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December 2017 | 40
P
A
E
L
into
Winter!
Make
SUGAR
CRYSTALS
Page 22
Wreath
Toss
Page 13
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Hitting the
Slopes
For a twist,
use mint chips
instead of
candy canes.
Candy-Cane
Combos
START
Ask a parent to help with
anything hot or sharp!
Uh-oh! Alia got
separated from her
group. Help her get
down the slope to
meet her friends.
1 . Chocolate-Peppermint
Pancakes
Sprinkle crushed candy
canes and chocolate
chips into buttermilk
pancake batter. Cook until
done. Top with whipped cream.
2. Candy-Cane Cocoa
Press marshmallows into
finely crushed candy canes.
Put them in a mug of hot
chocolate.
c oco a e.
Sprink
3. Minty Sprinkles
N
FI
IS
Mix pieces of candy
c
cane with your
you
favorite ice cream.
cream
H
Answer on page 38.
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Festive Mug
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Tongue Twister
Parth picked
purple presents.
38 .
Tie colorful ribbons to
the handle of a mug
and stick bows on the
front to celebrate
the season.
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of these 11 pict
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this magazine?
at another place in
December
2017 | 40
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Dear Reader
By Richa Shah, Managing Editor
editor.champs@delhipress.in
DECEMBER 2017 • VOLUME 5 • ISSUE NO. 57
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Go Slow to Go Fast
The festival season is one of joy and cheer, but it
also brings with it a list of so many things that need
to get done! From decorating the Christmas tree to
shopping for gifts, from making plans for sleepovers
to finishing holiday homework, sometimes it seems
like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete
all your chores.
One way to enjoy the holiday fun is to go slow while
doing each task at hand. This may seem contrary
to logic, but works a lot better than hurrying. Going
slow does not mean postponing things that need to be
done, but completing each job before moving on to the
next one.
This month’s story ‘‘Hurry-Scurry!’’ (pages 18–20),
is about a king who goofs up every task because he
is in a hurry to get ready for the princess’s birthday
party. He realizes that by not focusing on one task at
a time, nothing is done properly, and at the end of the
day goes back to begin again without rushing.
You may also want to gift some of the craft ideas
in Crafts (pages 12–13) or try making sugar-crystal
ornaments (pages 22–23) for you and your family.
These sure take time, but grow to become beautiful
structures for your tree.
So go slow this season, and enjoy the difference.
Wishing you happy holidays from all of us at
Highlights Champs!
TM
Your friend,
This magazine of wholesome fun
is dedicated to helping children grow in basic skills and knowledge,
Think Green!
Finished with this issue? Save it to
reread, or pass it along to a friend,
classroom, or library. If it’s too worn
to be read anymore, please recycle it.
creativeness, in ability to think and reason,
in sensitivity to others, in high ideals and worthy ways of living—
for children are the world’s most important people .
in
TM
December
VOLUME 5 • ISSUE NO. 57
TM
Dear Highlights Champs,
—Morgan
Change can be a little scary, but it can be
exciting, too. Hope these tips help, Morgan!
1 Keep in touch
with your friends
through messages,
calls, and photos.
2 At your new school, 3 Talk to
act friendly. Join some
activities and introduce
yourself to other kids.
your parents.
They may have
good ideas.
18
10
24
6
BrainPlay
8
Goofus and
Gallant
Name things that sway.
TM
Who is the nicer visitor?
9
10
Lost Doug
Help Zoey find
her dog.
Reading to Max
Samar meets a special
cat at the shelter.
12
Crafts
14
Hidden Pictures
Puzzle
Beaded candy canes, a snow
globe card, and more.
TM
A “bear” of a hockey game!
4
DECEMBER 2017
15
Jokes
16
Choosing Sides
“Radio who?”
Some animals seem to
be right- or left-pawed.
18
Hurry-Scurry!
21
Danger Detective
22
Grow Sugar-Crystal
Ornaments
Will King Collywobble ever
slow down?
Help Danger Detective keep
the room safe.
Rock candy with a twist.
24
A Kingly Encounter
Yuhina and Kadambo visit
the Eaglenest Sanctuary.
Yuhina a
Kadambo nd
their way t make
the forest hrough
tra
their safaril on
i.
30
32
My Sci
Orbiting a
space potato.
What Makes You
Smile?
Tell us what makes
you grin!
26
28
Your Superpower
Hypnosis, invisibility, and the
power to finish homework
instantly.
The Mystery Bus Stop
33
Paws and Think
34
Your Own
Pages
on Christmas Eve?
38
Riddles
39
The Timbertoes
40
Ask Arizona
A visit to a Christmastree farm.
36
TM
The wonders of winter.
TM
Too much to do and not
enough time!
42
See more creations by
kids like Anudhadhi!
Who is there?
What did the stamp say
to the envelope?
Dear
Highlights
Champs
TM
How to handle
a chatty
classmate.
What Eshan
Heard on
Christmas Eve
Can animals really talk
Anudhadhi G., Age 8
DECEMBER 2017
5
T
AR
ST
.
ke
hi
a o?
on g
n u
ai yo
br an
ur r c
yo fa
ke w
Ta Ho
What
excites
you
about
your
favorite
sport?
Do
animals
celebrate?
How easy is it
to carry a ball
on your head?
WHAT WOULD
MAKE IT EASIER?
Can you imitate the sound
of a PAGE TURNING?
Name some
things
that
swa
If clothes
changed
colors
throughout
the day, what
would you like
about that?
What is
the most
interesting
thing you’ve
learned this
week?
C
y.
What is great about
your favorite place to
How do
you choose
which toy
to play with
the most?
6
EAT?
Why
do you
think
giraffes
don’t
walk
on two
legs?
THE
END
Why are
cookies flat
underneath?
Snow
By Diana Smith
Art by Maria Bogade
Snow falls
in whispers,
shivers,
swirls,
settles down
cotton quiet,
till it wakes
with a crunch
and a squeak
from red-rubbered feet.
DECEMBER 2017
7
Goaondfus
Gallant
TM
Goofus and Gallant are twins who are very differentone is selfish and thoughtless, the other gentle and
caring. There’s some of Goofus and Gallant in us all.
When the Gallant shines through, we show our best self.
“What was it like growing up on
a farm, Uncle Bill?” says Gallant.
Goofus ignores the people
he’s visiting.
