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Dear Reader By Richa Shah, Managing Editor

JULY 2017 • VOLUME 5 • ISSUE NO. 52

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Dear Highlights,
I can’t stop chewing with
mouth open. Please help!

Here are some tips for breaking this habit

Good luck, Heidi!

1 When you 2 If people are 3 Ask your

eat, take your talking, wait until family to remind
time and focus you’ve swallowed you if you forget
on your chewing. your food to join in. now and then!

34 28 24
6 BrainPlay 9 Gallant Kids 16 Game On!
What games are hard to play Thanks to Nikhiya’s efforts, Bala wants to win a medal
when pieces are missing? several kids enjoy going to at his first triathlon.
7 A Note to Mom on 19 Night Owl
Moonwalk Day 10 Moving to Mars Owl’s friends are all
We’re sure she’ll understand. Navya has something to snoozing.
look forward to on Mars.
8 Goofus and Gallant
21 Paws and Think
Whose friend would you 12 My Sci What things do you find in
rather be? Yawning is “contagious”! a supermarket?
Find out why that could be
a good thing. 22 Crafts
Alligator in the puddle!
14 Hidden Pictures

These racers were
born to swim.

15 Jokes
Give your funny bone
a workout.

4 JULY 2017
Wolf on
the Roof o
“D o I spy a gia

30 The Life of a 42 Dear Highlights


Pocupine Champs
Who knew porcupines Making a road trip fun.
were so cute?
43 Picture Puzzler
32 Chasing Butterflies Visit a deep-sea diner!
Meet the Butterfly Man of
India, Isaac Kehimkar.

34 Impossible to Train
Will these pets ever learn?
24 Wolf Dressed in Fire
The Ethiopian wolf lives on 35 The Timbertoes
high plateaus in Africa. Some wild guests pay a visit.
26 Bubble Bonanza! 36 Your Own Pages
Make huge, long-lasting See more work by creative
bubbles. kids like Saashaanvitha!

28 Milli’s Aim 40 Ask Arizona

Saashaanvitha Gaddhi
Age 8 •
The cats have a score to There’s no such thing as
settle with Milli. a perfect party.

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r bra w
ou Ho
e y ike. go?

Ta a h you
on can
Name a noisy
activity you like.
Name a
quiet one.
If you could move
t time How do you
holiday to a differen kno
of year, would you?
a toy can be w if
Why? in a pool?
can you see
lots of
What games are
hard to play when
pieces are missing?
DO Do you have a favorite swing
PEOPLE time of day? If so, why their
TIPTOE do you like it? arms?

want to it be
What would were
eat? e s
like if nam umbers
Which foods make you made up o tters?
instead of
think of your family?
6 JULY 2017
A Note
to Mom on
Moonwalk Day
By Eileen Spinelli
Art by Keith Frawley

I’m building a spacecraft in the yard

and I’ll be leaving soon.
Like astronaut Neil Armstrong,
I’m heading to the moon.
And yes—I have my toothbrush.
And yes—I’ll comb my hair.
I’ve packed a nice warm blanket
and a change of underwear.
I’ll bring you back a moon rock,
but because I’m a beginner,
the trip could take some extra time.
I might be late for dinner.

JULY 2017 7
Goaondfus Goofus and Gallant are twins who are very different-
one is selfish and thoughtless, the other gentle and

caring. There’s some of Goofus and Gallant in us all.

When the Gallant shines through, we show our best self.

“It’s OK if you don’t want

to ride,” says Gallant.
Idea sent in by Ava Augustine, Age 9

“Come on, don’t be a

scaredy-cat,” says Goofus.
Idea sent in by Ava Augustine, Age 9

“Would you like some tips?”

asks Gallant.

“You should go home until you

can skate better,” says Goofus.

YOUR Goofus and Gallant Moments

“I felt like Goofus “I felt like Gallant “I felt like Goofus
when I was not being when I read a book to when I deleted
nice to my friend.” my sister.” someone’s work on the
Gracie, Age 12 Liam, Age 8 computer at school.”
Naomi, Age 12

8 JULY 2017 Art by Leslie Harrington.

a l l a nt
“I learnt that Roja
had never owned a
school bag and that
it had made her more
confident and eager
to go to school.”
Nikhiya Shamsher helps
kids get school-ready.
to many children dropping out of
Through Yearn to Learn,

Back to School
Nikhiya, in consultation with
the schoolteachers, sets up
labs in schools and stocks them
regularly. At Sukrupa School,
By Apeksha Shetty Nikhiya set up a math lab for
junior and senior level math

