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Kid’s Imagination Train September 2015 Volume 3 Issue 9 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train August 2015 Volume 3 Issue 9 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 9 3 - 6... Poem What Do Bears Do When It Rains? by: Judith Mesch 7…Poem Antics by: Helen Turnbull 8 – 9…Nonfiction Dominic’s Journey by: Jan Cornebise 10 – 11…Nonfiction Let’s Discover Turtles and Tortoises by: Guy Belleranti 12 – 13… Book Review The Worst Class Trip Ever by Donna Smith 14... Lesson Plan Ancient Greece by Randi Lynn Mrvos 15… Lesson Plan Activity Make a Greek Theatre Mask by Randi Lynn Mrvos 16 - 19…Sponsors


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What do bears do when it rains? They put on their boots. Bears don't wear boots! They do when it rains. They wear red boots. Why not green? They can wear green, too. What about blue? I do. Some bears wear blue, like you. And pink? Sometimes, I think. What if it rains really hard? What do bears do then? They open their umbrellas and run home. And then? They count to ten: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN. Like how many fingers I have. See? One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten fingers. Same as me. Where do bears live? In a den. What’s a den? 3


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A den is a cave. What’s a cave? A cave is a big hole in the side of a mountain. Do bears have to live in dens? They don’t have to. They like to live in dens. Why? It's fun. Why? Because. They can do whatever they want. Can they leave their boots in the hall? Can they color on the floor? Can they have ice cream for supper? They’re bears. They can do anything they want. GrGrGrrrr GGGrRRRRRrrrrRRrrrrrr. And then what? When? After they count to ten. Then, the bears peek out of the den. If it’s still raining they jump back in again. In their boots? Of course. It’s raining. And after they jump back in? They have chocolate pudding and blueberry pie. Why? They just do. Because bears love chocolate pudding? Yes. And blueberry pie. And then? They take off their boots. And then what? They wiggle their toes. How many toes? Ten. One two three four five six seven eight nine ten? Yup Just like us. Uh huh. Then what? They play games. Everybody? 4


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Almost. Not every single bear. What does the other bear do? What other bear? The one that isn't playing? He’s brushing his teeth. He’s putting on his pajamas. Why is the bear putting on his pajamas? He’s getting ready for bed. So soon? It’s getting late. But he’s a bear. Bears don’t have bedtime. They do in the winter. When in the winter? Seven o’clock? All the time. All of wintertime is bedtime for bears. Every minute? Uh huh. Even when it snows? Especially when it snows. No snowball fights? No snowball fights. No snowman? Nope. No sleds? No skates? Bears don’t have sleds. Or skates, either. Why not? They have boots. Bears don’t need sleds or skates. Why not? Because they’re asleep. Every single day? And every night. In their den? Uh huh. No chocolate pudding? No chocolate pudding. No blueberry pie? No pie. 5


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Wow. Good thing we’re not bears. “GRrrrrrrrrrrrr...” Art by: Sari Written by: Judith Mesch 6


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Antics Oh Tiny ant, Are you aware You are crawling over me Or do you see a mountain When you gaze up at my knee? Written by: Helen Turnbull 7


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Dominic’s Journey From Homeless Pup to Cuddle Pro Dominic is a pit bull puppy. He and his brothers and sisters were born in Denver, Colorado—not the best place to call home. You see, the city of Denver has a ban on pit bulls. Some people think this breed of dogs is dangerous. So, Dominic and his littermates had to leave town. A Denver animal shelter staff member phoned the Denkai Animal Sanctuary and Veterinary Clinic in Eaton, Colorado. Denkai rescues animals and operates a low-cost clinic. The rescue clinic picked up Dominic and his family. Finding forever homes for pit bull puppies takes time. So, veterinarian technologist Stephany Haswell at Denkai offered to foster a couple of the puppies. Stephany couldn’t adopt any of the pups because she and her husband had three children and three big dogs. But, she would care for the puppies until she could find them proper homes. Over time, Stephany got many calls about her foster pups, but she was careful. “The problem with the pit bull is that because they are such a strong and loyal breed, they will basically do anything they are asked,” she said. “Regardless of the breed of dog, regardless of how well you know the dog, you must always exercise proper animal handling and know how to act around any animal, whether it’s a dog or a cat or a lion.” 8


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When a neighbor finally adopted one of the puppies, the Haswells realized that they didn’t want to part with Dominic. Even their dogs loved him. Dominic stayed. Soon after his adoption, Stephany noticed that her adult dogs needed breaks from the rowdy pup. So, she took Dominic to work with her. Unfortunately, he got in the way of everyone. Stephany tried putting Dominic in a kennel. That way, he could rest and she could work. But, he cried until she let him out. One morning, the veterinarians brought a dog just out of surgery to Dominic’s big red pillow. Dominic hurried over to cuddle the dog as it began to wake. Stephany was not surprised. He liked snuggling with her family and dogs, especially if they were ill or crying. Later in the day, Dominic lay in the middle of a pile of recovering dogs. He rested his head on their bodies when they cried. Those who cried the most got the most attention. Dogs coming out of surgery can be frightened, wild, or aggressive. With Dominic beside them, they woke up calm and happy. (Some cats however, were not as receptive.) Dominic settled into a routine at the clinic. Animals were placed on his pillow after surgery. He gave them a sniff test. Then, he rested beside them. Floss Blackburn founded Denkai 11 years ago. She said, “I’ve never ever, seen anything like this. He’s got such a sweet heart.” The Denkai web site described Dominic as having “the BEST home in the world and is now giving back to the community in a BIG way.” Because of his exceptional love and caring, it’s not surprising that Dominic became the Denkai Recovery Specialist. Photos by: Lesa Totten Written by: Jan Cornebise 9


