CHECK OUT OUR APP! JUNE 2018 Highlights.com P A E C ES into Summer! STUFFED S’MORES Page 33 Dragon EGGS? Page 13 h t n o M s i h T n u F 4 Letter-Writing Twists 1 . Instead of writing a letter, catch up with a friend by drawing scenes from your life in comic-strip form. Answer on page 38. Fin how d out o ne is tu artist ocean rning tra artw sh into See p ork. ag e 2 2. June 8 Is World Oceans Day Help take care of our oceans by picking up any trash you see on the shore. Not going to the beach? Even hundreds of miles from the shore, trash that blows or washes into storm drains, streams, lakes, and rivers can make its way to the sea. You can help by picking up litter in your town. Just be sure to ask an adult first and wear gloves. Tongue Twister Ph o Bella blows blue bubbles. Mystery Lydia’s L os t Lemons s l of lemon Lydia’s bow s n the lemo tipped and w d away! Ho have rolle you find? many can to A ns w er on pa ge 38 . 2. Send your friend the first paragraph of a story. 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HighlightsKids.com is a participant in the Kids Privacy Safe Harbor program of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Honoring Our Dads This month, in Ask Arizona® (pages 40–41), Arizona tries to create the perfect Father’s Day gift. If you’re trying to think of a great gift for your dad or grandfather or other special person who is like a dad to you, check out Arizona’s advice. She reminds us that it’s not the actual gift that’s important, but rather the thought behind it. And that’s the point of Father’s Day, right? It’s a day for expressing appreciation for the many things our fathers do for us. And, wow, do they do a lot! I was thinking about this recently when I spent a few days at the beach. We spent hours watching the seagulls and pelicans, the rolling surf—and the dads having fun with their kids. I watched as one father taught his son to paddleboard. At first, the boy was afraid. He fell off the board and into the water over and over. But his dad was right beside him, helping him stand up and try again. After about an hour, the boy was paddleboarding on his own and feeling great! Dads—they encourage us to try new things, pick us up when we fall, and believe in us. Has your dad or another special person in your life been there for you? I hope you’ll write and tell me your story. Your friend, Write to me! Christine@Highlights.com This magazine of wholesome fun is dedicated to helping children grow in basic skills and knowledge, 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 Gift photo by iStock/Getty Images Plus/kirin_photo. June VOLUME 73 • NUMBER 6 • ISSUE NO. 800 Dear Highlights, —Amelia, Ontario, Canada Moving can be hard. We hope these tips help, Amelia! 1 Ask your friends for their addresses and phone numbers to stay in touch. 2 Think of making new friends and going to a new school as an adventure. 3 Talk about the move with your family. It’s a big change for all of you! Stand Tall! June 21 is World Gira ffe Day. 28 22 8 6 Yes, Katy Did 14 Did Katy do it? 7 Everyone’s cooling off! The Timbertoes® A muddy rescue. 8 Calady’s Quest Who will rule the kingdom next? 10 Goofus and Gallant® Making things right. 11 Gallant Kids Sanya Pirani dreams big and works hard. 12 15 Jokes A book by Mack A. Roon. 16 A Bigger Digger This machine is longer than two football fields. 18 JUNE 2018 Crafts Action dice and a wallet for Father’s Day. 20 Blow Out the Sun Wind up the crickets. 22 Art for the Sea Sculptures that call attention to ocean pollution. My Sci Why don’t people in Antarctica feel upside down? 4 Hidden Pictures® Puzzle 25 Paws and Think Lots to do at a campground. Sea Cleanup! Priscilla the Parrotfish is made entirely of plastic trash from the ocean. 26 Create Your Own Game Try out some games that kids made up. 27 Design a Snow Globe What would be in your dream snow globe? 28 Game On! Jordan is too far behind to win . . . or is he? What’s a chair? 31 Check . . . and Double Check A shark with clean teeth. 32 Can You Camp? Yes, you can! Find out how. 34 Your Own Pages See work from creative kids like Autumn. 36 Jupiter’s Shrinking Storm This storm on Jupiter is bigger than Earth! 38 Riddles What did the teddy bear say after dinner? 39 BrainPlay Name an animal that might use a chair. Autumn Marroquin Age 7 • Illinois 40 Ask Arizona® Advice from a giant rabbit and two cats. 42 Dear Highlights Lukas likes to keep his room clean. 43 Picture Puzzler A movie in the park. JUNE 2018 5 Yes, Katy Did By B.J. Lee Art by Alleanna Harris Katie kept her katydid inside a cardboard box. Katie didn’t worry that there weren’t any locks. When Katie went outside to play, Katy did hop out. When Katie came back in the house, she couldn’t help but shout, “My plants have holes in every leaf! Did my Katy do it? A plant does not get nibbled if there’s not a bug to chew it.” Katie ran and checked the box and saw the upturned lid. “Aha!” cried Katie. “There’s my proof that little Katy did.” 6 JUNE 2018 The The rain is finally over! Timbertoes ® By Rich Wallace • Art by Ron Zalme The kids splashed through puddles. The mud was slick. Spot chased some birds. Spot wouldn’t move. Tommy went to the rescue. Come on, Spot! Spot jumped free. Tommy and Spot rinsed off in the pond. Whoa, buddy! JUNE 2018 7 Calady’s Quest By Teresa Bateman Art by Sheyda Abvabi “Richard must have failed the test.” Calady hadn’t intended to go on a quest. When her father, the king, announced that a quest would determine which of his children would be the next ruler, Calady had known her older brothers, the twins, would compete for the prize. Richard and Derek soon galloped off, each searching for the “most valuable thing in the kingdom.” Everyone waited, wondering who would win. But when weeks had passed with neither twin’s return, Calady knew something was wrong. She searched her brothers’ rooms for clues. After determining where each brother had gone, she told her lady-inwaiting about her plan and slipped out of the castle to find Richard and Derek. Calady first rode in search of the Waters of Healing— Richard’s goal. She’d read that those who failed a test at the Waters turned to stone. But what was the test? She came upon a beautiful garden. And leaning against a tree, a f lask at his lips, was Richard, still as granite! Calady sighed. “Whatever the test was, Richard must have failed it.” A sign by the water said “No Thyself.” What did that mean? Calady had read about a lady who’d used these waters to save her sons and about a knight who had healed a sick friend. Calady suddenly knew what to do. She scooped up some water and dripped it onto her brother’s lips. He blinked. “How . . . ?” “No Thyself,” she said. “You can take the waters only to help someone else, not yourself.” She filled her brother’s f lask. “Here’s your treasure. Because I dipped it for you, it should be safe to take. Now let’s hurry. I think Derek is facing a dragon.” They rode east until they arrived at Dragon Crest. Calady knew something was wrong. 