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Highlights High Five October 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.
it’s always dress-up time

When I was about five, a friend’s mother sewed a long costume skirt for me. It was turquoise with raised black dots and an edge of silver. I wore it with a black leotard, pink high-tops, and a gold tiara—none of which went together. But with that shiny skirt, I was a princess and it was perfect. Costumes are popular around Halloween, but for young children, they’re great any time of year. With costumes, kids try on different personas. They can be teachers, they can be parents, they can be the ones in charge. They can role-play as the rule follower or the rule maker, all in a safe space. In this issue, we have a costume suggestion—“Duck, Duck, Goose Dress-Up” (pages 32–33)—that’s just right for a small group of siblings or…

1 min.
ready for halloween

Tex, Indi, and their family were having a great time at the Halloween fair. “I found the biggest pumpkin!” said Indi. “This one’s even bigger!” said Tex. “Look,” said their sister, Arizona. “Here’s the biggest one of all!” After they picked pumpkins, they bought special treats for the animals in the petting zoo. “Hey, you silly goat,” said Tex, laughing. “You’re supposed to eat the treats, not my shoelaces.” “Aww,” said Indi. “Look at these cute piglets, Tex.” “And look at these Halloween bunnies,” said Arizona. “They’re orange with black stripes.” When they got home, they sipped hot apple cider and carved their pumpkins. “I wish we had that big pumpkin so we could make the world’s biggest jack-o’-lantern,” said Tex. “I wish we had a soft Halloween bunny as a pet,” said Arizona. “We may not have a Halloween bunny,”…

1 min.
flies for dinner?

Ginger Paws wanted to go to the cat costume party. Mama Paws held up two costumes. “Do you want to be a spider or a puppy?” she asked him. “I want to be a spider,” said Ginger Paws. “I want to be the scariest kitty at the party.” At the party, Ginger Paws crept up to his friends and tried to scare them. But his friends just sipped their drinks. When it was time for snacks, Itty-Bitty Kitty handed the “spider” a plate. “What’s that?” asked Ginger Paws. “A plate of blueberry flies,” said Itty-Bitty Kitty. “Spiders always eat flies.” Ginger Paws ran to his mama. “Where is that puppy costume?” he asked. After he changed, Ginger Paws danced with his friends. “We’re the happiest kitties at the party,” he said.…

1 min.
green, yellow, and red

Bebo and Juan were walking down a path in Central Park. “I love fall and its colors,” said Bebo. “Sí, mira. Hay hojas verdes, amarillas y rojas,” said Juan, pointing at the trees. Bebo looked at the green, yellow, and red leaves. When they left the park, they walked past a corner deli. “Mira,” said Juan. “Hay manzanas verdes, amarillas y rojas.” Bebo looked at the green, yellow, and red apples. He bought two apples and gave one to Juan. The two friends continued walking and eating their apples until they arrived at an intersection. “Mira,” said Juan, pointing at the traffic lights. “Hay luces rojas.” “Yes, red lights mean we stop,” said Bebo. One traffic light turned yellow and then red. The cars stopped at the red light. The other light turned green. “Mira,” said Juan. “Hay luces verdes.” “Now we can…

1 min.
making new friends

Little Bunny’s friend Squirrel had a new friend, Groundhog. Little Bunny saw Squirrel and Groundhog heading to the park. He saw them at the ice-cream shop. He saw them riding bikes. Little Bunny remembered when he and Squirrel used to do those things together. He missed hanging out with Squirrel. “I miss Squirrel,” said Little Bunny. “He’s always playing with Groundhog.” “Have you called Squirrel?” Papa asked. “No,” said Little Bunny. “Have you gone to his house?” “No,” said Little Bunny. Papa gave Little Bunny a hug. “Well, you might want to think about what to do,” he said. Little Bunny thought about it. Maybe Papa was right. When Little Bunny went over to Squirrel’s house, he saw Squirrel and Groundhog playing ball in the backyard. “Hi,” he said. “May I play, too?” Squirrel grinned. “Of course, Little Bunny. I have been wanting…

1 min.
mexican horchata

You Need • ¾ cup uncooked white rice• 8 cups of water• 1½ teaspoons cinnamon• ¾ teaspoon vanilla• ½ teaspoon salt• 1¹/8 cups milk• ½ cup sugar 1. Soak the rice in half the water overnight. 2. Pour the rice-and-water mixture into a blender. Add cinnamon, vanilla, salt, milk, and sugar. Adult: Blend the mixture until the rice is broken down. 3. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a large pitcher. 4. Add the rest of the water and stir well. Large photo by iStock/paulaphoto; top photo by iStock/joshuaraineyphotography; small photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…