“Hi, Jeff. I came by to get my
sled back,” says Gallant.
“Go tell him it’s time to give
back my yo-yo,” says Goofus.
YOUR Goofus and Gallant Moments
“I felt like Goofus
when I was cooking and
I made a mess.”
“I felt like Gallant when I
turned down my music while
my mom was watching TV.”
Madi, Age 9
8
Michael, Age 8
DECEMBER 2017
Tell us when you’ve felt like
Goofus or Gallant! Visit
HighlightsKids.com or write to
TM
A-4, Shriram Industrial Estate,
Wadala, Mumbai-400031,
Maharashtra
Email:
highlightschamps@delhipress.in
Art by Leslie Harrington.
Lost Doug
By
Moore
y Crystal
y
Zoey’s dog, Doug, is missing!
He has white-and-tan fur, pointy
ears, a curly tail, and an orange
collar. Can you find him?
S! h
U
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BO nglis
the E atian,
Find
lm
g, Da iever,
o
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l
l
bu
retr .
n
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a
Answers
on page 38.
Scrambled Spinners
By Sherry Timberman
Unscramble the letters below to find
the names of things that spin or turn.
1. POT
2. RITE
3. LEER
4. SLOOP
5. CREWS
6. RATHE
7. REMIX
8. LERBDEN
9. BEEFSIR
10. WILLMIND
Answers on page 38.
DECEMBER 2017
9
Samar started
reading, and
Max purred.
Reading
to Max
By Heather Klassen
Art by Renée Kurilla
“This Saturday, we’ll be visiting
“
Samar carried Max to a beanbag
cats at the animal shelter. If you’d
chair. When Samar sat down, Max
like to join us, here’s a f lyer,” said
settled onto his lap.
Ms. Desai, the school librarian.
“Here’s my book,” Samar told Max. He
Samar loved cats, and he had always
had taken a book he’d been working on.
wanted one. He hurried to grab a f lyer.
He started reading, and Max purred.
Then Ms. Desai added, “We’ll be
After a few minutes, Samar
reading to the cats.”
looked up. Some of the cats
Samar stopped. Reading was
stayed on his classmates’
Reading was
hard. Still, he really wanted
laps, but other cats roamed
hard. Still,
to visit the cats, so he took a
the room while the kids
Samar
really
f lyer anyway.
read.
wanted
to
visit
After school, Samar showed
Samar stroked Max’s back.
the
cats.
the f lyer to Dad.
I’m glad Max is staying and
“That sounds great,” Dad said.
listening to me read, he thought.
On Saturday, Samar and Dad met
On the way home, Samar told Dad,
some of Samar’s classmates and their
“Max is the best cat ever.”
parents at the shelter.
“I’m glad you two are buddies,”
“This is Max,” the shelter worker told
Dad said.
Samar as she handed him a gray cat.
All week, Samar waited for Saturday.
10
DECEMBER 2017
When it arrived, Samar got to read
“Yeah,” said Samar.
to Max again. Samar read and read
One day at school, Samar realized
while Max purred and purred.
that reading seemed easier. Still, he
“What if someone adopts Max?”
was surprised when Ms. Desai gave
Samar asked Dad later.
him the Most Improved Reader
“I guess you’d read to a
“Someone award.
different cat,” Dad said.
“I want to show my award
must have
But I don’t want a different
to Max,” Samar told Dad.
adopted
Max.
cat, Samar thought.
But on Saturday, Samar
What
if
I
Samar even told his
couldn’t find Max at
never
see
him
next-door neighbor, Mrs. Patel,
the shelter.
again?”
about Max.
“Someone must have adopted
“Max sounds like a special cat,”
Max. What if I never see him
said Mrs. Patel.
again?” Samar said, frowning.
Samar agreed.
Just then, Mrs. Patel walked into the
Every Saturday, Samar read to Max.
visitors’ room, carrying Max.
“I wish we could adopt Max,” Samar
“Max is a special cat,” Mrs. Patel
said to Dad. He knew they couldn’t.
said. “So I’m adopting him. You can
Mom had allergies.
come over every day to visit him.”
Dad nodded. “But it’s nice you can
Having Max next door will be almost
see Max at the shelter, right?”
like having him as my own cat, Samar
thought. He smiled at Mrs. Patel.
“Now we can read every day,” Samar
told Max as he stroked the cat’s back.
Max purred.
“Max is a
special cat.”
Crafts
Tame your clutter
with this kitty
By Marie E. Cecchini
1. Cover a shoebox with paper, then decorate it to look like
a cat’s body.
2. Draw and cut out a head, tail, and four paw shapes from
construction paper. Decorate them, then tape or glue
them to the box.
3. Store your odds and ends inside.
Decorate your tree with
beaded candy canes
By Glen Arnould
1. Fold up the tip of a chenille stick, then
string beads onto it. Larger beads, such as
12-to-18-millimeter
12-to-18-mi
beads,, work
r best..
2. When you’ve
you’v finished beading,
g, fold up
p
the end of the
th chenille stick and
n
bend the stick
sti into a candy-cane
y n shape.
p .
Make a pool table
for any room
By Cory Ann Derr
1. Cut a 9-inch-by-12-inch piece of felt
into three 9-inch-by-4-inch sections.
Glue the three sections one on top of the
other using tacky craft glue. Let them dry.
2. Cut the three-layer felt into four
¾-inch-wide strips. Cut two of the strips in
half, and trim the other two strips so that each
is 7 inches long. Trim all the ends to 45-degree
angles.
3. Glue the strips around the edges of a second
piece of 9-inch-by-12-inch felt to form the
four corners and two side holes of a pool table.
4. For a ball rack, tape a drinking straw
into a triangle with 3½-inch sides.
5. To play, use unsharpened pencils
as cues, marbles as balls, and a different-colored
marble as a cue ball.
Wreath
Toss
By Annie Beer Rodriguez
1. Cut the center out of two
heavy-duty paper plates.
Glue the rings together.
2. Paint both sides of the
wreath green. Let it dry.
3. For berries, use red paint,
paper, or pompoms.
Snow
Globe
Card
To Play:
Toss the
wreath toward
a doorknob. See
how many times
you can hang it on
the knob.
1. Make a snowman using colored paper
and markers. Glue it on a bed of cotton
balls inside a clean applesauce cup.
2. For snow, add small pieces of
Styrofoam to the cup.