8 JUNE 2018 A mountain rose in the distance. After climbing most of the night, they reached the dragon’s cave. “Psst!” A whisper came from nearby. It was Derek, one leg wrapped in a red-soaked cloth! In his lap was a battered crown. “It’s a great treasure,” Derek explained. “The dragon had stolen it from Bernard the Bold. I took it from the dragon, but he nearly caught me.” He pointed to his leg. “Do you have water?” Richard smiled and offered his f lask. At the first drops, Derek’s leg began to heal. “This is wonderful,” Derek said, “but now you’re trapped as well. I wish you hadn’t come.” “The dragon believes you’re alone and hurt. That’s no longer true,” Calady pointed out. She looked at her brothers, their faces as alike as two sides of a rainbow. “What’s more, books I’ve read say dragons are easily confused. If you make them dizzy enough, they’ll sleep for a solid week. Here’s my plan.” Her brothers were skeptical at first, then began to grin. At dawn, Richard climbed down the mountain and yelled, “HEY, DRAGON!” A roar came from above. The dragon took wing. “OVER HERE!” Derek shouted from the mountaintop. He waved the crown. The dragon bellowed. His treasure was in danger. He f lew back to the cave. But wait! Who had the crown? Now there were two men, both exactly alike and neither one injured. Back and forth the dragon swooped as the brothers called. The dragon’s head twisted this way and that, and as he spun, he grew dizzier and dizzier until his eyes crossed. He dropped to the ground and fell asleep. “Dragons are easily confused.” Derek and Calady joined Richard, and they all embraced before starting the long journey home. A few days later, they rode into the castle courtyard. Once everyone had celebrated and his children had rested, the king asked about their quests. Richard pulled out the f lask. “These are the Waters of Healing,” he said. “I used them to mend Derek’s leg.” The king nodded. “Impressive. And of great worth if they helped your brother.” Derek handed the crown to his father. “It belonged to Bernard the Bold and saved Richard’s life by distracting the dragon.” “This was once used to crown new rulers,” the king said, “but its worth increases if it saved your brother’s life. It will be hard to choose between you.” “You haven’t asked Calady,” Richard pointed out. “She’s been a-questing too,” said Derek. The king smiled. “What treasure do you bring?” he asked, looking at his daughter’s empty hands. “She brings me,” Richard said, stepping to Calady’s side. “And me.” Derek joined them. “Her knowledge saved us both.” “Well,” said the king, “I suppose the question is, What do I value most: healing waters, a battered crown, or my sons safely home?” He turned to Calady, placing the crown of Bernard the Bold on her head. “Truly, nothing is of more value than those we love.” “HEY, DRAGON!” Goaonfd us Gallant There’s some of Goofus and Gallant in us all. When the Gallant shines through, we show our best self. ® “I’m sorry for the way I acted before,” says Gallant. Idea by Lyla Boling, Age 8, Florida After Goofus yells at his friends, he doesn’t apologize. Idea by Lyla Boling, Age 8, Florida Gallant moves things out of the way so no one will trip. Goofus leaves things that people can trip over. YOUR Goofus and Gallant Moments “I felt like Goofus “I felt like Goofus “I felt like Gallant when I ate my brother’s candy.” when I hung up the phone without saying good-bye.” when I reused paper instead of throwing it away.” Saruul, Age 8, Utah Simon, Age 10, Arizona 10 JUNE 2018 Moxie, Age 5, New York Art by Leslie Harrington. Gallant Kids Reaching for the Stars S anya Pirani has a big goal. She’s trying to raise enough money to feed a village of 700 people for a year. That’s $56,210! When Sanya was eight, she watched a video with her mom. “I saw a girl with torn clothes, no shoes, and immense sadness and fear in her eyes,” says Sanya. She wanted to help people like the girl in the video. With her mom’s permission, she went online and found a charity, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), that packs and ships meals to hungry people all over the world. When Sanya learned the cost of feeding a village, she made that her goal. She named her project “Reach for the Star in You.” Photo by Dilshad Pirani. Sanya Pirani works hard to feed hungry children. Sanya knew it would take a lot of work to raise so much money, so she asked four of her friends to help. Together, they raised $8,000 in three months. Sanya brainstormed creative ideas to inspire people to give. She handed out Compassion Jars to families and businesses. “You fill them up with loose change for people in need,” she says. Another idea was Bookmarks for Help. “I cut out pieces of cardstock and decorated them.” Each bookmark sold for a $5 donation. Dream Big and Work Hard After Sanya’s team raised $17,000 and then $25,000, they celebrated by hosting events at FMSC. The governor, a state representative, and more than “I felt like Gallant “I felt like Gallant when I helped my little sister find her stuffedanimal puppy.” when I cut my hair to donate for cancer patients.” Evan, Age 10, Connecticut Grace, Age 8, Arizona Sanya’s Favorite s FOOD: La sagna HOBB IES: Drawin g, reading, and w riting AN IMALS: Dogs and horses COLO RS: Blue an d pu rple 100 family members and friends showed up to pack meals. Sanya is certain she’ll reach her goal of $56,210. She is fueled by the belief that every child deserves food and other basic human rights. Plus, she says, she believes what her mom has always told her: “You dream big with a pure heart, and your dream will come true with hard work and determination.” Highlights is proud to know this Gallant Kid. —Sara Matson Tell us when you’ve felt like Goofus or Gallant! Visit HighlightsKids.com or write to Goofus and Gallant Moments 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 JUNE 2018 11 MY SC Blood vessels under the dark patches help regulate the giraffe’s temperature. Don’t Laugh at the Giraffe A giraffe looks like something a cartoonist might draw, with its long legs, neck, and tongue. But what looks cartoonish to humans works well for this towering mammal’s grassland life. A giraffe’s height helps it keep an eye out for predators and reach leaves and buds on acacia trees, where it gets most of its food and water. Tight skin and strong blood vessels keep blood from pooling in its legs. I know gravity keeps us on Earth. But why don’t people in Antarctica feel upside down? Julia Dutill Age 11 • Pennsylvania When you look at a globe, it may seem as if north is “up” and south is “down.” But no matter where you go on Earth’s surface, “down” is toward the center of the planet. Gravity is always pulling your whole body and By Dougal Dixon Art by Robert Squier Thick heart walls pump with force to keep blood moving to the brain against the pull of