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Kid's Imagination Train November/December 2017 Volume 5 Issue 6 Click on the link to hop aboard! Come read, learn, and draw!


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November/ December 2017 Volume 5 Issue 6 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 6 3 - 4…Fiction Hare’s Hat House by: Teresa DiNicola 5 - 6…Nonfiction Amazing Geckos by: Guy Belleranti 7 - 8 …Book Review The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by: Donna Smith 9…Coloring Page 10…Words Around the World 11 - 12…Slippery slopes puzzle by: Evelyn B. Christensen 13 - 15…Sponsors


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Hare’s Hat House It was a chilly forest morning. Hare hopped along the woods looking for something to eat. He saw Turtle resting on a mound of moss grass. “That shell on his back is like a house that keeps him warm wherever he goes,” said Hare. “I wish I had a warm house to wear, too!” Hare flopped along between the evergreens. He discovered something under a pile of twigs. It was a fleecy wool hat. “Some human must have dropped it!” said Hare. “It might make a comfortable house like Turtle’s shell.” Hare tried to put it on his back. “Oh my, it’s much too tight to wear on my back.” But when he squished his ears down, he could burrow inside it to stay warm. Next, Squirrel scampered by looking for acorns. She eyed the hat. “May I squeeze into your cozy house?” she asked Hare. Hare didn’t think that Squirrel could fit in the hat. But he didn’t want to be a rude host, so he wriggled over. Squirrel climbed in, bushy tail and all. Then, Porcupine waddled by searching for seeds. He spied the hat. “May I squeeze into your little house?” he asked. Hare and Squirrel scrambled around. But who would say no to someone covered with prickly needles? They scooted over. As soon as Porcupine was nestled in the hat, Fox poked in his snout. “May I squeeze into your fine house?” he asked. 3


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Hare, Squirrel, and Porcupine fumbled around. But who would say no to someone with jagged teeth? They made room. Owl was perched up on a tree branch. She saw the lumpy hat below. She swooped down and hooted her way in. “May I squeeze into your warm house?” Hare, Squirrel, Porcupine, and Fox groaned. They nuzzled together. But who would say no to someone with sharp claws? But when they let her in the hat stretched. It bulged. Even a few seams popped, thanks to Owl’s pointy talons. All of a sudden, snowflakes started to speckle the forest. The animals were safe and sound, snuggled in the hat. That was until one of Owl’s feathers tickled Fox’s muzzle. Suddenly, Fox let out a gigantic sneeze. AAAAA AAAA AAAHHHHCHOO! The sneeze blew the hat high up into the sky and bounced the animals this way and that! Whoosh! Hare landed with a thump on his rump in the frosty weeds. As luck would have it, the hat plopped down right next to him, all stretched out and three times its original size. Hare put the hat on his back. It wasn’t too tight. It was perfect! “There are even enough holes for my feet and ears,” said Hare. Hare happily hopped through the freshly fallen snow and came across Turtle. “I like your new home,” Turtle said to Hare. “Thank you, Turtle,” said Hare. “This hat on my back is like a house that will keep me warm wherever I go.” Written by: Teresa DiNicola Art by: Anne 4


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Amazing Geckos Brianna Nicole Geckos are lizards. Lizards, like and other reptiles, are ectothermic or cold-blooded. This means that their body temperatures depend upon the outside temperature. They must move between sun and shade to warm up or cool down. There are over 1,000 species or kinds of geckos. But what makes geckos different from other lizards? Several amazing things. First, geckos are by far the most talkative of all lizards. Depending upon the species, they chirp, click, squeak and more when communicating with others geckos. They also make sounds when defending territory or to attract a mate. Some of their sounds people can’t even hear! The call of the male of one of the largest geckos, the tokay gecko, is one we can hear. And do you know what? Its call sounds like its name, “to-kay, to-kay!” David Unlike other lizards, most geckos do not have movable eyelids. This means they can’t blink or close their eyes! However, while they have no eyelids, their eyes are still protected from dirt and other things. You see, they have a transparent membrane that covers each eye. Geckos keep their membranes clean by licking them with their tongues. And speaking about gecko eyes, did you know geckos on average have larger eyes than other lizards. Why is this? Because most species of geckos are nocturnal (active at night) and need to see in the dark. Meanwhile, the majority of lizards are diurnal (active during the day). Daniel Roberto What are geckos doing when they’re active? Looking for food. Many eat insects and arachnids. Some larger species go after mice, young lizards, and even small birds. Geckos sometimes eat fruit and flower nectar, too. 5 Jesus


