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Kid’s Imagination Train December 2015 Volume 3 Issue 12 Come read, learn, and draw! http://kidsimaginationtrain.com

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Kid's Imagination Train December 2015 Volume 3 Issue 12 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustration Advisor: Thrace Shirley Mears Guest illustrator: Naroth Kean 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 http://kidsimaginationtrain.com

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CONTENTS Volume 3 Issue 12 3 - 4…Poem More than That by: Judith Mesch 5 - 7…Fiction A Fox for Christmas by: Savannah Hendricks 8 - 9…Nonfiction Ring in the Winter Spirit by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 10 - 11…Book Review Hanukkah Bear by: Donna Smith 12…Words Around the World The Body by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13...Coloring Page by: Freecoloringpages.com 14 - 17…Sponsors 18…Ollie

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I love you more than the Sun and the stars, much more than a mountain of Milky Way Bars, more than my dump truck and shiny red cars, much more than my telescope pointed at Mars. And I love you more than my new baseball bat, my special placemat, and my furry friend, Cat, much more than all that, much more than a big slice of butter and bread, much more than jumping on top of my bed. 3

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I love you much more than blueberry pie. I love you from here to way up in the sky where the clouds keep the raindrops from getting all dry and the sun calls to spaceships “Hello” and “Goodbye.” I love you a bunch and I love you a lot. I love you much more than my Teddy Bear, Spot, lots more than the bluest raspberry ices and more than bologna in very thin slices. I love you more than spaghetti and cheese, lots more than I love watching squirrels climb trees. And I love you more than a day at the zoo or scaring my friends when I jump and yell BOO, more than making a castle of sand at the beach, I love you much more than a plum or a peach, more than pink salamanders right after the rain, I love you forever and ever again. Written by: Judith Mesch 4

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A Fox for Christmas Art by: Gianna We are at the farm to pick our Christmas tree. I’m on the lookout for the perfect tree. Grandpa carries the saw to cut it down. “Found it, Grandpa,” I say, pointing. The tree is tall and round. Grandpa saws it back and forth. The tree leans. "Watch out!" Grandpa yells. The tree falls and Grandpa catches the top. Snow sprinkles us and I clap my mittens together making whispered thud sounds. We carry the tree as our boots crunch on the snow below. 5

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"Hot chocolate with candy canes?" Grandpa asks. "Yes please," I say. He opens a thermos and pours. Then, digging in his pocket, he pulls out a candy cane and dunks it in my cup. We sip our sweet drink and warm our hands through our mittens. When we arrive home, Grandpa lowers the tailgate. "Woooohhhh," Grandpa says. "Oooooooohh," I say. In the bed of our truck sits an animal with red fur. "It's a fox," I whisper. “How did it get in there?” “Must have climbed in when we had hot chocolate,” Grandpa says. "Can we..." I start to ask. "No, we can't keep it.” "How did you know I was going to ask?" "You want to keep everything that has fur," Grandpa reminds me. I make a scrunched face. The fox stares at us, then lies down, yawns, and rolls on its side. "We will leave the garage door open tonight and hope the fox climbs out," Grandpa says. “The tree farm isn’t far from here. The fox should be able to find its way home.” All night long I think about the fox. Even though I can’t keep it as a pet, I want to keep seeing it. I get an idea. At day break I tip-toe into the garage with a granola bar. 6

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“Hi, fox,” I say. Red fur moves and the fox’s head pops up from behind a green tree branch. The fox sits up. I remove the wrapper of the granola bar and place the treat in the snow just outside the opening to the garage door. I go and hide behind a few cardboard boxes. The fox leaps out of the truck and eats the granola bar. It turns to look at me and then scampers off into the snow-covered fields. I’m afraid I’ll never see it again. Later that day, Grandpa sets up the tree and we decorate it. When the sun goes down, I put another granola bar by the garage door. The next day when I go outside, I find it missing. Could the fox be stopping by for food? Each night, I set out a granola bar and by morning it is gone. Early one day, I see a deer with antlers rub a tree covered in snow. I begin to wonder if the fox is eating the granola bars, or if some other wildlife is taking the treat. Snow is falling early Christmas day. I run to the kitchen pantry and then outside in my pajamas. I place a granola bar at the edge of the garage. This morning I stand and wait…and wait. Through the snow trots the red fox. He snatches the granola bar in his mouth. “Merry Christmas, Fox!” I say. I turn to go inside, but look back one more time. The fox is gone, but I’m sure it will come back again. Written by: Savannah Hendricks 7

