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Kid’s Imagination Train August 2016 Volume 4 Issue 8 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train August 2016 Volume 4 Issue 8 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustrator: Shelley Dieterichs 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 8 4 - 5…Fiction Swift Sounds by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 6…Poem Where Do Sandcastles Go? by: Laura Barfield 7 - 10…Nonfiction Super Spitters and Sprayers by: Guy Belleranti 11 - 12…Book Review Raymie Nightingale by: Donna Smith 13…Worlds around the World Ocean Animals by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 14...Coloring Page by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 15 - 17…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Antonio, Itzayana, Monica, Lake, Victoria, Viktor, Sumiya, and Yesenia their amazing spitting animal drawings.


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Swift Sounds Jordan plopped on the couch to read. Suddenly, she slammed the book shut. “Peyton, there is it again,” she said to her brother. “That noise is creepy.” “What are you talking about, Sis?” Peyton asked as he sipped on a juice box. Suddenly, the noise began again. It was a high-pitched sound that came from one side of their house. “Oh, I hear it now,” said Peyton. “That’s probably our neighbor’s sprinkler.” “I’m not so sure that’s it. It seems to be coming from the fireplace.” Peyton moved closer to listen once more. “You know, I think you’re right. It sounds more like an animal.” “Animal? What kind of animal?” Jordan screeched. “Let’s google it and find out what kind of animals might be in a chimney,” said Peyton. Peyton grabbed his tablet and searched the Internet. “It says birds, raccoons, bats, or squirrels can mistake a chimney for a hollow tree,” said Peyton. He took another sip of juice. “That gives me an idea. Let’s see if we can help the animal get out.” He brought his drum to the fireplace and banged it. Jordan stood by with her butterfly net. All of the noise brought Mom into the room. “I think we have an animal in the chimney,” said Jordan. “We’re trying to set it free,” said Peyton. “Oh my goodness, it could be a bat,” said Mom. “I’ll ask your father to listen, too!” 4


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As Jordan waited for Dad, she picked up the tablet. “I’m going to look up bat sounds.” She played an audio clip. “Listen, Peyton. These are bat sounds.” She played the clip again. “But that’s not the same noise we hear.” Dad joined the family. Mom put her finger to her lips and everyone got quiet and listened. After a while Dad said, “It sounds like chirping.” Jordan and Peyton looked at each other and at the same time they said, “Birds!” They reached for the tablet and looked up birds and chimneys. “That’s it. I think we have Chimney Swifts!” said Jordan. “It says Chimney Swifts build their nests in chimney spaces when they cannot find hollowed-out trees. Once their young are hatched, the bird families leave by the end of summer. Then they return to the South.” “It’s probably not the safest best place for birds,” said Dad. So the next day, a chimney sweep gently removed the baby birds one at a time. The first two flew from his hands. He handed the last bird to Dad. Dad cupped his hands to cradle the bird and opened it slowly to show to Jordan and Peyton. He opened it wider and the bird took to the sky. Jordan, Peyton, Mom, and Dad watched as the swifts flew away. “I wish we could have kept the birds until August,” said Jordon. “I thought the sound creeped you out,” said Peyton. “Not anymore.” Written by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 5


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Where Do Sandcastles Go? Sandcastles, sandcastles, where did they go? Not where I left them. I’ve looked high and low. Where did the ones go I built yesterday? Mom, did the tide come and sweep them away? Sonny, the sea took them down to the deep While you were tucked into bed, fast asleep. Some are on corals of purple and red, Others in forests of seaweed instead. In tiny castles, seahorses will be Munching kelp cookies and sipping hot tea. Sea turtles live in enormous ones who Like to shoot marbles and play peek-a-boo. An octopus holds eight babies so small, And sings to them in the largest of all. Starfish that link add a colorful street. Shells pave a sidewalk where sea slugs may meet. Lantern fish hover above with a glow While jellyfish light the streets down below. Next time we visit the ocean you may Build a sandcastle and hope it will stay. But if the tide comes when we leave for the day, Imagine where it will be carried away. Written by: Laura Barfield 6


