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This Month's Reading Superstar!

Aang, the Avatar

Background: Can you throw boulders and twirl water with your hands?  Aang can!

Aang is the title character of Nickelodeon's popular cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is the only person in his world who can "bend" (control) these four elements: air, water, earth, and fire. 

Although he does not go to school, Aang is learning or practicing his bending skills almost every day. When he masters all four elements, he will use his powers for good and restore peace to his world.

Fun Fact: Even though Aang looks like a 12-year-old, he is actually 112-years-old.  That's because he spent 100 years of his life frozen in an iceberg!

Photo credit: © 2007 Nickelodeon. All rights reserved.

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RIF: Riffington's favorite episode is, of course, The Library (Book Two, Chapter Ten).  What was it like being surrounded by all those ancient books?

Aang, the Avatar: It was great! I learned so many new things when I was there. I even saw a picture of an ancient creature I’d never seen before—a Lion Turtle. And Sokka learned that there is an eclipse coming, which can help us defeat the Fire Nation. It’s amazing all the things you can learn at the library!  

RIF: Do you like to read (when you're not being chased by the Fire Nation)? 

AA: You bet. The monks used to encourage me to read a lot when I wasn’t practicing my Airbending.  I loved to read about the history of my people, the Air Nomads, and also about the history of Appa’s family, the Sky Bison. Did you know the Air Nomads originally learned Airbending from the Sky Bison? 

RIF: Speaking of airbending, which do you like best: Air-, Water-, Earth-, or Firebending?   

AA: As the Avatar, I love all the elements, of course.  But Airbending is my favorite!  It’s the element of my people and you can do really fun stuff with it.  I made up a technique called the air scooter, where I Airbend a ball of wind, then ride around on it like a scooter!   

RIF: There's a saying that with great power comes great responsibility. Would you agree?

AA: Definitely. Sometimes it’s really hard being the Avatar.  I have all these responsibilities, but I also want to have fun with my friends.  Just like I’m learning to bring balance to the world, I’m learning to bring balance to my own life.  I practice my bending with Katara and Toph, learn about geography from Sokka, and still have time to have fun and play with Momo.

RIF: Even when you're not in the "Avatar State," you're very brave.  What advice would you give to kids on being brave in their everyday lives?

AA: My advice would be that you’re not alone. It’s okay to be scared, but you can’t let it stop you from living your life and pursuing your dreams. It takes a lot of bravery to fight the Fire Nation, but even more bravery to tell Katara I like her!   

RIF: There have been times when you have rescued (or tried to rescue) your enemies.  How can you be kind to those who mean you harm?

AA: Because I know that my enemies aren’t evil people. They are confused people who think violence and anger will solve their problems.  I was lucky to grow up in the air temple, where the monks taught me that we can solve our problems and find happiness through love, kindness, and understanding.

RIF: You have such great friendships with Katara, Sokka, King Bumi, etc.  What qualities do you value in a friend?

AA: I know I can trust my friends and that they will always be there for me.  When I was really upset at the Sandbenders for taking Appa, it was a really hard time for me.  Katara gave me lots of love and support and helped me get through it. 

RIF: Do you think you and Zuko will ever be friends?

AA: I hope so. Even though Zuko has tried to capture me, I believe that he has a lot of good inside him.  He just hasn’t realized it yet.

RIF: When will Book Three premiere?  What surprises are in store?

AA: Book Three is the “Fire” book and it will premiere later this year. The biggest surprise to me is that I now have hair!

RIF: What will you do when you have defeated the Fire Nation and restored peace to your world?

AA: I wouldn’t mind taking a short vacation to Whale Tail Island! 

But seriously, even if I defeat the Firelord, there’s still a lot of Avatar work I’ll need to do. People will always have problems and conflicts, and it will be my job to make sure these problems don’t throw the world out of balance again.

Visit the Avatar: The Last Airbender website to learn more about Aang, watch videos, play games, and more!

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