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Highlights for Children September 2017

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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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fun this month

Sights to See Marissa and her dad just hiked 8.6 miles! Can you figure out which landmarks they visited? (Assume they walked back to the sign after visiting each location.) Answer on Super-Silly Story Time Choose one of the topics below and write your own silly story. 1. A dinosaur dance party 2. A kid who turns invisible when she or he sneezes 3. Magical chicken nuggets Find the Pictures Can you find each of these 10 pictures at another place in this magazine? Mystery Photo Answer on page 38. 4 Helpful Homework Habits 1. Make a “to do” list. Put the most important items first. Check things off as you complete the tasks. 2. Tidy up your workspace. Less mess means fewer distractions. 3. Take a short break. Stand up, stretch, and do a couple of jumping jacks to get your blood pumping. 4.…

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s ’ more , please !

As a kid, I loved to camp. I still do. My favorite part is the campfire. Over the years, I’ve sat around a lot of campfires, as a Girl Scout and as part of a camping family. I’ve sung a lot of songs, laughed at skits, listened to ghost stories—and enjoyed a few s’mores. A s’more, as you probably know, is a sweet, gooey dessert. It’s made by squashing a warm marshmallow and a square of chocolate bar between graham crackers. This treat earned its name because after you’ve had one, you want “some more.” Mmm . . . If you like s’mores, try our recipes for s’mores with a twist (pages 5 and 18). You won’t need a campfire—but you may find yourself wishing for one. Let me know which recipe…

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do you know you ?

Itty-Bitty Bones To find the smallest bones in the human body, look A in the pinkie toe of each foot. B at super-small ribs that twirl when you hiccup. C in the ears. Amazing Muscles Your body has more than 600 muscles. Which of these things don’t muscles do? A Help you swallow B Help your hair grow C Help you somersault In a Heartbeat Each time your heart beats, it pumps another/ 4 cup of blood through its four parts. What are the heart’s parts called? A Right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle, and left ventricle B The north, south, east, and west wings C Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo Teacher’s Pet Where on your body is the pupil? A In the brain’s memory, to help you on tests B On the belly (where it’s also called the belly button) C In the eye, to let in light The…

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gallant challenge ! what is your “ wish” ?

D r. Garry Cleveland Myers, who co-founded Highlights in 1946, wrote many poems that he called “wishes.” He used these poems as a way to share things he wished for—especially his hopes for becoming his best self. Share Your Wish What is your wish? We’d love to know! Write a wish poem (up to 75 words long). Please include your name, age, and address, and mail to Highlights Wishes 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 In a future issue, we’ll publish a few wish poems from kids. In this poem, Dr. Myers wrote about his wishes: The wishes that I wish Are not of things to sell or buy But of those things that I Can make come true myself. Of things that perish never, Of things that last forever. Some wishes told of habits he wanted…

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i dig dinosaurs !

Fossils can tell us stories from long ago. As a paleontologist (pay-lee-on-TAHL-uh-jist), I hunt for dinosaur fossils to learn their stories and to see how our planet has changed over time. Sometimes that search turns up something big. Skye Quest Two years ago, I took some of my university students and my friend and fellow paleontologist Tom Challands to look for signs of dinosaurs on the Isle of Skye, off the shore of Scotland. We drove to a lonely coastline in the far north, miles from any town. It was not a nice day to work outside. The sun stayed hidden, rain fell, and violent ocean waves splashed us. We spent the day crawling over cold, wet rocks, looking for fossil bones. Finally, as it was getting dark, we decided to call it quits. The…

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“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Fairy.” “Fairy who?” “It’s fairy nice to meet you.” Carla Saborido, New York Jake: Why are you taking a ruler to bed with you? Jane: To see how long I sleep. Jaelyn Smith, Pennsylvania A book never written: Staring Contest by Kent Blink. Mackensie Rhan, Tennessee Alaina: Emily made fun of my hair. I felt bad at first. Ben: But not anymore? Alaina: No—I built a bridge and got over it! Ben Grossman, Illinois Vlad: Have you ever seen a medieval cow? Bruce: No, I haven’t. Have you? Vlad: Yes, it was legend-dairy! Vlad, Texas Chameleon #1: Sorry, do I know you? Chameleon #2: I’m your friend, remember? Chameleon #1: Oh, how you’ve changed! Madison, Minnesota Make us laugh! Send a joke or riddle, along with your name, age, and address, to Highlights 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431…