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Super Spitters and Sprayers Some animals are famous for their ability to spit or to spray. Let’s discover some of them. Art by: Viktor Llamas, alpacas, camels and their wild relatives are all super spitters. The llama, alpaca, and camel are domesticated animals which are helpful to people. The guanaco and vicuna are still wild. All can spit when they are upset or competing for food. Their spit is an icky combination of saliva and food brought up from the stomach. Usually they spit at one of their own kind. However, if one finds a situation not to its liking, it will spit at other animals including humans. Each animal can spit 10 feet or more! Art by: Yesenia Another super spitter is the spitting cobra of Africa and Asia. A spitting cobra spits venom to defend itself. First, the snake squeezes muscles around its venom gland. Then, the venom sprays through a small hole in the fangs. 7


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The snake aims at the target’s eyes and rarely misses. The venom burns the victim’s eyes, causing great pain. Sometimes it even causes blindness. Art by: Lake The fulmar petrel also spits for defense. This white seabird spits a smelly oily vomit from its stomach to protect its nest from attackers. The spit is especially dangerous to other birds because it sticks feathers together. This destroys the waterproofing abilities of feathers. On the other hand, the spit is an energy-rich food for the fulmar chick in the nest. Art by: Sumiya Archer fish use their super-spitting for catching insects and other small prey. The archer fish shoots water out of its mouth to knock prey off overhanging plants. Then – gulp – the fish has itself a meal. 8


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The walrus is another animal that gets a meal by spitting. Searching the muddy ocean floor, a walrus spits powerful jets of water to uncover clams. The walrus stuffs the clams into its mouth, eating the soft parts and spitting out the shells. Art by: Victoria Now let’s look at a few super sprayers. One is a white-striped animal that sprays an oily, stinky liquid from glands under its tail. Skunk you say? You are correct. However, there’s also a second answer: the zorilla or striped polecat. This relative of the African weasel has white stripes and sprays a skunklike stink. Most predators, including lions, learn to leave it alone! Art by: Antonio Art by: Monica 9


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The bombardier beetle has a unique and effective defense. It sprays a boiling hot mixture of chemicals from its rear end into an attacker’s face! The spray can injure or kill other insects. It also makes larger bug-eating predators think twice before attacking. Art by: Itzayana Finally, there’s the velvet worm. This strange invertebrate is from Tasmania, an island south of Australia. It lives in rotting logs, leaf litter, and other damp places. Instead of actually spraying, the velvet worm “squirts” sticky slime from two small leg-like appendages near its mouth. It can squirt up to a foot. What a great way to defend itself or to catch a meal! We have discovered a large variety of animals that squirt for defense or to catch prey. Can you think of any more animals that spit or spray? Written by: Guy Belleranti 10


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Book Review Name of Book: Raymie Nightingale Author: Kate DiCamillo Year Published: 2016 Age Range of Book: 10 – 14 years Publisher: Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-8117-3 Price: $10.36 A young girl learns to accept a change in her life and embraces a new future. 11


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In the summer of 1975, Raymie Clarke is ten-years-old, and she’s coming to terms with the truth that her father has left the family. Raymie envisions a way to make her father realize that he should come home but first she needs to learn how to twirl a baton from world champion Ida Nee. At Ida Nee's house on Lake Clara, Raymie meets Beverly Tapinski and Louisiana Elefante. Beverly is gruff and tough while Louisiana is sweet and peculiar. The unlikely friends bond at their twirling sessions and discover they can help each other. Kate DiCamillo's novel is populated with odd people and strange situations just like real life. And DiCamillo infuses her characters with believable personalities and emotions. While DiCamillo introduces heavy issues such as broken families, single mothers, abuse and neglect, she only bumps up against them without delving too deeply. The best part of Raymie Nightingale is the dreamy quality DiCamillo adds with vividly written descriptions. A little yellow bird, a floor that looks like water, and lucky bunny barrettes are all magically dazzling. DiCamillo is the recipient of two Newbery Medals for her novels The Tale of Despereaux and Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. She has written picture books, early chapter books, and novels. Some of her well-known books are Because of Winn Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tiger Rising. In addition, DiCamillo is coauthor along with Alison McGhee of the Theodor Seuss Geisel award winning Bink and Gollie series. 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 Ocean Animals English whale fish crab squid shark jellyfish octopus lobster French baleine poisson crabe calmar requin méduse poulpe homard Spanish ballena pescado cangrejo calamar tiburón medusa pulpo angosta Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13


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