Nikhiya Shamsher was 12 years

equipped with geometrical
by children from Classes I to shapes, measuring jugs,
old when she gave her old school V, because they outgrow things beakers, spring balances,
bag to Roja, the daughter of her quickly. Nikhiya, with the help laminated charts, and more.
family’s house help. Nikhiya of her family and friends, sorts, Nikhiya needs approximately
didn’t think much about her cleans, and labels the supplies Rs.1 lakh per school to set up
action until she received a thank before distributing them. multiple labs based on their
you note from the young girl. Nikhiya spread the word requirements. For this, initially,
“I learnt that Roja had never about this project by contacting Nikhiya used funds she had
owned a school bag and that it newspapers and magazines and received for her previous
had made her more confident posting about it on social media. initiative, but when she fell
and eager to go to school. I had She was surprised when she short, she decided to start an
no idea my old school bag would received supplies from all over online campaign on Ketto.org, a
mean so much to somebody,” the country. In 2015, supplies crowdfunding website. She
recalls Nikhiya. were distributed to 1,200 kids, collected Rs.1,25,000 in just
Wanting to spread this joy on and in 2016, 3,000 students 15 days!
a larger scale, Nikhiya, who lives received donations. As for the future, she says, “I
in Bengaluru, decided to set up Nikhiya also launched an want to set up 100 labs in the
an initiative called Bags, Books initiative called Yearn to Learn, next two years, for which I’ll
and Blessings in 2015. As a part aimed at setting up science need at least Rs.50 lakhs. I’ll also
of the initiative, people send in and math labs in schools for continue the collection drives
their unused or reusable school low-income students. Just before for Bags, Books and Blessings
supplies; these are then passed their exams, the students had to and try to reach more kids every
on to underprivileged kids go to another school to prepare; year.”
through their schools. as a result, they fared poorly. Highlights Champs is proud
Most supplies are donated This discouraged them, leading to know this Gallant Kid.

july 2017 9
Mars By Stephanie Ward Chiari
Art by Jason Kirschner

“How about
I stay with
Aunt Leela?
Then I could
get a puppy.”

I frowned as I watched the “The vehicle is packed Or animals. There’s almost

movers load up our space nothing alive on that red
utility vehicle. and prepared for wasteland!
It was bad enough we had to launch,” said Mom. I wished Mom wasn’t an
move, but to Mars? I was hoping aeronautical engineer and Dad
to get a puppy this summer, not wasn’t a climatologist. If they
a one-way ticket to a dreary instead of eight months. We’ll were zoologists or veterinarians,
planet of red rocks. come back—eventually.” we could stay on Earth and
“I know you’re disappointed, As Mom went to answer a hang out with animals. Instead,
Navya,” Mom said. “But I’ve mover’s question, I sat and we were going to a space colony
been offered my dream job. And pulled blades of grass from the with a “no pets” policy!
the antimatter-fusion rocket is ground. There’s no grass on Dad stepped out of the house.
groundbreaking technology. We Mars, I thought. Or flowers. I He was already wearing his
can travel to Mars in eight days inhaled the sweet scent of lilacs. space jumpsuit.

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“Dad,” I said, “how about to the space colony. We took a snorted around a big mother pig.
I stay with Aunt Leela while quick tour of the laboratories Chickens clucked and scratched
you and Mom go to Mars? and storage units, and everyone in a cage.
Then I could get a puppy.” talked about stuff I didn’t “Welcome to the Animal
Dad stretched out on the understand. Behavior Lab,” said Dad.
grass next to me. “Sorry, kiddo. We paused at an electronic “Scientists are studying how
We stick together. Besides, your doorway. Everyone had stopped farm animals adjust to life here.”
aunt Leela and cousin Orion are speaking. Mom and Dad and A scientist whistled, and a
allergic to dogs.” the other scientists were all black-and-white border collie
It wouldn’t be easy to looking at me. bounded toward us.
get out of this interplanetary Mom held her palm to a “Neptune, say hello to Navya,”
move. I needed a better plan. touch pad on the wall. “Navya,” said the scientist.
My parents are scientists. she said as the door slid open, Neptune barked and pranced
Scientists like research. “we thought you might like to at my feet. He looked at me with
That night, I scoured the help out in here.” bright blue eyes and grinned
Inter-galactic-net. The room inside looked like the happiest doggy smile I’d
The next morning, I broke a high-tech barn. Sheep and ever seen.
the news. “Space travel could goats shared one pen. Two cows Ruff ling his fur, I smiled.
warp my communication. I’ll munched hay in another. A Maybe Mars wouldn’t be so
start speaking in squeaks, and group of piglets wriggled and bad after all.
you won’t be able to understand
me. I’ve done the research, see?”
I projected holographic data into
the air between us. I tried not “We
to smile. thought
Dad chuckled as he looked
at the site where I’d found
the information. “That’s not might
a reliable source,” he said. like to
“The vehicle is packed and
help out
prepared for launch,” said Mom.
“It’s time to go.” in here.”
I trudged behind my parents.
If only I had a puppy, then
maybe moving to Mars wouldn’t
feel so awful.
The super-fast f light seemed
to last forever. It may as well
have been the full eight months!
First, Dad stopped to take
photographs of cloud patterns
across Asia. For two days! Then
we hit traffic near Phobos, one
of Mars’s moons. Mom grumbled
about tourists.
Finally, we reached the red
planet. We were cleared to land,
and several of my parents’
scientist friends welcomed us
MY SC Spotlight

String Sounds
If you pluck a guitar string, the string vibrates. You
probably wouldn’t hear much sound from just that
small vibrating string. So a guitar body is built to take
energy out of the string and transmit it as sound.

The metal bars are “frets.”

Placing a finger on the string
between two frets shortens
the part of the string that
will vibrate. A shorter string
makes higher notes.

