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Kid’s Imagination Train December 2016 Volume 4 Issue 12 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train December 2016 Volume 4 Issue 12 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 12 4 - 5…Poem Lost by: Jan Cornebise 6 - 7…Fiction Samatha’s God’s Eyes by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 8 - 10…Nonfiction Nifty Noses by: Guy Belleranti 11 - 12…Book Review Stick Man by: Donna Smith 13…Words Around the World by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 14...Coloring Page by: 15 - 17…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Adele, Athena, Bleu, Ethan, Gaia, Hannah, and Maddy G. for their nifty animal drawings.


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Lost Twelve inches of snow Fell throughout the night. Look out the window – An ocean of white! We shovel the walks And clear the breezeway. We get an idea For winter freeze play “Snow football!” Jack says, “Let’s get our ‘frost ball.’” We’ll pass, jump, and catch, Though mostly we’ll fall.” But where is that ball? We search till we’re weak. Snow football must wait – We play hide and seek. 4


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Not under my bed, Nor in the toy box, Not in the drawer On top of my socks. Not in the closet, Nor back of the door. We search high and low From ceiling to floor. That’s it! I give up. Let’s build a snow fort, Make lots of snowballs, And things of that sort. Tomorrow we’re sure To spot our lost ball. We’ll find it and then Snow football for all! It’s morning! And look— Sun sparkles the snow, But under the tree The snowpack is low. Brown grasses peek out And there’s something more. We spy our frost ball Then race out the door! Image: by Clipart Written by: Jan Cornebise 5


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Samantha’s God’s Eyes Clap, clap, clap. Ms. Plume clapped to our class at Plumberg Middle School. We clapped three times in response. Ms. Plume said, “Class, remember you glued together your craft sticks yesterday?” Everyone nodded but me. I raised my hand. “Yes, Samantha?” “I was absent yesterday.” “No worries. I’ll explain this project to you,” said Ms. Plume. Suddenly she grabbed her side. “This baby is really kicking!” Ms. Plume patted her stomach and strolled to my desk. “This craft is called Ojos de Dios or God’s Eyes in English.” Ms. Plume gave me two sticks and fast-acting glue. “Glue the sticks together while I explain. Ojos de Dios came from Spanish-speaking countries. They are given to mothers in Hispanic culture upon the birth of a baby, to bring the baby good luck. They can also be used as ornaments or gifts around holiday time.” 6


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I touched the sticks to see if they had dried. Oh no, I couldn’t believe I glued them as a T-shape instead of an X. I tried to break them apart, but I couldn’t. I raised my hand again. “Ms. P., may I have some more sticks?” She handed me two more, but when I tried to glue them together I ran out of glue. I threw the sticks down on my desk. This project was not going smoothly. “Here, Samantha, you need a new bottle of glue,” said Ms. Plume. I looked at my classmates. Everyone was wrapping yarn around their sticks, but me. I brushed a tear from my face. I was falling behind. I was afraid I wouldn’t finish by the end of class. “Samantha, why don’t you pick out three yarn colors that you like for your sticks?” asked Ms. Plume. This project wasn’t getting any easier. There were too many colors to choose from. I gazed at the bright colors of yarn. Each color was more beautiful than the next. There was green like leaves in spring, purple like grapes, red like apples, yellow like corn, and orange like pumpkins. How could I pick? I was about to give up when I glanced down at my blouse. It had the coolest stripes of yellow, orange and green! Then I knew exactly what three colors to use. I wrapped the yarn around the sticks just like Ms. P. had shown us to do. When I was done, I asked for a little more yarn and two more sticks. Ms. Plume clapped her hands again. “Class is nearly over,” she said. “Samantha, how is your project going?” “Look Ms. P., I finished!” I said, jumping up and down. “Why Samantha, you have two Ojos de Dios on your desk.” I picked up a pink, blue, and yellow God’s Eye and handed it to Ms. Plume. “This one is for you and your baby!” Written by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 7