3. For the card, fold a piece of colored
paper in half. Put glue on the top edge
of the cup and place the card on top.
By April Theis 4. Decorate the card with markers and
stickers.
Craft samples by Buff McAllister. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc. and Delhi Press Studio
DECEMBER 2017
13
TM
Want ae?
challeng
A Bear of a Matchup!
k
Fold bac e
hid
to
5
page 1
re
tu
ic
p
the
.
clues
By Mike DeSantis
In this big picture, find the bell, rocket ship, comb, candy corn, carrot, needle, cupcake,
banana, golf club, mushroom, pennant, spoon, and wishbone.
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DECEMBER 2017
Picture Clues
bell
comb
rocket ship
JOKES
“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Radio.”
“Radio who?”
“Radio not,
here I come!”
candy
corn
carrot
needle
Bobby: What time is it when an
elephant sits on your watch?
Sid: I don’t know. What time
is it?
Bobby: I don’t know what time
it is because an elephant sat
on my watch!
Claire
Q: Why can’t your nose be 12
inches long?
A: Because it would be a foot!
Noah Lambert
Sneha Mehta
Q: What is a frog’s favorite year?
A: A leap year.
Q: Why does the teddy bear
never get hungry?
A: Because it is always stuffed.
cupcake
banana
Gauri Samant
Alia Bajaj
Make us laugh!
Priya: What is the second-tolast letter in the alphabet?
Roshni: Y.
Priya: Because I need help with
a project!
golf club
Send a joke or riddle, along with your
name, age, and address, to
TM
A-4, Shriram Industrial Estate, Wadala,
Mumbai-400031, Maharashtra
Email: highlightschamps@delhipress.in
Gabriella
Christmas Tree
mushroom
pennant
A
wishbone
spoon
pine tree.
A fine tree.
A Merry Christmas
BONUS
Can you also find
the musical note,
ruler, acorn, and
crescent moon?
time tree. Won’t you help
me decorate? Then you and I can
celebrate our Christmas yours-and-mine
tree.
—Thomas Ohl
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i
s
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Ch
MY
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S
I U IGHT
R AW
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16
Are animals
“right-handed”
or “left-handed”?
Sides
By Sue Heavenrich
Which hand do you use to
write your name or draw a
picture? Which foot do you use
to kick a ball? Whether it’s the
right or left, you probably use
the same hand or foot to do other
things that require accurate,
well-controlled movements.
That’s called your
dominant side.
About 90
percent of
humans are
right-handed.
Scientists
want to know
if other animals also have
dominant hands or feet—or
paws, f lippers, or claws. To find
out, they watch animals in the
wild and give simple challenges
to zoo animals and pets. So far,
they have discovered that the
answer is not a simple yes or no.
At first, chimpanzees
appeared to be left-handed.
Dr. William Hopkins at
Georgia State University
and his research partners
watched chimpanzees as they
went “termite fishing,” using
twigs and leaves to pull termites
out of the insects’ nests. Most
of the chimps did the job with
their left hand.
But other experiments made
DECEMBER 2017
scientists
wonder if
chimps are
really righthanded. When
chimpanzees ate peanut
butter from a narrow tube,
they tended to use the left
hand to do the easy part (hold
the tube) and a finger on the
right hand to do the hard part
(reach in for the treat).
Scientists wanted
to find out.
Does that mean chimpanzees
are left-handed for some tasks
and right-handed for others?
That’s not likely. Dr. Hopkins
says the chimps may have used
the weaker hand to pull out the
termites and the dominant hand
to swipe off the insects and put
them in their mouths. In that
case, all studies so far would
indicate that chimpanzees
are right-handed.
Chimps share something
in common with us: we all
Photos: page 16 (left) by iStock/Viorika; pages 16–17 (center)
iStock/cynoclub; page 17 (right) iStock/Grigory Bibikov.
have hands—or feet—that we
use to grasp objects. But what
about other animals? Do they
have dominant sides?
Scientists Dr. Deborah Wells
and Dr. Sarah Millsopp
wondered whether cats are
right- or left-pawed. So they
set up a study in their lab at
Queen’s University Belfast
in Northern Ireland. Initially,
they gave the cats the simple
task of reaching for objects
hanging overhead or moving
across the f loor. The cats
showed no preference; they
used either paw.
Dr. Wells and Dr. Millsopp
also included a test that made
the cats perform smaller,
more-controlled movements.
The researchers dropped
a piece of tuna into
a container and wrote
down which paw
each cat used to
fish out the treat. Now the cats
showed a preference. All of the
female cats except one used the
right paw to get the tuna. For
males, it was the opposite:
19 out of 21 used the left paw.
The researchers tested each
cat many times to make sure
it really preferred to use one
paw instead of the other.
They also tested kittens as
they grew to the age of one year.
At first, the kittens used both
paws. Then the scientists noticed
a change. “We discovered that as
they grew older, the cats showed
a stronger paw preference,” said
Dr. Wells. She said this fits with
what scientists observe in
children. By the time kids are
four or five years old, they show
hand dominance.
No one knows why so
many animals seem to have a
dominant side. But whether an
animal has paws, hooves, or fins,
choosing a side seems to come
in, well . . . handy.
See for Yourself
Like a scientist, you can learn
a lot by watching the things
animals do naturally. When a cat
plays with toys and reaches for
objects, notice which paw it uses.
If someone trains a dog to “shake
hands,” watch to see if the dog
offers one paw more often than
the other. The more difficult the
task is, the more likely the animal
will use its preferred side.
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T
I US
LEF
Y
M PAW
DECEMBER 2017
17
y
r
r
u
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Scurry!
By Judyann Ackerman Grant • Art by Josh Cleland
Ruff les! It’s the
.
princess’s birthday
r
I must get ready fo
tonight’s party.
Hurry-scurry!
18
Good morning,
King Collywobble.
I have drawn
your bath.
Your Majesty, don’t you
want to finish your bath?
be!
Hand me my ro
Hurry-scurry!
I must
speak to
the baker!
Why don’t
you sit and
finish eating?
He’ll be here
in a . . .
Bah
Much !
t
Much o do!
to do
!
Wher
e’s m
y
break
fast?
CLATTER
C R AS H
. . . moment.
Sire, let’s follow
a plan.
Hurry-scurry!
I must speak with
the horseman!
. . . cleaned!
But the stables
haven’t been . . .
DECEMBER 2017
19
. . . floors.