gravity. Short face Beibeilong bay-bay-long “baby dragon” The only known fossils of Beibeilong are of eggs and a hatchling baby. From the fossils, scientists can tell that Beibeilong was similar to Oviraptor. The egg size shows that Beibeilong was one of the biggest known oviraptorosaurs. Big beak WHERE: China HOW LONG: Unknown; estimated adult size 25 feet Strong hind legs WHAT IT ATE: Probably plants and small animals everything around you in the direction of Earth’s core. Whether you are in Antarctica, at the equator, or anywhere else on Earth, if you’re upright with your feet on the ground, you feel (and you are) right-side up. 18-inch-long eggs, among the biggest ever found for a dinosaur WHEN: 90 million years ago 252 Triassic 201 Jurassic 145 66 Cretaceous Present Cenozoic JUNE 2018 13 Want ae? challeng Making a Splash 5 k page 1 Fold bac the to hide clues. picture By Gary LaCoste In this big picture, find the shoe, glove, ruler, wedge of lemon, artist’s brush, ladder, hockey stick, slice of pizza, balloon, bowl, heart, pencil, fishhook, crown, domino, drinking straw, boomerang, musical note, sock, sailboat, pennant, and banana. 14 JUNE 2018 Check out our Hidden Pictures app! Picture Clues shoe glove ruler JOKES “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Hawaii.” “Hawaii who?” “I’m great. Hawaii you?” wedge of lemon hockey stick Amũra Minggia, North Carolina slice of pizza ladder balloon artist’s brush heart pencil bowl domino Two atoms were walking down the street. Atom #1: I think I just lost an electron. Atom #2: Are you sure? Atom #1: Yes, I’m positive. Cailyn Myers, Illinois Apple and Orange were searching for their friend Banana. Apple said to Orange, “Keep your eyes peeled!” Gabriel Lifschitz, New Jersey Cinnamon Roll #1: I’m afraid to roll down a hill. Cinnamon Roll #2: Why? Cinnamon Roll #1: Because I’m already rolled! Kate Lewis, Colorado Make us laugh! Send a joke or riddle, along with your name, age, and address, to A book never written: Pastries and Candies by Mack A. Roon. Connor, Ontario, Canada crown fishhook musical note sock drinking straw boomerang Feathered Fun pennant banana By Cindy Breedlove sailboat BONUS Can you also find the golf club, snake, needle, and bell? Answers on HighlightsKids.com. I heard, while underneath some oaks, Two woodpeckers tell knock-knock jokes. Someone liked them. “Tee-hee-hee,” Laughed a little chickadee. 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 A Bigger By Andy Boyles, Contributing Science Editor Bagger 288 is a giant digging machine. It can move enough dirt in one day to fill 96 Olympic swimming pools. A typical digging machine working eight hours a day, seven days a week would take more than 10 months to do the same job. The machine was built in 1978 to mine coal for electrical power in Germany, and it’s still going strong. It’s one of the world’s biggest machines. Here’s how it works. Connecting Bridge It swings side to side to pour the material into a loading wagon. Rope Winch A giant spool moves the bucket arm up and down by winding and unwinding steel ropes that lead up through the towers and down to the arm. 16 JUNE 2018 Workers Crawlers Twelve treads move the machine slowly— faster than a snail but slower than a turtle. Digger Bagger 288 is one of the largest machines in the world. HOW BIG IS IT? TALLER THAN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Steel Ropes They support the bucket arm. Bucket Arm 2 LONGER THAN It moves the bucket wheel into place. FOOTBALL FIELDS EACH BUCKET CAN FILL 22 BATHTUBS HEAVIER THAN 4 APOLLO MOON ROCKETS Cabin Conveyor Belt It carries soil and coal to another conveyor belt in the connecting bridge. The person who runs the bucket wheel sits in here. Bucket Wheel As the wheel turns, its 18 buckets dig nonstop. DRIVES THE BUCKET WHEEL WITH AS MUCH POWER AS 13 PICKUP TRUCKS Photo by ©thyssenkrupp_2017. Photos at right, from top: iStock/wizreist, iStock/antpkr, iStock/jgroup, iStock/jamesbenet, iStock/sihuo0860371. Crafts Action Dice! Make This Next Month! A Game for 2 or More Players By Karen Dobyns 1. Trace each side of two square tissue boxes onto cardstock. Cut out the 12 squares. 2. Write an action phrase onto six squares with a marker. On the other six squares, write a number of seconds or repetitions. 3. Use double-sided tape to attach the actions to one box and the numbers to the other. To Play: Players take turns rolling the dice and following the instructions that land faceup. The first player to complete all six actions wins. CRAFT CHALLE NGE! Make a boat using a plastic container, tape, and craft foam. Share your result on HighlightsKids.com. Bonus! Make a more durable wallet by covering it with duct tape. Wallet for Dad 1. Fold a 9-inch-by-6-inch sheet of cardstock in half lengthwise. 2. Glue the narrow edges together. Fold it in half to form a wallet. 3. Cut two small rectangles out of cardstock. For a pocket, By Sheila M. Hausbeck Craft samples by Buff McAllister. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc., except pages 18–19 (background) by iStock/Getty Images Plus/KatarzynaBialasiewicz. Sri Lankan Sesath By Lisa Haag Kang Sesaths are traditional Sri Lankan sunshades that are woven from palm leaves. They were introduced from India more than 2,200 years ago and have been used in Buddhist rituals since then. Today, they are also used for decoration and in the religious festival of Kandy Esala Perahera, which is held during the summer. Birdhouse Mobile By April Theis 1. Cut out a birdhouse, birds, and leaves from cardstock. Add a wiggle eye to each bird. 2. For the mobile, cover a long cardboard tube with paper. Use ribbon to hang the birdhouse from the tube. Glue on the birds and leaves. 3. Punch a hole in each end of the tube. Add a ribbon hanger. glue the bottom and sides of one to the inside of the wallet on the right. Write a note for your dad on the other, and glue it on the left. 4. Create coupons to put inside. 1. Paint a 16-inch wooden dowel red. Let it dry. 2. Cut a large red circle out of poster board and five smaller, different-sized circles out of cardstock. Glue the circles on top of one another, smallest to largest, to form the shade. Keep glue away from the edges. 3. Cut small circles, triangles, and flowers for decoration. Glue them onto the shade. 4. Lay the dowel across the sesath. Poke two sets of holes, and use two pieces of ribbon to tie the dowel in place. JUNE 2018 19 Blow Out the Sun By Sara Valafar Art by Demelsa Haughton Wrap up the day. Pack it away. Carry it off on a silver tray. Shake out the green grass that blankets the hill. Tomorrow we’ll play there, we will, we will. Roll up the rivers and tie them with string. Tune the owl and set it to wing. Turn on the fireflies and wind up the crickets. Scatter night sounds into the thickets. Unplug the oceans. Drain the deep seas. Sweep the deserts under the trees. Squeeze out the clouds and hang them to dry. Gather the birds and fold up the sky. Stack the mountains one by one. Lock up the woods and blow out the sun. Sprinkle bright stars and turn on the moon. Tomorrow will come soon, soon, soon. JUNE 2018 21 Art for the These sculptures are a call for clean oceans. By Gail Skroback Hennessey Greta the Great is made of plastic beach trash. See the sneaker tread under her nose? 22 JUNE 2018 Sea 1 Each sculpture starts with washed and sorted plastics. 