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Kid's Imagination Train March/ April 2018 Volume 6 Issue 2 Click on the link to hop aboard! Come read, learn, and draw!


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March/April 2018 Volume 6 Issue 2 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer: Anjali Amit Illustrator: Denise Woodward 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 6 Issue 2 3 - 5…Fiction Emma’s Musical Adventure by: Joyce Wold 6 - 7…Nonfiction Why Do They Have That Name? by: Guy Belleranti 8 - 9…Book Review Last Stop on Market Street by: Anjali Amit 10…Words Around the World by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 11…Coloring Page 12 - 14…Sponsors


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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Anaya, Daniel, Julie, Karina, Keshawn, Noah, and Lily for their amazing animal drawings.


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EMMA'S MUSICAL ADVENTURE Emma loved pumping herself on her backyard swing and day dreaming. Suddenly her day dream popped like a bubble when Emma's mom called out, “Emma, it’s time to practice.” “Can I practice a little later, Mom? It's so nice outside.” “The recital is in two weeks. You need to do it now, Sweetie.” “Okay, Mom.” Emma jumped off her swing and walked slowly to her house. She plopped herself onto the piano bench. Emma stared at her music—Nursery Rhyme Medley. Pictures of a lamb, a spider, and a star stared right back at her. 3


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“I’ll never be able to learn this in time for the recital,” Emma said as she shook her head. Still looking at the pictures before her, she asked, “You agree with me, don't you?” Emma sighed and pounded on the piano keys BONK, BOINK, PLINK, PLUNK, and sang, “Baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool...” A little black sheep in the picture blinked his eyes and wagged his short, stumpy tail. Emma blinked her eyes also, and then opened them wide. She heard a faint voice, “Emma, I love that song you’re playing. It lets me show off my three bags full of wool.” “Oh, my,” said Emma. “Am I dreaming?” She played the song over and over so the little black sheep could enjoy showing his bags of wool. When Emma stopped playing, he said, “Thank you.” She began her next song, PLUNK, PLUNK, BOINK and sang, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star...” The star twinkled and said, “Emma, I absolutely love to twinkle to your song.” Emma played and sang and the star twinkled. “This is wonderful,” said Emma. She played again and again until she got tired. Then the star quit twinkling and said, “Thank you.” 4


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PLINK, PLANK, PLUNK. “Eensy, weensy spider went up the water spout...” She wondered what was going to happen next? Sure enough, she saw the spider slide down the spout and say, “Emma, I love sliding down the spout.” Emma smiled. She played and sang until the spider had enough sliding. Then he said, “Thank you.” Emma practiced every day for two weeks. And each time, the tiny friends visited and encouraged her. On the day of the recital, her friends remained silent and still on the music sheets. But Emma knew they were there. She played and sang the best she could. A boy won first prize for his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Emma’s mom, dad and sister ran up to her and gave her a big hug. Then they all said in unison, “You did great!” “Thanks,” said Emma. She winked at her music. “It was a wonderful musical adventure!” Written by: Joyce Wold Art by: Naomi 5


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Why Do They Have That Name? Some animals have peculiar names. Let’s look at four animals and see why each was given its fun and interesting name. We’ll start with the flying fox. This animal does fly, but it is certainly not a fox. It’s a bat. In fact, it’s the largest bat in the world. Some species have wingspans over three feet! So why is it called a flying fox? This bat’s face looks kind of like a fox’s face. Art by: Noah Art by: Karina Flying foxes live in trees. They use their good vision and great sense of smell to find pollen, fruit, and nectar. They are very important animals because they spread pollen and seeds as they fly from plant to plant. This helps produce new plants and new fruit. Art by: Keshawn Another flying animal with an interesting name is the tarantula hawk. This isn’t a bird with the hairy body of a huge tarantula spider. It’s an insect also known as the Pepsis wasp. Art by: Julie So why does it have the nickname tarantula hawk? Like a hawk, an adult female Pepsis wasp is a great hunter. Most of the time, she’s only hunting for nectar and pollen. However, she hunts for a tarantula spider when it’s time to lay an egg. Using her great sense of smell, the wasp tracks down a tarantula and stings it with the most painful sting of any insect in North America. The sting paralyzes the spider. Then, the wasp drags the spider into a burrow – sometimes even the spider’s own burrow! She lays a single egg on the spider and seals up the burrow before leaving. When the egg hatches, the larva will feed on the tarantula. Art by: Lily 6


