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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, write of the weekly kids quiz in the Guardian each Saturday, the original QI elf and author and host of Everything Under The Sun (both the book and podcast) as she answers questions sent in by children around the world with the help of experts including Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Grayson Perry, Lauren Child, Richard Branson and Sophie Dahl to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum. If you're a kid - big or small - with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the award winning podcast for you. Do check out Everything Under The Sun - a curious question for every day of the year, published by Ladybird books now!
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Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, write of the weekly kids quiz in the Guardian each Saturday, the original QI elf and author and host of Everything Under The Sun (both the book and podcast) as she answers questions sent in by children around the world with the help of experts including Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Grayson Perry, Lauren Child, Richard Branson and Sophie Dahl to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum. If you're a kid - big or small - with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the award winning podcast for you. Do check out Everything Under The Sun - a curious question for every day of the year, published by Ladybird books now!
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    91. Why are there always problems in stories? With Michael Morpurgo. How do owls see in ultraviolet light? Who decides the names for groups of animals?

    91. Why are there always problems in stories? With Michael Morpurgo. How do owls see in ultraviolet light? Who decides the names for groups of animals?

    On this award-winning show Molly Oldfield, the original QI elf, Guardian kids' quiz compiler and writer (of four books), answers questions sent in by children around the world.
    This week award-winning author Michael Morpurgo tackles the question 'why are there always problems in stories?' and there's a chance to win a copy of two of Michael's amazing books, Owl Or Pussycat? or The Puffin Keeper!
    We also answer Rory's question about whether owls can see in ultraviolet light and we explore the origins of all sorts of collective nouns as we take on Isabel's question about naming groups of animals.
    Tune in and subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Enjoy!
    Everything Under the Sun is also a book! Check it out here: www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun!
    Follow us on social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @MollyOldfield
    Facebook: Everything Under the Sun
    Thank you! Have a lovely week.

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    90. Can you make paper out of poo? With Maddie Moate. How do plants grow? How do whales poo?

    90. Can you make paper out of poo? With Maddie Moate. How do plants grow? How do whales poo?

    On this award winning show we answer three questions sent in by children around the world.
    Can you make paper out of poo? Asks Arlo, 4. CBeebies presenter Maddie Moate has the answer.
    How do plants grow? Matilda, 10 would like to know! Join us to find out what plants need to grow.
    How do whales poo? asks Bluebell. Find out why whales help the ocean with their poo and what it is like!
    Check out the Everything Under The Sun book at www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun
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    89. Why are tortoises so slow? With Sophie Dahl. Why do we get brain freeze when we eat ice-cream? Where do lions sleep?

    89. Why are tortoises so slow? With Sophie Dahl. Why do we get brain freeze when we eat ice-cream? Where do lions sleep?

    On this award winning show Molly Oldfield - the original QI elf, Guardian kids quiz compiler and writer (of four books) answers questions sent in by children around the world.
    This week we have wonderful author Sophie Dahl answering 'why are tortoises so slow?' based on her experience with her pet tortoise, Torty!
    We also work out why you might get a headache if you eat a lot of ice-cream quickly.
    As well as when lions and other animals from koalas to the world's smallest birds sleep!
    You'll get a chance to win a signed copy of Sophie Dahl's new book, The Worst Sleepover in the World.
    Tune in and subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Enjoy!
    Everything Under the Sun is also a book! Check it out here: www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun!
    Socials: @mollyoldfieldwrites @everythingunderthesunpod
    Thank you! Have a lovely week.

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    • 23 min
    88. What is racism & why is it bad? Ft special guest expert Laura Henry-Allain MBE, how does a Mummy chicken save her chicks if a fox tries to eat them?

    88. What is racism & why is it bad? Ft special guest expert Laura Henry-Allain MBE, how does a Mummy chicken save her chicks if a fox tries to eat them?

    On this award winning show we answer three questions from Tabitha, Emma and Christopher with help from special guest expert Laura Henry-Allain MBE 
    Laura is a writer, parenting expert, Early years advisor, inspirational speaker, creator of the CBeebies show JoJo and Gran Gran and has written a new book called Your Skin, My Skin. 
    You can win a copy of her book on this week’s episode by entering our competition! Check out the pod for more info. 
    Laura explains what racism is, how it is basically bullying, why it is bad and why our differences are things we ought to enjoy and celebrate. 
     
    Next up we have a question from Emma, 4. It is how does the big Mummy chicken try to save her little chicks if a fox tries to eat them?
     
    This question was asked by a little one at Cheltenham Literary Festival – it was the question that won a vote with 200 children at the festival. We find out how chickens try to fight off foxes plus how you and other animals defend chicks from foxes. 
    Lastly we have a question from Christopher, age 5.5 who wants to know why do your hands go wrinkly when we have a bath or a shower? 
    Isn’t it weird your hands go wrinkly in the bath? We find out about sebum that usually protects your hands but gets washed off in the bath. 

    Social media:
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod & @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Facebook: Molly Oldfield 
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and www.mollyoldfield.com
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website – www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Molly is the author of Everything Under The Sun – a curious question for every day of the year, a beautiful book published by Ladybird filled with YOUR questions. Check it out here:
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/315/315443/everything-under-the-sun/9780241433461.html
    https://www.mollyoldfield.com/everything-under-the-sun
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written four books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home and Everything Under The Sun.
    Check out www.mollyoldfield.com for more info!  


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    • 20 min
    87. How are books published? With Ladybird book! Find out how Everything Under The Sun book was made!

    87. How are books published? With Ladybird book! Find out how Everything Under The Sun book was made!

    In this week's show we answer three questions from Louise, Amy and Wilf.
    The team at Ladybird books explain how Everything Under The Sun - a curious question for every day of the year (the beautiful book of this podcast) was made.
    Find out how ladybirds get their spots and whether or not its on their birthday?
    We find out what fingernails on a blackboard have to do with babies crying.
    Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwrites
    Twitter: @mollyoldfield
    Facebook: Molly Oldfield
    Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk
    Find out how to submit an answer on our website.
    Everything Under The Sun is out NOW in all good bookshops or you can buy one here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460
    Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 


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    • 19 min
    86. Why do bad things exist? With guest Laura Dockrill. If a cheetah and a falcon raced who would win? What are teeth made of & why does the tooth fairy want them?

    86. Why do bad things exist? With guest Laura Dockrill. If a cheetah and a falcon raced who would win? What are teeth made of & why does the tooth fairy want them?

    On this award winning show, that goes along with the Everything Under The Sun BOOK we answer three questions a week, one with the help of an expert, two are answered by Molly Oldfield, the original QI elf and author of four books!
    Our first question is why do bad things exist answered by author Laura Dockrill.
    Next up find out what would happen if a cheetah and falcon raced, as well as what parts of a falcon inspired the design of jet engines.
    What does the tooth fairy do with our teeth? We have a think and discover what teeth are made of.
    Plus you can win a copy of Everything Under The Sun the book!
    For info about how to send in a question check out www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and for Molly's books www.mollyoldfield.com. Instagram @mollyoldfieldwrites and @everythingunderthesunpod
    Laura Dockrill is @lauradockrill on instagram and twitter.
    Thanks for listening! Do send in your questions to the show.

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