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Kid's Imagination Train July/August 2017 Volume 5 Issue 4 Click on the link to hop aboard! Come read, learn, and draw!


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July/August 2017 Volume 5 Issue 4 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 4 4…Poem A Squirrel’s Lucky Day by: Regina Montana 5 - 7…Nonfiction Air-Traveling Animals by: Guy Belleranti 8 - 9… Interview with an Editor by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 10 - 11 …Book Review The Most Magnificent Thing by: Donna Smith 12…Words Around the World Months of the Year by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13 - 14…Body parts puzzle by: Evelyn B. Christensen 15…Coloring Page by: 16 - 18…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Adam, Anaya, Brianna, Catrice, Daniel, Jesus, Nicole, Noah, and Saul for their amazing air-traveling animal drawings.


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A Squirrel’s Lucky Day I live in trees and on the ground. I hunt for food and race around. We squirrels enjoy the great outdoors, We have big nests and nutty chores. The park is full this time of year with lots of picnics— Spring is here. I hope to find some tasty scraps like cheesy chicken sandwich wraps. 3


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A baseball game has just begun. Kids hurry off to join the fun. But wait! What’s that beside the tree? An ice cream cone left just for me? Hurry! Scurry! Down the branches! Creatures don’t get too many chances. Grab it! Take it up the tree. Phew! I made it. Yeah! Yippee! This treat is heaven, cold and sweet. Even acorns cannot compete. Why do people stare at me? Can’t a squirrel have privacy? So, Mother Nature will you please make ice cream cones that grow on trees? Written by: Regina Montana 4


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Air-Traveling Animals What kinds of animals can you think of that travel in the air? Birds? Bats? Insects? These all are great examples. However, there are other animals that often travel by air. Art by: Saul Art by: Brianna One air-traveler is the flying squirrel. The flying squirrel spends most of its time in trees. It can’t run as fast as its ground-dwelling relatives, so it’s safer high off the ground. When it wants to travel from tree to tree, it leaps, spreads out its legs, and glides. Furry membranes stretching between its front and back legs act like a parachute and help keep the squirrel in the air. The squirrel uses its legs to steer and its tail to brake. When it lands on another trunk, the squirrel moves quickly to the other side, just in case a predator might have followed. Flying squirrels easily glide over 100 feet. One recorded distance was as long as a football field—300 feet! Art by: Jesus Another animal glider is the flying frog. Like the flying squirrel, it spends most of its time in trees. By spreading the skin flaps between its toes, the flying frog can glide as far as 50 feet to escape predators or to find food. Large toe pads help the frog land and stick onto other trees. 5


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The Draco lizard or flying dragon has large flaps of skin between its front and back legs. Most of the time the lizard keeps this skin folded against its body. However, by extending the skin out with its movable ribs, this tree-dwelling lizard can sail 30 feet to another tree. As its name suggests, the flying snake moves through the air. Art by: Anaya There are five species of these tree snakes that live in the rainforests of Asia. Of course, like the squirrel, frog and lizard, these snakes don’t really fly. But they do glide. Art by: Nicole How? First, the snake slithers to the end of a branch. Then, it swings itself into the air while quickly flattening its body to twice its normal width. Using wave-like S movements, the snake glides as far as 160 feet to another tree or to the ground. What a great way to escape predators or to go after prey! Now let’s look at two “flying” water animals: the flying fish and the Japanese flying squid. The flying fish takes to the air to escape tuna, mackerel, swordfish and other predators. Here’s how: First, the fish holds it large side (pectoral) fins close to its body while using its tail (caudal) fin to zip through the water. Art by: Adam This torpedo-like shape helps the fish gain speed until it breaks the water’s surface and sails into the air. Spreading its side fins like wings, the fish can glide 600 feet at 35 miles an hour. 6


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The Japanese flying squid can travel above the water for over 150 feet. It moves through the air by taking water into a part of its body called the mantle and forcing it out rapidly. This propels the squid out of the water at a great speed while using little energy. Art by: Daniel Art by: Noah We have discovered that there are many air-traveling animals besides birds, bats, and insects. Tree-dwelling animals and some water animals travel by gliding. While they don’t actually fly, these kinds of animals take to the air when trying to escape a predator or attempting to catch prey. Art by: Catrice Written by: Guy Belleranti 7