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Everyone knows what a dog is. However, one so-called dog, the prairie dog, is not a dog or any other canine. It’s a rodent. But if it’s a rodent why is it called a dog? And where does the prairie part of its name come from? Art by: Daniel The dog part comes from the squeaky bark-like calls it makes when it spots a predator. Studies indicate these barks vary depending on the kind of predator spotted. The prairie part refers to the animal’s habitat, that is, the place it naturally lives. The prairie dog lives on North American grasslands, also called prairies. The prairie dog lives in family groups in underground burrows called prairie dog towns. Some of the prairie dog’s closest relatives are squirrels, chipmunks, and woodchucks. Art by: Noah Finally, there is the animal that many call a “horny toad” or “horned toad.” This animal has a crown of horn-like growths on its head. However, it is not a toad, or any other amphibian. It’s a type of lizard. Lizards are reptiles. So, the proper name is horned lizard. People use the word toad because the animal’s body shape and face look like those of a toad. The lizard’s spiky horns help protect the lizard from predators. Some species of horned lizards also shoot blood from their eyes. This blood has a taste that predators do not like. We have discovered four interesting animals. Each one has a peculiar name that is fitting and descriptive. Can you think of other animals with fun and interesting names? Written by: Guy Belleranti Art by Anaya 7


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Book Review The Last Stop on Market Street Title: Last Stop on Market Street Author: Matt De La Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Hardback: 30 pages ISBN: 978-0-399-25774-2 Previously published on: 8


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"He wondered how his Nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look." Last Stop on Market Street is CJ's first step to understanding that beauty can reside in the most unexpected places. As he travels through the city with Nana on a fire-breathing dragon of a bus he learns, one question at a time, to see the world as Nana sees it: filled with beauty and adventure. What else would you call a tree that sips water through a straw to quench its thirst if not an adventurer? Illustrator Christian Robinson has drawn the tree trunks straight as straws. Look CJ, look. You're standing right next to it: the tall thirsty tree, sipping water so the leaves stay fresh and green. CJ has many questions, Nana is quick with answers. "Boy, what do we need a car for? We got a bus that breathes fire, and old Mr. Dennis, who always has a trick for you." What comes through loud and clear is the strong bond between grandma and grandson, the absolute trust he has in her. CJ, it is clear, would follow his Nana to the ends of the earth and beyond. And Nana would guide him, not shielding him from the grittiness and dirt, but showing him to look beyond the surface. "Sometimes when you are surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful." Oh, the wonderful aliveness of the illustrations: the spread where Nana is knitting, and CJ is sitting not facing forward but turned around and kneeling on the seat to look out the window. The lady with butterflies in a jar and the young man with tattoos all over. CJ is neither bothered by them nor interested, but he has noticed them. When the music carries him away he imagines the "old woman's butterflies dancing free in the light of the moon." As the bus winds its way through town more passengers embark. So much learning: the blind can 'see' with their ears; music does not reside only on music players. And why are CJ and his Nana on the bus? Where are they going? We'll find out soon. "Last stop," the driver calls. CJ and Nana make their way past the boarded-up doors and the graffiti-scrawled walls till they reach the place where CJ sees familiar faces waiting in line. "I'm glad we came," he says. We still don't know what their destination is. We have to turn the page to see. In that colorful, double-page spread we learn where they are: in the food kitchen, serving food. Grandma teaches CJ to share--not just material things, like the coin he puts in the singer's hat--but a graciousness, an acceptance. The blind do not need pity, the poor will thrive on recognition. We all need a purpose in life: "How come we always gotta go here after church? Miguel and Colby never have to go nowhere?" CJ asks. "I feel sorry for those boys," Nana replies. "They'll never get a chance to meet Bobo or the Sunglass Man. And I hear Trixie got herself a brand-new hat." One bus ride, a lifetime of learning. A book I'd recommend to all, children and adults alike. Reviewed by: Anjali Amit 9


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Words around the World INSIDE THE KITCHEN ENGLISH FRENCH SPANISH table chair spoon fork knife plate oven napkin table chaise cuillère fourchette couteau assiette four serviette mesa silla cuchara tenedor cuchillo plato horno servilleta Visit this link to listen to the words: Written by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 10


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