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Kid’s Imagination Train February 2016 Volume 4 Issue 2 Co)me read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train February 2016 Volume 4 Issue 2 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 4 Issue 2 3 - 5…Fiction A Friend for Murdock by: Peggy Sheridan 6 - 8…Fiction Whose Year is it? by: Jan and Alfred Cornebise 9 - 10…Nonfiction Invisible Messengers by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 11 - 12…Book Review Max the Brave by: Donna Smith 13…Words around the World Drinks by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 14...Coloring Page by: 15 - 18…Sponsors


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A Friend for Murdock Murdock sat on Fiona’s lap. He whined. He whimpered. “I want to find a way to help you be a happy puppy,” said Fiona. “You’re right,” said Fiona’s Mom. “Murdock needs to eat. He needs to sleep at night.” Fiona stroked Murdock’s back. She thought and thought. “I have an idea,” said Fiona. She put on Murdock’s leash. “Let’s go outside. You need a special friend.” Murdock tugged on the leash. He rushed to the neighbor’s house. And the n he shivered and shook. A big cat snoozed on the front stoop. “Oh no,” said Fiona. “Max doesn’t want to play. Let’s go find Willa, the firehouse dog. She loves to play.” 3


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At the firehouse, Murdock sniffed the air. He cocked his head. “Look, Murdock. Willa had her puppies.” Willa wagged her tail. But she couldn’t play today. “Don’t give up, Murdock. We’ll find you a friend.” Fiona led Murdock into the park. Officer Rivera was riding her chestnut mare. Fiona called, “Wait, wait.” Officer Rivera turned. She trotted her horse toward Fiona. “Do you need help?” “I’m fine. But my dog needs a friend. Can Murdock visit the police horses?” “Your dog likes horses?” asked Officer Rivera. “Murdock was born on a farm. Horses were his first friends,” said Fiona. 4


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“Then, let’s go see if our horses want a new friend,” said Officer Rivera. When Murdock saw the barn, he ran right inside it. His ears perked up. His tail wagged. The horses lowered their heads. Murdock sniffed. The horses nuzzled. Murdock jumped. He danced. He ran in circles. The horses whinnied. “Your horses make Murdock happy,” said Fiona. “Murdock makes our horses happy, too,” said Officer Rivera. “Do you want to visit on another day?” “Oh yes. We’d love to come back,” said Fiona. That night Murdock ate his dinner. He curled up in his bed. He slept all night. When Fiona woke up, Murdock was beside her bed. He was holding his leash. “Mom, come see,” called Fiona. “Murdock is ready for another happy day!” Written by: Peggy Sheridan Art by: Caroline H. 5


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Whose Year is It? Many, many years ago, the Keeper of the Calendar was in charge of launching the Chinese New Year. His custom was to choose an animal to be honored. As the New Year approached with a rosy glow on the horizon, animals crowded into the village square. They waited for the Keeper to arrive, each one of them wanting to be selected as the “Official Year.” Rooster joined them. “I hope it’s me. I’ve waited such a long time to be chosen.” Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Dog and Pig primped, preened, and pranced, certain of their own selection. But when Tiger gave a mighty roar, they scattered and hid. Only Dragon and Rooster faced Tiger. Dragon scowled at Tiger, hissed loudly, and belched a sheet of flame that singed Tiger’s whiskers. 6


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“It’s not worth it,” Tiger muttered as he backed away, licking his stinging nose. Even though Rooster had not been selected for a long time, he was afraid to stand up for his rights. He hid behind a nearby grove of bamboo, watching Dragon glow with pride. Dragon would be chosen because no other animal was brave enough to stand beside him. Seeing his chance fade away, Rooster got angry. In his anger, he crowed loudly, waking up the Keeper of the Calendar from his bed near the grove. (He had forgotten to set his alarm clock.) The Keeper rushed into the village square, blowing his whistle with all his might. He looked about and only saw Dragon. “This is an easy decision,” he said. The Keeper cleared his throat, ready to announce the “Year of the Dragon,” when Rooster burst forth from the bamboo grove. “It’s been the year of the Dragon for two years,” protested Rooster. “Every animal deserves a chance.” No longer afraid, Rooster strutted right next to Dragon. Then, the other animals crept out from their hiding places and joined him. One by one, they agreed with Rooster. Something had to change thought Rooster. He scratched at the dirt, thinking. Then he flapped his wings and crowed, “I’ve got it!” he said. “You could draw up a permanent chart. That way, we would know when it is our year of honor.” “That is a very good idea,” said the Keeper. 7


