Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PC game Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey for Windows & MAC.

 

In this game, Wishbone (Our favorite snack & book loving hound) is accidentally sent into a virtual storybook setting of the Odyssey by Homer where he unintentionally takes both the role & identity of Odysseus.

 

In this game, you follow the story of of Odysseus for by doing so will you eventually free Wishbone from this virtual storybook setting.

 

Along the way, you meet timeless characters from the Odyssey consisting of Eurylochus (Odysseus’ 1st Mate), Polyphemus (cyclops & son of Poseidon), Athena (goddess of wisdom), Poseidon (god of the seas), Circe (witch), Tiresias (blind prophet), Hades (god of the underworld),  Zeus (king of the gods & god of lightning and thunder), Calypso (demi-goddess), Penelope (Odysseus’ wife) and Telemachus (Odysseus’ son).

 

In conclusion, this game teaches you history, mythology and culture as you play. Thus, I hope you find this game as educationally fun as I do.

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Horse Hands Thunderbird Equine Charities

Have you ever thought of introducing your child to Equine Therapy? Well Thunderbird Charities at The Phoenix Zoo is just for you. Horse Hands has different levels of riding for all ages. Mini and Junior Horse Hands which includes a caregiver for your children ages 3-4 and 5-6. Prices for members are $120 and non-members are $150.

The first levels of riding are Levels 1-4 which are for ages 7-14. Horse Hands Level 1,This program is designed to develop safe and caring relationships between participants and horses. Participants learn basic caregiving skills such as grooming a horse and cleaning a horse’s stall. They also learn the process of preparing a horse to be ridden, which culminates with their first riding experience.

Horse Hands Level 2, This program is for those who have completed Level 1. Caregiving is continued in this level with participants learning about caring for a horse’s hooves and how to bathe a horse. Participants begin to develop riding skills that focus on basic control of a horse.

Level 3 is available for participants who have completed both Level 1 and Level 2. In this program participants will broaden their horsemanship knowledge by learning different breeds and colors of horses. As riding skills develop further, participants are taken outside the riding arena to test their skills on a trail ride.

To enroll in this program, participants must have completed Levels 1, 2 and 3. In this program participants learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy horses, common horse health issues and how to maintain a healthy horse through proper care. Each participant is assigned their own horse that they will care for throughout the series. Participants continue to develop their riding skills while being introduced to faster gaits.

 Ages 15+ is for adult riding classes.   If you have never been on a horse before, or if you are somewhat experienced with horses but would like to learn more about their behavior and caregiving, or just generally brush up on your horsemanship skills, then this program is for you. Horse Hands beginner classes helps the rider be independent and in control with maintaining a reasonably secure seat at the walk and trot through simple patterns with a saddle.

Horse Hands Novice 1 class for those who have earned the merit badges and passed the riding test for Horse Hands Riding Beginner level.  The Novice 1 rider fine tunes his or her seat positioning and control of the horse under saddle at the walk and trot. Students will perform moderately difficult patterns and will be introduced to the canter.

Horse Hands Novice 2 Horseback Riding
For those who have earned the merit badges and who have passed the riding test for Horse Hands Riding Novice 1 level.  Upon completion, the Novice 2 rider will have a solid seat and will be able to control his or her horse through complex patterns at the walk and trot.  Students will maintain a controlled canter and be able to perform basic movements at that gait. Horse Hands at the Phoenix Zoo is a unique program, including equine caregiving and horseback riding lessons, led by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)-accredited instructors.

Each Horse Hands program is a four-week series, where CHA equine handlers take students, based on their experience level, through the steps of meeting a variety of horse breeds, recognizing and taking care of their needs, bonding with them and learning to ride them safely.

Horse Hands is an educational, interactive and fun-filled experience connecting people of all ages to the wonder of horses and horseback riding. Classes take place at Thunderbirds Charities Equine Facility at the Phoenix Zoo and are available for children and adults! The primary focus of the Horse Hands Horseback Riding Series will be on riding, however, students will be required to know the caregiving aspects of horsemanship*.  

This program is a progression series in which students will have to test into higher levels.  A mandatory orientation will be required for all students entering into the Beginner class.  Students will enroll in 4 sessions, each session being 1 hour in length.

* participants must complete Level 1-4 before enrolling in the Riding Series

To register for Horse Hands, please contact Reservations at 602.914.4333.

To learn more about our CHA certification, visit http://www.cha-ahse.org.

 

By Melanie

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

 

Originally Released for the PS2 on March 16, 2006, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been officially remastered for the PS4.