Your Majesty,
may we please
slow down?
SPLISH
H
S
A
L
SP
No time! I must
speak with the
decorators!
the
hing
But
s
a
w
are .
s
d
i
..
ma
the
Ruffles,
I am soaked.
Yes,
Your Majesty.
What’s that
in your
hand?
It’s a list to
help you
prepare for
the party.
I am dirty
and hungry.
Yes, Your
Majesty.
1. Take a bath.
2. Eat breakfast.
3. Speak to the
baker. . . .
You are quite
right, Your
Majesty.
I should listen to you more often,
Ruffles. Why don’t you draw my
bath again and I will start over.
There’s no
”
“hurry-scurry
on this list.
Splendid
idea.
20
DECEMBER 2017
Danger
Detective
Danger Detective has just inspected this
room and found more than twenty things
that are not safe. How many can you find?
Would the room you are in pass Danger
Detective’s inspection?
Answers on page 38.
Illustrated by Frank Bolle
DECEMBER 2017
21
W
Rr–O
G
Suga Crystal
You
ake
can m ape
sh
any
in
f its
that ar!
the j
s
t
n
e
m
a
n
r
O
CANDY
IT’S ROCK
IST!
WITH A TW
By Loralee
Leavitt
In about two weeks’ time,
you can create sparkly
rock-candy ornaments for
the holidays. Rock candy is
made by crystallizing sugar
from a solution in which it
has been dissolved. It’s one
of the easiest candies to
make, but one step sounds
impossible: dissolve four
cups of sugar into only
two cups of water! For that,
you need an adult’s help
and a secret weapon—heat.
Rock-candy sugar
crystals are usually grown
on a string or a wooden
stick. Here you’ll use
chenille sticks. They’re
colorful and bendable,
and the many small fibers
give the crystals lots of
places to grow.
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DECEMBER 2017
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WHAT TO DO
1. Twist chenille sticks
into shapes for
ornaments. (Make
sure the shapes
can hang in the jars
without touching
either the glass or
each other.)
2. Put four cups of sugar
into a saucepan. Add
two cups of water.
3. ADULTS ONLY: Heat the
mixture until the sugar
dissolves completely
and comes to a low
boil. Use caution. The
solution gets very hot.
Pour it carefully into
the heat-safe jars.
(We used two pint jars
and were able to hang
two ornaments in
each one.)
4. Let the solution come
to room temperature.
Dip each ornament
into it. Lay the shapes
on waxed paper to dry
for two days.
5. Use thread to hang
each ornament from
a craft stick set
across the top of a
solution-filled jar. The
ornaments should not
touch each other or
the jar.
6. Now . . . wait for about
two weeks. When
the ornaments are
covered with crystals,
lift them from the
jars and hang them to
dry, with waxed paper
underneath to catch
sugary drips.
Heat Helps!
When you need to dissolve a lot of
sugar, heat is the key. Heating the water
causes its molecules to move faster.
That makes them collide more
frequently with the sugar crystals,
knocking sugar molecules from the
crystals. The sugar dissolves in the hot
water, meaning that as the crystals
break apart, their molecules get mixed
in among the water molecules. A lot
more sugar can dissolve in hot water
than at colder temperatures. The
mixture becomes “saturated.”
Once it cools back to room
temperature, there is too much sugar
to stay dissolved in the water. Now
the solution is “supersaturated.” The
ornaments give the sugar molecules
“nucleation” (noo-clee-AY-shun)
sites—places where they begin to form
crystals. As sugar molecules bump into
each other in just the right way, they
lock together, forming the first crystals.
Other sugar molecules in the solution
gradually lock on, and the beautiful
crystalline structure grows.
DECEMBER 2017
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A Kingly Encounter
By Katie Bagli
Yuhina and Kadambo, best
friends and wildlife
enthusiasts, along with Mr.
Kiran, Yuhina’s father, were
glued to the windows of their
jeep, which was making its
way through the narrow,
rough roads of Eaglenest
Wildlife Sanctuary in
Arunachal Pradesh. They
feasted their eyes on brightly
colored birds and butterflies
that fluttered by.
“The dense forest here
easily conceals the birds and
butterflies from their
predators, so they don’t have
dull camouflaging,” said their
guide and driver, Ali, as soon
as they reached the
sanctuary.
They had spent three
joyous days exploring the
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Art by Sonal & Sumit
different parts of the
sanctuary, which was said to
be populated by elephants.
During their treks, they saw
clear-cut signs of the
pachyderms—trampled
vegetation and elephant
droppings—but still hadn’t
caught a glimpse of them.
Yuhina and Kadambo
crossed their fingers,
fervently hoping that today,
their last day, would be lucky.
Their jeep halted at a point
where the passable road
ended. From there onwards,
the four of them explored the
terrain on foot. The girls’
spirits rose; walking was
always more fun. Mr. Kiran
took a deep breath in. “I can
smell adventure in the air!”
he joked.
And true enough, they
were in for an adventure.
They had hardly covered any
ground when Yuhina stopped
in her tracks. She saw the
scaly head of a snake peeking
out from one of the bushes.
“Look, there’s a snake out
there!” she exclaimed. Once
they realized it wasn’t moving
they went closer. They saw
only the skin, complete with
eyes and the outline of the
jaws. Mr. Kiran eased it
gently out of the bush, trying
to ensure it did not break.
“Wow! It seems to have
been a very long snake,”
remarked Kadambo. “I
wonder what kind this is?”
“It appears to be a king
cobra,” Mr. Kiran said,
thrilled. “It must be at least
thirteen feet long.” He folded
the skin and placed it in his
bag. “Snakeskins are
supposed to bring good luck.”
“This means that a snake
has just molted: it has grown
too big for its old skin and
shed it, so he must be close
by,” said an excited Yuhina.
“Let’s look out for the king
cobra,” said Kadambo.
“Be very careful,” Mr.
Kiran warned them. “The
king cobra is one of the most
venomous snakes in the
world.” The four of them
walked on, their eyes wide
open. Ali had armed himself
with a long stick and was in
the lead. Suddenly, he pointed
to a hollow in a tree some
distance away. A blackish
snake was gliding into the
hollow.
“That’s a krait,” he
whispered. “It seems to have
found something to eat.” He
held up a hand. “Let’s not get
too close—these snakes are
quite dangerous.”
