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


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September/October 2017 Volume 5 Issue 5 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustrator: Shelley Dieterichs Voiceover Artist: Sharon Olivia Blumberg Promotion Manager: Regina Montana 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 5 4 - 5… Poetry Herbie’s Doghouse by: Amy Lentz 6 - 8…Poetry The Monster under Lucy’s Bed by: Laura Barfield 9 - 11…Nonfiction Remarkable Rays by: Guy Belleranti 12 - 13…Book Review A Curious Tale of the In-Between by: Donna Smith 14…Lesson Plan: Leaves by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 15...Lesson Plan Activity by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 16…Connect the Dots by: Hannah and Maria Miller 17 - 19…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Adam, Briana, Catrice, Daniel, David, Dulce, Eddie, Fabian, Jaymi, Juan, Paulina, and Roberto for their remarkable ray drawings.


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Herbie’s Doghouse My little dog Herbie’s not like other dogs: He will not play fetch and he doesn’t lick frogs. You won’t catch him barking or howling at stars; He doesn’t bite mailmen or chase after cars. No, Herbie is different - he does things his way, In fact, he’s designing his new home today. The plans for his doghouse show 10 fun-filled floors Each one with a sun porch and dog bone shaped doors. With exercise classes on floor number one, He’s sure to stay healthy while out of the sun. On floor number two, he can lounge and relax, While munching on apple and blueberry snacks. A trampoline course is on floor number three. On floor number four, he can learn how to ski. 4


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Loud engines are revving on floor number five, As go-carts whiz past on their afternoon drive. A rock wall is waiting up on the sixth floor, With lots of dark caves there for him to explore. On floor number seven he added a pool, With tall slides and sprinklers so he can stay cool. Floor eight has a game room complete with skee-ball, And slip n’ slide mats that run right down the hall. The ninth floor has trumpets and tubas and flutes For playing fun music that root-a-toot-toots! And floor number ten has an ice rink that glows, Where he can have cider to warm his cold nose. So as you can see, Herbie’s not like most dogs, He doesn’t play Frisbee or smell stinky hogs. You won’t catch him digging a hole in the yard, Or wearing a hat for your holiday card. No, Herbie is different - he’s one special pup Whose new home is full of fun things he dreamed up. Written by: Amy Lentz Art by: Olivia and Jakob 5


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The Monster under Lucy’s Bed Every morning just past dawn After one gigantic yawn, I take a peek beneath my bed And see a monster’s furry head! I think that she’s afraid of me. I’d like to meet and share some tea. Today’s the day! I have a plot. It’s one I think she’ll like a lot. I’ll take some cookies from a sack. Who can resist a yummy snack? With cookies, I can make a trail. I wonder if she has a tail? I wait, and wait. It’s half past eight. I really hope she takes the bait. Yes! I see a fuzzy arm. On her wrist, she wears a charm! 6


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She crawls on out from ‘neath my bed With yellow ribbons on her head. I say, “Hello and howdy do. My name is Lucy. How ‘bout you?” She’s shy and slowly shakes my hand And whispers that her name is Ann. “Ann, let’s have some sweets and tea. Don’t be scared. Come play with me!” When finished with our tasty snack, She spies my crayons in a stack. She draws a scene with turquoise trees, And giant blooms with purple bees. “That’s my world,” Ann says to me. “Would you like to come and see?” Underneath my bed we go. Where we’ll go, I do not know. A flash of light, a whir of sound… We’re in a spiral spinning ‘round! With puffs of smoke, and then a boom, I find myself inside Ann’s room! Her drawings hang upon the walls. She has a ton of monster dolls. “Come see my pet. He’s right outside. I’ll feed him then we’ll take a ride!” 7


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A bright orange sun warms up the sky While strange winged beasts fly swiftly by. “Come here, Pete,” Ann calls one beast. “Breakfast time!” She serves a feast. Once Pete is done we’re on his back. He flaps his wings with one loud smack! High in the sky, above the sun We swerve and soar. It’s so much fun! Pete flips and does a loop-de-loop! I feel my stomach floop-de-floop! We float past mountains, overseas, Then in and out between the trees. The sun goes down. Up comes the moon. The dark night sky begins to loom. I do not want this day to end. I’ve made a super special friend. When I’m back home and go to sleep I’ll dream of Ann and her pet, Pete. Written by: Laura Barfield Art by: Maddie 8


