Family Time: Keep youngsters entertained with ‘Frankie Stein’

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Book Report

“Frankie Stein,” by Lola M. Schaefer, Kevan Atteberry (illustrator)

Pages: 32

Ages: 4 to 8

Frankie Stein is Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein's new baby boy. They are quite surprised that he is cute instead of scary-looking, as they are. So they do their best to help him become scary. His hair is light, so his mother paints it black. When his face looks pink and white, they put stickers that look like bumps on his face. They try to teach him to walk and make noises like a monster. Frankie practices, but he just cannot look or act like his parents, so he decides to be his own kind of scary. He cleans himself up, dresses like a normal kid, and gives his parents a hug and a kiss. After fainting with fright, his parents decide that he is the scariest Stein of all. This scene segues into the perfect ending for this story. Readers will find this warm-hearted and surprising story to be both intriguing and entertaining. (Barnes & Noble)

Family Screening Room

“The Incredible Hulk”

Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images and brief suggestive content)

Length: 114 minutes

Synopsis: "The Incredible Hulk" kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular superheroes of all time. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: the Hulk. Living in the shadows -- cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) -- Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power. As all three grapple with the secrets that led to the Hulk's creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary known as the Abomination (Tim Roth), whose destructive strength exceeds even the Hulk's.

Violence/gore rating: 4

Sexual-content rating: 2

Profanity rating: 3

Scary/tense-moments rating: 4

Drugs/alcohol rating: 3

Family Time rating: 4. This version of “Hulk” has more action than the last version, which provides more tense/scary moments. Boys of all ages likely will be entranced by the popular superhero, but keep the PG-13 rating in mind.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Tip of the Week: A great way to inspire your kids to stay active

Looking for an activity that will keep your child interested and healthy this summer? Sign your son or daughter up for a kung fu class. This martial art, which has been around for nearly 4,000 years, originated in ancient China as a way for people to keep their bodies strong and healthy, the mind sharp and alert and the spirit calm and tranquil. "(Kung fu) is a good way of living after you get over the hardship of training. It helps keep you in shape, and it helps you be focused on life," says Master Yuen, who studied under the same trainer as Kung Fu legend Jackie Chan. He says children learn many lessons from kung fu. Among them:

- When you are less strong than your opponent, you will work hard to change the situation.

- When you are stronger than your opponent, you do not take advantage of your strength.

- How to clear your mind.

- How to be confident and have a strong sense of self-esteem.

- Kung fu is not for fighting. If anything, kung fu is just for the opposite of fighting. It is about fighting without fighting. (ARA)

Kids Kitchen: Apple Bread Pudding

2 tb butter or oleo

3 eggs

8 slices stale cinnamon-raisin bread

1/3 c sugar

1 ts vanilla

1 lg cooking apple pared and coarsely chopped

1/2 ts cinnamon

1/4 ts salt

2 1/3 c milk

Heat oven to 325. Spread butter on bread slices. Cut each slice into 1-inch cubes. Place half of the bread cubes in a greased, shallow 2-quart baking dish. Top with half of the chopped apples. Repeat layers, using remaining bread cubes and chopped apple. In a large bowl, lightly beat milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Pour over bread and apples in dish. Bake one hour or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge of dish comes out clean. (

Play Inside: “Questionary”

Ages: 11 and older

“Questionary” is very simple: You pick a card that has a word on it, and your team has to guess the word within 90 seconds by asking you any question and as many questions as they like. But the catch is, you can only answer in "yes," "no," "maybe" and "I don't know." If your team cracks the word, it wins and rolls the dice to move its pawn on the scoreboard. Words have been selected to be fun and challenging. “Questionary” has won multiple awards.

Pet Tip: Heatstroke

The Humane Society provides the following tips on what to do if your pet is suffering from heatstroke:

- Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.

- Apply ice packs or cold towels to the pet’s head, neck and chest or immerse in cool (not cold) water.

- Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.

- Take the pet directly to a veterinarian.

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