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Interview with the Editor Let’s meet Randi Lynn Mrvos, the Editor of Kid’s Imagination Train! What were your favorite subjects in school and why? I liked art and writing. These subjects allowed me to express myself and be creative. What was your least favorite school subject and why? I was horrible at math. Though I desperately wanted to learn it, I didn’t make good grades. Describe you and your family growing up. I am the oldest of four children. I have two brothers and a sister who is thirteen years younger than me. When I was young I used to argue with my siblings especially when I sat next to my youngest brother in the back seat of the car. My parents probably got tired of me saying, “He’s touching me.” What was your funniest and most embarrassing childhood memory? One of my most embarrassing moments was when I was eighteen and walked into the house at 4 am after a party. Mom was having breakfast! I’m not sure she believed me when I told her the car broke down. Did you have any pets at home as a child, and how about now? We didn’t have pets when I was young. Now my sister and brothers have dogs. I have a cat. What was your favorite childhood activity? No doubt about it—I loved ballet, and I still do. I take a ballet class once a week. I love dressing like a ballerina in a black leotard and wearing pretty pink ballet slippers. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer? I began writing when I was in the 10th grade. My parents wanted me to get a career in the medical field, so I got a degree as a Medical Technologist. I returned to writing with a focus on children’s literature when my daughter was born, because I enjoyed the picture books my husband and I read to her. 8


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What was your first published writing, and how did you feel about it? Early on, I had a couple of technical articles published in science magazines and some poems published in poetry journals. My first published piece for kids was about a barkless dog breed called the Basenji. It felt amazing, seeing my work in print and knowing that parents and kids could read it. Also, I’m proud to have published a story about penguins in Highlights for Children as well as an article on bees in The Christian Science Monitor. What are your future goals? My future goals include publishing how-to articles on writing for adults, writing fiction for children, and marketing my first picture book. What is the name of your picture book and what is the age group for children? Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell is for ages 4 – 8. What is it about, and where can I get an autographed copy? My picture book is about little girl and the rescue dog that changed her life. It will be available at Cactus Moon Publications and this summer. An autographed copy may be purchased by writing to Please tell us more, in order to get to know you better: I’m a quiet, shy person. I like being around positive, smart, funny people. My favorite kinds of movies are comedies. My favorite foods are French and Italian. Butter pecan is my favorite ice cream flavor. I enjoy reading children’s books and Pulitzer Prize-winning books as well as well-written stories or articles for Kid’s Imagination Train. What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes? Besides ballet, I LOVE learning French. I take a class once a week. One of my dreams is to live in France with my husband. Oh, là, là! Who is that adorable cat on the back pages of KIT? Thank you for asking. This is Ozzie. After our first cat Ollie passed away, I wanted another feline companion. My husband and I adopted Ozzie from the Humane Society. Ozzie is a sweet cat. He watches the birds, plays with cat toys, and meows a lot. What is something important that you’d like to share with kids? Never give up on your dreams. Interview conducted by: Sharon Olivia Blumberg 9


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Book Review Name of Book: The Most Magnificent Thing Author and Illustrator: Ashley Spires Year Published: 2014 Age Range of Book: 3 – 7 years Publisher: Kids Can Press ISBN-13: 9781554537044 Price: $12.53 In The Most Magnificent Thing, a girl attempts to make the best thing possible. 10


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The Most Magnificent Thing is magnificent from the springy text to the adorable illustrations. Ashley Spires splendidly tells the story of a "regular girl and her best friend in the whole wide world." The girl sets out with her canine assistant to create the "most magnificent thing." She discovers that building a magnificent thing is difficult. The girl puts together bits and pieces, bolts and nails, and antennae and legs and takes them apart several times because the thing isn't quite right. Spires masterfully relates a tale about how hard it is to imagine something and make it real. Readers can relate to the frustration that the girl feels when her magnificent thing turns out wrong. But Spires shows that perseverance is just as important as inventiveness. And the best part is a magnificent thing doesn't have to be perfect. Award-winning Spires is an author and illustrator of children's picture books and novels for young readers. Some of her notable books include The Thing Lou Couldn't Do, Larf, Small Saul, Binky the Space Cat, and Fluffy Strikes Back. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 11


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Words around the World Months of the Year ENGLISH January February March April May June July August September October November December FRENCH Janvier Février Mars Avril Mai Juin Juillet Août Septembre Octobre Novembre Décembre SPANISH Enero Febrero Marzo Abril Mayo Junio Julio Agosto Septiembre Octubre Noviembre Diciembre Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 12


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