2 Next, the sculptor studies photos of her subject. 3 Then, Greta the Great takes shape. 1 Angela Haseltine Pozzi didn’t Illinois, is hosting an exhibit through September 2018. One of Washed Ashore’s sculptures, Turtle Ocean, received a rare honor. It was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. like seeing plastic trash washing up on the shore near her home in Bandon, Oregon. She wanted to rally her community to clean it up, so she started an organization and called it Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. Here’s how it works: Volunteers help clean up Oregon’s 300 miles of shoreline. Then, using only plastics from the beach cleanup, Ms. Pozzi and her staff and many, many volunteers create sculptures of sea animals. Ms. Pozzi says, “I want to create sculptures that make people take a look and think, ‘How can there be this much trash on the beach?’ The Washed Ashore sculptures, hopefully, will make people consider their plastic purchases and be aware of how so much plastic ends up in the oceans.” Ms. Pozzi started Washed Ashore in 2010. Since then, more than 10,000 volunteers have collected 21 tons of trash and helped create more than 70 works of art. Four traveling exhibits have displayed the sculptures in more than 18 places, such as the San Francisco Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, and the National Zoological Park. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Plastics Are Forever People have used plastics to create life-saving medical devices, inexpensive containers and gadgets, and toys, of course. But unlike wood, cotton, and other natural materials, plastics don’t break down into anything useful to other living things. Instead, they stay for years in landfills, waterways, and the oceans. The materials are harmful to some sea animals, such as turtles, sea lions, and birds. Some of these creatures eat plastic objects that look like food. Others become entangled in plastic nets or packaging. Many people are working to keep plastics out of the oceans. When they can, they buy things that are made of natural materials. They recycle the plastics they use, and they dispose of plastic trash properly. Still, far too many plastics end up in the (Continued on next page) 2 3 Photos by © WashedAshore.org, except page 24 (scales) iStock/Getty Images Plus/Bet_Noire, (pyramid) iStock/Getty Images Plus/Lindrik, (plastic bottles) E+/Getty Images/craftvision. JUNE 2018 23 1 Henry the Giant Fish. 2 Ms. Pozzi and Zorabelle the Rockhopper Penguin. 3 Octavia the Octopus. 4 Lidia the Seal. 1 2 (Continued from page 23) oceans. Some are dumped directly into the sea. Others are washed down creeks and rivers, which f low into oceans. And others are left lying on land, where winds carry them down to shores and into the water. “Remember, sea level is downhill from everywhere,” Ms. Pozzi says. Big Fish, Big Message Most Washed Ashore sculptures are about 9 feet tall and take from six months to a year to complete. One of the first was Henry the Giant Fish, a 15-foot-long red-and-yellow fish. Ms. Pozzi and her team used yogurt lids, bottle caps, toys, lighters, and shotgun shells in its creation. Since then, they have made sculptures of many more animals, such as an octopus, a seal, a parrotfish, a jellyfish, a marlin, a sea horse, a shark, a turtle, and a puffin. In the sculptures, viewers can see what each piece was before it became part of the artwork. They know that every bit—a f lip-f lop, plastic boot, doll’s car, comb, sand shovel, fishing buoy, toothbrush, bottle cap, or bottle—was found on a beach. Art by Teamwork How Much Plastic? Scientists estimated the amount of plastic that made its way into the oceans during one year (2010). From 192 nations, up to 14,000,000 tons of plastic went into the sea. That’s more than twice the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Ms. Pozzi gives credit to everyone who helps. “One person didn’t create these sculptures,” she says. “Some people have picked up the plastic, others have sorted the items by color. Still others have washed each piece of plastic trash. Volunteers have drilled holes or helped to make the small wire-stitched panels, while others welded the giant frames. I do the heads and detail work, and my staff and I take all the pieces everyone contributes to finish the work.” 3 4 Which sculpture is Ms. Pozzi’s favorite? “I do love the octopus, named Octavia,” she says. Each of the seven-foot-long arms is doing something different— holding the handlebars of a bright-yellow tricycle, opening a microwave oven that has a red plastic lobster inside, pulling a drink out of a cooler, or trying on a shoe. The Washed Ashore team is working on sculptures of a tufted puffin and a dolphin, with plans for more sculptures. Says Ms. Pozzi, “Until we run out of plastic on the beach, the work will continue.” At the Campground d n s w a a P T hink Why might people like to go camping? What are some things people do at a campground? What sounds might you hear outside during the day? At night? How is camping different from other kinds of vacations? What things would you need to pack? Would you like to go camping? Why or why not? Art by David Coulson. So much to see, hear, and smell! Create Your Own Game We asked you to make up a game and sha re it with us. Here are some of the fun ideas we receive d! I would create a video game where you pick a season, then you take a picture of your face and put it onto a body figure that matches the season. Next you pick an activity to go with your season. For example, if you picked winter, you could have sledding races. You would have remotes to do the movements in the game. Once you win three games in the season, you get first place. Caroline Pienkosz Age 10 • Illinois Animal Run Animal Run is a board game. Each person is an animal running toward the zoo. Draw a card with a number to move forward. Everyone has fun together trying to help all the animals reach the zoo. Everybody takes turns making the sound of each animal. Shane Sawhill Age 5 • California Make Your Own House Star Chase I play this game with my family. Each player gets a figure to move on the board. During your turn, you roll the dice and move your figure. Each square is numbered. If you land on “1,” you do one jumping jack. If you land on “2,” you run two laps around the room. If you land on “3,” you jump up and down three times. The first player to reach the star wins. Mila Silk Age 6 • Washington 26 JUNE 2018 Make Your Own House is a video game. It starts as a garden. Then you build a house. You can upgrade your house and garden. Karlos Jebrail Age 7 • Rhode Island Number-opoly Materials • A deck of cards with the kings and jokers removed • Two dice Rules 1. Draw a card and place it faceup in the discard pile. 2. Roll two dice. 3. If you can add, subtract, or multiply the numbers on the dice to get the number on the card, you keep the card. (Jacks are worth 11; queens are worth 12.) 