 

The main protagonists of this game are Vaan (Rebel Orphan)(Swords/Greatswords), Ashe (Dalmascan princess) (Katanas), Basch (Knight) (Swords/Spears), Balthier (Sky Pirate) (Guns), Fran(Viera) (Bows), Penelo (Vaan’s Childhood Friend) (Staffs).

 

The main antagonists of this game are Vayne (Archadian prince) and Gabranth  (Basch twin brother/Archadian judge)(Twin Swords).

 

An example of this game’s story is that the Archadian empire is waging war in an ongoing attempt towards world domination, thus resulting in the deaths of Reks (Dalmascan soldier/Vaan’s older brother), Rasler (Nabudisian prince/Ashe’s husband) and Raminas  (Dalmascan king/Ashe’s father).

 

In conclusion, I believe this game will be a bigger hit than its PS2 counterpart and is scheduled for release on July 11, 2017.

 

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Mango

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My name is Carrie, I live in Phoenix and I am writing about the world’s best cat, Mango.

Mango is a beautiful orange tabby and I think she is prettier than any other cat. Mango is 2 years old and  I got her from a friend in my apartment complex. Mango got allergies when she started coughing and sneezing. After I took her to the vet they said she had allergies and gave her shots. The doctor said Mango has a spiteful personality. I feel Mango is the prettiest cat in the universe she makes me feel special.

The lost, little guinea pig.

 

Hi! My name is Max and,I know what you’re thinking, he’s a tiny, young, abandoned little pet with no collar. Now, Im waiting for the pet shop to open up their doors. A life on the run isn’t always what I wanted. I had it good until my stupid cage mate wanted to dare me to see how high I could jump on the trampoline and touch the top of the cage. Now, you’re probably wondering why did you take the dare in the first place? And you would be correct! But let’s start at the beginning. The day of my birth. My parents were the greatest. I was born in a rescue mission in Australia. Back then, you didn’t have rules, there was only a preserve, the den, my parents and me. Every couple of months a lucky little guy got to be picked out to become a candidate for adoption. You know who got picked out this time? It wasn’t me. It wasn’t my parents. It was always some other guinea pig that was fatter, cuter, fluffier and overall better looking. That was my life. I had everything I ever wanted; Food, shelter and loving parents that looked out for me. Then one day, I decided to ask mom and dad if I could take a walk outside my den. “ I don’t know sweetie” my mother said. “I promise, I’ll be careful”. “I would like to go and follow whatever that noise is that I hear every day” “you mean the human pets?” his mother replied? “Yes, so that’s what I hear” said the guinea pig uhmm… honey are you ok?” said his mother. “ Life is nice inside a rescue shelter but, if only I could see what’s beyond the grassy plain” he said. “But sweetie, you are-WE-are safe in our home. Besides there are hungry animals that would love nothing more than snacking on a plump, young, juicy guinea pig.”  “Now, go to sleep.” Our inspection is tomorrow and you may be picked out by a nice family.” she replied. “Ok…. mother” Later that night, I was sleeping when I had a dream. I was following a trail of cookie crumbs to what knows where and it led to a giant cookie on top of a mountain. Beyond, I could hear a voice calling me. “Come, join us; we have more cookies” more cookies…cookies….coookkkkiiiiessss………………………………………………………………….”Cock a doodle doo! I awoke the next morning . “Mom! Dad!” I had this really weird dream last night”. I was following these cookie crumbs and this voice kept saying ‘“come,join us we have more cookies”’! Then a giant cookie on top of a mountain!” Outside a guard was eating a snack and leaving crumbs behind as he walked back to his shift.” It looked like-” I looked around for a good example to tell them. “It looked like that” He pointed to a trail of crumbs on the floor at the bottom of his cage. “I must follow the crumbs!!” he started to run but, as he did his mother and father caught him by the skin of his tail. “You’re not going anywhere young man!” said his mother. “ thats right” his father agreed. “Now, eat your breakfast!” she demanded. After breakfast, I played with Mr. Amigo, my squishy mariachi toy. “Not fair! Not fair!” I was sad that I couldn’t leave the shelter. I thought my parents wanted more for me but I couldn’t even convince them that wanted to explore the world. I squashed that squeaky toy as hard as I could. Pop! Out came a little snack. The rescuers liked to put little goodies and treats inside our toys as a reward for good behavior. But I hadn’t been good. What was this treat doing inside “Mr. Amigo” so I ate the treat. “Yummy”! I exclaimed. Hmmm… let’s try this again. I ate one more. Then, I popped out another and another… and another…. “Oooohhh, I don’t feel good.” things were going great ! I would cry wolf then rescuers would come get me and then I would be taken to the infirmary where I would be loaded with Gas-X and released to quarantine where I would stay for a couple days and eventually be released into the great beyond. It worked and that’s how I ended up here.

