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Highlights High Five July 2016

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.
“staying dry”

Our English/Spanish stories are designed to introduce some Spanish words and phrases. But if you don’t know Spanish, it may be tempting to skip these stories. I hope you won’t. Instead, listen to our monthly audio edition. After hearing a native speaker read the story aloud, you may have the confidence to read the Spanish. If not, try reading these stories completely in English by substituting the translations for the Spanish phrases. In “Staying Dry” (pages 12 to 15), Doña Rosa’s friends want to abandon their plans for the day because it’s raining. But Doña Rosa isn’t so easily discouraged. She encourages her friends to buy umbrellas so they can go to the lake as planned. Standing in water holding umbrellas? How silly! Or is it? It might make good sense…

1 min.
a colorful picnic

Tex and Indi were in the kitchen helping Mom get everything ready for their Fourth of July picnic. “Look,” said Indi. “We have red apples, blue berries, and white potato salad.” “And both of you are wearing red, white, and blue,” said Mom. “I wonder what other red, white, and blue things we will find.” On the drive to the park, Indi said, “I see a red stop sign.” “I see a white bus and the blue sky,” said Tex. “And a red, white, and blue sign that says Happy Birthday, USA,” said their sister, Arizona. When they reached the park, they found a perfect spot. As they set out the food, Dad said, “Pretty soon we’re going to see every color of the rainbow lighting up the sky.” “I can’t wait!” said Tex. “You’ll have to wait…

1 min.
staying dry

Doña Rosa and her friends are getting ready to go to the lake. But it’s raining! “Oh no! Look at all that rain!” says Lucy. “We can’t go to the lake. We will get wet!” says Mary. Doña Rosa looks out the window. She sees a street vendor selling umbrellas. “Come on,” she says. “We can buy umbrellas. Then we won’t get wet.” The three friends pick up their purses and head outside. “Buenos días,” says Doña Rosa. “Yo quiero un paraguas rosado.” The vendor gives her a pink umbrella. “Yo quiero un paraguas azul,” says Mary. The vendor gives Mary a blue umbrella. “Yo quiero un paraguas verde,” says Lucy. And the vendor gives Lucy a green umbrella. Then Doña Rosa, Mary, and Lucy walk to the lake. As they wade into the water, Doña Rosa says, “It’s a…

1 min.
findin g dinner at the farmers’ market

Dad and Flora are in the kitchen, talking about what to have for dinner. “How about spaghetti?” says Dad. “Sure,” says Flora. “OK. Let’s walk to the grocery store to get everything we need,” says Dad. When they arrive at the store, they see small tables set up in the parking lot. “Look, a farmers’ market,” says Dad. “Let’s see what we can find.” They stop at a table with lots of different fruits and vegetables. “These tomatoes look so fresh. I’ll use them to make the spaghetti sauce,” says Dad. Flora picks up some basil and says, “This smells delicious.” So Dad buys a small bunch to add to the sauce. At the next table, they see different kinds of bread for sale. Flora chooses a loaf for dinner. Then Dad finds a farmer selling cheese.…

1 min.
enjoy the show!

Little Bunny and his friends decided to put on a talent show. “I’ll play my harmonica,” he said. Mouse piped up. “I can sing a song.” “I can dance,” said Raccoon. “And I can tell jokes,” said Mole. Squirrel sighed. “I can’t sing or dance or tell jokes very well. And I can’t play an instrument. I guess you won’t want me in the show.” “Of course we want you,” said Little Bunny. “You are going to be the most important part of the show.” Everybody helped build a stage for the show. Little Bunny was the first to perform. He played his favorite song on his harmonica. Squirrel clapped and clapped. When Mouse finished singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” Squirrel shouted, “Bravo!” Raccoon did her dance and Squirrel cheered. Mole told a joke and Squirrel laughed so…

1 min.
teeny-tiny sand crabs

The teeny-tiny sand crab crawls along the beach. He digs sandy holes as deep as he can reach. He climbs into his hole with antennas peeking out and waits until he feels the ocean splash about. He grabs and eats the plankton floating within reach. Then the teeny-tiny sand crab crawls along the beach. The color of the sand crab’s shell makes it hard to spot when the crab crawls along the beach. Plankton are tiny animals and plants that float in oceans and other big bodies of water. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc. Crab photo by iStock/yuliagubina, sky art by iStock/traffic_analyzer, water art by iStock/urfinguss, sand art by iStock/Allevinatis…