4. If you roll doubles on the dice, you get another turn. 5. Take turns until the whole deck has been used up. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins. Lincoln Eeten Age 9 • Wisconsin Run in Space My video game would be Run in Space. I like learning about space. Benjamin Alabi Age 7 • New York Bubbles and Algae There is one bubble and 10 algae. The bubble holds a Hula-H oop and says, “Algae away!” and they run away. If the bubble captur es algae in the Hula-Hoop, the algae become seaweed. They sit down and sway their arms. If the Hula-Hoop just touches the algae, they sit out until the next round. The object is to avoid being touch ed or captured by the Hula-Hoop. Lavinia Pitts Age 7 • Washington, D.C. Animal Colors There is a spinner with animals and colors on it. There are cards with matching animals and colors on them. Players take turns spinning the wheel and f lipping over a card. They try to f lip over the card that matches the animal and color that the arrow landed on. Naomi Andress Age 9 • Florida Design a Snow Globe It may be June, but we’re thinking snow! What would your dream snow globe show? Sparkling sand sculptures? Shimmering snow? Or something else? Send us a drawing of your snow globe on unlined paper. Please include your name, age, and complete address. Mail to Design a Snow Globe 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 We must receive your reply by July 1, 2018, to consider it for publication. De d Jordan’s stamina is tested. By Rich Wallace • Art by Rafa Alvarez around the track. He glanced at his watch—4:00 in the morning! And the race wasn’t nearly over. Spectators clapped as Jordan entered the homestretch for what felt like the thousandth time. “Where’s Devin?” Jordan called to his father in the bleachers. “It’s time to switch!” Jordan kept pedaling. Riders could stay on the bike as long as they wanted, but all four members of each relay team had to participate in the 12-hour race. And bikes had to stay in motion except for minor repairs. Jordan, Devin, Tara, and Bryan had decided they’d each be on the bike for three one-hour shifts. That would give them a couple of long stretches to sleep in the tents. Jordan had barely slept during his first break. He was definitely ready to crawl into his sleeping bag now. Devin whistled as he finally ran out of the boys’ tent at 4:15, snapping on his helmet. “Sorry—I overslept!” Devin said as Jordan hopped off the bike. “How are we doing?” “Third place,” Jordan replied, squinting in the bright stadium lights. He gulped some water as 28 JUNE 2018 he watched Devin sprint away. Thirty-six teams started the Overnight Bike Classic at 8:00 P.M. on Friday. Officials kept track of the number of laps each team covered. Supporters had pledged donations to charity for each lap, and there were trophies for the top teams. Jordan had passed two riders and had drawn a little closer to second place, but the leader was several laps ahead. He felt a hand on his arm and turned. “Great work,” Jordan’s dad said. “Try to get a nap. Before you do, though, wake Bryan.” 4:00 in the morning! And the race wasn’t nearly over. The giant tent was dimly lit. A dozen boys were rolled into sleeping bags while others sat on the ground with snacks. Jordan waved to some of the parents who were sitting at a table, supervising the tent. Jordan nudged Bryan’s red sleeping bag with his foot. Bryan grunted and rolled up tighter. “Devin’s out on the track,” Jordan said. “You’re next.” Br y an Devin A Mile Behind Jordan yawned as he cycled Ta r a Jordan v in an GAME ON! J or Tara Bryan Bryan rubbed his eyes. “Feels like I slept two minutes.” Jordan laughed. “That’s two more than I did. I’m hungry. What do we have to eat?” Bryan pointed to the team’s cooler. “See for yourself.” Jordan grabbed a granola bar. “Team Green is way out there, a mile in front.” He shook his head. “I’m exhausted but too keyed up. Let’s go outside.” The cyclists were so spread out that it was impossible to tell which place each team was in. But Jordan was well aware of the top five teams. He watched in admiration as the leader raced past in his green jersey. Jordan suddenly felt another wave of exhaustion pass over him. “I need to get some sleep,” he said to Bryan. “Make up some ground on Team Green.” Despite all the chatter in the tent, Jordan slept like a rock until Bryan shook his shoulder at 6:50 A.M. “Tara’s finishing,” Bryan said. “We’re in fourth, not far behind second and third.” “How far ahead is Team Green?” Jordan asked. “More than four laps,” Bryan said. “It’s up to you.” Tara was finishing strong, moving into third place as Jordan wiped the sleep from his eyes. Jordan bumped fists with Jerry Myers, the Team Green captain, who was also waiting to ride. “See you at breakfast,” Jordan said with a laugh. “Or maybe I’ll see you when I pass you five times.” “No chance of that,” Jerry said as his teammate zoomed into the exchange zone. Tara followed a few seconds later. Jordan grabbed the handlebars. Tara hopped off the bike, and he hopped on. “The final hour!” Tara called. “Make it count.” Jordan passed several riders. Jerry Myers held a steady pace, A Tip from the Author In any long race, it’s important to pace yourself. If you go too fast at the start, you might use up your energy too quickly. Rich Wallace is the author of dozens of sports novels for kids, including the books in the Winning Season and Kickers series. He has played and coached a lot of sports too. but Jordan caught him after several laps. “I’ve still got you by a mile,” Jerry said. Jordan nodded. He was more (Continued on next page) The leader raced past. Jordan sweated and puffed, but he was moving fast. (Continued from page 29) concerned with second place. The rider up ahead in the red jersey held that spot. “Jor-dan! Jor-dan!” He felt a burst of confidence as his teammates chanted his name. A Tip from a Kid During the 100-yard dash, don’t focus on who is around you. Keep your eyes on the track and never give up. Rahquail Kriven Age 9 • North Carolina Share a sports tip! Send it to Sports Tips 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 30 JUNE 2018 Little by little, he caught up to the second-place rider and moved ahead. Hold this spot, Jordan told himself. The championship was out of reach, but coming in second would be great too. When he looked ahead, Jordan was shocked to notice Jerry pedaling very slowly. Was he hurt? “Chain came off,” Jerry said as Jordan cycled past. “I need a pit stop.” Jordan passed Team Green another time as Jerry and his teammates made repairs near the finish line. Two laps behind. “Fifteen minutes!” Tara yelled. Jordan passed Jerry a fourth time. The lead was less than a lap now. But Jerry’s bike was fixed, and Team Green hurried back onto the track. Three-quarters of a lap was nearly impossible for Jordan to make up. But he had to try. Parents and other spectators had gathered to watch the end of the race, which was just a few minutes away. Jordan sweated and puffed, but he was moving fast. He pedaled onto the backstretch. Team Green was just ahead. “Ladies and gentlemen,” said the announcer, “after 11 hours and 59 minutes of riding, these two teams are separated by less than 100 yards!” Jordan had the momentum. Team Green’s chain was barely holding up. But there was so little time. The announcer counted down the seconds: “10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . .” Jordan cut the lead to 25 yards. “7 . . . 