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Highlights for Children September 2018

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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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1 min.
fun this month

Who Made the Mess? Use the clues to figure out which pet knocked over the plant. THE MISCHIEVOUS PET • has white paws. • has brown ears. • doesn’t have a pink nose. Fall Flip Book Choose a tree in your neighborhood with leaves that change color in the fall. Take a photo of the tree from the same angle once or twice a week throughout the season. With a parent’s help, print the photos. Stack them in order and staple them on the left side. Flip through the book to watch the tree transform! Find the Pictures Can you f ind each of these 10 pictures a t another place in this magazine? Tongue Twister Theo drew three triangles.…

1 min.
teasing troubles

If you have ever been teased, you are not alone. At Highlights, we receive lots of letters and e-mails from kids who are being teased. They say they are teased about their clothes, their looks, their speech, their name—all kinds of things! Often, the people doing the teasing don’t realize that their behavior is hurtful. But sometimes they do. In this month’s Ask Arizona story, “Take Me to a Tease-Free Planet!” (pages 40–41), Arizona finds a way to deal with a few mean kids who are teasing her. It’s hard to understand why people choose to embarrass others instead of befriending them. In my experience, people who make others feel bad on purpose do it so they can feel better about themselves. But it never really works out that way. Teasing…

4 min.
mischief in mystic valley

“Why is it raining frogs?” As the new girl in Mystic Valley, Chloe had lots of questions. “Where’s the town library?” “About five minutes from school.” Amber pointed out the cafeteria window with her spoon. “And the movie theater?” Chloe asked. “Right next to the library.” Chloe had one more question, though it felt too obvious to ask. “Why is it raining frogs?” “Wizards,” Amber said, not skipping a beat. Chloe frowned. Making new friends was going to be harder than she’d thought. “It’s true!” Amber said. “Two grumpy wizards live just outside town. They always do stuff like this. Ask anyone!” Chloe missed her old town, her old friends, her old weather. The wizard story sounded too weird to be true. Was Amber making it up? At the end of the day, she asked her science teacher, Mr. Boyer, about the…

2 min.
a winning team

Twelve-year-old Noah Aldrich loves to play sports—something that he wished his younger brother could do with him. Ten-year-old Lucas Aldrich can’t walk, talk, or feed himself because of a rare brain disorder he has had since birth. Noah wanted his brother to know what it feels like to be part of a sport instead of having to sit and watch. So Noah started doing triathlons, taking Lucas along with him through the whole race. Noah tugs Lucas in a raft for the 200-yard swim, pulls him in a cart for the 5-mile bike race, and pushes him in a buggy for the 1-mile run. The brothers have done 19 triathlons together. We asked Noah what that’s like. How did you get the idea to include Lucas in these events? My mom showed me…

1 min.
where does wind come from?

Hang on to your hat! Wind comes from (drumroll, please) . . . THE SUN! Well, wind doesn’t travel from the Sun, but light rays do, and . . . Let’s back up for a second. Wind is basically just the movement of a bunch of air in the same general direction. Differences in air pressure and temperature get it going. What causes these differences, you ask? THE SUN! Because of the way Earth rotates, solar light rays heat some parts of Earth’s surface more than others. Air at hot spots rises and expands, leaving low pressure beneath it. Air at cold areas cools and falls, creating high pressure. When high-pressure air rushes into a low-pressure area, that rush of air is WIND! So the next time your umbrella gets blown inside out…

1 min.
air on the edge

When you blow into a recorder, the stream of air hits a sharp edge inside it, splitting the stream. As the air swirls above and below that edge and up and down in the recorder, those musical gymnastics create sound waves. 1 Air blown into the mouthpiece moves through a narrow slit called a windway. 2 Air leaves the windway and hits the sharp edge of the slanted cut. Some air flows up the slant and out the hole, while some flows into the recorder body. 3 As you continue to blow air into the mouthpiece, air flowing in and out of the recorder pushes and pulls on the column of air inside. The air stream vibrates in waves. 4 Covering finger holes on the recorder makes the waves travel farther. The farther they…