The guitar body’s big

surface area and slightly
springy wood cause much
Heavier, more air to vibrate than
thicker a string alone could.
The bridge
vibrate more
vibrations from
the strings to the
soundboard (the
lower notes.
top surface) and
the guitar body.

Try This!
To get an idea of how a guitar
string’s size and weight affect
the sound, stretch rubber
What bands of different thicknesses
Is Sound tes, it
around a small, sturdy, lidless
box. (Wear goggles.) Space
e n s o mething ibrate, the bands an inch apart. Pluck
W h
a ir a r o und it v each one. How are the bands that
he in
makes t ove out
a tions m , produce high notes different from
too . V ib r d w es
c t io n s a s s o un a n d those that produce low notes?
all dire ackward
v in g the air b aves
m o
. h e n t h e se w
W ate,
r e a r d rum vibr
make yo o un d .
u m ay h e ar a s
By Dougal Dixon

LOOR-doo-SAW-rus Very long
“heavy lizard”
neck for an
Lurdusaurus was iguanodontian
like a heavily built
Iguanodon. Some
researchers think
that it may have Thick legs
spent much of
its time in water,
feeding on plants
the way a moose Spread-out toes, which
helped when walking Thumb spike on
does today.
on muddy surfaces hand, used for
tearing up plants


Plants 30 feet Niger 115 million years ago

252 201 145 66 Present

Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous Cenozoic

(seeing someone yawn

Tell Me Why
For years, researchers
thought a yawn was just can make you yawn, too),

Why do we yawn?
a deep breath that took it may help a group of
in a rush of oxygen and people or animals go to
Megan Lynch, Age 8 flushed out carbon sleep or wake up at the
dioxide. They dropped same time. Yawning
that idea after some might help wolf pups
experiments showed settle down to rest
that breathing extra together or help human
oxygen didn’t reduce families wake up to start
yawning, and having the day.
extra carbon dioxide There is more to
didn’t increase it. learn about yawning. For
Now researchers have example, do researchers
an idea that because feel sleepy while they’re
yawning is “contagious” studying it? ZZzzzzzz.

JULY 2017 13

Want ae?
challeng 5
k page 1
Fold bac the
to hide

Swimming the Duck Stroke

By Gary LaCoste

In this big picture, find the balloon, slice of pizza, peanut, mitten, pine tree, baseball, ring, heart,
snake, hockey stick, leaf, envelope, toothbrush, rolling pin, crown, mustache, golf club, vase,
banana, crescent moon, and spoon.

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Picture Clues

slice of “Knock, knock.”

pizza “Who’s there?”
“Zany who?”
“Zanybody have
mitten some carrots? I’m Tourist: Look! A bunch of cows.
Cowboy: Not “bunch”—“herd.”
tree hungry!” Tourist: Heard what?
Marcus Craner Cowboy: Herd of cows.
baseball Tourist: Sure, I’ve heard of cows.
The other day, I was standing Cowboy: No, a cow herd.
in the park wondering why Tourist: That’s OK. I have no
a Frisbee gets bigger and secrets to keep from cows!
ring bigger the closer it gets. Carolyn Newswanger
heart Then it hit me!
Ruthie Fisher
Make us laugh!
Send a joke or riddle, along with your
leaf Doctor: Your cough sounds name, age, and address, to
better today. TM

Patient: It should! I practiced

A-4, Shriram Industrial Estate, Wadala
envelope all night. Mumbai-400031, Maharashtra
toothbrush Katrina Email: highlightschamps@delhipress.in

rolling pin Alphabug By Teresa A. DiNicola

Which seven letters are missing from the

jumbled alphabet below? Arrange those
golf crown letters to spell the name of an insect.

vase spoon banana

Can you also find
the megaphone,
ruler, lollipop, Answer on page 38.
and tube of
toothpaste? JULY 2017 15
Ja m Da Ta Ba

s k r l



J h d
a sh Tara
aa Bala

“Tri” Harder! The starter blew her whistle

and Bala followed a line of
cyclists along the roadway,
Bala tests the waters in his first triathlon. heading for the park exit.
They’d ride up Main Street
By Rich Wallace • Art by Tim Jessell to the high school, loop around
the parking lot, then return

