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Kid’s Imagination Train July 2016 Volume 4 Issue 7 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train July 2016 Volume 4 Issue 7 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustration Advisor: Thrace Shirley Mears 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 7 3…Poem Where Does the Sun Go at Night? by: Melissa Abramovitz 4 - 6…Nonfiction Matters about Bees and Why Bees Matter by: Robin Wechsler 7 - 8…Book Review Oliver and Jumpy Stories 34 – 36 by: Donna Smith 9…Lesson Plan: Flowers by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 10...Lesson Plan Activity Grow Flowers in a Decorative Flower Pot Make a Garden Calendar by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 11…Dot-to-Dot: Butterfly 12 - 15…Sponsors


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Where Does the Sun Go at Night? Where does the sun go when day turns to night? Where does it travel and take all the light? Does it zoom off into dark outer space? Does it find room in a calm nighttime place? Maybe the sun needs a proper night’s rest. When it is tired, it can't shine its best. Might the sun go to sleep in a comfy big bed? Do its rays hide under a fluffy bedspread? Could it be that the sea swallows the sun, Gulping the light when daytime is done? It looks like it falls right into the sea! Is that where its nighttime home might be? Perhaps the sun needs good food to eat! Would fruit salad bring back its light and its heat? Or maybe it needs a hearty beef stew. Would broccoli help it to shine anew? Does the sun’s motor get clogged up with grime? Would a new motor let it shine all the time? Or does the sun’s battery run till it’s dry? Would a new battery bring light to the sky? The truth is the sun travels nowhere at all. It burns all the time like a fiery gas ball. It doesn’t zip or zoom or dash in fast motion. It doesn’t sleep or drown in the waves of the ocean. Whether the sky is black or bright blue, It shines during daytime and nighttime, too! The Earth is the one that spins ‘round the sun. And when it moves, day or night has begun. Part of Earth turns from the sun’s light. This brings on the quiet dark hours of night. Other parts turn to face the sun’s rays. This brings the light that lasts through our days. Written by: Melissa Abramovitz 3


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Matters about Bees and Why Bees Matter It is summer and you hear a buzz while you’re playing outside. When you look around, you find a bee flying above a flower. For more than 100 million years, bees have been building nests in the ground or in old trees. There are more than 20,000 different species (or kinds) of bees that nest everywhere on Earth—except for very cold areas or high altitudes. It’s a good thing there are bees. Bees play an important role in a process called pollination. Bees spend many hours visiting hundreds of flowers. They spread some of the pollen they collect as food to new flowers that they visit. Pollination allows more plants to grow. While bees plus birds, bats, and other insects as well as the wind pollinate plants like cherries, peaches, and grapes, only bees pollinate apples, raspberries, watermelon, almonds, broccoli, green beans, avocado, cucumbers, and more. Besides pollination, bees are also “busy” finding nectar, the sugary liquid produced from flowers. The worker bees bring nectar to the hive and pass it to other bees by mouth. Honeybees use the juices from their mouth to mix with the nectar to make honey. Bees eat honey for energy to fly. They also use honey to clean and to guard the hive. 4


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Bees not only pollinate flowers and make honey, they are vital to the food chain. In fact, the ecosystem they are part of would collapse without them. Bears eat honey. Mice also eat honey. And foxes and other predators depend on mice for food. Bees are a food source for toads and spiders, which are preyed on by birds, snakes, and mammals. Unfortunately, about 10 years ago beekeepers noticed that bees were disappearing. So what happens if there are fewer bees? Flowers don’t make seeds. Farmers have trouble growing crops. And there is less food for everyone. Scientists call the disappearance of bees the “Colony Collapse Disorder.” They don’t know why this is occurring. One thought is pesticides on crops intended to kill pests are also hurting bees. Some say bees have fewer places to live due to rising temperatures and loss of habitat. It’s been noted that when farmers use bees for longer time periods to boost their crop yields, bees have less time to find all the pollen they need to survive. And when farmers grow the same kinds of crops, bees have to fly farther to get to different kinds of plants, which shorten their lives. What’s more, mites and viruses make bees weak. It’s likely that many factors contribute to the disappearance of bees. Thankfully, scientists are researching ways to solve the mystery of disappearing bees. 5


