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Kid’s Imagination Train September 2016 Volume 4 Issue 9 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train September 2016 Volume 4 Issue 9 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 9 3 - 4…Fiction Cucumbers, Really? by: Sharon Blumberg 5 - 6…Fiction Lucky and Happy by: Trish Wentling 7 - 8…Nonfiction Snowy Owl by: Jan Fenimore 9 - 10…Book Review Mother Bruce by: Donna Smith 11 - 12…Puzzle: Fun in the City by: Evelyn B Christensen 13…Lesson Plan Andy Warhol by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 14...Lesson Plan Activity Make a Pop Art Picture by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 15 - 17…Sponsors


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Cucumbers, Really? One hot Saturday afternoon Jordan and Peyton decided to have a backyard picnic. So, they took a cooler outside filled with fruit, vegetables, slices of cheese, and Mom’s delicious coffee cake. “Hurry, Sis, I’m starving!” said Peyton. He peeked into the cooler. “Yuck, cucumber slices. Why did you bring these?” “I love cucumber slices, and Mom says they are good for you!” said Jordan. “I’m not going to eat them. I don’t like cucumbers.” “Maybe you should try to like them, Peyton.” Suddenly, a yellow jacket buzzed near Jordan’s ear. She screamed as the bee darted at her again. Jordan waved her arms up and down and tried to outrun the bee. “This bee won’t leave me alone! I hate bees,” she said. “Why do they bother me so much? It seems like every September they get so mean and fly all over the place! That’s what I don’t like about September! When we try to eat outside, the bees fly everywhere.” “You know, Jordy, I studied bees in school,” said Peyton. “If you dislike bees that much, there are things you can do to keep them away. I can tell you about them!” “Really? Like what?” asked Jordan. “Well, don’t wave your arms up and down.” Just then, a bee landed on the picnic table. Another one buzzed in front of Jordan’s face. “Whoooaaah, there are too many bees,” exclaimed Jordan. “I’m going to get something to keep them away.” Jordan returned with a fly swatter and tried to smack the bees. “This isn’t working. They’re too fast,” said Jordan. “Maybe a plant mister might work.” She came outside and squirted the flying insects with water. “This isn’t working either. We should forget having a picnic and just go back inside.” 3


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“But it’s so nice out here,” said Peyton. “Let’s move to the other side of the picnic table.” Jordan reluctantly agreed. Peyton pulled out their lunch from the cooler. Jordan kept an eye on the bees as she added cucumbers to their plates. Two bees landed on her cheese and then they flew away. Another bee lit on her plate and then it took off. Suddenly, there were no bees in sight. “Hey, look at that!” she said. “I guess the bees don’t like cucumbers!” She bit into an apple slice and smiled. “That’s amazing! I guess I’ll have to learn to like cucumbers, Sis!” “What a delicious way to keep the bees away!” Here’s what Peyton learned in school about bees: In late September, a queen bee lays eggs. The bees get defensive in guarding their nests. There are honey bees, bumble bees, and yellow jackets. Yellow jackets are not really bees, but a type of wasp. To keep bees away, don’t wear bright colors around bees and don’t use perfumes or fragrant shampoos. This is what Peyton and Jordan learned about bees: Bees don’t like the smell of sliced cucumbers. Written by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 4


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Lucky and Happy It was a beautiful day in Florida. But, Lucky was lonely. He crawled through the woods looking for a friend. He came across a hard-shelled animal. “Hi,” said Lucky. “Hello, little lizard. I’m an armadillo. My name is Rocky.” “I’m Lucky. I’m actually a green anole.” “Nice meeting you, Lucky. I’ve got to find some food. See you later.” Then Lucky watched a butterfly on a flower. “Hello,” said the butterfly. “Who are you?” “I’m Lucky. I’m a green anole,” he said. “My name is Goldie,” she said. “I’ve got to get a drink. See you again.” Lucky walked, and looked, and listened. He saw a squirrel scamper up a tree. He heard birds chirping. And then he heard a noise. “Meow!” “Yikes!” said Lucky. He knew that cats could mean trouble for anoles. When he hid under a pile of dark damp leaves, he bumped into another anole. “Hi. I’m Lucky,” he said. “My name is Happy,” said the other anole. “But I’m not too happy now.” 5


