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Reproduction in any manner in any language in whole or part without prior written permission from Highlights for Children is prohibited. December 2017 December 2017 | This Is for You! for America’s leading early-childhood magazine is now in India! Let’s Read Together 4 5 6 12 20 26 My Jacket The Adventures of Spot Tex and Indi : Learning the Words Meera and Kiran: A Gift for You! Plane View Staying Warm in Winter ™ ™ page 20 Let’s Puzzle It Out 10 16 18 24 My First Hidden Pictures Celebrating a Winter Day That’s Silly! Look and Look Again: Riding High ™ page 10 ™ Let’s Do It 31 Penguin Cup Cozy 32 Potato Soup 34 The Jumping Game page 32 Bonus Pages Snowmen and More A Highlights Genies Matching Game ™ 3 My Jacket By Marguerite Chase McCue Once again it’s winter. Outside it’s icy cold. I found my favorite jacket But now it looks so old. My jacket fit a year ago But I’ve grown big and tall. I think I need a new one. This jacket is too small. Photo by iStock/DusanManic 4 By Marileta Robinson • Art by Ron Zalme It’s coming! Spot can smell it. He hopes it comes soon. Splinter’s waiting, too. It’s here! Snow! December 2017 5 Learning the Words By Lissa Rovetch • Art by Amy Wummer “Guess what!” said Indi. “Ms. French asked me if I’d like to sing a solo for our class’s winter party.” “That’s super,” said her big sister, Arizona. “I’m glad Ms. French didn’t ask me to sing all by myself,” said Tex. “I’d be afraid I’d forget the words to the song.” 6 December 2017 T i and Ind ex “Oh no, I didn’t think of that,” said Indi. “I’m singing the first verse. What if I can’t remember the words and I mess up the whole song?” “Don’t worry,” said Arizona. “I’ll teach you the memory trick that helped me when I was in the school play. You say the words over and over until they are stuck in your head. Then you think of a picture to go along with them.” December 2017 7 Indi used Arizona’s memory trick all week. She sang her solo when she helped set the table. She sang her solo when she tied her shoelaces. She even sang her solo when she played with her friends at recess. 8 December 2017 The day of the party finally arrived. Ms. French welcomed the family members to the classroom. When it was time for her solo, Indi remembered every word. As everybody ate the goodies the kids had made, Arizona gave Indi a big hug and said, “You did a fantastic job!” “Thanks for teaching me your memory trick,” said Indi. “And thanks for being such a great big sister.” December 2017 9 My First Puzzle Find t h ese objects hidden in the big picture. Crown Crayon Mug Spoon Pizza Toothbrush Screwdriver Ruler Umbrella Red Rooster By Joy Cowley Red Rooster crowed on the roof of the shed. “Hurry, you people! Get out of bed!” Then he flew down from the roof of the shed. “That’s done,” he said and went back to bed. 10 December 2017 Art by Mike Moran December 2017 11 Meera and Kiran A Gift for You! By Ana Galán • Art by Sonal and Sumit Ma, Meera, and Kiran were making jam with the strawberries they had picked up from their garden. “Oh my,” said Ma. “What are we going to do with so many jars of jam?” “We can give them out as gifts!” said Meera. “What a good idea!” said Ma. Meera and Kiran decorated the jars with pretty fabric and put them in a basket. 12 They were heading out the door when Kiran saw the postman. “A gift for you!” said Kiran and he handed him a jar. “Thank you, Meera and Kiran!” said the postman. When they passed the fire station, they saw a firefighter. “A gift for you!” said Meera. “Thank you!” said the firefighter. “This looks delicious!” December 2017 13 They crossed the street and gave a jar to the traffic officer. When they went into the library, they presented another to the librarian. As they headed back to their When they arrived back house, they gave jam to all the home, they didn’t have any friends they met along the way. jars left. Meera and Kiran were a little sad. They loved strawberry jam! 14 December 2017 But Ma had a surprise. She opened the pantry door and pulled out a big jar of their yummy jam. “A gift for you!” she said. “Thank you, Ma!” they cheered, excited to enjoy their special treat. December 2017 15 Celebrating a Winter Day By Eileen Spinelli • Art by Gillian Flint Building snowmen, lots of fun. Sledding in the wintry sun. Cold and wet now. Time to go. Trudging home across the snow. Cocoa, blankets, books await. Indoor things to celebrate. 16 December 2017 How many snowmen did the children build? How many children are still sledding? How many are heading home? What else will you count? D December b 2017 7 17 hat’s Art by Chuck Dillon 18 December 2017 Silly! TM W hat silly things do you see? 19 Plane View By Heather Tekavec • Art by Sue King Arvind buckled up for his first plane ride. “How high will we fly?” he asked his dad. “Very high,” said Dad. Soon the plane started moving. It went faster and faster. Then it lifted off the ground. 