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Highlights High Five April 2017

For beginning readers! The stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities in this read-only digital version of High Five magazine set children on the path to lifelong learning. Each 36-page issue reinforces reading skills, math skills and other areas of learning, and offers activities that help build self-confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 2-6.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Highlights for Children, Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
thinking of others

Years ago, researchers believed young children were incapable of recognizing the needs or feelings of others. But with the help of modern technology, experts have discovered that even babies can be responsive to other people. In this month’s English/Spanish story (pages 12 to 15), Grandma Hen asks Chica-Chick if she wants a quesadilla for lunch. She says, “Yes!” and offers to help. Each time Chica-Chick hands Grandma Hen what she needs to make the quesadillas, Grandma Hen gently and patiently tells Chica-Chick that she forgot something. And finally, Chica-Chick remembers. She forgot to say please! When you model polite behavior and help your child do the same, he begins to recognize and appreciate what others do for him and what he can do for them. And that’s key to becoming his best…

1 min.
playing together

As soon as Tex and Indi walked in the door for their piano lesson, Tex asked, “May I please go first, Mr. Montoya? I want you to hear how much I’ve been practicing.” “No fair!” said Indi. “Tex got to go first last week! And I’ve been practicing, too.” “I’m glad you’ve both worked hard,” said Mr. Montoya. “And I have a new piece for you. It’s a duet, so you’ll both play at the same time. Let’s start with that. Then I’ll hear the pieces you’ve been learning.” “OK,” said Indi. Tex and Indi sat down at the piano. Mr. Montoya showed them their parts, and they tried playing together. They made lots of mistakes, but it was fun. Then they took turns playing the pieces they had practiced. After practicing the duet for…

1 min.
yes, please!

It was lunchtime and Chica-Chick was very hungry. “Would you like a spinach quesadilla?” asked Grandma Hen. “¡Sí!” said Chica-Chick. Grandma Hen looked at Chica-Chick. “I think you’re forgetting something,” she said. As they went into the kitchen, Chica-Chick thought and thought. What was she forgetting? Grandma needs tortillas! “Aquí están las tortillas,” said Chica-Chick. “Thanks,” said Grandma Hen. “But you’re still forgetting something.” “Aquí está el queso,” said Chica-Chick as she handed Grandma Hen the cheese. “Thanks. But you’re still forgetting something,” said Grandma Hen. “Aquí están las espinacas,” said Chica-Chick, and she gave Grandma Hen some spinach. “Thanks. But you’re still forgetting something. Do you want a quesadilla?” she repeated. Chica-Chick had given Grandma Hen tortillas, cheese, and spinach. What was she forgetting? She thought and thought. And then she smiled! “¡Sí, por favor!” said Chica-Chick. “Yes, please. That’s the…

1 min.
here comes grumpy

“Why are you washing your windows, Rabbit?” Raccoon asked. Rabbit replied to Raccoon as she dashed toward the back of her house with a pail and sponge. Did she say someone grumpy is coming? Raccoon wondered. Raccoon ran to Squirrel’s house and shouted, “Squirrel, Rabbit is getting ready for a grumpy guest. We should help her.” “I’ll bake a walnut cake,” Squirrel said. On his way home, Raccoon met Fox on the road. He told Fox about Rabbit’s grumpy guest. “I’ll pick a bouquet of wildflowers for her,” Fox said. Then Raccoon looked up and saw two bluebirds in a tree. “Please come and sing a song for Rabbit’s grumpy guest.” Finally, Raccoon went home and gathered a basket of berries. Soon, he and his friends met on the road, and they all hurried to Rabbit’s…

1 min.
the poster contest

Little Bunny and his friend Squirrel entered a poster contest. Squirrel’s poster won. When he got home, Little Bunny told Papa, “I worked hard on my poster. I made it the best I could. I wanted to win.” “You did work hard,” said Papa. “Yours was a fine poster. I’ll hang it in my office.” Mama gave Little Bunny a hug and said, “I hope you congratulated Squirrel.” Little Bunny sniffed. “Squirrel was too busy getting his picture taken.” Then Little Bunny went to his room. He sulked. And sulked. And sulked some more. And he got very bored. He wondered what Squirrel was doing. He remembered the fun they had, painting their posters together. So Little Bunny took out some paper. He reached for his paint set. And he painted another poster, one…

1 min.
hummus four ways

You Need • 1 lemon, cut in half • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained • ½ cup tahini (sesame-seed paste • ¼ cup water • ¹/3 cup olive oil • ½ teaspoon salt For olive hummus • 15 pitted Kalamata olives For pesto hummus • 3–4 tablespoons prepared pesto For feta-spinach hummus • 2 tablespoons feta cheese • ½ cup baby spinach with stems removed 1. Squeeze the lemon halves. Add the juice to a food processor or blender. 2. Add the garbanzo beans, tahini, water, olive oil, and salt in the food processor or blender. Adult: Blend each mixture until it is smooth and creamy. For olive hummus: Repeat steps 1 and 2, then add the olives to the hummus. For pesto hummus: Repeat steps 1 and 2, then add the pesto. For feta-spinach hummus: Repeat steps 1 and 2, then add the feta and spinach. Make…