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Highlights High Five May 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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Highlights for Children, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
will we be ok?

Sometimes, being small in a big world is scary. So it’s important to listen carefully to what children tell us and to listen between the lines to “hear” what they may not be ready or able to say. This month, in “The New Sitter” (pages 20 to 23), Tex and Indi are worried about the new baby-sitter coming for the evening. Mom might have said, “Don’t worry. The new sitter will be fine.” But she doesn’t. Instead, she listens to their fears and responds with gentle humor. When the sitter arrives and the twins open the door, the worry on their faces quickly dissolves into smiles. In “Home Is Where We Are” (pages 26 to 30), a family has just moved. The little sister is lucky. She has a big sister who…

1 min.
traveling through the city

One day, Juan flew to Bebo’s apartment and said, “¡Vamos a la Estatua de la Libertad!” “The Statue of Liberty? How can we get there?” asked Bebo. “Vamos en metro,” said Juan. Juan flew to the subway station. Bebo followed him. The subway train was loud! So they got off after two stops. “¡Vamos en autobús!” said Juan, hopping on a bus with Bebo behind. When they got off the crowded bus, Juan saw a boat. “Vamos en barco,” he said, flying to the ferry. Bebo ran after him. The boat took them to the island where the big statue stood. Inside, there were stairs going all the way to the top. “Vamos a las escaleras,” said Juan. Bebo looked at all those stairs, took a deep breath, and said, “Juan, why don’t we just stay down here?…

1 min.
a may basket for grandma

“What are you making?” Sophia asked Andre as he wove strips of colored paper into a mat. “It’s going to be a May basket for Grandma,” said Andre. “I’ll fold the sides up to form a box and add a handle.” “What’s a May basket?” asked Sophia. “It’s a basket you leave on someone’s doorstep on the first day of May,” Andre explained. “Then you ring the doorbell and run away so the person doesn’t know who left the basket.” “I wish I had a May basket for Grandma,” said Sophia. “Why don’t you find some flowers to put in this one,” Andre said. “Then it’ll be from both of us.” Sophia ran to the garden, but the flowers were just starting to grow. They had no blossoms. Sophia sighed. Then she had an idea. She…

1 min.
the new sitter

“Dad and I are going out tonight, and Arizona is at a sleepover,” said Mom. “So the new sitter will be here at five.” “I wish it was our old one. What if the new one can’t cook our dinner?” asked Indi. “Well,” said Mom with a smile, “maybe she’ll be able to cook like a big, green dragon.” “What if she wants to do her homework instead of playing with us?” said Tex. “Well,” said Mom, “maybe she’ll be an octopus and use two arms to do her homework and the other six to play with you!” “What if she’s as hungry as a bear?” asked Indi. “Well,” said Mom, “then we’ll invite her to tea and serve honey cake and raspberry jam.” When the doorbell rang, Tex and Indi went to the door to greet…

1 min.
home is where we are

Ivy set her baby cactus in the window of her new bedroom. “We’re a long way from Arizona, Sam,” she said. “Who are you talking to?” asked Ivy’s older sister, Holly. “My cactus,” said Ivy. “We miss our old house.” “Me, too,” said Holly. “I’m glad I took pictures before we left. Come see.” “There’s Mom’s cactus garden! And those funny little quails!” “Why did we have to move?” Ivy said, sighing. “You know that Dad’s in the air force,” said Holly. “We move wherever his job is. We moved once, before you were born.” “Did you like moving?” asked Ivy. “Not really,” said Holly. “I missed my friends and our old house. But I made new friends. And I learned to love our house in Arizona.” “Will I learn to love this house?” asked Ivy. “I think so,” said…

1 min.
easy banana muffins

You Need • Paper baking cups• 4 very ripe bananas• 2 eggs, beaten• 1 cup flour• 1 cup whole-wheat flour• ½ cup chopped walnuts• ½ cup brown sugar• 1 teaspoon baking soda• 1 teaspoon cinnamon• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg• 1 teaspoon salt Before You Begin Line 10 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Adult: Preheat the oven to 350°F. 1. Use a potato masher or a fork to mash the bananas. Then add the eggs and mix. 2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, walnuts, sugar, soda, spices, and salt. Add the banana mixture and stir. 3. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Adult: Bake for 20–25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc., except woman and girl by iStock/Cathy Yeulet…