Hippopotamus | Short Reads

Hippopotamus | Short Reads

If a pig weighed as much as a pickup truck it might look something like a river hippopotamus. A hippopotamus, or hippo, is an animal that lives in Africa. Like a pig, it has a tubby body, big head, and short, thick neck. In fact, the hippopotamus is a distant relative of the pig.

Charlemagne | Short Reads

Charlemagne | Short Reads

Brave, bold, and brutally successful—he was known as Charlemagne (Charles the Great). Charlemagne is remembered as one of history’s great leaders. This warrior king succeeded in building an empire that united much of Europe.

Jean Chretien | Short Reads

Jean Chretien | Short Reads

As a boy, Jean Chrétien was often picked on. A childhood illness left his face partially paralyzed. It also made him deaf in one ear. When he was teased about these things, he would fight back, and sometimes get in trouble.

Coral Reef | Short Reads

Coral Reef | Short Reads

Imagine you are snorkeling in the warm ocean water around a tropical coral reef. You put on your mask and swim fins. You float around looking at the reef below you. The coral reef looks like strangely shaped rocks sticking up from the ocean floor. Crooked coral that looks like tree limbs twists up from cracks and caves in the reef

Pyramids | Short Reads

Pyramids | Short Reads

Grand tombs and gateways to the afterlife—the pyramids of Egypt are among the world’s most magnificent monuments. Their massive size and simple shape fascinate people.

Too Many Deer | Word Power

Too Many Deer | Word Power

Learn about what happens if there are too many deer in an area, or when our own overpopulation becomes a dangerous problem, and learn 10 new words in context in a new English Plus Podcast Word Power episode.

Deserts | Short Reads

Deserts | Short Reads

Do you think of a desert as a hot, dry place where sand stretches as far as you can see? The Sahara in North Africa is like that, but most deserts are not. All deserts are dry, but some deserts are very cold. Plants and animals live in most deserts. People have learned to live in deserts all over the world.

Ancient Egypt | Short Reads

Ancient Egypt | Short Reads

Pyramids and pharaohs, mummies and magic, picture writing on papyrus—ancient Egypt had all this, and much more. Rich, powerful, and peace-loving, this North African kingdom was home to a splendid civilization that lasted 3,000 years, from about 3300 bc to 30 bc.

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