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a TV show about ponies, magic and friendship. There are 6 ponies named Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Twilight Sparkle. The cutie marks are symbols of each pony’s special talent: Applejack= 3 apples, Fluttershy= 3 butterflies, Pinkie Pie= 3 balloons, Rainbow Dash= thunderbolt, Rarity= 3 diamonds and Twilight Sparkle= stars. There are 6 seasons. The show has basic themes like jealously, overdoing it,selfishness and sharing. The 6 friends personify the 6 Elements of Harmony: Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Loyalty, Generosity and Magic. They use the Elements periodically throughout the show. One time they had to use the Elements was when Princess Celestia asked them to use the Elements to defeat Discord the spirit of chaos. Their friendship was initially broken up, but Twilight Sparkle repaired the friendship and they used the 6 Elements of Harmony to turn Discord to stone. In Season 2, they attended the wedding of Twilight Sparkle’s brother, Shining Armor and Princess Cadence. Twilight discovered that the bride was a fake and set out to find the real Princess Cadance trapped in a cave. They managed to escape from the cave and stop the wedding. Shining Armor and Princess Cadance used the power of their love to defeat Queen Chrysalis, the changeling and her minions. The wedding was planned by the 6 friends and went off without any other problems. In Season 5, they discovered a map that led them to a quaint little village where ponies with the same cutie mark lived under the rule of their leader, Starlight Glimmer. They helped the villagers regain their cutie marks and stopped Starlight Glimmer from escaping with their cutie marks.

 

The Mane 6 ponies consist of Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Twilight Sparkle. Applejack is a orange earth pony with a blond mane and tail. Her cutie mark consists of 3 red apples. She represents the Element of Honesty and is a hard worker. Fluttershy is a yellow pegasus with a light pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is 3 pink butterflies because she can communicate with animals. She represents the Element of Kindness. Pinkie Pie is a light pink earth pony with a bright pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is 3 balloons. She loves to throw parties for her friends.  She represents the Element of Laughter. Rainbow Dash is a sky blue pegasus with a rainbow colored mane and tail. She can be full of herself. Her cutie mark is a thunderbolt. She represents the Element of Loyalty. Rarity is a white unicorn with a violet mane and tail. Her cutie mark is 3 blue diamonds because she is a fashionista who is prone to dramatics. She represents the Element of Generosity and loves to create clothes for her friends. Twilight Sparkle is a purple alicorn( a cross between a unicorn and a pegasus) with a violet mane and tail. She is a studious pony. Her cutie mark is a violet star surrounded by 5 smaller white stars which represent her friends. She represents the Element of Magic.

 

There is a seventh season still in production. There is speculation about what’s going to happen in season 7 but nothing definite yet. There will also be a movie coming out in October. I’m sure lots of people are very excited about that.

by Sydney

My top 10 favorite animals that most people have never heard of #1

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#1 Sugar Glider

Size: 12 – 13 in. (24 – 30 cm.)

Weight: 3 – 5 oz. (85 – 142 gm.)

Sugar gliders are found in Northern, Southern, and Eastern Australia. They live in large family groups from 15 – 30 or even more gliders. Like kangaroos and koalas, sugar gliders are marsupials. As their name states, sugar gliders can glide through the air. They use flaps of skin that they have attached between their arms like a hang glider to jump from tree to tree. (just like flying squirrels) I like sugar gliders not just because of their adorable faces, but also because I got to hold and pet one of my friends’ pet sugar gliders. I had never seen or even heard of a sugar glider, until I visited my friends in another state and saw the little guys. After that I asked my one of my friends if I could make a character based on him, but as a sugar glider. He said yes and named his character Tipit after his favorite sugar glider. I have loved sugar gliders ever since.

Fun Facts

*Sugar gliders are nocturnal. (sleep during the day/ stay up all night.)

*Baby sugar gliders are called joeys, just like kangaroos and koalas.

*Sugar gliders can live up to  15 years in captivity. The average lifespan is 3 – 5 years in the wild.

*They can be kept as pets in certain parts of the world. But in the US there are some states where you can’t. These states are California, Hawaii, and Alaska.

~Breanna D.