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Perhaps the most amazing thing about many geckos is their ability to climb right up vertical surfaces, kind of like Spiderman. Do these geckos have suction cups on their feet? No. Do their feet produce glue that keeps them from falling? No again. The secret to a gecko’s climbing ability is on the undersides of its feet. Geckos have thousands of microscopic hair-like bristles on the bottom of their toe pads. Called setae, these bristles grip surfaces. Other lizards do not have setae on their toes. Instead, they have claws. Jaymi The gecko’s climbing ability has inspired years of research by scientists. In fact, today you can even buy glues and special types of tape that were developed with the help of studies on the gecko’s amazing feet. Monique Of course, there are gecko species that don’t have every one of these differences. For instance, some geckos are diurnal. These species include the Madagascar day gecko and the leopard gecko. In addition, the leopard gecko has moveable eyelids and claws, not setae. Still, geckos are an interesting and very large group of lizards. There’s so much more to learn about geckos. If you would like to know more, try to find a few books about geckos and lizards at your school or local library. Alyna Written by: Guy Belleranti 6


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Book Review Name of Book: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold Author: Maureen Fergus Illustrator: Cale Atkinson Year Published: 2016 Age Range of Book: 4 – 8 years Publisher: Tundra ISBN-13: 9781770498242 Price: $13.93 In The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold Santa questions if Harold is real. 7


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It can't be true. Santa doesn't believe in Harold anymore. Surely, Mrs. Claus was surprised when Santa told her he was suspicious about Harold's existence. According to Santa, everything about Harold doesn't make sense. After all Harold didn't look like the baby he was the previous year at his Santa visit. And Santa's pretty sure Harold's mom writes his letters. At the same time, Harold is starting to wonder if Santa is imaginary. The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold is wonderfully fresh and funny. Maureen Fergus takes the classic "I don't believe in Santa" theme and turns it around. No one wants to think of Santa as a grumpy man who feels he's being betrayed by parents. Yet, Fergus lets the reader know it is possible that Santa like everyone else can lose sight of the magic of Christmas. The artwork is colorful and adorable. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeers, Harold and his parents along with the cat and turtle are all illustrated in a perfectly Christmassy way. Fergus is the author of many picture books and novels for young adults. Her children's stories include A Dog Day for Susan, And What If I Won't?, InvisiBill, The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series. Atkinson's illustrations are found in If I Had a Gryphon, Night Night, Groot, and Little Red Riding Sheep. He is the author and illustrator of To the Sea, Explorers of the Wild and Maxwell and the Monkey Barber. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at 8


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Words around the World Farm Animals ENGLISH cow horse pig sheep goat rooster donkey turkey goose FRENCH vache cheval porc mouton chèvre coq âne dinde oie SPANISH vaca caballo cerdo ovjeja cabra gallo burro turquía ganso Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 10


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Puzzle: Slippery Slopes The object of these puzzles is to start with the number in the top circle, then do each operation as you come to it to reach the final number in the last circle. You may have to fill in the numbers, the operation signs, or both. Use only whole, positive numbers. Slope A 8 +9 -6 -7 x2 Slope C 10 5 Slope B ? -9 ?8 -7 ?2 -5 x3 ?3 4 ? 6 Find 2 solutions for Slope C. 11


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Slippery Slopes Solutions A. 8 B. + 7 C. (+ - - -) (+ ÷ - x) Created by: Evelyn B. Christensen 12


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