The krait had a lizard
dangling from its mouth. Just
then, a king cobra
materialized from nowhere.
The cobra raised a part of its
body erect, four feet above the
ground, flickering its tongue.
In a flash, it struck the
smaller snake. The
unfortunate victim became
limp, turning from hunter to
hunted.
“The cobra’s venom has
paralyzed the krait,” Ali
explained.
The onlookers watched,
wide-eyed, as the krait slowly
disappeared into the larger
reptile’s belly, which began to
bulge. Having finished his
meal, the king cobra slithered
into the vegetation, vanishing
from sight as suddenly as it
had appeared. Yuhina and
Kadambo seemed to be in a
trance after having watched
this magical action of nature.
“Gosh, we better head
back!” Mr. Kiran cried,
looking at his watch. “We
have to be back at the camp
on time to pick up our bags or
we’ll miss the flight.”
So it was that the two
young girls found themselves
back in the jeep, reliving the
whole incredible episode in
their heads.
“Look!” said Yuhina as she
turned to take in the forest
one last time.
Kadambo turned around
just in time to see an
elephant raising its trunk, as
if to wave goodbye.
My superpower would be having a
super punch! That way I can quickly
punch those who attack me. I can
also save others who are in danger.
Kanak Gupta
Age 9 • Bhopal
Aavya Gupta
Age 10 • New Delhi
I’d want the power
of speed so I can
protect people and can
make time slow down
for myself. I would
like to save people
from gun violence.
Divyanand V N
Age 14 • Hubli
I wish that I
could help poor
people. I also wish
that I could put
dishonest and
selfish people
in jail.
Ananya Sharma
Age 9 • Palampur
If I get a superpower
I will collect the
regrets of people and
replace them with
happiness. I want to
spread smiles. I do not
want anyone in the
world to be sad.
Parth Jadhav
Age 13 • Indore
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I want the
superpower of motivation
and happiness. I want to help
those people who are upset and
want to commit suicide.
My superpower will be hypnosis
and the ability to stop time. These
have always fascinated me. But I
want to use them in a good
way. If anyone steals anything I shall
stop time and help the person out. And I can
also hypnotize others to speak the truth.
Asis Rautaray
Age 6 • Odisha
YOUR
S
uperpower
We asked you which superpower
you’d choose. Here are some of the
creative responses we received!
I want the superpower to heal any disease
by touch. I want to heal animal injuries.
With this power I will also help many people by
easing the pain of serious illnesses like cancer and
Alzheimer’s disease.
Aarushi Singh
Age 13 • Ghaziabad
I want a superpower of flight.
I want to enjoy the open skies and
also be able to fly with other birds
birds.
Lulua Rangwala
Age 10 • Mumbai
I would like to
have the power to
bring change in
different creatures
and animals, and to
protect them. I want
to help the world
and also protect it.
Paras Berry
Age 10 • Punjab
I want the
superpower of being
invisible. I would take
money from those who
have black money and
give it to the poor and
needy. I will do this for
their happiness because
we usually ignore the
struggles of the poor.
Umme Patanwala
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Age 8 • Mumbai
Amandeep Singh
Age 12 • Ludhiana
I want the
power to help
beggars. I want
to give them food
and help in other
ways besides
giving money.
Rashida Alihussain
Age 12 • Mumbai
I would
woul
want the power
of invisibility.
I can travel to my
favorite countries
and eat my
favorite food.
I can do so many
more things if I am
invisible.
I want the
ssuperpower
perp er to
my
ffinish
n
y
homework,
homework
ho
k,
because I don’
’t
’t
d n’t
get any
y time
to play.
y.
I wish I had the power to go
anywhere. I would just go and eat
fast food, which my mother rarely
allows me to eat. It would be so
nice to go to a beach or a hill
station in just a few seconds.
Priyanka Bhunya
Age 14 • Haldia
If I have to choose a superpower, then it
would be mind-reading as I want to know
what someone is thinking about me. I
want this so that it can help me improve
my behavior.
Ananya Gupta
Age 10 • Bhopal
Gurleen Kaur
Age 11 • Chandigarh
If I have a superpower
I would like to stop
disasters like floods and
earthquakes. I want to
save a lot of people since
disasters are so
unpredictable.
Dhruv Chopra
Age 11• Panipat
I would like to have light speed as my
superpower. It will be the fastest superpower in the
world. Light travels and passes through the sky to
reach the Earth and illuminate our lives. It also
takes away the darker side of life. So I would like
to bring sunshine in everyone’s life.
Samarth Gupta
Age 12 • East Delhi
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“Hey,
we don’t
usually
stop here.”
The Mystery
Bus Stop
By Susie Sawyer
Art by Edwardian Taylor
“Hurry, Mohit!” Millie called
to her brother.
Mohit caught up just as the
school bus arrived. The doors
opened and they got their first
look at the new bus driver,
Mr. Mehra. There was no smile
on his face. He just nodded
slowly at them as they climbed
the steps.
Millie and Mohit sat together,
three seats behind Mr. Mehra.
His arms were long, and he was
tall and a little hunched over.
Millie watched his stern
ref lection in the mirror above
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him. She wondered if he ever
smiled. “I miss our old driver,”
she whispered.
“Yeah, this guy isn’t as
friendly,” Mohit said.
The bus traveled two more
blocks, then stopped in front
of an abandoned house.
“Hey, we don’t usually stop
here,” whispered Millie.
Mr. Mehra opened the
bus doors.
Millie waited to see who
would get on, but nobody did.
Still, Mr. Mehra nodded his
head, the way he had when she
and Mohit boarded the bus.
Then he closed the doors.
“Did you see that?” Millie
said. “He just opened the
doors and nodded at someone,
but nobody got on!”
Mohit gulped. “That was
weird.”
The bus continued on the
route, and the usual kids got on.
Mr. Mehra nodded at each one.
During school that day, Millie
kept thinking back to what had
happened that morning. It didn’t
make sense.
Mr. Mehra opened
the bus doors
and nodded, but
nobody got on!
At the end of the day, when
she and Mohit got on the bus
to go home, Mohit said, “I think I
figured it out. He probably
stopped to pick up a ghost kid!”
“A ghost kid?” said Millie.
“Maybe Mr. Mehra can see
ghosts,” Mohit said.
“No,” said Millie. “That’s silly.”
But as they rode home, Millie
thought about it. What else could
it be? Why else would he open the
doors? By the time they reached
their stop, she decided Mohit was
right.
