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Highlights High Five September 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.
$8.78(Incl. tax)
$58.54(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
we’re listening

As the editor of Highlights High Five™, I consider reading and responding to our readers one of my more important tasks. And when readers send in comments or questions, we do our best to respond honestly and thoughtfully. Because our readers are learning to read and write, we receive all manner of e-mails and notes, many with drawings. And earlier this year, we even had one subscriber who made us a video. This young reader and her mom had a suggestion for improving our mini-book instructions: why not put the staples on the inside so they don’t hurt your hands when you hold the book? What a great suggestion! This month, you’ll see that the instructions for the mini-book are a little different and noticeably improved. And as you read this issue,…

1 min
ready for school

Charlie was helping Tex and Indi get ready for their first day of school. “No, Charlie!” said Indi, scooting him off her special first-day-of-school outfit. “No, Charlie!” said Tex, taking Charlie out of his new backpack. “Hmm,” said Mom, smiling. “It looks as if somebody wants to go to kindergarten with you.” “Aww. Sorry, Charlie,” said Tex. “Kitties aren’t allowed in school. But we promise to tell you all about it when we get home.” After school, Tex and Indi rushed home to tell Charlie all about their first day. “Our teacher, Ms. French, is so nice,” Indi told Charlie. “I got to water our tree.” “I played with my new friend Alton at recess,” Tex added. “And we all drew pictures of our families,” said Indi. “Look, Charlie. There you are.” Charlie hopped right on top of…

1 min
which shoes to choose?

One morning, Maria was putting on her shoes. Then she stopped. “Look, Mom,” she said. “There’s a hole in the toe!” “You’ve grown—and so have your feet!” said Mom. “Let’s go shopping for shoes this afternoon.” When they entered the store, Maria saw shelves full of shoes. A friendly lady in the children’s section measured Maria’s foot to figure out her size. First, Maria tried on some black shoes. Next, she tried on some red ones. Soon, there were shoeboxes everywhere. “Which shoes would you like?” Mom asked. Maria looked at all the shoes. “I can’t decide,” she said. Then she thought for a moment. She picked up her old shoes, the ones with the hole. “I want shoes like these,” she said. Maria beamed as they left the store. In her hands was a box with…

1 min
what is that?

Spunky and Pepe were walking in the rain forest when they saw something on the ground. It was smooth and white. “What is that?” asked Spunky. “Es un huevo,” said Pepe. As they tiptoed closer, they heard a crack. A thin line appeared down the shell. The egg was hatching! A long snout with tiny teeth poked out of the shell. “What is that?” asked Spunky. “Es una boca,” said Pepe. Then the crack grew bigger. Soon they could see the baby’s head. “What is that?” asked Spunky. “Es una cabeza,” said Pepe. The baby finally crawled out of the shell. It had four legs, a long tail, and a long body. “What is that?” asked Spunky. “¡Es un cocodrilo!” said Pepe. The baby looked up at them and then ran to the water. “Welcome to the world, baby crocodile!” said Spunky. “Adiós, bebé…

1 min
trash-truck parade

Come on, everybody, today’s the day. Let’s head outside for the Trash-Truck Parade! Rumble, rumble down the street, Here come the trucks for us to meet. First comes recycling in the truck that’s blue. It takes used stuff to make something new. Bottles and cans and paper and tins, The truck lifts it all up, then dumps it all in. Next comes the driver in the truck that’s green. He puts our old plants in the mulch machine. Our grass and leaves and flower clippings Become compost and mulch and new wood chippings. Last comes the garbage truck, the truck that’s gray. It moves our junk to the landfill today. All our scraps and rubbish and trash Go up in the truck with a great big CRASH! Toot, toot! The garbage workers honk and…

1 min
harvest pasta salad

You Need • 8 ounces short pasta, such as penne• 1 tablespoon olive oil• ¼ cup pesto• ¼ cup mayonnaise• 1 tablespoon lemon juice• ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese• Salt and pepper to taste• 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved• ¾ cup cooked green peas• ¾ cup cooked corn Before You Begin Adult: Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Toss with olive oil and set aside to cool. 1. Whisk pesto, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a large bowl. 2. Add the cooled pasta and toss. 3. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Fold in the tomatoes, peas, and corn. Serve cold. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…