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Turtles and tortoises are reptiles. They have scales, lay eggs, and are ectothermic. What does a big word like ectothermic mean? It means the animal gets its body heat from the outside air, ground, or water. Primitive turtles and tortoises lived in the time of dinosaurs. Some had teeth. Today’s turtles and tortoises don’t have teeth. Instead, they have strong beak-like mouths. They also have something no other reptile has—a shell. The shell is part of their skeleton. It has nerves and blood vessels. The rounded top part is the carapace. The flatter bottom is the plastron. Bony bridges connect the two. Scalelike pieces called scutes cover the carapace. The scutes are made of keratin, the same material as your fingernails! Water-dwelling turtles have flatter and softer shells than the land- living tortoises. Tortoises have higher and heavier shells than turtles. You may have seen cartoons where a turtle crawls out of its shell. In real life, no turtle or tortoise can do this. However, many can pull their head, legs, and feet into their shell for protection. Freshwater turtles live in lakes, rivers, and streams. They usually have webbed feet for swimming. Some leave the water to bask in the sun. However, they don’t go far. Redeared sliders and snapping and box turtles are examples of freshwater turtles. Sea turtles live in the ocean. They have flipper-like feet. Sea turtles zip through the water and stay under a long time. But, all must come up to breathe oxygen. The leatherback sea turtle is bigger than any other tortoise or turtle. It averages four to six feet long and weighs 600 to 1,100 pounds. 10


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Unlike water-dwelling turtles, tortoises are not swimmers. They are slow walkers. Most of them live in hot climates. Some species spend time cooling off in shallow ponds or mud holes. The plants they eat provide them with most of their water. Some, like the desert tortoise, estivate in the summer. This means they become less active and only come out of their underground burrows when it’s cooler. Desert tortoises also hibernate for a time in winter. Most turtles and tortoises are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals; but some of them are herbivores (or plant eaters). Others are carnivores (or meat eaters). The desert tortoise of the southwestern United States is an herbivore. It eats grasses, herbs, flowers, and parts of cactus. The giant Galapagos tortoise is also an herbivore. In contrast, the loggerhead sea turtle is a carnivore. It eats shellfish like crabs and clams. All turtle mothers lay their eggs on land. Sea turtles bury their eggs in the sand and return to the ocean. Freshwater turtles and land tortoises also bury their eggs and then leave. The eggs incubate deep in the sand. In about one hundred days, the next generation of turtles and tortoises will hatch. You have discovered some cool things about turtles and tortoises. To learn more about turtles and tortoises, you can read about them or visit a library, aquarium, or zoo. Here are a few books you might like to read: Morgan, Sally. Tortoises and Turtles. Laguna Hills, CA: QEB Publishing, 2006. Kalman, Bobbie. Endangered Sea Turtles. New York, NY: Crabtree Publishing Co., 2004. Here are some websites about turtles and tortoises: gturtle.cfm Written by: Guy Belleranti 11


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Book Review Name of Book: The Worst Class Trip Ever Author: Dave Barry Year Published: 2015 Age Range of Book: 8 – 12 years Publisher: Disney Hyperion ISBN: 978-1-4847-0849-1 Price: $10.11 Two strange men on a plane with a backpack and duffel bag plus a couple eight-grade boys equals mayhem. 12


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Once again, it’s time for the annual class trip to Washington D.C. The students travel from Miami, Florida home of snakes, lizards, frogs, and alligators to the nation’s capital land of big, stone buildings. Wyatt Palmer is excited to leave his parents behind for a while so he can be near his crush Suzana Delgado. According to Wyatt, Suzana is beautiful and really popular. “She has like 183 million Instagram followers.” Wyatt doesn’t want to embarrass himself on the trip. Instead, he plans to act cool and calm around Suzana. But, things go awry right away. The trouble starts with two weird guys on the plane, Matt Diaz, and a mysterious box. Dave Barry’s uproarious story about the Culver Middle School field trip lets you take a tour of Washington and see it as a thirteen year old. Wyatt questions why the Boy Scout monument has a naked guy, observes that there is an abundance of important historical things, and expresses how a ghost tour is tame compared to the gross stuff that happens in video games and movies. Lines from the book stay with you long after you’re done reading, like when Wyatt refers to the elevator in their hotel as being so ancient it wants to retire and become a closet, or how the hotel had “an old boxy TV that probably ran on coal.” To add to the humor, the novel is filled with adolescent favorites such as farting, unidentifiable food, and a clueless teacher. Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and he was a columnist for the Miami Herald for over 20 years. He has written numerous adult fiction and nonfiction novels. His middle grade books include the Starcatchers and Neverland series and Science Fair. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 13


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Lesson Plan: Ancient Greece Greece is located in the southern part of Europe, across the Mediterranean Sea from Africa. From about 3000 B.C. to about 300 B.C., Greece had one of the most advanced civilizations in the world. Ancient Greece is famous for discovering art, science, education, and advanced mathematics. The Olympics and libraries were also some of Greece’s contributions to the world. The Greeks were the first people to act in plays. In fact, going to plays was a regular part of Greek life. Staging plays was one way in which the Greeks paid respect to their gods. Greek theatres were usually built on hillsides so that the audience could see and hear the actors on stage. The actors were males. Generally, no more than three actors performed on stage. Songs and dances were presented between the acts. Actors usually wore masks with sad faces when they performed in tragedies or sad plays, or happy faces when they performed in comedies or funny plays. Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 14



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