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Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children July 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
undersea mysteries

Sharks! To be honest, they look a little scary, especially when they open their mouths. But they are also amazing, fascinating creatures. Much has been written about sharks in books and TV documentaries. They are studied both in the wild and in aquariums, where they are a must-see exhibit. You might suppose that sharks have been studied so much that we now know everything about them. But no! Check out “Sharks!” (pages 14–18) to discover what the newest research tells us. You can also read about some new findings related to dolphins in “Five Questions” with scientist Helen Bailey (page 24). A Highlights reader once wrote to us about his dream of becoming a scientist who studied the ocean. He worried, though, that everything was already known and that there were no…

2 min

July is Ice Cream Month People have been enjoying frozen concoctions for centuries. But some of the popular flavors throughout history might surprise you. Ancient people all over the world savored drinks chilled with ice and snow and flavored with honey and fruit juices. Around the year 1500, cream was added to the recipes. And by the 1700s, cafés all over Europe were selling “cream ice” in flavors like macaroon. In America, Thomas Jefferson was known to be a fan of ice cream with fresh figs. And when First Lady Dolley Madison moved into the White House, she served oyster ice cream! Cookbooks from that time also had recipes for flavors like asparagus, Parmesan, and chestnut. Today, chocolate and vanilla are the most popular flavors by far! What’s yourfavoritescoop? Making a Splash In 1950, Edgar Ellington…

1 min
about you

Stuff you love, things you tried, and what you wish other kids knew about you. I go bird-watching with my dad. Layla Lewis Age 9 • Oregon I made up a math board game when we couldn’t go to school because of COVID. Ava Foley Age 7 • Minnesota My ideas for family kindness: make lunch for my brothers, do their chores to surprise them, set the table. Isaiah Age 11 Pennsylvania When I feel negative energy, I let it out in a positive way. I squeeze a stress ball or drink cold tea. Makayla Age 9 • Arizona I love history, but that’s mostly all people see of me, and I’ve been bullied. I hope you see me as more. Charlee Age 10 • Illinois I love baseball, but at times I used to get so upset. I’ve learned to be like…

3 min

W e are always learning new things about sharks. Scientists study how they swim, eat, hang around together, and—in some cases—glow in the dark. The discoveries shared here may be new, but two things haven’t changed. First, sharks need more fans than ever because many species are endangered. Second, it’s hard to get people to love sharks because, you know, the teeth. Things often seem scarier when they’re mysterious to us. Do a little research about the safety recommendations for your ocean community. Talk to a parent about the best way to find this information. You might visit your local library, talk to lifeguards or experienced surfers, or reach out to ocean specialists. Make sure to ask specific questions about anything you’re nervous or unsure about. Having more information may help you feel more…

1 min
space jellyfish

SPOTLIGHT This galaxy is plowing through hot gas. Our galaxy has lots of stars, plus gas and dust that give birth to even more stars. But the galaxy shown here (don’t worry; it’s not ours!) is in trouble. It’s speeding through super-hot gas. That hot gas tears away the galaxy’s much colder gas, the gas that is trying to make new stars. The result is that the galaxy now looks like a jellyfish in space. This galaxy will keep plowing through hot gas and eventually lose all of its own gas and dust. Then it won’t be able to make new stars. SEND US A QUESTION! SEE PAGE 38…

1 min
helen bailey

1 HOW DO MARINE MAMMALS USE SOUND? Sound is their primary sense. They use it to communicate, navigate, and find food. Marine mammals are much more sensitive to sound than we are. 2 HOW DO YOU STUDY SOUNDS IN DEEP WATER? We use T-PODs, which are hydrophones (underwater microphones) with a part that filters sound. We anchor them to the seafloor with weighted ropes. The T-PODs can detect dolphin and porpoise clicks. Each one has a float at the surface so we can retrieve them. 3 WHAT TYPES OF NOISES DID YOU RECORD? We measured the noise produced when wind turbines were anchored to the seafloor. Before the work began, we measured the ocean sounds. Then we measured the noise during and after the work to see if it would impact the animals. 4…