The next morning, Millie sat
on the edge of her seat, waiting to
see if the ghost kid would board
the bus again.
They drove two blocks and
Mr. Mehra stopped the bus in
front of the abandoned house.
He opened the doors, leaned
forward with a nod of his head,
and then closed them.
“It happened again!”
said Millie.
“I told you,” said Mohit.
“Ghost kid.”
The next two days, the
same thing happened. The bus
stopped, the doors opened,
Mr. Mehra nodded, and the doors
closed. Millie began to panic.
“Who is this ghost kid? What if
he’s sitting next to us?”
Mohit said, “I think you should
ask Mr. Mehra about it.”
“Me?” said Millie. “Why
not you?”
“No way!” Mohit said.
On Friday morning, Millie
waited with Mohit at the bus
stop. Her heart raced. When the
doors opened, she climbed the
steps toward Mr. Mehra, and he
nodded his head slowly.
Millie and Mohit took
their seat.
Millie began to
panic. “Who is
this ghost kid?”
“You didn’t ask,” said Mohit.
“I’m not ready,” said Millie.
The bus drove two blocks
and stopped. Millie’s stomach
f luttered.
Mr. Mehra opened the doors
and nodded—at nobody.
Finally, Millie spoke. “Excuse
me. Mr. Mehra?”
Mr. Mehra looked up into his
mirror at her.
Mohit slid down in his seat.
“Who gets on the bus at this
stop every morning?” she asked.
Mr. Mehra put the bus in
park and said, “Please come up
here for a moment.”
Millie looked at Mohit, then
walked to the front of the bus.
Mr. Mehra said, “Do you see
anyone getting on the bus?”
“N-No,” said Millie.
“What do you see?” Mr. Mehra
pointed outside.
Millie looked through the
open doors. “A boarded-up
house,” she said. Then she
noticed the big clock tower at
the end of the block, peeking out
over the roof of the house. “And
the clock tower.”
“That’s right. I check the time
each morning so I know I’m
running on schedule.”
Millie paused. “But I’ve seen
you nodding hello to someone
when you stop here.”
Mr. Mehra laughed. “I’m not
nodding. I’m so tall that I have
to bend down to see the clock.”
Millie breathed a sigh of
relief. “That makes sense.”
“Good,” said Mr. Mehra.
“Now go back and tell your
brother, because he looks like
he’s seen a ghost!”
“What
do you
see?”
MY SC
Spotlight
Like most asteroids, Ida isn’t
round. It contains so little
material that its gravity isn’t
strong enough to pull it into
a sphere shape.
Dactyl is
just 1 mile
wide. Our
Moon is
2,160 miles
wide!
By Ken Croswell, Ph.D.
Orbiting a
Space Potato
Planets aren’t the only
bodies in space that can
have moons orbiting them.
The potato-shaped asteroid
shown here, which is named
Ida (EYE-duh), is just one
of many asteroids massive
enough to have their own
moons. Gravity keeps Ida’s
moon, Dactyl (DACK-tull),
going
g
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d,
just
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our
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o b around
a ou d us.
Dactyl orbits
Ida the long
way.
Craters on Ida
and Dactyl were
caused by smaller
asteroids that hit
their surfaces
over time.
Ida and Dactyl are
in the asteroid belt,
between the orbits of
Mars and Jupiter
Jupiter.
Thinking Challenge
Windy Wonder
Brinda is sledding on a calm day. If there’s no
breeze, why does she feel wind hitting
her face and blowing her hair?
Think of your best answer,
then read our explanation
in Answers on page 38.
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Dinosaurs
By Dougal Dixon
Art by Robert Squier
SAY IT!
Nqwebasaurus
The nam
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sa,
a languag
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sounds. A
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the
“Q” soun
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clock’s “to
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“ izard from the Nqweba region
“lizard
region”
Tell Me Why
Why do eggs
get rubbery
when they
are soaked
in vinegar?
Nqwebasaurus was the earliest-known “bird-mimic”
dinosaur
dinosaur. Scientists believed it was a meat eater until
they found stones in the stomach area. Some plant
eaters swallowed stones to grind up tough plant material.
Nqwebasaurus may have been an omnivore, eating both
plants and prey.
Tiny teeth
shaped like
grains of rice
Austin Leppke-Brooks
Age 10
You might think of
an eggshell as hard.
But the part that feels
hard is the outside,
which is mostly calcium
carbonate. Inside that,
there’s a thin, flexible
protein membrane.
When you soak an
egg and its shell in
vinegar for a few days,
the calcium carbonate
dissolves as it reacts
with the acid in the
vinegar. That leaves just
the rubbery-feeling
protein layer of the
shell surrounding the
egg white and yolk.
Some people try this
experiment with an
uncooked egg. But if
the thin membrane
breaks, messy raw egg
will ooze out. So if you
try it, you might want to
use a hard-boiled egg!
Larger claw on
grasping thumb
WHERE:
South Africa
HOW LONG:
3 to 4 feet
Long claws,
useful for digging
WHAT IT ATE:
Possibly prey
and plants
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Triassic
201
145
Jurassic
66
Cretaceous
Present
Cenozoic
WHEN:
145 million years ago
DECEMBER 2017
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How Old
Is Esha?
By Teresa A. DiNicola
Today is Esha’s birthday!
Use the clues below to figure
out how old she is.
• Esha’s sister, Naina,
is 13 years old.
• Esha is five years younger
than her brother Jai and
three years older than her
brother Laksh.
• Laksh is six years younger
than Naina.
BO N U
S!
Esha’s
famil
y g ot
one g
her
if t f o
r
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ac h y
of h e
ea
r l if e .
f ind
Ca n y r
a l l of
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th e m
h id d e
i n th e
n
scene
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Answers on page 38.
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From puppies to snow days to hugs
from Mom or Dad, certain things are
sure to cause a grin. Tell us what
makes you smile, and draw a picture
of it. Send your work to
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Christmas-Tree Farm
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Think
How is a Christmas-tree farm like
other farms? How is it different?
What might people like about
picking out a tree? What are some
other ways people decorate for
winter holidays?
If you were picking a tree from this
farm, which one would you choose?
What features would you look for?
Art by
David Coulson.
Which tree
has the
nicest bark?