6 . . . 5 . . .” At zero, the race would end. Jordan bore down harder. Team Green’s bike chain was barely holding up. Jerry Myers leaned forward and churned. “4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .” Jordan gritted his teeth. His front wheel drew even with Jerry’s back one. “1 . . . zero!” Jerry raised his arms in triumph. Jordan’s legs ached, but he hadn’t felt tired at all as he raced that final hour. He hadn’t even thought about it. So close, he said to himself. I almost did it. But second place felt pretty good too. s! Bomnauny ants n How ou find i y n ? ca ce n e the s Ants Everywhere By Kris MacLeod Use the clues to think of words that contain the word ant. 1 . Has a stem and leaves. 2. To wish for something. 3. A big cat with a black coat. 4. You wear them on your legs. 5. A very tall fairy-tale character. 6. A large African or Asian mammal. 7. Part of an insect or a radio. 8. Lean or tilt. 9. Far away. 10. A baby. Answers on page 38. Check . . . and Double Check Compare these two pictures. Can you find at least 18 differences? JUNE 2018 31 Can You CAMP? Near or far, outside or in— yes, you can! By Lisa Glover Navigate by the Stars Observing the stars to find your path is one of the first ways that people used the oldest science: astronomy. Know which way to go before starting out on a starlit adventure. North Star Pointer Stars N W E S 1. Find the Big Dipper. 2. Identify the two 3. Extend the line pointer stars. Draw an imaginary line between them. upward. The first bright star you come to is the North Star, Polaris. 4. If you are facing the North Star, then north is in front of you, south is behind you, east is on your right, and west is on your left. Fire Up Your Food Ask an adult for help with anything sharp or hot. CHARRED CHEESE Butter two slices of bread on one side. Place cheese between the unbuttered sides. Wrap the sandwich in three layers of foil. Ask an adult to place it on hot coals. Cook each side for three minutes, using tongs to flip the sandwich. Let it cool. Art by Andrew Roberts. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc., except camp scene by iStock/anatolly_gleb. Build a Tent Make sure you have shelter before it gets dark! CH A LL E N GE What els e can yo u use to m ake a ten t ? Wh at sh ap e s work be st? Share a Silly Story Copy this story, and have your friends fill in the blanks as you go. Then read the story back to them in a dramatic voice! The (Object) in the Woods One (adjective) day, I was hiking with my friends in the woods. We’d been traveling for (amount of time) and we were 1. Tie a rope between two trees. (adjective). “Let’s set up camp!” I said as we came to a (place). In the middle of the (same place) was a (same object) that looked like it had been there for (amount of time). It made us feel 2. Place a towel on the ground below the rope. (adjective), so we tossed it aside. As night fell, we heard a noise close by. “That sounded like a (animal),” said (friend’s name). “What if it’s the mythical (creature) from (another place)?” said (another friend’s name), sounding (adjective). Suddenly, the 3. Toss a sheet over the rope, noise became louder, and the (same object) emerged, (number) half on each side. times the size it was before. It chased us through the dark as we stumbled over (plural noun), stopping only when we left the (same place). When we returned to the (same place) in the 4. Pull the sheet to the edges of the towel, and place a few rocks along the edges on both sides. lse What eou ca n y na stuff i ? s’more morning, the (same object) was back to its normal size, exactly where we first saw it. Quickly, we packed up and (verb in past tense) away. The (same object) might still be out there. . . . STUFFED S’MORES Use a table knife to poke a slit in the top of a marshmallow. Put two chocolate chips into the slit. Place the stuffed marshmallow on a stick and roast it over the fire, chocolate-chip-side up. When it’s browned, place it between two graham crackers. Your Own Pages Cows and Camels I know that pandas eat bamboo, cows say moo, and skunks smell lik e my stinky shoe, but I also know birds can f ly, giraffes’ necks are hig h, and camels live where the deserts are dry. Fish live in the sea and in the jungle is a monkey, but those animals aren’t for me. I don’t want a frog or a bat— all I want is a simple dog or a cat. Gavin Yang Age 8 • Minnesota Bugs gs, Smooth bugs, rough bu ugs, Pricklebugs, stickleb gs that sting, bu d an Bugs that bite wing, Bugs that f ly upon a here to there, Bugs that crawl from Bugs are everywhere. so small, Bugs so big and bugs so tall. gs Bugs so shor t and bu ce Every bug in every pla , es tch clu Ends up in my er. nt hu g Because I’m a bu Constantina Kostopo ulos Age 9 • Pennsylvania Mars Mars is cold. Mars is red. There may be life there, some have said. Rovers roam around all day, taking photos a world away. Zoe Lee Age 8 • North Carolina 34 JUNE 2018 Tristram Woodman Age 7 • Maine Nate Butts Age 7 • Georgia Flying Kites You know when to go, when you feel a re sistance. You must run a ve ry long distance. W hen it f lies, it he ads for the skies and when it comes down, you might get a fro wn. But then if you pu ll and charge like a bull, then it goes up until it ends and then you do it again. Josh and John Ga rrison Age 10 • Michigan Beautiful Lantern Joanna Li Age 7 • Texas Halfway I am halfway to Grandma’s house. I am halfway through seven. I am halfway paying attention. What is happening now? Volcanic Eruption Adelaide Baird Age 7 1/2 • Massachusetts The land is rumbling Cracks are forming Tension below ground rising Then a thunderous grumbling Followed by an explosion, indeed deafening Mountaintop is torn off, disintegrating Out shoots a lava torrent, bright and burning Thick ash, a rain of scorching rocks pelting Upon the land ringing with the whooshing Fiery lava pouring Down the mountainside it goes streaming While life