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Highlights for Children October 2020

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The experts at Highlights know how to keep kids motivated while they learn. Filled with fiction, nonfiction, Hidden Pictures®, skill-building puzzles, science experiments and more, this read-only digital version of Highlights magazine strengthens reading abilities, promotes creativity, sharpens thinking skills, and helps build confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 6-12.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear reader imagine that!

What makes someone good at imagining? This is one of the brain-tickling questions in BrainPlay (page 39). Like most of the thinking questions we include in this monthly feature, it has many good answers. What are some of the answers your brain came up with? I’ve always believed that reading is something that makes us good at imagining. This issue is especially full of stories and artwork that will fuel imagination. From a funny poem about make-believe monsters (page 6) to an article about fantastical creatures that were imagined by people thousands of years ago (pages 22–25), it’s fun to imagine a make-believe world. But imagining—asking “What if ?”—also helps us in the real world. Asking “What if ?” helps writers come up with interesting plot twists. It helps scientists arrive at new…

1 min.
road-work jamboree

The monsters had a party On Highway 54. They detoured all the traffic For twenty miles or more. They brought balloons and party hats And had a joyous spree, Thundering up and down the lanes On road machinery. They drove the yellow grader. They dumped the big dump truck. They started up a tractor When the front loader got stuck. They bulldozed heaps of gravel, They dug deep holes in sand, They rode upon a swinging crane, This happy monster band. They had a rumbling road race With machines of every kind—And when at last they finished, They left their hats behind.…

4 min.
monster magic

“It’s the Creepy Claw.” “BOO!” “Oh, I’m sooo scared,” Kyla said with a smirk. Ben crawled out from under his sister’s bed and waved the monster hand. “Come on! I made you jump.” Kyla pinched her thumb and finger together. “Yeah, about this high.” “You’re no fun.” Kyla peered at the fake hand. “Is that Dad’s old work glove?” Ben grinned. “It was. Now it’s the Creepy Claw, an essential part of my monster costume. Ever since turning 13, Ben’s sister had been acting all grown up. Trunk-or-Treat is tonight. Want to help me decorate our car and give out candy?” Kyla shook her head. “Ana and I are going to the Halloween party at the rec center. Sorry.” Ben sighed. Kyla and her best friend, Ana, shared a birthday. Ever since turning 13 a couple of months ago, they had…

1 min.
goofus and gallant

There’s some of Goofus and Gallant in us all. When the Gallant shines through, we show our best self. “That’s nothing.I caught a shark,”says Goofus. “OK,let’s look around,but we really shouldn’t,”says Goofus. Gallant uses good judgment. “Wow,that must have been quite a fish!”says Gallant. YOUR Goofus and Gallant Moments “I felt like Goofus when I laughed at a boy who fell.” James, Age 10, Washington “I felt like Gallant when I volunteered at the nursing home near me last year.” Sofia, Age 12, Maryland Tell us when you’vefelt like Goofus or Gallant! Visit HighlightsKids.com or write to Highlights Goofus and Gallant Moments 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431…

1 min.
more than a meal

When Vani Sharma was five, her older sister, Anitha, was ill and had to stay in the hospital for a month. Vani and her parents often stayed close by, and a Ronald McDonald House program near the hospital served them some meals. This organization offers food and a homelike place to stay so that families of hospitalized children can be together as much as possible. Vani remembers eating pasta meals prepared there by kind and welcoming volunteers. Her family was grateful for the support they received. After Anitha recovered, they all decided to volunteer. Seven years later, they and their friends continue helping out there by preparing a meal for 50 to 70 guests once a month. A Warm Welcome Over the years, Vani has taken on more responsibility during her family’s visits.…

1 min.
tough travelers

Unlike many North American insects, monarch butterflies cannot survive freezing temperatures. So, at the end of each summer, monarchs set out on a long journey south. The migrating butterflies fly about 30 miles each day, facing such dangers as storms, extreme temperatures, and collisions with moving vehicles. By late October, millions of monarchs arrive in California and Mexico to spend the winter. Some will have flown almost 3,000 miles! But these tough travelers are built to make the journey. Monarchs soar and glide on air currents instead of always flapping their wings. This saves energy and keeps the wings in good shape. By day, they travel alone or in small groups. At night, they may gather in trees to rest. Roosting together may shelter them from wind and help protect them from predators. Their…