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And that’s exactly what he did. After the Keeper created a new calendar, he blew his whistle again. “I now proclaim this year as the “Year of the Rooster.” All of the animals cheered. “I suppose it’s only fair,” said Dragon. And from that time on Dragon got his turn each 12th year, just like all of the rest. Authors’ Note The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, begins on February 8th, 2016. It is based on the phases of the moon. The Chinese calendar has been in use for centuries. The 12-year cycle names animals to represent each year: Rat, Buffalo or Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. No one knows how the order came about, though there are legends about how it happened. Image: Written by: Jan and Alfred Cornebise 8


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Invisible Messengers You hear them when you wait for a train. You hear them when you exit an amusement park ride. You hear them when you attend a movie theater, or when you listen to an audio-book or the radio, and when you watch television commercials. Have you figured what you hear? Voiceover talents! Voiceover artists use their voices for educational, informative, and entertainment purposes. Being a voice artist is like becoming an actor, but only your voice is heard. How does someone become a voice artist? First, you train with a voiceover coach. You can find a voiceover coach through careful research through magazines and newspapers and on the Internet. If your search involves the Internet, look up Voiceover Training or Voiceover Coaches. It’s a good idea to read past client comments to feel sure this is the right voiceover coach for you. Next, you need to find out what the coach charges, how you would meet, and how often would you meet. Some voiceover coaches train clients at a specific location. Others will train clients online. The voiceover coach instructs the voiceover student how they will connect. Once a method is agreed upon, serious instruction begins. Then the schooling begins! Lights, camera, action! So what do voiceover coaches teach? Let’s find out. Scripts, scripts, and scripts! The voiceover coach teaches students how to read scripts. There are many kinds of scripts. There are scripts about commercials. These advertise something. And there are narrative scripts. Narrative scripts tell a story about a topic. Another type of script used in voiceover work is a cartoon or animation script. These scripts are used for character voices, like you hear in cartoons. 9


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Once the student practices some scripts, the student records a demo at a recording studio. The voiceover coach arranges a session for the student. After the demo is complete, students may want to create a website to show and tell the whole world about their new talent. There are many opportunities for voiceover artists. Besides television, radio, and film, voiceover artists can work for publishing companies narrating books. This is called audio-book narration. The written form of the book, known as a manuscript, is read into a recording system. Some of these voiceover organizations are, Edge Studio, and ACX. E-Learning or electronic educational learning online is another form of voiceover talent. This is where learners listen to spoken words through technology, while learning something new. This is a common type of learning used in schools and institutions. Clearly, voiceover artists are busy doing important work. Next time you hear an announcement at an amusement park such as, “Please keep hands and feet inside the car,” or that lively voice at the movie theater that asks you to “silence your phone before the movie starts,” please thank these invisible messengers! Written by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 10


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Book Review Name of Book: Max the Brave Author and Illustrator: Ed Vere Year Published: 2015 Age Range of Book: 4 – 6 years Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky ISBN: 9781492616511 Price: $ 11.04 A fearless kitten seeks to find a mouse. 11


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Max is on a mission. He’s hunting for a mouse, but first he has to figure out what a mouse looks like. Along the way, Max stumbles upon a fly, birds, and other animals that he thinks are a mouse. Eventually, Max has an encounter with a creature that isn’t a mouse. Ed Vere’s, Max the Brave, is reminiscent of P.D. Eastman’s, Are You My Mother. Instead of a baby bird on a quest to find his missing parent, Vere presents Max the kitten searching for a rodent. Much like Eastman’s bird, Max must learn through making mistakes. Vere’s story is cheerful and captivating with its concise text and bold colors. His big eyed blotch of a black cat embodies the curious and adventurous nature of a true feline. Ed Vere is an award winning, New York Times bestseller author and illustrator. His picture books include Max at Night, Bedtime Monsters, Mr. Big, Bananas, and The Getaway. In addition to writing and illustrating, Vere visits schools to conduct reading and drawing workshops. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at: 12


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Words around the World DRINKS ENGLISH FRENCH SPANISH orange juice tea milk coffee water lemonade soda chocolate milk jus d'orange thé lait café eau limonade soude chocolat au lait jugo de naranja té leche café agua limonada soda leche con chocolate Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13


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