“Bulletin Board,” Friend, Jul. 2014, 16–17
Have you met Pedro yet? On pages 14–15, you can read about his life in Brazil. Here are some fun facts about this South American country.
Its official language is Portuguese. People in Brazil came from many other places—like Japan, Africa, and Europe—but they are all Brazilians.
It has the largest river in the world, the Amazon River.
Almost one-third of it is made up of rainforests!
It has six temples, and two more are being built.
Sou um filho de Deus
Pronunciation: so oon filio gee day-oos
Pedro likes to help his mom make meals for the family. Here’s a recipe for an omelet they often make together. Remember to ask an adult for help. Makes about 5 servings.
3 slices of mozzarella cheese, chopped
3 slices of ham, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon butter
Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork. Mix in the cheese, ham, salt, and oregano.
Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Keep the pan on medium heat.
Slowly pour in the egg mixture.
Let it cook to get golden-brown on one side. Then carefully fold in the sides and flip it over with a spatula. Let it cook to get golden-brown on the other side.
The name of this game means “burned” in Portuguese, and it’s like a Brazilian version of dodgeball. This game works best with at least eight people.
Divide a large, open space in half. Split into two teams.
At the back of each side, there is a “cemetery.” Each team chooses one player to stand in the other team’s cemetery.
Toss a coin to decide which team starts.
The person in the cemetery starts the game by throwing the ball to the opposite side. A teammate must catch the ball and then throw it and try to hit someone on the other team. When people are hit with the ball, they go to the cemetery. If a person catches the ball, the thrower goes to the cemetery. If the ball goes out of bounds, the ball goes to the other team.
The game is over when everyone on one team is in the cemetery.
A family reunion is when family members get together to share memories, have fun, and get to know each other better. With your parents’ help, plan a reunion for your family. If family members live close by, you could invite them to have a picnic lunch or to come over for dinner. If they live far away, you could call them or use the computer to talk to them. You could even plan a project for your family to work on—like acting out favorite family stories, doing a service project, or working on family history together. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and write in your journal about the special day!
What if you could give a gift to anyone in the world? What would you give, and why?