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She peeked out at the black cat. “What are we going to do? We can’t outrun it because it is too fast. We can’t fight it because it has sharp teeth and claws.” “You can change colors!” said Lucky. “I don’t know if I can,” said Happy. “Yes, you can. Just try. Think about that cat.” Lucky’s skin changed from green to brown. Then, Happy thought about the black cat. And when she looked at her body, it was brown, too. Now, the cat would have trouble seeing them because they blended in with their surroundings. Happy and Lucky popped their heads out of the leaves. As soon as the cat cleaned its face and then trotted on by, Lucky and Happy turned green again. It was a beautiful day in Florida. Lucky and Happy crawled through the woods together. They said hello to Rocky the armadillo and to Goldie the butterfly. They watched a squirrel scamper up a tree. They listened to birds chirping, too. “Thank you for helping me out, Lucky.” “Sure thing, Happy. That’s what friends are for.” Written by: Trish Wentling 6


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Snowy Owl It’s easy for a lemming to miss the approach of a snowy owl. The bird flies low to the ground making no wing sound or hooting calls. With a white body against an Arctic snowy background, it is nearly impossible to see. During the winter, snowy owls may stay in the northern locations of polar regions or migrate south to survive. In the summer months, the snowy owl lives in tundra around the world. The tundra is a vast, treeless area of the Arctic. Daylight lasts almost 24 hours, so there is plenty of time to hunt. Unlike other owls, snowy owls do not hunt at night. One of the heaviest owls in the world, the snowy owl can weigh over 4 pounds, with females being heavier than males. Snowy owls have a massive wing span that stretches up to 5 feet. Their bodies are covered with mostly white feathers with barshaped markings either black or brown in color. The mature male is almost completely white. The feathers of the snowy owl make him unique. Unlike other birds, their wing feathers are jagged or saw-like with soft “feathering” on the trailing edges of the flight feathers. This design muffles the sound of the wing beats, making their flight silent. Thick feathers and down keep the owl warm in the cold Arctic weather. The snowy owl has incredibly sharp eyesight and hearing that help him find prey. In fact, these characteristics are so good that the owl can track prey underneath snow and thick vegetation. Their eyes are large, fitting perfectly in their wide head. Although the eyes can’t move much in their sockets, the owl overcomes this by being able to turn his head farther to the sides than other bird. The ears are also large, but they are hidden under thin feathers. The edges around the owl’s ears are shaped much like a bell which helps direct sounds to the ear. One ear is higher than the other to help locate the source of the sound. 7


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Both the beak and talons of the snowy owl are sharp. Both have a strong grip to keep the prey from escaping. Snowy owls defend their territories from predators such as foxes, wolves, dogs, coyotes and other snowy owls. They accomplish this mostly by dive-bombing, using speed to scare away their enemies. A threatening stance with raised feathers and spread wings is another scare tactic. After taking several days to build a nest, the female snowy owl will lay as few as three eggs or as many as eleven. The difference in brood sizes depends on the available food supply. In lean years, the mating couple may not lay any eggs. At times, snowy owls will feed on rabbits, small birds, weasels, and frogs. They have also been seen catching fish in the water. However, snowy owls prefer lemmings. When one is spotted, an owl can fly up to 50 miles per hour to catch it. The owl’s speed along with its silent approach and white-feathered body enable it to sneak up on a lemming and to snatch it for a meal. Did you know: The snowy owl gained fame by being featured in the Harry Potter books and films. The author wishes to thank Peter Shannon, Curator of Birds, Albuquerque Biological Park, for his expertise. Written by: Jan Fenimore 8


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Book Review Name of Book: Mother Bruce Author and Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins Year Published: 2015 Age Range of Book: 3 – 5 years Publisher: Disney Hyperion ISBN: 978-1-4847-3088-1 Price: $12.15 In Mother Bruce, a grumpy bear unexpectedly becomes a mother to goslings. 9


