March 1, 2021

Heroines Week Xi Ling Shi (3-1-2021)

by Chompers

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Put your superhero cape on because its Heroines Week! Today's heroine is Xi Ling Shi.

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>> Rachel: Good morning! We hope you’re ready to have a SUPER week, because it’s HEROINES week on Chompers. 

Everyday we will be talking about a different AWESOME woman from history -                 Heroines are women who do great things, and are remembered for their bravery and achievements. 

But first, let's get brushing. Start on the top of your mouth on one side, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 brush! 

>> Rachel: Our first Heroic woman lived a long, long time ago in ancient China. Her name was Empress Xi Ling Shi, and she discovered something that changed China forever.

Empress is another way of saying a woman ruler, like a Queen. Empress Xi Ling Shi ruled over ancient China with her husband, Emperor Huangdi. The story goes that the Empress was in her garden one day, enjoying a cup of tea, when a BUG fell into her tea. Did the Empress freak out about the bug in her tea? NO! 

I’ll tell you what she did after you switch to the other side of the top of your mouth, and brush all the way to the molars in the back.

[Switch Bell]

>> Rachel: The Empress wasn't freaked out by the bug in her tea, she was fascinated! She plucked the little bug out of the water, and started examining it. It was a little worm that was wrapped up in a cocoon. The Empress began unraveling the cocoon, and saw something like string. It was a beautiful and very fine string, unlike any she had ever seen! The string was SILK... 

Switch to the bottom of your mouth, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth. 

[Switch Bell]

>> Rachel: The worm was a SILKWORM! The Empress saw that the little silk worm had fallen from a special tree she was sitting under, and she had AN IDEA. She wanted to use the strings the silkworms grew, to make a soft and beautiful fabric we now call SILK.

The Empress Xi Ling Shi asked the Emperor to plant more of these special trees, so that more of the little silkworms would have a place to live and grow more silk.

Switch to the other side of the bottom of your mouth, and give your tongue a brush too. 

[Switch Bell]

>> Rachel: The Empress’ plan was a huge success. Everyone wanted to buy the soft silk!  Today Empress Xi Ling Shi is still known as the “Silkworm Mother.” And because of her inventiveness, she is today's Chompers heroine!

That’s it for Chompers today, but come back tonight for more stories about awesome ladies. Until then, 

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 spit.