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Kid's Imagination Train March/April 2017 Volume 5 Issue 2 Come read, learn, and draw!


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March/April 2017 Volume 5 Issue 2 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 5 Issue 2 4…Fable The Thirsty Crow by: Teresa DiNicola 5 - 6…Poem Travel to Adventure by: Guy Belleranti 7 - 8…Nonfiction Robbers by the Shore by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 9 - 10…Book Review The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by: Donna Smith 11…Words Around the World Bugs by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 12 - 13…Ocean puzzle by: Evelyn B. Christensen 14…Coloring Page by: 15 - 17…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Allison, Brianna, Catrice, Daniel, David, and Nicole for their amazingly creative Travel to Adventure drawings.


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The Thirsty Crow A retelling of Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Water Jar” On a hot sunny day, Crow flapped her wings and soared through the sky. Rain had not fallen for weeks, so the streams and ponds were bone dry. She peered down at the earth in search of water. Weary from the long flight, she glided down and landed on the branch of an oak tree. “I need water!” she cawed. Just then, Crow spotted a jar of water someone had left in a garden. She swooped down for a drink. She thrust her head into the jar, but the top was too narrow for her to reach the water. She tried again, poking her beak into the jar over and over. She could almost reach the water, but not quite. Crow flapped her wings to knock over the jar. Whap! Whap! Whap! Whap! She could not tip over the jar. She beat the jar with her pointy beak and sharp claws. Thwack! Thwack! Thwack! Thwack! She could not break the jar. What a challenge. Her wings ached and her beak was sore. Crow was so tired that she collapsed onto a pile of pebbles. “There must be a way to reach that water.” The jagged pebbles jabbed her wings. In frustration, she flapped them away. The pebbles sailed through the air. Two of them landed with a PLIP, PLOP into the jar. As the water splashed, Crow stared into the jar. “I have an idea!” Picking them up with her beak, she dropped more pebbles, one by one into the water jar. Plip! Plop! Plip! Plop! With each pebble, the water rose a little higher. Plip! Plop! Plip! Plop! Finally, the water had risen high enough for Crow to drink. Joyfully, she filled her beak. Slurp! Slop! Slurp! Slop! How refreshing the water was! Before long, her thirst was gone. She wasn’t tired any longer. Crow soared up high into the sky. She flew over dry streams and ponds feeling sure she could face any challenge. Written by: Teresa DiNicola Art: Courtesy Clipart 4


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Travel to Adventure One Saturday morning I went on a trip. I started by sailing an old creaky ship. I sailed through a storm. My ship didn’t survive. I thought I’d be sunk, but by luck I’m alive! Art by: Brianna Figure 1Art by: Brianna But a noise woke me up a big snorting snore. And stomping nearby was a huge dinosaur! The beast stamped and tramped on the gArrot ubny:dBhriaanrdnaand fast. I hid in a cave and thought, “Whew, safe at last!” Art by: David Art by: Catrice Then an orca swam up, let me climb on its back and carried me safely before sharks could attack. We reached a green isle. I said, “Thanks, you’re the best.” I lay by a tree for a long peaceful rest. Art by: Daniel But I was mistaken. A bug twice my size stared hungrily at me with eight of its eyes! 5 Art by: David


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I rushed out with a scream but in front of my face, stood a green alien who flew us into space! Art by: Nicole Art by: Nicole We zoomed past the moon to a rainbow-filled land where pets sang with kids in a wonderful band. Then we traveled that day to old places and new. Want to know how I did it? Here’s what you should do: Art by: Allison Find some stories and books, plop yourself in a chair, find adventure are waiting for you everywhere! Written by: Guy Belleranti 6


