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Highlights High Five January 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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United States
Highlights for Children, Inc.
$8.53(Incl. tax)
$56.86(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
solving puzzles

When a new issue of High Five™ arrives, what do you and your child turn to first? If you start with the puzzles, you’re in good company! Many parents tell us that’s where their child likes to begin. Making the puzzles simple enough for our youngest readers and challenging enough for our oldest readers is our puzzle. How do we solve it? Within the puzzle, we ask questions like “What silly things do you see?” Open-ended questions, those with more than one right answer, make it possible for all our readers to feel successful. This month, in “Five Little Ducklings” (pages 16–17), the poem asks the reader to find and count the animals named in the poem. And then we ask, “What else do you notice?” And our Look and Look Again puzzles…

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where’s charlie?

Tex and Indi were worried. They couldn’t find Charlie. “Did you look in the broom closet?” asked their sister, Arizona. “Remember, that’s where we found him last time.” Indi opened the broom closet and said, “No sneaky kitty hiding in here.” “He may have slipped out when I took out the recycling,” said Dad. Tex and Indi searched the backyard while the rest of the family looked in every room. Finally, Mom called the animal shelter. “They said we should put up posters around the neighborhood.” Everyone helped make Missing Kitty signs. Tex gave one to his friend Niko. Then they went to their grocery store and pinned one on the community bulletin board. “Let’s put one on the bulletin board by the rest room at the park,” said Tex. “Good idea,” said Mom. When they reached the park, who…

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One day, Pepe Parrot offered to teach Spunky Monkey how to count in Spanish. “What shall we count?” asked Spunky. “Let’s count the coconuts on that tree,” said Pepe. He pointed to the coconuts and said, “Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco.” “Uno, dos, tres, cuatro . . . ,” said Spunky, but then he stopped. “I can’t remember what comes next.” “Cinco,” said Pepe. “Oh, right!” said Spunky. They had been counting all morning. Spunky was getting tired. He wanted to jump and play in the rain forest. “I have an idea,” he said. “Let’s play hide-and-seek. You can hide and I can count in Spanish.” “¡Perfecto!” said Pepe. Spunky covered his eyes, and Pepe flew into the trees to hide. Spunky began counting. “Uno, dos, tres, cuatro . . .” He couldn’t remember the next number,…

1 min.
jonathan’s gift

Jonathan loved to make gifts for Grandma. But this year, he didn’t know what to make for her birthday. He thought about other gifts he’d made. Once, Jonathan had mailed Grandma a painting. She’d sent him a thank-you card. It said: Another time, Jonathan made a bookmark. Grandma sent him a thank-you card. It said: What should I make now? thought Jonathan. Suddenly, he had an idea. Jonathan folded paper to make 10 cards. He grabbed his crayons and drew pictures of boats, planes, and trains on the cards. Then he and Mom walked to the post office and sent the colorful cards off to Grandma. Soon, Grandma mailed one of the cards back to Jonathan. He smiled when he read her message:…

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magic words

“What’s wrong, Wormy?” asked Mortimer. “I want to be a magician. But none of my magic words work. When I say abracadoodle, hokey-pokey, or alakazebra, nothing happens.” Mortimer showed Wormy one of his library books. “Maybe this will help,” he said. The book was filled with words like please, thank you, and I’m sorry. They didn’t sound like magic, but Wormy tried them anyway. Nothing happened. The next day, Wormy saw Squirmy reading a book on magic tricks. “That’s what I need!” Wormy said. Squirmy shook his head. “I’m not done reading it.” “You’re selfish,” said Wormy. Later, Wormy thought, That wasn’t very nice of me. He looked again at the book that Mortimer had given him. He found Squirmy and said, “I’m sorry I called you selfish. When you finish your book, may I borrow…

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mac and cheese in a mug

You Need • ½ cup uncooked elbow macaroni or small shell pasta • 1 large ovenproof mug or jar • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese • 1 tablespoon flour • ½ cup milk • ¼ teaspoon salt Topping: • 1 tablespoon butter • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs Before You Begin Adult: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Melt the butter. 1. Place the macaroni in the mug. Add the cheese, flour, milk, and salt. Stir lightly with a spoon. 2. Mix together the melted butter and bread crumbs in a small dish. Adult: Place the mug on a baking pan. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until the mixture is bubbling on top. Remove the mug and top the macaroni with the bread-crumb mix. Bake for another 3–5 minutes or until the bread crumbs start to brown. Remove…