Your Own
Pages
Anusha Shukla, Age 8
The Jungle
Joy ful leaves,
Under canopies of green,
No dr y spots,
Glittering birds,
Little waters,
Enchanting wilderness.
Elaine Mork, Age 10
Howling Wolf Pup
Adwiti Sachdeva, Age 9
Christmas Poem
ke
Twinkling lights ma
id,
light unsa
ine
while glowing stars sh
bright overhead.
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The green pine tree giv
a pleasant smell,
esents
and underneath lie pr
wrapped well.
ds have
The people in their be
a jolly air,
s have
the holiday decoration
r.
a resplendent f lai
ored
The snowf lakes are col
with a shiny white,
sight.
all of it is a beautiful
es,
ris
And when the sun
the children will play,
tmas Day.
for tomor row is Chris
lf pup,
I’m just a howling wo
.
be
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happy as ca
,
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I’l never stop howling
as you can see.
play,
W hen I go outside to
re
he
ew
It has to be som
to stay.
But sometimes I howl
Like an owl.
And under the moon,
I dream of a raccoon.
wling.
Hunting is not like ho
Cali Beddo, Age 6
Ankita Dey Laik, Age 10
William Kuan, Age 10
Dakshita Jain, Age 6
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The Bitter Cold
Icy blue fingers,
Biting winds chill to the bone,
Winter’s frigid breath.
Jennifer Seo, Age 14
My red shoes go all over town.
They are what I am wearing right now
on the train to New York City.
I love my red shoes.
They are so me.
Cordelia Thomas, Age 7
Day Made
of Bananas
Good day
Nice day
Great day
Day made of bananas
Siddhi Bagul, Age 12
Harriet Tubm
an
Nadia Lockard, Age 7
Work, work, ru
n, run
Across field an
d fen
Through br us
h, secret room
Follow the star
Free!
Back to slave
lands
Free more slav
es
Guns, hunters,
and hounds
Nuts and berr
ies, forest, fall
s
Riding the rail
road
Back again, ba
ck again
Like Moses long
ago
Slave land, free
land,
slave land, free
land
Let my people
go!
Toby Mark, Ag
e9
Tripti Rai, Age 9
Cold
Cold is a hissing snake, nipping
bare skin, and scaring those
who are afraid.
Snow and ice are solid,
cold water on the outside,
But inside, they are like a rising
sun, bright and colorful, yet
empty and lifeless.
But the cold isn’t here to stay,
So let’s celebrate winter’s day!
Samuel Taggart, Age 8
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What Eshan Heard on
Christmas Eve
By Marilyn Kratz
‘‘How much further, Mum?”
Eshan asked.
“We’re just about there,” said
Mum. “I can almost smell your
grandma’s chicken soup.”
“Is it OK if I go and see
Grandpa’s animals first thing?”
Eshan asked.
“I know what you’re
thinking,” said his sister,
Bhavya, with a grin.
“Well, it is Christmas Eve,”
said Eshan.
“And here’s the farm,” Dad
announced.
Snow crunched under the
tires as the car stopped in the
farmyard. The door of the house
“Can you talk tonight?”
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flew open, spilling a square of
yellow light on the snow.
“Merry Christmas,
Grandma!” Eshan shouted.
“Where’s Grandpa?”
Grandma laughed. “Wouldn’t
I know that’s the first question
you would ask,” she said. “He’s
out by the barn. Go and tell
him to hurry with the chores.”
Eshan ran to the barn.
“Merry Christmas, Grandpa!”
he shouted.
“Here comes trouble,” said
Grandpa, laughing. “Did you
bring me a present?”
“Lots of them,” Eshan
replied. “Grandma says hurry
with the chores. Can I help?”
“Sure,” said Grandpa. “Come
along.”
“Grandpa, did you ever hear
your cows talk on Christmas
Eve?” Eshan asked.
Grandpa scratched his chin.
“Where did you get such a
notion?” he asked.
“Bhavya read me a story
that said animals can talk
on Christmas Eve,” Eshan
explained.
“Well, why don’t you go into
the barn and listen while I
finish out here?”
Eshan stepped into the barn.
He breathed in the smells of
dusty hay and warm animals.
He tiptoed to a cow. “Can you
talk tonight?” he whispered.
The cow crunched a
mouthful of hay. Eshan heard
a soft mmmmm rumble deep
inside her throat.
Eshan moved to the stall
where Bertie, Grandpa’s horse,
stood nuzzling oats. “How
about you, Bertie?” Eshan said.
“Can you talk?”
Bertie tickled Eshan’s ear
with his rubbery mouth. Then
he went back to eating his oats.
A grey kitten rubbed against
Eshan’s jeans. He picked her
up and held her close to his
cheek. The kitten purred.
“Can’t you say anything
else?” Eshan whispered.
“Meow,” answered the kitten.
Not everything is said with words.
Eshan sat down on a pile
of hay, holding the kitten. He
heard coo, coo from the pigeons
in the loft above. He heard
rustlings, crunchings, and soft
whooshes. He heard the kitten
purring. The sounds wrapped
around him like a warm, woolly
scarf. But he didn’t hear any
talking.
“Let’s go, Eshan,” Grandpa
called.
Eshan jumped at the
unexpected voice. He put the
kitten down and walked slowly
out of the door.
“Well, what did they say?”
asked Grandpa.
“Nothing,” said Eshan. He
pretended to wipe his nose
with the back of his glove. He
didn’t want Grandpa to see the
tear rolling down his cheek.
“Are you sure?” asked
Grandpa.
Eshan looked up to see
if Grandpa was laughing.
Grandpa’s face was serious.
“Not everything is said
with words, you know,” said
Grandpa. He looked from
Eshan to the farmhouse.
Eshan turned and looked,
too. He saw the lights of the
Christmas tree twinkling
through the window and
Dad piling gifts under it. He
pictured Mum and Bhavya
helping Grandma with the
chicken soup in the kitchen.
Even though he couldn’t hear
a word, he knew their actions
were saying “I love you.”
Eshan reached for Grandpa’s
hand.
“Grandpa, I think they
said Merry Christmas,” he
whispered.
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be
broken
before you can
use it?
Pritam Patil
What has keys but no locks,
hammers but no nails, and
pedals but no bike frame?
6
Eli Apperson
Which reindeer puts his
elbows on the table?
7
Calvin Sedgwick
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Abby Aven
Answers: 1. To get her teeth crowned.
