other warm fabrics that can be worn instead. But there is one group of people who historically have not shied away from wearing fur, and one type of fur in particular The Fun Fact that we explore for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 9 is…ERMINE
Have you ever had a dream that appeared to tell the future? How about one that foreshadowed someone’s death? In Chapter 8, Henry VIII has a “troublous dream” that he interprets as on omen for his own passing. So is that possible? Do our dreams possess the capability to anticipate future events? The Fun Fact that we explore for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 8 is…
Can dreams predict death?
What a powerful and terrifying idea! Keep reading or watch the video below for more information.
Chapter 7 contains one of my favorite scenes in The Prince and the Pauper. Mark Twain exaggerates Tom’s first experience with his many royal servants for a comedic effect. It all culminates in a moment where Tom begins to twitch and his eyes begin to water. He finally reveals that his nose itches, and he is unsure if there is a servant to perform that task for him. So naturally that led me to wonder…
Why does our nose itch?
Poor Tom sat their miserably before finally scratching his itch. So what caused it? Watch the video for more information.
How many languages do you speak? Are you at least bilingual like over half of the world’s population? Or are you like the rest of us still working on mastering our first and only language? Today we focus on the wonders that are…
It’s always been a goal of mine to master at least one other language. I always envy those that can easily flip back and forth between multiple languages, especially children. So I chose this as our topic to explore for Chapter 6! Read or watch the video to explore what I found.
Have you ever had an encounter with someone and they were so unbelievably rude to you that after you walked away from the interaction you couldn’t stop thinking about it? Were you able to take a step back and think about the fact that maybe they just didn’t know any better? Or did you just automatically assume the worst about them? Most would have a hard time not being upset and angry, but Edward shows us a great example of how to act instead in Chapter 4. Today we’re exploring…
Gaining Empathy through Learning
Chapter 3 is a big chapter for both Tom and Edward, as they meet in person for the first time. When they switch outfits for fun and look in the mirror, they come to the realization that they look incredibly similar. Though this feels like an entirely unrealistic portion of the story, this phenomenon is not merely fictional. There are many true stories of people who have had a similar experience. Today we are exploring…DOPPELGANGERS
One of the things that happens in Chapter 2 of The Prince and the Pauper is that, after hearing enough stories about princes, Tom Canty actually begins to act like a prince. So we at Pontes Books asked ourselves, can people really start acting like the fictional characters they read about? Keep reading or check out the video to find out!