is f leeing The land which this fury is ravaging, destroying The volcano is erupting. Beach Day B right su nshi ne E ach day is very hot A lways fu n C al ling seag ul ls H appy, lively place D ipping in the wa rm wate A ction ever ywhere You shou ld be happy Husna Hamid Age 11 • Georgia r on a be ac h day! Alexa Duncan Age 9 • Alabama Zachary Schwarz Age 7 • Illinois Bulldozer Ervin Stacy Age 6 • Maryland Right on the Ocean Right on the ocean, in a big black boat, I spy a spooky island in the middle of the sea. d. So I lead my boat to the lan X marks the spot! out I follow my map, and I get . a shovel, and I dig and I dig , Then I see something big od. made out of wo I pull it out . . . “Argh, me matey . . . a treasure for me!” Marco Garufi Age 8 • New York 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. Nate Sarver Age 10 • Virginia Include your name, age, and address. Mail to Your Own Pages 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 Jupiter’s Shrinking Storm The biggest storm on any world in the solar system is getting smaller. By Ken Croswell, Ph.D. I t’s snowing, but the clouds are red. The wind howls at 400 miles an hour, faster than a hurricane. And it’s colder than the North Pole. Welcome to the largest storm on any world in the solar system. This storm is bigger than any on Earth. In fact, it’s bigger than Earth itself! And it has been raging for more than 100 years. Named the Great Red Spot, this storm is on Jupiter, the largest planet that goes around the Sun. The storm is an oval, shaped like an egg. But it’s shrinking. No one knows why— or what it will do next. Astronomers discovered the 36 JUNE 2018 Great Red Spot by looking at Jupiter through telescopes. In the late 1800s, the spot was 25,500 miles long—more than three times bigger than Earth. In 1979, spacecraft f lew past Jupiter and saw that the storm was only 14,500 miles long. Smaller and Rounder Now the Hubble Space Telescope can track the storm. “It’s at the smallest size that we’ve ever seen it,” says Dr. Amy Simon, an astronomer who studies the storm. In 2017, it was just 10,160 miles long. That’s still bigger than Earth, which is 7,926 miles across. But the Great Red Spot isn’t as great as it used to be. Its shape is changing too. “It has gotten quite a bit rounder,” says Dr. Simon. At this rate, it could be perfectly round in just a few years. Jupiter differs greatly from Earth. It’s 11 times wider. And it’s made mostly of hydrogen and helium. On Earth, these are gases that are lighter than air. We fill balloons with helium to make them rise. But most of the hydrogen and helium on Jupiter is not in the form of gas. Instead, Jupiter’s great gravity squeezes the hydrogen and helium, turning most of these elements into a liquid. Only the outer part of Photos: pages 36–37 by NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill; page 37 (Jupiter) NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (NASA Goddard); (Earth) NASA. See Jupiter Tonight! Because J up and bright, iter is so large It looks lik it’s easy to see. ea Look for J brilliant star. upite southeast r in the ern sk y soon after sunset. WHOOSH! Jupiter is the fastest-spinning planet in the solar system. Jupiter is gas. And that’s where the Great Red Spot is. Hurricane or Not? “It is not a hurricane,” says Dr. Simon. “It’s an anti-hurricane.” On Earth, hurricanes north of the equator spin counterclockwise, and hurricanes south of the equator spin clockwise. The Great Red Spot is south of Jupiter’s equator, but it spins counterclockwise. That’s why Dr. Simon calls it an anti-hurricane. No one knows why the Great Red Spot is red. Like Jupiter’s air, the spot is made mostly of hydrogen and helium gases. But they have no color. So something else must color the spot red. The Great Red Spot has lasted longer than any storm on Earth. That’s because Jupiter is so different from Earth. On Earth, hurricanes weaken when they move from sea to land, and when they move north or south. Neither of these things happens on Jupiter. Right beneath its air, there is no land, only liquid hydrogen and helium. You’d have to go into Jupiter’s core to hit solid rock. So a storm on Jupiter can’t weaken by moving over land. Also, Jupiter has horizontal bands of f lowing air that prevent storms from moving north or south. So the Great Red Spot stays at the same latitude. That, too, keeps it from breaking up. Yet the storm is shrinking. “Could it disappear?” asks Dr. Simon. “Sure. Would I bet money on it one way or the other? Probably not.” There’s only one way to find out what will happen to it next. “We really need to keep watching.” Jupiter and Earth 88,846 miles 483,600,000 miles 12 years 9 hours, 55 minutes -236 degrees F Hydrogen and helium Hydrogen and helium 69 Great Red Spot Diameter Distance from Sun Time to Go Around Sun Time to Spin Once Average Temperature Air Is Mostly . . . Planet Is Mostly . . . Number of Moons 7,926 miles 92,960,000 miles 1 year 23 hours, 56 minutes 60 degrees F Nitrogen and oxygen Rock and iron 1 Smoothie Twister S L E D RI D Who is drinking each smoothie? 1. 4. 3. 2. What did the teddy bear say after dinner? 1 James Benners, Massachuse tts rite What is a bee’s favo e? pl ap kind of 2 Marley Hurt, Ohio A. B. C. D. What do you get when you cross a permanent marker with a dog? 3 Aria Thomas , Missouri Answers below. Answers page 38 Jackson Allen, Flo rid 4 Smoothie Twister 1. B. 2. D. 3. A. 4. C. page 43 page 2 e to eat? Where do ants lik a 5 Picture Puzzler Fun This Month Lydia’s Lost Lemons Why did the phone go to the dentist? Makayla Vega, New York What do you call a pig that knows karate? Mystery Photo — Seashell. Bonus! page 31 Why did the glue like the plan? 7 Ants Everywhere 1. Plant. 2. Want. 3. Panther. 4. Pants. 5. Giant. 6. Elephant. 7. Antenna. 8. Slant. 9. Distant. 10. Infant. 6 Brad Anzo, Texas Noel Russell, Indiana Which kind of book is an oilcan’s favorite? Nora Jackson, Minn esota 8 Covers: Escape into Summer! by Gary LaCoste; What’s Wrong?® by David Helton 38 JUNE 2018 9 nts go Why don’t elepha pool? e th swimming at nia Matthew King, Pe nnsylva Answers: 1. “I’m stuffed.” 2. Honeycrisp. 3. A shar-pei. 4. At restaur-ants. 5. It had a bad Bluetooth. 6. A pork chop. 7. Because he stuck to it. 8. Nonfriction. 