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Nifty Noses Noses are made for smelling. However, some animals have noses that do more than smell. The elephant’s trunk might be the most famous nose. But did you know the trunk is a muscular extension of both the nose and upper lip? An elephant’s trunk is powerful enough to break and carry huge tree branches, and it’s delicate enough to pick a tiny flower. Art by: Hannah Elephants use their trunks to collect plants to eat and water to drink. When an elephant drinks, it pulls water part way into the trunk and then squirts it down its throat. Elephants also use their trunks to throw dust and grass on their heads and backs to protect themselves from the sun and biting insects . Elephants breathe with their trunks and trumpet with their trunks. Mother elephants guide and caress babies with their trunks. And, of course, all elephants smell with their trunks. In fact, recent studies indicate elephants may have the best sense of smell of any animal. The tapir, a relative of the horse and rhinoceros, also has a flexible trunk-like snout formed by the upper lip and nose. Art by: Maddy G. Though its trunk-like nose is much shorter than an elephant’s, the tapir uses it in several important ways. Tapir use their noses to pull vegetation and fruit off branches and to put food into their mouths. Their noses help them to smell and to detect predators and other tapirs. Tapirs also use their flexible snouts as snorkels when underwater. Elephants do the same with their long trunks. Art by: Adele 8


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The male elephant seal is a third animal with a large trunk-like nose. The adult male is huge, often longer and heavier than a car. Art by: Gaia Both males and females use their noses to breathe and smell. However, the huge males also use their extralarge snouts as echo chambers which make loud roars when they fight other males for mates. Art by: Athena Art by: Bleu A couple of monkeys also have nifty noses. The proboscis monkey of Borneo has a nose so big it hangs way over its mouth. Like the elephant seal, the proboscis monkey’s large nose acts like an echo chamber. . 9


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The monkey makes “honks” to communicate with others in the group and to warn of nearby danger. Males also make loud sounds to impress females Another monkey, the mandrill of Africa, doesn’t use its nose to make extra loud sounds. Instead, male mandrills have the most colorful nose of any mammal. They have a bright red stripe down the middle of their snout and blue ridges on both sides. This and their brightlycolored rear ends attract females. Art by: Ethan Perhaps the strangest of all noses belongs to the star-nosed mole. This mammal has 22 pink hairless finger-like appendages forming a star-like ring around its two nostrils. Star-nosed moles live underground near streams, marshes, and other wetlands in the eastern United States and Canada. A star-nosed mole uses its strange snout to smell and to feel as it digs underground in search of insects and worms. Sometimes its tunnel leads into an underwater area where it can then catch small fish to eat. Art by: Bleu We have discovered some animals with amazing noses. And we’ve found out that noses are not always used for smelling. Can you think of other animals with nifty noses? Written by: Guy Belleranti 10


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Book Review Name of Book: Stick Man Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler Year Published: 2009 Age Range of Book: 4 – 8 years Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-545-15761-2 Price: $14.11 In Stick Man, a lost man finds his way home at Christmas. 11


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The man just happens to be a stick. He's been away for a long time. He left his house in the spring and now it's Christmas. The problem with being a Stick Man is you're mistaken for a piece wood. Dogs and children think you're a toy or an appendage for snowmen and animals use you as building material for their nests. Alarmingly, Stickman is also collected as kindling for a fire. That's how he meets the famous Santa Claus. Stickman helps Santa get unstuck from the chimney. And in return for Stickman's help Santa gives him the best gift of all. Once Santa finishes his nighttime rounds, he whisks Stickman back to his "Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." After reading Stickman, you will take a closer look at sticks. The clever story is adorable, funny, and a little sad. Your heart breaks a little when you see the image of the frozen Stick Man lying in the snow alone and exhausted. But then a Christmas miracle happens. Santa appears and you know Stick Man is going to be okay. Julie Donaldson is a prolific and well known writer of picture books, early readers, middle grade novels, poems, songs and plays. Axel Scheffler is a world acclaim illustrator and together he and Donaldson have published popular books such as Room on a Broom, Tabby McTat, and The Gruffalo. In addition to illustrating books for other authors, Scheffler has written and illustrated his own books, which include the Pip and Posey and the Flip Flap 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 Clothing ENGLISH hat gloves dress pants shirt shoes socks coat FRENCH chapeau gants robe pantalon chemise chaussures chaussettes manteau SPANISH sombrero guantes vestir pantalones camisa zapatos calcetines capa Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13


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