“It’s the swim that worries

to the park.
youngest in his age group, but The cyclists spread out
me,” Bala said as he checked the he hoped to finish near the top. quickly. Bala spotted Daksh’s
pressure on his bicycle tires. “I’ll The first 10 finishers would yellow jersey and Jamshed’s red
probably swallow a bunch earn medals. one about 40 meters ahead. Keep
of lake water.” Daksh and Jamshed were an eye on them, he told himself.
Bala’s sister, Tara, laughed. certain to be contenders. Tara He knew he could come close
“Water’s good for you!” had opted not to compete, since to matching his friends on the
“Not when it gets up your she had a soccer game later in bike. They were both excellent
nose,” Bala said. He looked the day. “I’ll be your manager,” runners, though, so the middle
at the sky. Not one cloud. Even she told Bala. “I’ll make sure section of the triathlon would
though it was just after 6:30 in you have water, sunscreen, be a tough test.
the morning, the day already whatever you need.” Keep churning, Bala thought.
felt humid. It was a good thing As he pedaled up a hill, Bala
the Inter-School Day Triathlon counted the racers ahead of him.
was scheduled so early. “It’s the swim Only a dozen. But he had a long
“Here come Daksh and
Jamshed,” Bala said, hopping
that worries me.” way to go.
Jamshed had taken the lead
onto his bike. by the time they returned to
The triathlon would begin “What I need is speed and the park, and Daksh was close
with a five-kilometer bike ride, strength,” Bala replied. “Can behind. Steady, Bala thought. No
followed by a two-kilometer run. you provide that?” He wished need to sprint.
Finally, the racers would the swimming section came He coasted to the exchange
scramble into the lake, swim first, the way it does in most area, hopping off the bike and
around a f loating dock, and triathlons. But the organizers setting off on foot. Tara handed
then head back to shore. of this event thought the swim him a cup of water and he took
Bala had practiced the route would be better at the finish so a swig.
a few times. He was a strong the competitors could cool off. “You’re in 14th place now,”
swimmer, but he’d found himself At the starting line, Bala Tara called.
getting tired in the water, out of checked his gear. His cycling The running portion was
breath from sprinting at the end helmet was secure. Sunglasses f lat—one loop around the
of the run. in place. Laces tied on his outside of the park. Bala glanced
More than 200 kids had running shoes. The stickers back at a pack of four racers 25
signed up for the race. At age numbered 97 were stuck to meters behind him.
nine, Bala would be among the both sides of his shorts. He was winded from the bike

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Steady. No need to sprint.

ride, but he had done a lot of Patience, Bala told himself. A Tip from
running to prepare for this race. Bala peeled off his jersey
He’d pace this out and save as he reached the strip of sandy the Author
energy for the swim. beach. He grabbed the heel of In this story, Bala takes part
They ran through a picnic one running shoe and yanked it in three different sports.
area and past the tennis courts. off, then the other. Tara tossed That’s a lot for one day! But
playing different sports in
As Bala rounded the softball him his goggles and swim cap. different seasons will add to
field, he caught up to one The water was cold, but Bala your enjoyment and skill
runner. Two more were a few barely felt it. He splashed set. Take your time to figure
meters ahead. through six steps and dived. out which ones you like
By the home stretch, Bala had The lake churned with best.
moved into 12th place, but he kicking feet. Bala snorted water
Rich Wallace is the author of
heard heavy steps behind him. out of his nose and took dozens of sports novels for
He looked toward the lake, and in a gulp of air. Breaststroke, he kids, including the books in the
his worry returned. thought. Breaststroke was Winning Season and Kickers
One runner sprinted past, series. He has coached and
then another. (Continued on next page) played a lot of sports, too.

JULY 2017 17
He was swimming harder than he ever had.

(Continued from page 17)

slower than the crawl, but it

allowed him to breathe with less
trouble. He’d keep at it until he
was ready to sprint.
The dock was 90 meters
ahead. No one had reached it
yet. Three swimmers were
directly ahead of him. He heard
splashes from behind.
Breathe, he thought, tasting
lake water and straining to keep
up. Another swimmer pulled
beside him. Bala did the math:
he was in 14th place—or 15th?
Either way, he’d need a strong
finish to earn a medal.
As Bala approached the dock,
he saw the leaders swimming
back toward him. Jamshed,
Daksh, and two others were in a
tight battle for first place. No
one else had made it around the of water from the kicking feet of on the bike, a little stronger on
turn yet. the swimmer ahead. He passed the run . . .”
another, then focused on three “And the swim?” Tara asked.
bobbing heads a few meters Bala laughed. “The swim
Bala would need farther on. doesn’t worry me at all!”

a strong finish to Stroke, stroke, stroke was

all he thought. His arms ached
earn a medal. each time he brought them
forward, but his legs propelled A Tip from a Kid
him on. He was swimming When you’re roller-
Bala put his head down harder than he ever had.
and began to swim the crawl. Bala reached shallow water skating, keep your knees
He circled wide to pass one and splashed to the beach. He a little bent so you’re
swimmer, then focused on the passed one boy as they sprinted less likely to fall.
next. A swarm of racers was along the sand to the finish line.
Elizabeth Riley
circling the dock, just a few “Eighth place!” Tara yelled.
meters in front of him. Bala dropped to his knees
Age 8
He finished the turn and it in the sand. Share a sports tip!
was time to sprint. A hundred “Jamshed placed second,”
Send it to
meters is a long way to swim Tara said. “Daksh was fourth.”
when you’re going all out, but She patted Bala on the shoulder.
Bala was determined to pass “Nice work.” A-4, Shriram Industrial Estate, Wadala
Mumbai-400031, Maharashtra
every racer he could. He drew Bala nodded. “Next year,” he Email: highlightschamps@delhipress.in
even with one, getting a faceful said, “if I can get a little faster

18 JULY 2017
Night Owl
By Susan Lubner
Art by Edwardian Taylor

The and the shone in the night sky.

stars moon

“I am wide awake!” hooted from a .