9. They would always lose their trunks. Illustration credits: Page 2: Kevin Zimmer; 12: Rich Powell; 15: Jokes by Rich Powell, “Feathered Fun” by Maarten Lenoir; 27: Alyssa Bermudez; 31: Ants Everywhere by Luke Flowers, Check . . . and Double Check by Pat Lewis; 38: Mike Moran; 39: Erin Mauterer, except numbers by iStock /Ukususha, waves by iStock /saemilee. Photo credits: Page 2: iStock /Lefteris_; 3: Gina Lenz; 4: iStock /Getty Images Plus/Creativeye99; 4–5: © WashedAshore.org; 12–13: Martin Harvey/Alamy Stock Photo; 26: iStock/Getty Images Plus/Diane Macdonald; 39: (flower hat) iStock/izusek, (guinea pig) iStock/IgorDutina, (yarn) iStock/BrianAJackson, (rubber-band ball) iStock/plherrera, (goldfish) iStock/GlobalP, (hand) iStock/pressureUA, (paint) iStock/Grafner, (girl) iStock/YouraPechkin. yarn d l u o W good a e k a m p rope? jum WHY R WHY O T? NO What is the funniest kind of hat you’ve ever seen? START Take y o ur bra W HO or W HAT is awake w he n y o u’re asleep? Name an animal that might use a chair. How would you use each of these superpowers? GIANT SN E E Z ES STRETCHY FE ET PAINT FLOWING FROM YOUR FINGERS What are some things that move in waves? hike! Do you think there is MATH in ART? ART in MATH? What makes you think that? u What can yo make from s? rubber band What’s a chair? in on a Can you predict who will make a good friend? Why or why not? THE END If insects wore clothes, WHAT MIGHT THEY USE TO MAKE THEM? How did you choose your favorite sport? JUNE 2018 39 Ask Arizona ® I want to give my da d something special fo r Father’s Day. Do you have any ideas? —Looking in Littleton Clues to the Perfect Gift By Lissa Rovetch • Art by Amanda Morley Dear Looking, Every Father’s Day goes the exact same way in my house. My sister, brother, mom, and I bring my dad breakfast in bed. He always does a good job of acting surprised, even though I doubt he’s surprised at all! So this year, just like you, I wanted to give him something special. Only I had zero idea what that could be. When I was hanging out at the pool after swim class, I asked my friends for ideas. “We always get my dad a new baseball cap,” said Lana. “That’d be perfect,” I said. “But my dad refuses to wear anything other than his ratty old ‘lucky’ hat.” “When I was little, I used to check out this one book from the library over and over again,” said Isabel. “Hmm,” I said. “I’m not sure my dad would want a picture book.” Isabel laughed. “I’m not saying you should give him a picture book. I wanted to tell you about what happens in that book. A girl is trying to find the perfect present for her mom, and a giant rabbit comes along and tells her to think about what her mom This year, I wanted to give my dad something special. 40 JUNE 2018 really likes. So because the girl’s mom loves bright colors, the girl fills a basket with all different colors of fruit.” “OK, I understand,” I said. “You’re saying I should think about my dad’s favorite things.” I didn’t happen to know any giant rabbits. But I did know two cats who have a history of giving good advice. “You guys spend a lot of time with Dad,” I said to my cats when I got home. “What do you think he likes most?” In reply, my younger kitty, Charlie, hopped onto the table by the big chair in our living room. He landed on a pile of my dad’s mystery novels. “That’s it!” I said. “Dad loves to read. Especially mystery novels. But what if I get one he’s already read? I can’t ask which one he’d like because then it wouldn’t be a surprise.” Just then, my older cat, Cow, started batting something around. It was a marker from my marker set. “That’s where the green marker went!” I said. I’m crossing my fingers my dad will like the gift a lot! “You’re saying I should think about my dad’s favorite things.” And suddenly, I knew just what to do. I gave Cow an extra-long ear scratch in exchange for my marker, and then I got to work writing my very own mystery. “It might not be the best story ever written,” I told my cats. “But at least I’ll know Dad has never read it before.” Since one of my dad’s favorite mystery series is about a detective named Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson, and my cats had helped give me the idea, I made the main characters “That’s it!” (or should I say “CAT-racters”?) Furrlock Holmes and Dr. Catson. And since my dad owns a grocery store and spends a lot of time at the checkout counter, I called it “The Case of the Missing Money.” At the end, Furrlock Holmes figures out the reason all the money in the cash register keeps disappearing. A family of mice who live in the wall have decided the paper bills would make good stuffing for their beds and the shiny coins would make fancy plates for their dinner parties. But I can’t tell you how this real-life story ends, because Father’s Day is still a couple of days away and I haven’t given my dad his surprise yet. I’m crossing my fingers he’ll like it a lot! So anyway, dear Looking, when it comes to figuring out an extra-great present, the advice from that giant rabbit is actually pretty helpful. Try taking a few minutes to think about your dad. Figure out his favorite things. Then make your own version of one of those things—a book, a game, a batch of muffins, or new lyrics to a song he likes. If you make it yourself, it’s guaranteed to be one of a kind! Ciao for now, Arizona Dear Highlights I let my friend borrow one of my stuffed animals. She’s going to give it back next time we meet, but I’m afraid she’s going to lose it. Ramona, California It was nice of you to share your stuffed animal with your friend. Most likely, if your friend leaves it in her home, it won’t get lost. If it helps ease your worries, you might ask your parents if it would be OK for you to call your friend and ask her to keep the stuffed animal in her house until you see her again. If there are toys you care a great deal about, maybe you can allow friends to play with them at your house but not take them outside of your home. I like to keep our room clean, but my younger brother doesn’t even care. Lukas, West Virginia You might kindly talk to your brother about how you’ve been feeling. He may not realize that a messy room upsets you. Perhaps the two of you can agree to put things back right away when you are finished using them. You might also try inviting your brother to join you when you clean. You could even turn cleaning into a game you both enjoy. For example, you could turn on some music and see who can put away more things before the song ends. It’s a fun competition, and you both win a clean room! 42 JUNE 2018 I’m doing a fund-raiser to go to nationals for rock climbing. I get really nervous when I hand out flyers asking people to donate. Riley, Massachusetts Few people feel comfortable asking others for money. It might help to remember that many of the people you’ll be asking will be excited about the opportunity you have and may wish to support you in pursuing this dream. When you approach people, stand up straight, smile, and greet them in a friendly way. Briefly explain your rockclimbing accomplishments and your dream to go to nationals. Politely ask if the person would like to participate in your fund-raiser, and say thank you whether or not he or she decides to donate. Your parents or coach may be able to give you some tips. Write to us! Please include your name, age, and full address. Mail to Dear Highlights 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431 Or e-mail us at Letters@Highlights.com. Art by Keith Frawley. r e l z u z P Picture n e scene. 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