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Bruce lives alone and doesn't like many things such as the sun, rain and adorable animals. But he does love to eat eggs. He searches for fancy recipes on the Internet and shops at his local river, beehive, and bird's nest for fresh ingredients. He even has his own shopping cart. One day as Bruce is preparing to hard-boil some goose eggs he gets an unwelcomed surprise. The eggs start to hatch and four goslings appear. Once the goslings see Bruce, they misidentify him as their mother. Bruce isn't a goose. And he learns that it's not easy being a mother especially when you're a bear raising four fowls. He can't give them back so he's stuck with them. Everything about this book is clever and charming from the title to the concept of a bear migrating in the winter instead of hibernating. The woodsy palette places the reader in Bruce's wild forest world, which humorously contrasts with his culinary sophistication. Ryan R. Higgins is an author and illustrator. He has written two other picture books. They are Roger Goes Up and Wilfred, which was named a Gág Read Aloud Honor Book in 2014. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 10


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PUZZLE: FUN IN THE CITY To find the hidden name of a fun city place first follow the five directions in order. Then write the remaining letters in the spaces below in the order they appear in the grid. 1. Museums in cities have interesting things to see and do. Find the vowels in museum and mark each of them out in the grid. 2. Subways in cities can be fun to ride. They travel underground. Circle the letter directly under each letter you already marked out. 3. It's fun to visit the animals at the city zoo. "Zoo" has three letters. Starting at the top and moving left to right and down the grid, mark out every third letter remaining. 4. A city park is a fun place to play. Mark out every P and K in the grid. 5. Sports events in the city are fun to attend. Mark out every S and T in the grid. ELSUNE P S TUC I TY I G SOE PA S K E A T L BU FUN RE S TOKRT U C A P E SWA OK L EARTU MS P T E NYM The __ __ __ __ __ __ __ is a fun place to visit in the city. 11


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FUN IN THE CITY PUZZLE SOLUTION These colors indicate the letters that were marked out for each clue. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. E L SUNE P S TUC I TY I G SOE PA S K E A T L BU FUN RE S TOKRT U C A P E SWA OK L EARTU MS P T E NYM The L I B R A R Y is a fun place to visit in the city. Written by: Evelyn B. Christensen 12


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Lesson Plan: Andy Warhol Andy Warhol was a famous American artist. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928. When Warhol was young, his mother encouraged him to study art and to take weekend art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art. After graduating from high school, Warhol enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he studied design and illustration. While he was there, he experimented with blotted ink designs. Warhol drew his subject in pencil, traced the pencil lines in ink, and before the ink dried, pressed the picture down onto a clean sheet of paper. After finishing college Warhol moved to New York City. He produced a series of advertisements for a New York shoe store, decorated department-store windows, and drew magazine illustrations. He also designed greeting cards, book jackets, and record albums. Though these jobs made him wealthy, Warhol wanted to become famous. To become famous he believed that he should develop a new art style. Taking a friend’s suggestion, Warhol painted pictures of rows of stacked soup cans. This style of painting became a hit. Inspired by his success, Warhol continued to paint a variety of supermarket products. Warhol’s design concept, which turned subjects of everyday things in consumer culture into art, became known as Pop Art. During this period he also produced brightly colored images of famous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Later on, Warhol developed a photo silk-screening process which enabled him to produce hundreds of his paintings. Warhol died in 1987, wealthy and famous, and is remembered for his beautifully designed paintings and prints of bold, powerful images. Did you know: Andy Warhol created his art by using repeated images. Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13


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Lesson Plan Activity: Make a Pop Art Picture Materials: 22” x 28” white poster board cut in size to accommodate 10 rows of cookie cutter shapes going across and 10 rows of cookies cutter shapes going down, acrylic or tempera paints, paint brush, plastic plate, cookies cutters (plastic works best), pen Directions: 1. Pour some paint into a plastic plate. Swirl it around or use a paint brush to spread it out evenly. The paint doesn’t have to go to the edges of the plate. 2. Choose a cookie cutter. Dip it into the paint. 3. Align the cookie cutter at the top left-hand corner of the poster board and press down, holding it firmly for about five seconds. Slowly lift the cookie cutter away from the poster board. Then dip it again into the paint. 4. Make rows of the design from left to right. Align the cookie cutter next to the first design and press down. Continue dipping the cookie cutter into the paint and pressing it onto the poster board, making a row of the design. Repeat the process making several rows. Warhol made about ten to twenty rows of images. When the paint is dry, fill the inside of the images and the background with bright, bold colors. Title the Pop-Art picture. Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 14



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