Owl tree

Perched on a below, was asleep. snoozed

branch Robin Squirrel

in a hole in the . Moose dozed by the .

tree trunk lake

The and the disappeared. The rose,

stars moon sun

and the sky turned .


woke up and drank from the . scampered down

Moose lake Squirrel

the . f lew from the .

tree trunk Robin branch
“Good morning!” tweeted.

“Good morning!” hooted back. And then fell fast asleep.

Owl Owl


JULY 2017
2 2
K-9 Academy
By Barbara J. Barata
How many b
one s
can you find
the scene?

To solve these riddles, use the fractions of

the words given below. The first one has
been done for you.

Why was the dog Why did the dog study

3 excited to go to school?
Last 1/3 of BUS
before class?
First 1/3 of PURPLE
First 1/2 of MEOW Last 1/4 of JUMP
Last 1/2 of PULL First 2/5 of QUEEN
Last 3/5 of SWING Last 1/3 of SKI

4 First 1/4 of BALL

Last 1/2 of TREE
First 1/5 of ZEBRA

In case the teacher gave a

The class was having a _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

Answers on page 38.

Bird’s-Eye View
By Christine Walton

Each of these figures shows

a park activity from above.

Here’s an example:

a bike

Can you guess the others?

Answers on page 38.

20 JULY 2017
At the Supermarket Pa w s a nd

What different jobs are people

doing here?
Which items probably need to
be restocked often? Which items
might need to be replaced less
Why might a store have special Point me to the
sale prices on different items each pet-food aisle.
Where else can people get food?

Art by David Coulson.

JULY 2017 21
Alligator in
the Puddle!
By Kristen White

1. Cut out an alligator face,

snout, and five scales
from craft foam, as
shown. In each piece, cut
a hole slightly smaller
than the width of a pool
noodle (so the shapes are
tight enough to stay on).
2. Glue wiggle eyes to the
face with waterproof glue.
Decorate the face and
snout with a permanent
3. On one end of the pool
noodle, slide a rubber
band, then the face shape,
the snout shape, and
another rubber band. Face Snout
Slide the scales onto the Scale
rest of the noodle.

Rocking Duck
By Caroline Hatton

1. For the duck, push three short the end to make a beak.
chenille sticks through a 1-inch Draw eyes with a marker.
piece of a drinking straw. Form 2. For water, cut a circle from
wings from two of the chenille blue cardstock. Fold it in half.
sticks. For a head, thread a bead Use a marker to draw waves.
onto the third chenille stick. Fold 3. Tape the duck to the water.

Craft Challenge! Make a toy car using a

tissue box, small paper cups, and pencils.

22 JULY 2017 Craft samples by Buff McAllister. Photos by Guy Cali

Associates, Inc., except water by iStock/Adam Smigielski.
Nature Matching Craft
Choos Tip

that w e objects
ill a
plates llow the
when lie flat
By Jean Kuhn over.

ke a min
bath tim i gator fo
e! Use o r
of a poo ne-third
l noodle
and cut
out just P Y: Turn
two sca
les. p
plates upside down
and mix them up.p.
Take turns trying to
find matches. The
1. Gather items from nature, such as leaves, player with the most
sticks, bark, and acorn tops. Collect two matches wins.
of each.
2. Glue each item onto a small paper plate.
3. Paint the rims of each set in a matching
color. Let them dry.

Starry Bedside Light

By Edna Harrington

1. Cover a clean container with blue paper.

2. Brush several coats of glow-in-the-dark
paint on yellow or white paper. Let it dry.
3. Cut a big star from the painted paper.
Glue it onto the lid. Use a hole punch
to make little “stars.” Glue them onto
the container.
This caddy
glows in
the dark!
JULY 2017 23
People are working to
Dressed in

keep an endangered
predator’s flame alive.
By Sneed B. Collard III

A few years ago, I visited In this highland area, pointy ears, and a long snout.
the African country of Ethiopia. unusual shrubs and grasses Most remarkable was its fiery
My wife and I f lew to the capital spread in every direction. reddish-orange coat, with white
city, Addis Ababa. We hired a Strange, tree-like plants called fur under its chest and legs.
car and driver so that we could giant lobelias poked up like “Ethiopian wolf!” our driver
explore. Our destination was silent watchmen. Suddenly, proudly told us.
Bale Mountains National Park. our driver hit the brakes. I grinned. It was the animal
Our goal? To see wildlife— I had hoped to see.
especially one fascinating Most remarkable The Ethiopian wolf is one of
animal that few people have the world’s most endangered
ever heard about.
was the wolf’s fiery members of the wolf and dog
To reach the park, we drove reddish-orange coat. family. Fewer than 500 survive,
for two days. The third morning, living in six small highland
we followed a rough dirt road as “Over there!” he shouted. We areas of Ethiopia. Like other
it twisted and bumped its way turned to see an astonishing wolves, they form packs that
up the side of a mountain. Soon, sight. Through the bushes defend territories and raise
we reached a plateau more than trotted an animal the size of a their young.
10,000 feet above sea level. coyote. It had a dark bushy tail, That is where the similarity