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Robbers by the Shore Imagine you’ve been invited to go camping on a Hawaiian island. Everyone has pitched their tents. And you’ve caught fish for dinner. But your cooking pan is missing! And your silverware, too! Not far from your campsite lives a creature that is rumored to steal shiny objects. It’s the coconut crab, the largest land-living arthropod in the world. Sometimes the coconut crab is known as the robber crab or the palm thief. Coconut crabs vary in color from purplish-blue to orange-red. They are found on the islands throughout most of the Indo-Pacific region, between Hawaii and American Samoa. There is a high population of them on Palmyra, a circular string of about 50 islets south of Hawaii near the equator. Coconut crabs are crustaceans. They are related to lobsters, shrimps, barnacles, clams, and prawns. All crustaceans have several pairs of jointed legs. Crabs have five pairs of legs. The front pair of legs is used for fighting and grabbing food. The other legs are for swimming and walking. Coconut crabs have sharp pointed tips on their legs. The sharp tips help them climb up trees. They also have huge, powerful claws. These come in handy for crushing coconuts open to eat the flesh. In fact their claws are so strong that they can lift rocks weighing up to 60 pounds. That’s as heavy as an armchair! Like spiders, ticks, and insects, crustaceans are arthropods. All arthropods have an exoskeleton or hard body covering. Only the small, young coconut crabs use shells to protect their soft-skinned abdomen as they develop. When they grow larger, coconut crabs grow a hard skin, which enables them to give up using shells for protection. 7


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Most crabs are usually no more than 6” long. But, coconut crabs grow to be 3 ft. long! They build burrows for their homes. As coconut crabs grow, they leave their existing burrow and search for a larger place to live. The largest crabs have the nicest homes. They burrow in sandy soil, tree roots, and logs of coconut trees. The burrows are cool and moist and protect the crabs from dehydration. The smaller coconut crabs live closer to the coral edges of the island. They rely on coconut piles and thick vegetation for protection and food. Coconut crabs are omnivores—plant and meat-eaters. Their diet consists of coconuts, fruits, rotting leaves, as well as dead or injured animals. Sometimes they eat other coconut crabs. During the day, coconut crabs hide in their burrow. But they come out at night in search of food, a better home, or perhaps, for something to steal. So if you’re camping on a Hawaiian island keep an eye on your pots, cans, wristwatches, and silverware. If it’s shiny, a coconut crab may be tempted to claim it as his own! Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos (originally published in Weeones July/Aug 2008) Photos by Gerald McCormack, Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust 8


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Book Review Name of Book: The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend Author and Illustrator: Dan Santat Year Published: 2014 Age Range of Book: 3 – 6 years Publisher: Little, Brown and Company ISBN-13: 9780316199988 Price: $13.04 In the book The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend imagination and the unimaginable find each other. 9


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Beekle is a plucky little unimaginary friend. The small, naked, marshmallow-shaped creature eagerly waits to be conjured up by a human child. When that doesn't happen, he bravely sets off to locate his companion in the real world. Throughout his journey, he encounters a strange universe where grown-ups eat cake, no one stops to listen to the music played by a street musician and everyone naps. He finally discovers a place that is filled with children and their imaginary friends, but his match isn't there. Beekle needs to keep searching. The cute Beekle inspires awe, but his true gift is his spunk. Beekle's adventure is a winsome story with a twist on a common childhood experience. Things don't always work out the way they're suppose to and Dan Santat shows readers that sometimes you have to rely on yourself to change your circumstances. The gorgeous illustrations perfectly match the endearing tone of the book. Santat is a prolific author and illustrator of both children's stories and chapter books. He wrote and illustrated Are We There Yet and he created the illustrations for many picture books. Some of his work includes Crankenstein, The Three Ninja Pigs, Chicken Dance and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 10


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Words around the World Bugs ENGLISH ant fly spider ladybug caterpillar firefly grasshopper mosquito FRENCH fourmi mouche araignée coccinelle chenille luciole sauterelle moustique SPANISH hormiga mosca araña mariquita oruga luciérnaga saltamontes mosquito Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 11


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Ocean Word Search 12


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Ocean Word Search Solution Created by: Evelyn B. Christensen 13


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