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Kid’s Imagination Train October 2014 Volume 2 Issue 10 Come read, learn, and draw!


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Kid's Imagination Train October 2014 Volume 2 Issue 10 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustration Advisor: Thrace Mears Guest illustrator: Reyes Rosas 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 have them published online. We invite you to read, to learn, and to draw! ©Kid's Imagination Train


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CONTENTS Volume 2 Issue 10 WHAT'S NEW THIS MONTH? 3 - 4...Fiction Owl's Noisy Neighbors by Donna Smith 5 - 6...Nonfiction The Annoying Guest by Pat St. Pierre 7 - 8...Book Review The Night Gardener by Donna Smith 9...Puzzle Substraction Sudoku Puzzle by Ev Christensen 10...Puzzle Substraction Sudoku Answers by Ev Christensen 11...Sponsors


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Owl lives inside an oak tree. He is tired from flying all night. He is ready for sleep, but he hears chattering. Owl says, “Who’s chattering in the treetop?” “It’s just me. I’m a squirrel making a nest so I can go to bed.” Owl shakes his head. “Quiet. Please!” Owl begins to shut his eyes when he hears rustling. “Who’s rustling in the leaves?” “It’s just me. I’m a raccoon looking for a place to lie down.” Owl’s ears twitch and he says, “Quiet. Please!” Owl settles down and then he hears flapping. Owl says, “Who’s flapping in my tree?” “It’s just me. I’m a bat searching for a branch to hang from while I nap.” Owl fluffs out his feathers and says, “Quiet. Please!” 3


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Owl begins to doze when he hears snapping. Owl says, “Who’s snapping twigs under my tree?” “It’s just me. I’m a bear needing a comfy space. I will be very quiet.” And the tree is quiet as they all snooze. When the moon rises up, all of the wildlife leave the tree. During the night while they’re away, a small breeze flutters. The breeze turns into big stormy winds. One huge gust pushes Owl’s tree over and that’s where he finds it when he comes home. Owl looks for another house. First he tries a barn, but the farm animals are too smelly. Next he tries to live under a highway bridge, but the fast cars scare him. Then he perches on the limb of an apple tree, but apples keep falling on his head. Owl cries a sad hoot. Suddenly, he hears chattering, rustling, flapping and snapping. Owl is surprised to see squirrel, raccoon, bat and bear. They are homeless too. Owl decides they must look for a new home. “Follow me,” Owl says. The woodland creatures keep up with Owl as he wings through the woods and towards a swamp. He finds a sturdy, tall, hollowed-out oak tree with enough room for him and all of his friends. Owl nestles in the tree with the others. He smiles and closes his eyelids. He snuggles down in the darkness of the tree. Owl is ready for sleep. All is quiet until.. he hears croaking! Written by: Donna Smith 4


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The Annoying Guests Have you ever seen a slug? Perhaps you have, but you didn't know what it was. Slugs are one of nature's slimy and oozy little creatures. They feel moist and sticky, but they do not have a shell for protection. Their color may be black, brown, white, gray, or yellowish. Sometimes, they are spotted. Slugs can produce about 20 to 50 eggs. When baby slugs hatch, they can be found in vegetable plots and near flowers. Their arrival causes concern for farmers and gardeners because they eat plants. Slugs have raspy rough tongues. Some slugs have many tiny teeth on the surface of their tongue. Others have fewer teeth. After they have eaten dinner, only a shiny leaf skeleton remains behind. Some farmers water their gardens early in the morning and by night time, the garden dries up. Since slugs love moisture, they will travel elsewhere. As slugs move along the ground, they leave a sticky trail of slime to show where they have been. Their slimy body lets them climb up and down and cling to many surfaces. Slugs can stretch their bodies long and thin or make themselves curl up. They move forward slowly by contracting and expanding their muscles. 5


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Slugs may be found in home gardens. Perhaps your parents have a vegetable garden and you have helped them by seeding it or by picking vegetables. If you picked some vegetables, you may have seen slugs. However, the best time to look for slugs is at night because slugs hide during the day. At nighttime, you can look for slugs in a garden with a flashlight. Another good time to find slugs is when it's wet outside. After it rains, many may come out of hiding. Badgers, toads, mice, and some beetles enjoy eating slugs. They are a tasty dinner for crows, starlings, and thrushes who feed them to their little ones. But some birds are too picky to eat slugs because they think they taste bad. Slugs can be managed in home gardens using bait which is relatively safe and will not harm warm-blooded animals or humans. Gardeners usually do not directly control slugs because it is not cost-effective. However, the removal of mulch within a garden row and around plants reduces the places that slugs can hide and they may become much less of a problem. Plants frequently outgrow slug damage and can tolerate a fair amount of feeding without lessening their yield. Slugs are not harmful creatures to man. In fact, they can even make a very good little pet. But generally, they are a nuisance and a problem to farmers. Since they ruin many vegetable gardens, slugs are suitably called one of man’s most “annoying guests.” The author wishes to thank Elson Shields, Professor of Entomology at Cornell University. Written by: Pat St. Pierre 6


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Book Review: The Night Gardener Name of the book: The Night Gardener Author: Jonathan Auxier Year published: 2014 Age range of book: 10 - 12 years Publisher: Amulet Books ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2 Price: $13.17 The spectrally, creepy The Night Gardener will haunt you. 7


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Doors creaking open in the dark, muddy footprints on the floor, and a secret room are all part of Jonathan Auxier’s scary story. The Windsor’s mansion isn’t a stately English manor with manicured gardens in the countryside. Instead, the decrepit house sits on an island surrounded by the spooky sourwoods. Townspeople stay away from it. Fourteen-year-old Molly and her younger brother Kip are desperate for food, money, and a place to live. The scrappy brother and sister are on their own after leaving Ireland and landing in England. They seek employment with Master Windsor. When Kip and Molly arrive at the Windsor house, only Constance Windsor and her two children are home. Constance tries to send Molly away by ominously telling her, “You do not know what you’re asking, child. This house is no place for you.” Molly begs to stay and offers to clean the house and to cook the family’s meals for free. She volunteers Kip as the new groundskeeper. Reluctantly, Constance agrees. As the story progresses, you want Molly and Kip to leave the Windsor mansion and find a rundown orphanage with a mean, crotchety headmistress where they’ll be safe. The story includes oddball characters like Fig and Stubbs, the ambitious Doctor Crouch, and the itinerant, storyteller Hester Kettle. Kettle roams the perimeter of the woods waiting for a way to find out if the legend about the Night Gardener is true. Auxier has crafted a shiver-inducing story with perfect atmosphere and moodiness. You’ll find yourself cheering for the heroic brother and sister as they help the Windsor family battle against a formidable, supernatural opponent. Auxier teaches creative writing and children’s literature at Chatham University. He is also the author of Peter Nimble with the Fantastic Eyes. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. Visit her website at:> 8


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Subtraction Sudoku Puzzle Written by: Ev Christensen 9


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Puzzle Answers 10


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