24 JULY 2017 Photos: page 24 by FLPA/Alamy; page 25 (top) Martin Harvey/Alamy, (bottom) age fotostock/Alamy.
Every new litter of healthy
cubs is a hopeful sign for the
to other wolves ends. Most wolf Ethiopian wolf population.
species work together to hunt
elk or other big prey. Ethiopian
wolves hunt alone. The pack more than three-quarters
splits up in the morning, and of the wolves in the Bale
each wolf heads out on its own Mountains. Wolves also have
in search of rodents and other been hit by cars and shot by
small mammals. people who think the wolves
might prey on livestock.
Favorite Foods
Eleven species of shrews and Saving the Wolf
rodents live in these highlands. Since 1995, the Ethiopian
They make up 96 percent of the Wolf Conservation Programme
Ethiopian wolf ’s diet. (EWCP) has worked with local
The wolves seem to have a people to learn about and
special fondness for three of protect the wolves.
these species, including the One of its most important
African giant mole-rat. This projects has been to vaccinate
chubby rodent lives only in the wolves and thousands of
Bale Mountains. Most mole-rats domestic dogs against rabies.
feed on roots underground, but Another project has been to Unique Wildlife
the giant mole-rat also forages build stoves that burn less fuel. Unlike Kenya or South
aboveground. As we watched, Many people who live near the Africa, Ethiopia is not
a wolf pounced behind a bush, wolves collect firewood for famous for its wildlife. If
then reappeared with a giant cooking and heating. When you go there, you won’t see
mole-rat in its mouth! using better stoves, the people lions and leopards hunting
Ethiopian wolves and giant collect less firewood—and giant herds of zebras and
mole-rats face a tough future. conserve the wolves’ habitats. wildebeests. However,
Ethiopia has a rapidly growing The work is paying off. Wolf Ethiopia has plants and
human population, and land for populations have recovered from animals you won’t find
farming and grazing is scarce. recent disease outbreaks. To anywhere else in Africa.
People are moving into the make sure the wolves keep Why? Scattered around
highlands, driving out wolves doing well, EWCP has trained Ethiopia are very high
and other animals. “wolf ambassadors” to educate plateaus, like islands. These
The wolves face other threats, local people about the wolf and high, cool, wet places are
too. Domestic dogs carry rabies how to protect it. cut off from other regions
and other diseases. In some Thanks to the hard work of Africa by low valleys
years, these diseases have killed of scientists and local people, and scorching deserts. On
the Ethiopian wolf and other this geological “rooftop,”
Ethiopian animals face a dozens of animals and
brighter future here on the plants have evolved that
roof of Africa. are unique.
These include the
mountain nyala, a shaggy
The giant
antelope with corkscrew
mole-rat, which is
horns, and the gelada
also endangered,
baboon, a large grass-
is important prey for
eating monkey that looks
the Ethiopian wolf.
as if it needs a haircut!

JULY 2017 25
Bonanza! MAKE A
Use this recipe to make big, long-lasting bubbles. BIG-BUBBLE

1 . Cut a length of yarn

or cotton string so
it’s six times as long
as a plastic drinking
2. Thread the string
Stir Up a Super Bubble through two
Solution plastic straws.
3. Tie the ends of the
1 . Put 3 cups of “soft” or string together. Slide
distilled water in a clean the knot inside one
bucket. of the straws.
2. Add 6 tablespoons of
dish detergent and 3 Using the straw pieces
tablespoons of glycerin or as handles, dunk the
corn syrup. Corn syrup wand into the bubble
and glycerin make the solution to coat the
soap film stronger. er straws and string. (Wet
3. Gently stir the ingredients. Best Weath s your hands, too.) Hold
for Bubble
Try not to create suds. the straws together as
bles on a
4. Let the mixture sit for a Blow bub ay. you lift them out. Pull
id, calm d
few hours or overnight cool, hum d ry, a nd them apart slowly to
When it ’s rates
before using it. This lets ter evapo make a sheet of bubble
windy, wa bub s,
b le
the ingredients combine faster from em film. Pull the wand
well and gives any bits of making th through the air. Bring
p op.
dirt a chance to settle out the straws together to
of the solution. close the bubble.

26 JULY 2017 Photo by Gregg Vignal/Alamy, Delhi Press studio, Freepik. Art by Robert L. Prince.
The Chase
Have you ever ridden
On the back of a hare
While being chased
By a big, snarling bear?
I have, you see.
I remember it well—
That night at the fair
On the bright carousel!
—Sara Rajan

Check . . . and Double Check

Compare these two pictures. Can you find at least 18 differences?