20 December 2017 Arvind looked out the window. Everything below was getting smaller. Arvind watched for a while. “Will I see Grandma’s apartment from up here?” he asked. “Maybe,” said Dad. “Look, there are the farm fields we passed when we drove to Grandma’s last year.” “From up here, they look like the squares on the quilt that Grandma made me,” said Arvind. “And there’s the big lake where we went swimming last summer,” said Dad. “From up here, it looks like a pond,” said Arvind. December 2017 21 “There’s Grandma’s city,” said Dad. “One of those buildings is her apartment.” “From up here,” said Arvind, “the buildings look like my blocks.” Soon the plane started going down. As the wheels touched the ground, Arvind felt a big bump. 22 December 2017 The plane slowed to a stop. When it was safe to unbuckle their seat belts, Arvind and his dad stood up and gathered their things. When they reached the bottom of the stairs, Arvind looked up and laughed. “Everything’s the right size again. Except, from down here, the airplanes in the sky look like little birds!” “They sure do,” said Dad. “Come on. Let’s go find Grandma. I bet she looks the same as ever.” December 2017 23 Riding High Art by Anja Boretzki How are these pictures the same? 24 December 2017 Look and Look Again How are they different? December 2017 25 Staying Warm in Winter By Beverly J. Letchworth • Art by Priscilla Lamont Snow fell silently. In the oak tree, young Squirrel shivered. “Mama, how will we keep warm this winter?” he asked. “We will use our bushy tails like blankets to keep warm,” she said. 26 December 2017 The next day, Squirrel was playing with his friend Mouse. He asked, “Mouse, what do you do in winter to keep warm?” “If it gets too cold, I’ll stay in my underground nest and feast on the nuts and seeds I’ve stored,” said Mouse. December 2017 27 A few days later, Squirrel saw his friend Woodchuck. He said, “Woodchuck, how do you keep warm in winter? I use my tail. Mouse stays in her underground nest. What do you do?” “We hibernate. We sleep in our den all winter. And that’s where I’m headed right now. Good night!” 28 December 2017 Squirrel turned and headed home. But he almost tripped over his friend Box Turtle, who was digging in a pile of fallen leaves. “Hello, Turtle,” said Squirrel. “Are you getting ready for winter? We squirrels use our tails to keep warm. Mouse stays in her underground nest, and Woodchuck hibernates. What do you do?” “Winter means a long sleep for me, too,” said Turtle. “I’m making a bed in these leaves. I’ll stay here until spring.” December 2017 29 When Squirrel arrived back at his tree, he saw his friend Robin. “Robin, what do you do in winter?” asked Squirrel. “I don’t stick around,” said Robin. “I fly south to find more food.” Every creature has its way, thought Squirrel as he scampered up the tree. Then he snuggled up next to Mama, wrapped his bushy tail around himself, and took a nap. 30 December 2017 Penguin Cup Cozy By Valerie Deneen You Need • • • • • • • Scissors Black tube socks White and orange felt Black marker Tacky glue Paper Crayons Before You Begin Adult: Cut the feet portion off the tube socks. 1. Pull the tube portion of the sock over a cup. 2. Cut a piece of white felt to make a face. Use a black marker to add eyes. Cut a small orange felt triangle for a beak. Glue the triangle to the face. 3. Glue the face to the sock. 4. Make a card and put it inside the cup. A great gift for anyone who loves hot coffee or cocoa! Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc. Art by iStock/nokee December 2017 31 Potato Soup Byy Laura J. Colker • Art by y Mitch Mortimerr You Need • • • • • Before You Beg in 2–3 large potatoes Wash, peel, and ½ medium yellow onion quarter the potatoes. 3–4 green onions Peel the onion. 2 stalks celery Wash the green 3 cups vegetable or onions and celery. chicken stock or broth (or enough to cover the vegetables) • 354-mL can of evaporated milk • Salt and pepper Warm up lunchtime with this creamy soup. 32 December 2017 1. Cut the potatoes, onions, celery, and green onions into small pieces. 2. Put all the vegetables into a pot. Cover them with the vegetable or chicken stock. 3. Adult: Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes). 4. When the vegetables are tender, stir in the evaporated milk. 5. Adult: Simmer for 5 more minutes. 6. Taste the soup. Add salt and pepper as needed. December 2017 33 J n g m The u pi By Barbara L. Scanlan Art by Mitch Mortimer Touch the floor. Stretch up high. 34 Spin around. Jump to 4! 1, 2, 3, 4.