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Remarkable Rays I’m standing in the middle of a long acrylic glass tunnel at a beautiful aquarium. Above, below, and on both sides of me I watch fish swim by. Then I see them – several wide, flatbodied, diamond-shaped fish with long narrow tails. What are these remarkable animals? Rays. Art by: Brianna The ray’s two side fins attach to both its head and body and expand out into a wing shape. The smallest ray species has a width or “wingspan” of less than foot. The largest ray’s “wingspan” can reach 25 feet. That’s BIG! As the ray glides through the water, it looks a bit like a bat in slow motion. Because of this, the ray and its similarly shaped relatives (the skates, sawfish, and guitarfish) are in a group of fish called batoids. Art by: Catrice Art by: Juan But it isn’t just their shape that sets batoids apart from other fish. They also have a different skeleton type. Most fish have skeletons made of bone. Batoids however, have no bones. Instead, their skeleton is made of tough flexible material called cartilage. One other fish group, the sharks, also has a cartilage skeleton. That’s right, sharks and rays are related, even though their body shapes are very different. And speaking of body shape, sawfish and guitarfish are kind of in-between the shape of a ray and shark. Sawfish and guitarfish have the flattened, wide body, but they also have a thicker, more shark-like tail. In addition, sawfish have a long, flat snout with sawlike teeth that can saw prey in half! Ouch! 9


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Now let’s look at a few well-known rays beginning with the stingray. Stingrays commonly live in shallow water near land. Art by: Daniel The stingray often hides by burying its flat body in the bottom of the ocean floor. Like sharks, it uses electrical sensors to detect prey. Art by: Eddie In addition to fish, it eats hard-shelled clams, oysters, crabs, and shrimp, crushing them with strong plate-like teeth. If disturbed or attacked, the stingray defends itself with a long whip-like tail armed with one or more jagged, venomous spines. Art by: Fabian While most stingray species live in oceans, a few live in freshwater rivers and lakes. One is the endangered giant freshwater stingray. Counting its tail, this fish can be 16 feet long. Art by: Dulce The electric ray has special electric organs that store electricity like a battery. Like the stingray, electric rays often bury themselves in the seafloor during the day and come out at night to hunt. When the ray finds prey, it stuns the prey with a jolt of electricity. 10


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Finally, there’s the manta ray. Some of these largest of all rays have a “wingspan” of 25 feet. Its size and its other name “devil ray” might make you think the manta ray is a deadly monster. However, it’s harmless, unless you swim too close and get smacked by one its giant “wings.” Art by: Jaymi It has no stingers on its tail, no electric shock organs, and is a filter feeder. A filter feeder is an animal that feeds by straining tiny creatures from the water through bristles or some other kind of filtering structure. Art by: David Rays and their relatives are unique and remarkable fish. We have looked at a few of them in this article. You can learn more in books at your school and local libraries. Or visit to an aquarium and watch fish swim by. Art by: Paulina Art by: Roberto Written by: Guy Belleranti Art by: Adam 11


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Book Review Name of Book: A Curious Tale of the In-Between Author: Lauren DeStefano Year Published: 2016 Age Range of Book: 10 – 12 years Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books ISBN: 9781619636026 Price: $7.99 A spooky girl communicates with the dead while learning to appreciate the living. 12


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Eleven-year-old Pram can see and talk to ghosts. Pram lives with her Aunt Dee and Aunt Nan in a big old colonial that is a home for the ageing. She doesn't remember her mother because she died when Pram was an infant. Her best friend Felix has been dead for so long he doesn't remember how he lost his life. Things begin to change for Pram when she meets Clarence in school. Clarence is still grieving over the death of his mother. Their bond of loss propels them into a dangerous quest. They encounter the sinister Lady Savant and discover that they misjudged what they believed to be the truth. Lauren DeStefano has invoked an eerie tale worthy of a chilly fall landscape with bare tree limbs and rustling brown leaves. Throughout the story, the budding pre-adolescent romance between Pram and Clarence sweetly offsets some of the darker aspects of the novel. The book isn't just about losing a loved one. It is also about recognizing the importance of moving on and accepting your fate. DeStefano is the bestselling author of paranormal romance and fantasy fiction, which includes The Internment Chronicles and The Chemical Garden Trilogy. Her other titles are The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart and her most recent book The Girl with the Ghost Machine. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 13


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Lesson Plan: Leaves Leaves make food for trees. Botanists, scientists who study plants, divide leaves into two groups: simple and compound. Simple leaves have only a single leaf blade. Compound leaves are composed of two or more leaf-blades. With compound leaves, each separate division is called a leaflet. Leaves can be big or small. The Catalpas or Indian bean trees, which are native to the subtropics, have very large leaves. They can measure one foot (30cm.) in length. Leaves have many shapes. Ginkgo trees have fanlike leaves, which have remained unchanged for over 200 million years. Leaves may resemble a hand, a star, a heart, or even a triangle. The edges of leaves are called margins. There are three kinds of margins: entire, serrated and lobed. Entire margins have smooth edges, like Southern Magnolias. The American Sycamore has serrated margins, which look like the blades of a saw. Lobed margins have deeply indented edges. The White Oak has lobed edges. Veins are thread-like tissues that supply a leaf with water and nutrients. Leaf veins help in identifying trees. There are two major patterns: parallel and netted. Parallel veins start at the leaf base, remain more or less parallel and meet at the tip of the leaf. Netted veins can be either pinnate and palmate. If the vein pattern looks like a feather with a central vein and smaller veins diverging from it, it is called pinnate. Oak leaves are pinnate. If the pattern looks like the fingers of a hand, it’s called palmate. The veins of a sugar maple are palmate. 14



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