JULY 2017
Milli’s Aim By Vandana Gupta
Art by Ritwika

Two cats, Ray and Sally,

had watched the incident.
“Sally, do you remember
the story our grandma used
to tell us?” asked Ray.
“How could I forget? A
monkey outsmarted her
by pretending to divide a
slice of bread equally, but
instead, he ate it all up!”
said Sally angrily.
“Why don’t we settle that
score by taking back not

O ne day, a traveler was

on his way into town
when he stopped to take
When the traveller
noticed Milli had his
slipper, he flung a roti
one, but both the rotis from
Milli?” said Ray.
“How do we do that?”
rest under the shade of a on the ground to tempt Sally was puzzled. Ray
lush tree. He removed his her. Milli’s face lit up but whispered something in
slippers and sat down to she did not give in, so the Sally’s ear.
eat the rotis that he had traveller flung another The two then went up to
brought along. piece. This was exactly Milli and said, “Hey, Milli!
Milli, a curious monkey, what Milli had been Don’t eat both the rotis
eyed the rotis hungrily waiting for! She dropped together—eat them one at
from up in the branches. the slipper, grabbed the a time.”
Suddenly, she had an rotis, and climbed back up “They are my rotis and
idea. Milli snuck down the the tree. The traveler, tired I will eat them as I want!”
tree, grabbed one of the of Milli’s games, continued snapped Milli.
traveler’s slippers, and on his way with his last bit “It’s for your own good.
scampered back up. of roti. If you eat them one by one,

28 JULY 2017
you won’t choke,” explained into giving them
Ray. to me,” Milli
He does have a point, responded.
Milli thought to herself. She “You got
put a roti down. the rotis in
“No, don’t put that one exchange
down. That’s the first one,” for the
said Ray. stolen slipper.
“When did the rotis get So, indirectly, your rotis
numbered?” asked Milli. are stolen,” explained Sally.
“It’s simple,” said Ray. Milli’s temper was on the
“They are numbered in rise. “You two are no better
the order in which they than me!” she snapped at “I’ll show how good
were thrown by the man. the cats. “You steal milk my aim is!”
Didn’t you know that?” and cream all the time. making excuses, Milli. Your
“She would have if she Just yesterday, Ray was aim is so poor that you
had gone to school. Then caught stealing milk by the couldn’t even hit the leaf
she would have been able milkman’s dog!” next to you!” taunted Sally.
to count and identify the “Liar! We play with the “I’ll show how good my
rotis,” snorted Sally. milkman’s dog every day. aim is!” said Milli angrily.
Ray added, “Even if she He even feeds us milk and She aimed the rotis at
did go, the teacher would cream,” said Ray. Sally and Ray, and threw
have thrown her out of the “What about the samosas them with all her might.
classroom every day for you stole from Dinku’s The rotis flew and landed
stealing. Milli only knows sweets shop last week?” right into their paws. Sally
how to steal.” said Sally. “That cut on and Ray ate the still-warm
“Watch your mouth! your leg was caused by the rotis with great delight.
I didn’t steal the rotis. stick Dinku threw at you.” “Thank you for the rotis.
They are my hard-earned “I remember! Dinku has They were tasty!” said
reward. I tricked the man such good aim,” laughed Sally.
Ray. “Your aim is good, but
“I would have your temper is not,” said
thrown it back at him Ray grinning.
if it weren’t for the Milli ground her teeth
slippery tree!” Milli in anger as Ray and Sally
defended herself. walked away with their
“You are just tails up.

JULY 2017 29
• A baby porcupine is
called a porcupette.
• Sometimes porcupines stab
themselves with their own

The Life of
quills. Ouch! They learn
how to remove them.
• Porcupines are
good swimmers.

a Porcupine
By Pat Lessie

On a branch way up high where the forest is deep,

a porcupine spends summer days fast asleep.
When it wakes, it may climb a new tree, where it eats.
Buds and tender green leaves are its favorite treats.
Did you know that its front teeth are orange, not white?
Always growing and sharpened, these teeth gnaw and bite.

During long nights in winter, it feeds in the dark,

often chewing on evergreen needles and bark.
When it’s snowy, a porcupine sleeps in a den,
almost always alone, though they share now and then.

To climb, it extends all four legs and its paws,

digging into the bark with its strong, curvy claws.
When it comes down a tree trunk, tail first, it won’t slip
because bristles beneath the tail give it more grip.

A porcupine waddles and doesn’t run fast,

so it uses its quills if it’s scared or harassed.
It does not throw its quills to fight off an attack
but defends itself well with a prickly tail smack!

30 JULY 2017
The more Isaac Kehimkar learns about butterflies, the more fascinating they seem.
By Madhumitha Srinivasan

Isaac Kehimkar spent his childhood amid nature. He have seen most of India while
childhood amid nature. He grew grew up surrounded by dogs, chasing butterflies,” he says.
up surrounded by dogs, cats, cats, rabbits, hens, and ducks Isaac’s three-decade-long
rabbits, hens, and ducks in his in his backyard. Becoming an study has resulted in two books:
backyard. Growing up to become environmentalist in adulthood Book of Indian Butterflies and
an environmentalist was a was a natural choice. Butterflies of India, which are
natural choice. Isaac specializes in the the most extensive catalog of
Isaac Kehimkar spent his study of butterflies and the butterflies found in India. These
preservation of their habitats. books contain the common and
His study has led him on a scientific names, along with
crisscrossing journey across descriptions, identification,
India—visiting the Western traits, and photographs of
Ghats of Karnataka, the hills more than 1,000 species
of North-East India, the snow and subspecies. Some of the
deserts in the Himalayas, the photographs have been sourced
plains of Central India, and the from butterfly enthusiasts
Andaman Islands. across the country.
Chasing the 1,500 species Isaac’s passion for butterflies,
of butterflies found in India and his quest to catalog them,
was not an easy job. Though earned him the title “Butterfly
butterflies are delicate and Man of India.”
harmless creatures, their
habitats are not. “Being bitten Wait and shoot
by bloodthirsty leeches and Like tigers and lions,
nasty mites, and chased by butterflies are protected under
angry elephants have been the India’s Wildlife Protection Act,
add-ons,” Isaac jokes. “I have 1972. The Act also makes it
also encountered the dangers illegal to keep butterflies as
of political uncertainty and the pets.
fear of getting kidnapped in Scientists who wish to
some places as I went along.” study butterflies by catching
The upside, though, is that them need to acquire special
Isaac got to see the real India. permission from the forest
“One lifetime is not enough. I department. Isaac’s method

