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Kid's Imagination Train May 2015 Volume 3 Issue 5 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train March 2015 Volume 3 Issue 5 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustration Advisor: Thrace Shirley Mears Voiceover artist: Sharon Olivia Blumberg Editorial Offices: All across the United States Publishing Office: 4637 Spring Creek Drive Lexington, KY 40515 Mission Statement: Welcome to the Kid's Imagination Train, where children can take the journey of reading in a brand new way. KIT offers book reviews, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for kids ages 5 - 12. It’s unique in that it engages children by providing them the opportunity to illustrate their favorite features and to have their pictures published online. We invite you to read, to learn, and to draw! ©Kid's Imagination Train


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CONTENTS Volume 3 Issue 5 5 - 6... KIT 1st Annual Contest Winner A Splash of Spring by: Alfred and Jan Cornebise 7…Poem Dog by Savannah Hendricks 8 - 9…Fiction The Mystery of the Crushed Daisies by Evelyn Horan 10 - 13...Nonfiction Let’s Learn about Lemurs by Guy Belleranti 14 - 15 …Book Review Earthquake by Donna Smith 16...Art Lesson Plan Marc Chagall by Randi Lynn Mrvos 17…Lesson Plan Activity Create a Dream Picture by Randi Lynn Mrvos 18 - 19...Word Search Marc Chagall by Donna Smith 20 - 21…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Andrew, Angelik, Dillinger, Kaylee, Leeah, Lucy, and Margot under the guidance of Margaret Seamans for their amazing lemur artwork. We would like to extend a special thank you to Andrew and Angelik for drawing for two issues and a big thank you to Margot for contributing to five issues of KIT. 3


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank all of the writers who entered Kid’s Imagination Train 1st Annual Contest. Each submission was amazingly unique and imaginative. We applaud your talent and wish you the best on all of your creative endeavors. 4


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Kid’s Imagination Train 1st Annual Contest Awards Alfred and Jan Cornebise for “A Splash of Spring” In China, a cormorant family lives on the banks of the River Li, which runs through the Mountains of the Moon (well, they look like the mountains of the moon!) The birds belong to a family of fishermen, who work day by day with them. One spring morning, the cormorant mother spied a wondrous sight. She saw a big, beautiful bird prancing along on the path by the riverbank. It had a long, blue neck topped with a head crowned by magnificent feathers. It also had a beautiful tail. How can one describe that tail? It made a huge fan of the most vibrant hues—all the colors of the rainbow which contrasted with the nearby greening willow trees. The bird was not walking, but strutting (for it was a peacock). It was proud, vain down to its very feather tips! 5


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The mother cormorant looked down at her own plain, black feathers and felt a bit envious. She noticed something else, however; the peacock was not paying attention to the path where he was walking. In fact, it was slowly edging toward the river. Then suddenly with a splash, the peacock fell into the water and began thrashing in panic because his feet were on the slimy, slippery bank and he was getting into even deeper water. A soggy, soppy scene! "Whoa!" the mother cormorant exclaimed. Forgetting her usual tasks, she dived into the water and swiftly swam to the floundering peacock, pushing him with her strong beak onto dry land just in the nick of time. Later, the cormorants thought that the peacock had brought it all on himself. Indeed, he never again strutted so proudly and even kept his head down a bit—at least some of the time! He watched more carefully where he was going, and his tail did not seem to spread so large ever again. Some Chinese wise men made a proverb about the event. They agreed that "It is a wise bird who learns from its mistakes." So, sometimes some birds know more than others, though often the others learn from experience. At least in China this is true. And today, somewhere along the River Li, which runs through the Mountains of the Moon, one peacock at least has a new life and strolls along as wise as any bird there. AUTHORS' NOTE: Coal-black birds with long necks and hooked beaks, cormorants are working birds often used by fishermen. The birds dive into the waters and bring up fish in their bills. But they can't swallow their catches, because the fishermen have put rings around their necks. They take the fish from the birds to keep for themselves. The fishermen are not totally selfish, though. After keeping a few fish, they take the rings off and allow the cormorants to eat some of their catch —and they do! 6


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Dog Field of colors at bloom tips. Paw imprints packed in soil below. Scents blown through tall green stems. A tail of happy swishes. Bubbling clouds sweep blue above. Calls from the house Sends the adventure to an end Until day begins again. Written by: Savannah Hendricks 7


