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Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children March 2021

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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United States
Highlights for Children, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
our lucky charms

When I was a kid, I once found a four-leaf clover in our backyard. I knew that four-leaf clovers are rare, but I didn’t know how “lucky” I was to find one until I read “What Are the Odds?” (page 4). Had I known, I might have been more careful with it. I lost it soon afterward—along with a lucky key chain and a lucky coin. It’s fun to pretend that things like four-leaf clovers can bring us good fortune. But I believe that we make our own good luck with hard work. Sometimes our hard work pays off in ways we don’t expect. And often we owe some of our good fortune to the help of others. We are “lucky” when someone else takes the time to give us the…

1 min
what are the odds?

According to Irish tradition, finding a four-leaf clover will bring you good luck. But just how hard is it to find one? In a typical group of the plants, the estimated odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first try are 1 in 10,000. That means that for every 10,000 clovers you look at, the odds are that one of them will have four leaves instead of three. Want better odds? Some people believe that finding a heads-up penny is good luck. The odds that a found penny will be heads up are 1 in 2. Good-fortune seekers can also break a wishbone. Two people hold a wishbone, make a wish, then break it apart. It is said that the person who gets the bigger piece will get his or her wish.…

1 min
heads up!

Flying cars may be here sooner than you think! Japan’s SD-03 flying car made its first successful test flights in August and September. The company, SkyDrive, is aiming for a release in 2023 after more safety testing. One Stinky Planet March 13 is the 240th anniversary of the discovery of the planet Uranus. According to a recent study, the seventh planet from the sun might be the stinkiest. In 2018, scientists studied the light reflected off clouds over Uranus. The researchers found that the clouds contain hydrogen sulfide—the same molecule that makes rotten eggs so stinky!…

1 min
about you

My favorite subjects are science and art. When I grow up, I want to go to London and be a painter. Savine Age 8 • Indonesia My favorite book series is Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems. Here is my drawing of Gerald. Lizzy Age 6 • Washington I love sports and staying active! I especially enjoy exercising with friends when I can. Aniyah Age 10 • Tennessee Once on a cruise trip, I saw some cargo ships. When COVID-19 is over, I hope my family can do another trip and see more cargo ships! Eric Age 7 • Virginia When I’m looming, it makes me so happy. I get creative, and I tell myself not to get frustrated. Vasari Fazio Age 8 • Arizona I love karate! I kick, I punch, I practice my routines, and I earn belts. Gillian Newby Age 11…

4 min
what’s that smell?

The nose helps us a lot. It tells us when dinner is almost ready and leads the way to cake. It also steers us away from rotten eggs, rancid meat, stinky feet, and other nasty stuff. We sniffed out the facts about some real stinkers. (Spoiler: the culprit is often an element called sulfur.) Skunk Never scare a skunk! But if you do, don’t freak out. You can still avoid a stinky squirt. Stay at least 10 feet away. That’s how far it can spray. The skunk usually warns you first. It will hiss, arch its back, raise its tail, and stamp its feet. If you don’t back off, it will point its rear end at you. The sight of its built-in squirt gun is your last warning. If you haven’t backed…

1 min
dog nose

Dogs are famous for their super snouts. Those sensitive noses are good for finding food and checking out new dogs, people, and places. For thousands of years, hunters have trained dogs to track prey. Today, dogs do many jobs. They find injured people after earthquakes and other disasters. They help fight crime by sniffing out illegal drugs and explosives. And because of the dog’s nose, stinkbugs, bedbugs, and termites have nowhere to hide. Studies show that dogs can even detect some diseases in humans. How does a dog’s nose perform these feats? It’s 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than the human nose, at least for some odors. As in our nose, the airway in a dog’s nose has a lining that senses odors. In a human nose, the lining is the…