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So the next time you hear a buzz, look for a bee. Consider a bee’s busy jobs. Think about the difficulties that bees face. Remember, bees are important to us and to the world in which we live. What can you do to keep bees buzzing around? 1. Plant flowers in your yard. 2. Use natural ways to get rid of pests in your yard. 3. Walk away slowly from hives and leave them alone. 4. Buy local honey to support farmers in your community. 5. Tell your friends why bees matter. Did You Know?  Bees are mostly yellow and black or brown, but they can be blue or green.  Bees that live in a group (as much as 30,000!) are called a colony. Those that live alone are solitary.  Bees do not have ears, but they detect vibrations with their legs.  Besides honey, honeybees make wax that people use in candles and crayons.  Bees are responsible for one out of three bites of food that we eat. The author wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Rinderer, Research Leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for his expert review. Written by: by: Robin Wechsler 6


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Book Review Name of Book: Oliver and Jumpy Stories 34 – 36 Author: Werner Stejskal Illustrator: Maycee Ann Reyes Year Published: 2014 Age Range of Book: 4 – 8 years Publisher: Werner Stejskal ISBN: 9781625175993 Price: $2.99 Find out about an adventurous cat and his kangaroo friend in Oliver and Jumpy Stories 34 – 36. 7


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Oliver is an elegant, tuxedo cat with a white top hat to complete his look. The Oliver and Jumpy Stories 34 – 36 include How I Found My Top Hat, Oliver in the Circus, and Shipwreck. How I Found My Top Hat is about the day Oliver discovers his favorite accessory. In the story Oliver in the Circus, Oliver joins the circus as an assistant. He comes face to face with a tiger, cavorts with monkeys, walks a tightrope, dresses as a clown and pulls off a daredevil stunt. Shipwreck opens with stormy seas and a lost diamond tiara. Oliver and his lady friend Jumpy are asked by King Xylon to dive into the ocean to find the missing headpiece. During their treasure hunt, Oliver and Jumpy cross paths with a giant octopus and helpful mermaids. Stejskal's stories are short and great for reading aloud. They invoke good old-fashion storytelling with lovable characters involved in adventures that entice children to tag along. The plot in How I Found My Top Hat addresses a concept that many children understand and the other two stories immerse readers in fantasy. Vivid, detailed illustrations bring the characters to life, which adds to the appeal of the stories. Werner Stejskal lives in Australia and is the author of the Oliver and Jumpy Book Series. The series has 62 stories. Stejskal first released the series on YouTube. Currently, e-books and picture books are available. Maycee Ann Reyes is a freelance Illustrator. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 8


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Lesson Plan: Flowers Flowers can be found in many places. They grow in woodlands, prairies, deserts, on shores and mountains, in the tropics, and in garden beds. Flowers can be grouped into simple or composite flowers. Simple flowers have their petals arranged in a circle in the central part of the plant. Poppies or violets are simple flowers. Composite flowers are made of tiny flowers or florets packed together so they look like one large flower. Sunflowers and daisies are composite flowers. There are several components that make up a flower. The showiest part is the petals. Inside the petals grow the reproductive parts of the flower. The sepal covers and protects the flower bud before it opens. Flowers can be annuals, perennials, or biennials. Annuals are plants that complete their entire life cycle within a year or less. They are usually planted in spring, bloom in summer and fall, and die in winter. Perennials are permanent plants. Though their stems and leaves die during the winter, their roots remain alive and send forth new leaves each spring. Biennials have a two year growth cycle. The first year they grow from a seed into a leafy plant. During the second year they flower, send forth seeds and then die. Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 9


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Lesson Plan Activity Grow Flowers in a Decorative Flower Pot Materials: Clay flower pot, acrylic paint, paint brushes, marker, packet of flower seeds (save for the Garden Calendar project), potting soil or seed starting mix, popsicle stick, marker, glue (Optional: rhinestone jewels, seashells, or stickers) Directions: 1. Paint a clay flower pot with acrylic paint. 2. Decorate it with stickers or glue on rhinestone jewels or seashells. 3. Decide on a flower to grow. Here are some flowers seeds that can be planted: Red: zinnia Shade plants: forget-me-not, pansy Blue or purple: petunia Heat tolerant: dahlia, petunia, zinnia White: viola, alyssum Yellow or orange: marigold Fragrance: sweet William, sweet pea 4. Write the name of the flower with a marker on a Popsicle stick. 5. Fill the pot with potting soil or a seed starting mix. Plant the seeds and water them according to the packet directions. 6. Follow the directions on the seed packet for watering and sun requirements. Insert the popsicle stick into the pot. Garden Calendar Art by: Abby Materials: Paper, flower seed packet, tape or glue, pencils, ruler Directions: Tape the empty seed packet to a piece of paper. On the top of the page write ‘Garden Calendar.’ Write the planting date beneath the title. Every few days measure the height and record. Record the amount and frequency of watering and the blooming date. Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 10


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Dot to Dot: Butterfly Courtesy of Animal Dot to Dots 11


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