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Ring in the Holiday Depending on where you live in the United States, summer is usually over for another year. Beach days are dreams long gone. Thanksgiving has disappeared in a flash. These days flew by so fast. So, what is left? Did you say winter? You are right! But what can be fun about winter? According to the part of the country in which you live, you can’t do many activities outside. If you do, you will need to wear heavy clothes. Let’s discover how you can celebrate winter with your family and friends. If you don’t mind cold weather, you can do fun activities outside. You can build a snowman or a snowwoman. You can make a fort and have a snowball fight. Of course, the snow needs to have just the right texture for these activities. Fresh snow that falls around 32 degrees usually works best. You can test the snow by packing it into your hands and making a ball. If the snow sticks together, you are ready to begin. When you go back inside after some snow play, you may find a cup of delicious, hot chocolate waiting for you. This will warm up your insides. But before you warm up, you may want to try some snow ice cream! An easy way to make snow ice cream is with the following recipe: One gallon of fresh, fallen snow One tablespoon of vanilla extract 1 cup of white sugar 2 cups of milk Place a large bowl outside to catch the falling snow. After collecting about a gallon of snow, stir in the vanilla and sugar. Then taste a sample. Stir in enough milk for desired thickness. Serve at once. Just think—the fresh, fallen snow is free! 8

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After having refreshments, you might want to watch a movie. There are a number of holiday movies featured every December. They teach good values. Christmas Story is about the life of a little boy named Ralphie, who grows up in the Midwest in the1940s. This humorous classic is narrated as a voiceover by Jean Shepherd, the author of the book on which the movie was based. Its message is: you can’t always get what you want, but every once in a while you do. Another movie, Ebenezer Scrooge-A Christmas Carol illustrates how others think of you with regards to how you treat people. You are accountable for your actions. One more movie, It’s a Wonderful Life celebrates how a kind person can positively influence people. It gives powerful, life messages. Once you have seen it, you won’t forget it! We talked about winter activities that can be fun to do at home, but where else can you enjoy winter? How about visiting a state park? State parks make great winter destinations. Sometimes, there are snowman-building contests, skiing, hiking, and nature walks led by park rangers. State parks also offer a number of fun indoor activities. You may find heated pools waiting for swimmers. You can play cards, checkers, or other board games. If you enjoy working with your hands, knitting, quilting, cross-stitch, embroidery lessons may be offered along with other artsy crafts. Most state parks have lodges where families sleep. During the evening before bedtime, there are story hours coupled with piping, hot chocolate. Before the first snowflake falls, make winter plans with your family. Sit together in front of the fireplace or around the kitchen table and talk about your goals. Think about the ways you can enjoy the season. What are you going to do this winter? Written by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 9

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Book Review Name of Book: Hanukkah Bear Author: Eric A. Kimmel Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka Year Published: 2013 Age Range of Book: 4 – 8 years Publisher: Holiday House ISBN: 978-0-8234-2855-7 Price: $ 16.05 A hungry bear and a case of mistaken identity. 10

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Bubba Brayna is ninety-seven years old and lives at the edge of the forest. Her eyesight and hearing aren’t as sharp as they used to be, but Bubba Brayna still makes delicious potato latkes for all of her friends at Hanukkah. This year she is excited because the Rabbi is coming. While Bubba Brayna is busy tidying up her house, Bear wakes up from his winter nap. Bear follows the scent of Bubba Brayna’s Hanukkah meal. When Bear knocks on the door, Bubba Brayna lets him in thinking he’s the Rabbi arriving early. What ensues is a funny and endearing depiction of Bubba Brayna’s encounter with Bear. Together Bubba Brayna and Bear light the menorah, play dreidel, and eat potato latkes with jam. Eric A. Kimmel ‘s story is beautifully illustrated and is fitting for the Hanukkah season. Sweet Bubba Brayna is able to feed a famished Bear without harm. Her home is a light in the woods that Bear is drawn to, and when he is invited in, he finds hospitality and generosity. Once he leaves Bubba Brayna, he’s able to go back to sleep fortified until spring. Kimmel has written numerous children’s books. Some of his titles include the Caldecott Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Jack and the Giant Barbecue, and The Three Little Tamles. Mike Wohnoutka is an author and artist. He has written and illustrated the books Dad’s First Day and Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster. In addition, his artwork is found in the books Moo!, Jack’s House, and Can’t Sleep Without Sheep. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at www.smithswritingstudio.com 11

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Words around the World THE BODY ENGLISH FRENCH SPANISH head eyes ears nose mouth Arms legs hand foot knees tête yeux oreilles nez bouche bras jambes main pied genoux cabeza ojos orejas nariz boca brazos piernas mano pie rodillas Visit this link to listen to the words: https://translate.google.com/ Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 12

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Coloring Page By: Freecoloringpages.com 13

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