December 2017 | 40 P A E L into Winter! Make SUGAR CRYSTALS Page 22 Wreath Toss Page 13 TM Page 14 h t n o M s i h T n u F 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. A ns we np My s y Photo ter ro Make a Festive Mug age Tongue Twister Parth picked purple presents. 38 . 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Johnson Vice President, International: Andy Shafran Editor, International Publishing: Julie Stoehr 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 N BO nglis the E atian, Find lm g, Da iever, o d l l bu retr . n e d l le go pood d n 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. 14 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: email@example.com 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 g n i s o o Ch MY E S I U IGHT R AW P 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. E T I US LEF Y M PAW DECEMBER 2017 17 y r r u H 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. 22 DECEMBER 2017 ! Sweeeattthe ant Don’t you w u f I ! s t en yo ornam rock candy e f k cra t to ma use a , t a e can d of a instea k. stick c lle sti cheni The sugar crystals are clear. The chenille sticks are red and white. HEAT-SAFE GLASS JARS SUGAR WHAT YOU N EED WATER CHENILLE STICKS CRAFT STICKS THREAD WAXED PAPER 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 23 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 24 DECEMBER 2017 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 26 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 a A 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 27 “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 28 DECEMBER 2017 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 g around the asteroid, d, just as Earth’s j h’ gravity g y keeps our ou Moon oo in orbit 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. 30 DECEMBER 2017 Dinosaurs By Dougal Dixon Art by Robert Squier SAY IT! Nqwebasaurus The nam e is in Xho sa, a languag e with clic king sounds. A s you say the “Q” soun d, click yo ur tongue a s if makin g a clock’s “to ck.” n-QWE-bah-SAW-rus n- “ 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 252 Triassic 201 145 Jurassic 66 Cretaceous Present Cenozoic WHEN: 145 million years ago DECEMBER 2017 31 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 e ac h y of h e ea r l if e . f ind Ca n y r a l l of ou th e m h id d e i n th e n scene ? Answers on page 38. o u Y s Smile e k a M ? t a Wh 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 TM A-4, Shriram Industrial Estate, Wadala, Mumbai-400031, Maharashtra Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your name, age, and address. We must receive your reply by January 1, 2018, to consider it for publication. 32 DECEMBER 2017 Christmas-Tree Farm d n s w a a P 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. es 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 n happy as ca , l 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 34 DECEMBER 2017 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 Share Your Creative Work We’d love to see it! Art must be on unlined paper. Poems must have fewer than 75 words. All submissions must be created by you. We cannot return your work, so you might want to keep a copy. Include your name, age, and address. Mail to A-4, Shriram Industrial Estate, Wadala Mumbai-400031, Maharashtra Email: email@example.com 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?” 36 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. DECEMBER 2017 37 Answers S L E D RI D page 32 How Old Is Esha? 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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 What did the stam p say to the envelope? Kendra 9 8 a frog’s What happens to down? ks car when it brea 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. 38 4 Emma Kendrick Covers: Leap into Winter! by Howard McWilliam; What’s Wrong?® by Kelly Kennedy Illustration credits: Page 2: Kevin Zimmer; 6: Erin Mauterer, except diner by Mitch Mortimer; 9: Lost Doug by Barry Gott, Scrambled Spinners by S.britt; 15: Jokes by Rich Powell, “Christmas Tree” by Gillian Flint; 26–27: (superhero with car) by Merrill Rainey, (background) by iStock/Yayasya; Cliparts by Freepik, Pixabay, and Vecteezy; 30: Kevin Ahern; 32: How Old Is Esha? by Jamie Smith, What Makes You Smile? by Erin Mauterer. Photo credits: Page 2: iStock/Clayton Cole; 6: (cat) iStock/Viorika, (shirts) iStock/akova, (book) iStock/chargerv8, (hockey player) iStock/Kenneth C. Zirkel, (palm tree) iStock/DNY59, (giraffe) iStock/GlobalP, (cookie) iStock/ kreinick; 22–23: Guy Cali Associates, Inc., except (background) iStock/JurgaR, (water bottle) iStock/F-91; 30: NASA/JPL; 31: iStock/Andrey Eremin. 2 urav Roopkumar Winter Wonderful! By Rich Wallace • Art by Ron Zalme The Timbertoes TM “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. DECEMBER 2017 39 Ask Arizona ® I have so many things to do and not enough time to do them. Do you have an y good time tips? —Too Much to Do in T amil Nadu Needed: More 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. 40 DECEMBER 2017 “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 TM 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. Sometimes my older brother gets into trouble at school. I feel a little bit embarrassed. I’m afraid that when I’m his age, I’ll have a bad reputation with his 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? Ayanna 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! 42 DECEMBER 2017 Write to us! Please include your name, age, and full address. Mail to TM Art by Keith Frawley. r e l z u z P Picture ifer Harney Art by Jenn below, ca In the scene alphabet? letter of the ach tarts with e ts ne thing tha o t s a le t a d n you fin (REGISTERED) RNI DELENG/ 52480/ 2013/ DL(C) - 14./1368/ 2017-19/ PO. SRT Nagar. ND-55. Posting Dt. 06 to 12. Published 10/11/17. Pgs.44 Whatt’s Wrong? TM Which things in this picture are silly? It’s up to you!