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Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children May 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
digging for fun

Caves are “deeply” exciting to explore. I’ve hiked in a few caves to see the beautiful rock formations, and once I went to a concert in an underground cave. I’ve also been 300 feet beneath the earth to tour a coal mine. Most of these places were chilly, damp, and dark. Each of these experiences was fun and interesting, but I was also glad to see blue sky again. In “Dig Deep” (pages 14–19), we show you some of the deepest places in the United States and the world. Two caves in the U.S. are one and a half times as deep as the Eiffel Tower is tall. And Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, is more than a mile deep. Just imagine how cold that lake must be. Brrr! Most likely, the…

1 min
amazing pets

We love our goofy, snuggly, amazing pets! And some pets have extraordinary skills. One such pet is Eba (at right). In 2017, whale biologist Dr. Deborah Giles adopted Eba. It soon became clear that Eba had the skills and energy to become a part of the Conservation Canines, a program at the University of Washington that trains dogs to detect wildlife scat—that is, poop. Eba is trained to sniff out orca scat. She rides at the front of a boat with Dr. Giles. When Eba gets a scent, she whines and sniffs the air, pointing her nose in the direction of the scat. Once the scat is collected, researchers study it at their lab to keep track of the endangered whale population. Their findings are used to help protect the whales!…

1 min
lunar eclipse

In the very early morning of May 26, the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow. If you get up before the Sun rises, you may catch the lunar eclipse! The western United States, including Hawai‘i and most of Alaska, will be able to see the total eclipse, while the rest of the U.S. will see a partial eclipse. The Full Moon will also be at its closest point to Earth, which makes it appear a bit larger in the sky. For those who can see the total eclipse, the Moon may take on a reddish glow, making it what some call a Super Blood Moon.…

1 min
a seriously old flower

Scientists have discovered a new type of flower—from 100 million years ago! The tiny plant measures just 2 millimeters across. Researchers think that it was probably part of a cluster of many similar flowers. The flower has been almost perfectly preserved in fossilized tree resin, known as amber,since the mid-Cretaceous period. During that time, dinosaurs still roamed the earth. The plant was found in an area of Southeast Asia known for its amber deposits. The area was once an ancient forest, where resin puddled under trees that had been damaged by storms or insects. For millions of years, the amber has trapped and preserved insects, snakes, plants, birds, and other ancient life. It gives us glimpses into the age of dinosaurs!…

1 min
about you

I am so happy to see that the way people look at what is feminine is changing. I myself am proud to be strong. Eleanor Klein Age 10 • Washington I love dance! I’m still on flat—not wearing pointe shoes yet. “Get on your feet, and it’s sweet!” Madeleine Grofman Age 8 • Illinois Tennis is my favorite sport. My other hobbies are ukulele and singing. Cici (my Chinese name is Wu Qin) Age 8 • China My dad is my hero. He is kind and takes care of me. And he takes care of the bird feeders and chases away the squirrels. Adam Scott Age 6 • Indiana My puppy is cute. His spots are like mini cookies, and he is very cuddly. Harper Guymon Age 7 • Washington I like this saying: “If you have to choose between…

3 min
lucky feet

“Number 7, Jobie Nymble, takes the lead,” cried the announcer. “Just one more hurdle and—” Cheers erupted. “Jobie Nymble from Riverside Middle School takes first place in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles!” The crowd went wild as Jobie’s teammates whooped. “Way to go, Sweet Spikes,” they yelled. “County championships, here we come,” squealed Jobie, patting her worn neon-green track spikes. They were bursting at the seams, but she didn’t care. They were her lucky shoes and she loved them. “Next Saturday, we’re taking home the gold,” Jobie whispered to her spikes, excitedly retying them. Pop! She sighed as she stared at the broken-off piece of shoestring dangling between her fingers. “Don’t forget, guys,” chirped Marisol, one of her teammates. “My birthday party is next Friday at Hidden Park.” “Beep. Party recorded in calendar,” joked Jobie in her best…