2. Cell phones. 3. The Eiffel (I-full) Tower.
4. It had a meltdown. 5. An egg. 6. A piano.
7. Rude-olph. 8. “Stick with me and we’ll
go places.” 9. It gets toad away.
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By Rich Wallace • Art by Ron Zalme
The
Timbertoes
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“Look at what I found!”
“Let’s put them all over.”
Ma made paper snowflakes.
Pa hung them up.
“Good idea, Spot!”
They collected branches.
Snow began to fall.
The wheel got stuck.
Ma came to help.
“Look! It’s snowing inside, too!”
What a magical season.
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I have so many things
to do
and not enough time
to do
them. Do you have an
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Hours in a Day!
By Lissa Rovetch • Art by Amanda Morley
Dear Too Much to Do,
A while back, when my little
brother, Tex, was four, my mom
said something like “I’d give
anything to have a few more
hours in the day.” And my brother
said, “Why don’t we buy a bigger
clock?” So now, whenever I need
more time, I think about how
awesome it would be if all I had to
do was get a bigger clock. If time
worked that way, I could have
used an extra-big clock last week!
Our teacher had given us
an assignment to make an art
project showing how plants eat.
“I can’t believe we only
have two nights to finish this
assignment,” Noah said at lunch.
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“I know,” said Lily with a
sigh. “I have no clue how I’ll
get mine done.”
I didn’t say anything.
Not because I was nervous—
but because I wasn’t nervous at
all. I love art projects! In fact,
I was so relaxed that I didn’t
work on the project at all on
Monday night. I planned to start
the minute I got home from
karate class on Tuesday.
But there was just one thing.
I forgot karate would run
later than usual because it
was the day of Karate Buddies.
Karate Buddies happens the
first Tuesday of every month,
and it’s a chance for us older
students to practice karate with
the adorable younger kids.
So anyway, the second I got
home, I dumped the entire
craft box onto the kitchen table,
took out my “How Plants Eat”
diagram, and started to work.
But there was just one thing.
The telephone rang. It was
my friend Ollie, who said his
grandmother, Abuela, had just
made seven zillion cookies and
wanted to know if I’d come help
decorate them. I love decorating
cookies, and I love, love, love
Abuela’s world-famous creamcheese frosting.
“Can I go?” I asked my mom.
“What about your big
project?” she asked, pointing
at the pile on the table.
“Oh, I have plenty
of time.”
“Oh, I have plenty of
time,” I said. “And Abuela’s
Christmas cookies only
happen once a year!”
Ollie wasn’t kidding
about the seven
zillion cookies.
“As long as you’re sure you’ll
get your work done,” she said
uncertainly. “Clean up this mess
before you go, don’t fill up on too
many cookies, and be back by 6:30
for dinner.”
It turned out Ollie wasn’t
kidding about the seven zillion
cookies. Abuela was making
them for a holiday bake sale, so
we had our work cut out for us.
Ollie and I set things up bakery
style. We put all the star cookies
in one group with red frosting
and white sprinkles, and all
the snowf lakes in another
group with white frosting and
light blue sprinkles.
Abuela smiled. “Magnificent!
Now let’s clean up so we can start
on dinner.”
“Yikes! Dinner!” I looked at the
clock. “I was supposed to be home
15 minutes ago!”
Abuela handed me a tin of
cookies, and I skedaddled as fast
as my late little feet could go.
It wasn’t good that I was late
for dinner, but it was good that I
brought cookies for my family to
gobble up for dessert. I planned
to work on my project right
after we ate.
But there was just one thing.
“Hey, ’Zona,” my dad said,
looking at our chore wheel on
the fridge. “It appears to be your
night for doing the dishes.”
I sighed. “I barely have enough
time to get my project done!”
“Hmm. Maybe you could
have managed your time a little
better,” he said.
I washed the dishes, then raced
to cut all the plant parts from
construction paper, glue them
down, and label everything.
I knew it wasn’t my best
work, but it seemed
OK at the time.
But there was just
one thing.
But there was just one thing.
Looking at the project when I
was wide awake in the morning,
I realized it was pretty much my
worst work ever. Not only was it
messy, but I’d switched the roots
and stem labels, and I’d spelled
photosynthesis wrong. As you
might imagine, my teacher was
not too excited when I handed in
my “masterpiece.”
So, dear Too Much to Do,
maybe you should buy a bigger
clock! Just kidding. But you really
should 1. write stuff down so you
won’t forget what you have to do,
and 2. make sure you’ve done the
most important things on your
list before you agree to anything
extra. When I follow those two
rules, my life seems to go much
more smoothly. Good luck!
Ciao for now,
Arizona
“Maybe you could
have managed your
time a little better.”
Dear
Highlights Champs
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My classmate
keeps talking
to me while
the teacher is
talking. I try
to stop him,
but he keeps
talking! What
should I do?
Cameron (by e-mail)
Before class begins, you might say in a nice way, “Let’s
wait until after class to talk. If you forget and I don’t look at
you or answer, it doesn’t mean I’m angry. I’m just trying
to concentrate.”
Then, stick to your word. Don’t respond to your classmate
until class is over. When you do talk after class, be your usual
friendly self. He will soon learn not to bother you until it’s OK
to talk.
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trouble at school.
I feel a little bit
embarrassed. I’m
afraid that when I’m
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teachers. Please help!
I live in Mumbai. I know
that sounds great, but I’ve
never seen snow and my
dream has always been to
make a snowman. How can
I feel better about this?
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It’s fun to play in the snow,
but having lots of snow also
means having to shovel and
plow it, which is a lot of work.
Sometimes when it gets cold
and snowy in places like
Shimla, people dream of being
someplace warm, like where
you live!
Perhaps you can create a
mini “snow” man out of clay.
Or if you visit the beach, you
could build one out of sand.
Use your imagination!
You can also talk to your
parents about the possibility of
visiting a place where there is
snow. Or maybe they’d let you
have a snow party, complete
with paper snowflakes, winter
treats, cozy clothes, and movies
with snowy settings.
Ella (by e-mail)
It’s understandable that you’d feel uncomfortable when your
brother gets into trouble. But it’s important to remember that you
can only control your own behavior. Most teachers know that just
because one student has misbehaved, it doesn’t mean that his or
her younger sibling will act the same way. If you are determined
to be a well-behaved, polite, hardworking student, you will be—
and your teachers will notice!
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