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The Mystery of the Crushed Daisies “Race you to the garden," said Aiden. Mom carried the garden tools. Aiden brought his dump truck to haul away the weeds. He stopped short in front of the flowerbed. "Someone crushed the daisies!" said Aiden. Mom looked at the broken flowers. "Did you drive your truck through the garden?” "No, Mom." Dad joined them outside. "What happened?" “I don't know," Aiden said, "but I'll find out.” Aiden searched the garden for clues. “Look," he said, pointing to a mark in the soft dirt. "It’s a big footprint, not a tire track from my truck." "Yes, it is big," Dad agreed. "It's bigger than Mom's or mine. Could it be yours, Dad?" "It looks like my size," Dad said. "But I wasn't out here." "Maybe a giant," Aiden said, "or Bigfoot, like in the movies." "Well," Mom said, "I'm not sure about that." Later, Aiden sipped a glass of lemonade with Mom and Dad in the kitchen. Dad finished his drink and went into the bedroom. "I’m missing one of my slippers," he said, rubbing his chin. 8


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“Hmm! Another case for you to solve, Aiden," Mom said. “But now it’s time to feed Wiggle Tail. Will you please find your puppy?” Aiden raced to the back porch. “Wiggle Tail!” he yelled. “Come here, girl.” But the puppy did not come. "Oh no, Wiggle Tail is missing." Aiden scratched his head. "Now I have three mysteries to solve. Who made the big footprint? Where is Dad's slipper? And where is Wiggle Tail?" It all started in the garden, so I must have missed something, he thought. He hurried back to the daisies. He walked all around them. Then he saw something by the fence. What was it? Aiden ran to see. "Mom, Dad," he called. "I know what happened to the daisies! And Dad's slipper and Wiggle Tail! Look!” Wiggle Tail was curled up in Dad’s slipper near the fence. “I bet she dragged the slipper through the daisies and made the footprint when she laid down in it. Then when we came out to garden, she moved the slipper to a quieter spot to sleep.” “I think you’re right Aiden,” Mom said. Aiden patted Wiggle Tail. She woke and stretched with a big yawn. “We have to keep an eye on you, Wiggle Tail or should I say Bigfoot?" Aiden said. Dad laughed and picked up his missing slipper. “Aiden, we'll call you Sherlock. You did a great job solving the mystery of the crushed daisies." Written by: Evelyn Horan 9


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Let’s Learn about Lemurs Near Africa is an island named Madagascar. On this island are some animals that live nowhere else in the wild. One of these animals is the lemur. art by: Dillinger Lemurs are primates, just like monkeys and apes. However, lemurs aren’t monkeys or apes. Instead, they’re part of an older primate group called prosimians. art by: Andrew 10


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There are many species of lemurs. All live in forests, and all but one (the indri) have a long furry tail. These tails help lemurs keep their balance when leaping from branch to branch or from tree to tree. However, lemurs can’t hang from their tails like some monkeys. art by: Angelik art by: Margot While most lemurs stay high in the trees, some also come down to the ground. For example, the ring-tailed lemur spends up to a third of its time on the ground searching for food. Most lemurs are social and live in groups called troops. Some troops are small, while others are large. Usually, older females are in charge of the troop and provide more protection than the males. Group living provides extra noses, eyes, and ears on the alert for danger from predators. Predators include the fossa (a cat-like relative of the mongoose), snakes, and birds of prey such as hawks and eagles. 11


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Some lemur species, especially the smaller ones, are nocturnal. Nocturnal is a word that means being active at night. Other lemur species are diurnal, which means being active during the day. Some species are herbivores. They eat fruit, leaves, flowers, seeds, and bark. Other lemurs are omnivores. Omnivores eat plants and insects. art by: Lucy art by: Kaylee Both male and female lemurs have powerful scent glands which they use to communicate and to mark territory. Males also use their scent glands during breeding season. The most dominant male is the one that can produce the biggest stink! Lemurs are famous for the sounds they use in communication. Small mouse lemurs chirp. The indri makes a spooky wailing sound that can be heard almost a mile away. Other lemur sounds range from yaps and snorts to blood-curdling screams. In fact, the word lemur comes from a word which means “spirits of the night” or “ghosts.” 12


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art by: Leeah The black-and-white ruffed lemur is the only lemur (and only primate) to build a nest for raising its young. The mother even pulls out some of her own hair to line this nest. She also carries her young with her mouth. In most other lemur species however, the young cling to the mother’s back or stomach to move from place to place. The aye-aye is one of the oddest lemurs. This nocturnal lemur lives a much more solitary life instead of living in troops. Its front incisor teeth are rodent-like and grow continuously. Unlike other lemurs, the aye-aye has large bat-like ears and a long bony middle finger. It uses this finger to find insect larvae in tree bark. Almost all lemur species are endangered and many are near extinction. Why? Because humans have cut down much of the lemur’s forest home for wood, agriculture, and mining. Humans also hunt some lemur species for meat. However, there is hope. Conservation groups and zoos are working hard to save the lemur and other unusual animals on the island of Madagascar. Written by: Guy Belleranti 13


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Book Review Name of Book: Earthquake Author: Susan J. Berger Illustrator: Eugene E. Ruble Year Published: 2009 Age Range of Book: 9 – 12 years Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-933090-66-5 Price: $ 8.47 Learn about why earthquakes happen and how to prepare for one. 14



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