Photos by Isaac Kehimkar; Pixabay (butterfly garden).

does not involve catching the
The book also
butterflies: he observes and
includes a photograph
photographs them instead. Isaac
of the extremely rare
identifies a species’ hotspot and
Kaiser-i-Hind, sourced
camps at the site. He then waits
from a doctor in
patiently with a camera, hoping
Arunachal Pradesh.
to get a good shot.
“Not all butterflies sit on
flowers. Butterflies that belong
to the Nawab and Rajah
families are attracted to sweat,
urine, and dung. Some are also more flowers and fruits. They
attracted to rotting flesh. So also make up an important part sensitive to these changes as
we use baits like fish to lure of the food chain, which is a butterflies are, the moment they
the butterflies and photograph network that shows how each disappear from an area, one
them,” explains Isaac. living thing gets its food. Birds, should see it as a warning sign,”
The Blue Oak Leaf butterfly frogs, and reptiles eat almost 50 says Isaac.
loves over-ripe bananas and percent of butterflies in their Isaac wants to work with the
apples. Once they land on a caterpillar stage. government to set up wildlife
sweet fruit, they do not move Though butterflies use a sanctuaries for butterflies. These
at all, making it easier for range of defense mechanisms are important for the protection
naturalists to study them in to protect themselves from of species like the Bhutan
close proximity. predators, what they cannot Glory and Kaiser-i-Hind that
protect themselves against are facing extinction. He is also
Importance of butterflies are environmental changes. asking citizens to build butterfly
Studying butterflies is Butterflies are sensitive to gardens to help bring back the
important in understanding even small habitat or climatic butterfly population to the cities.
their role in the ecosystem as changes, such as a drop in Isaac says, “My role is to
pollinators and food sources. temperature or air quality. actively promote a love for
Butterflies transfer pollen “Their presence or absence in butterflies, because I believe
between flowers of the same an area is an indication of the that when we fall in love with
species, a process that is quality of the environment. butterflies, we fall in love with
essential in the production of Since humans are not as nature itself.”

How to Create an Urban Butterfly Garden...

• Butterfly gardens can be any of your landscaped terrace love lady’s lace, marigold,
size: a windowsill, a balcony garden. cosmos, periwinkle, Mexican
with few potted plants, or a part • Your chosen spot should be sunflower and verbena plants.
sunny but not windy—it should • Plan the garden so that flowers
get full sunlight for at least
g bloom in sequence, one after the
three to four hours. other, to attract butterflies for a
• Knowing the species of longer period of time.
butterflies that are usually • Butterflies see more colors
found in your area can help than humans do, so a large,
you choose the plants to colorful garden is easy for
grow. butterflies to find, and
• Butterflies and caterpillars encourages them to stay longer.

JULY 2017 33
to Train
Will these pets ever learn?
By David Hill • Art by Jennifer Harney

about eating. He doesn’t leave

bits of food on the f loor for me
to clean up.”
Abu nodded. “Mine is friendly.
tug-of-war with the stick. He’s She likes to play, and she never
seriously silly!” sulks.”
“You should see mine when Laika nodded. “Mine is gentle.

“Is your pet hard to train?”

we go swimming,” Abu said. “She He doesn’t bite, and he’s nice to
chucks herself into the water babies.”
asked Abu. and sprays everyone! Or else she “But mine is so hard to train!”
Saasha sighed. “He’s hopeless. goes splashing around in big Abu said again.
He can’t learn anything circles. She’s seriously “Mine is so noisy when we
properly.” embarrassing!” meet people on the street!” said
“You should see my pet when “I wonder if anyone has a pet Saasha.
we go for walks,” said Laika. as silly as mine,” said Saasha. “Mine never comes when I
“Always pulling on the leash or “I wonder if anyone has a pet call!” said Laika. She sighed.
heading somewhere I don’t want as strange as mine,” said Laika. “Our pets will never learn.”
to go. He’s seriously strange.” “I wonder if anyone has a pet Abu woofed in agreement.
“You should see mine when as embarrassing as mine,” said Saasha thumped his tail.
we play a stick-throwing game,” Abu. “Humans!” said Abu.
said Saasha. “He makes so much “Mine does try hard,” Saasha “Impossible to train, but we
noise. Or else we have this big said after a moment. “He’s good love them anyway.”

34 JULY 2017
A Tasty Treat The

By Rich Wallace • Art by Ron Zalme

So many melons! “Mmm, very tasty.” They ate one at lunch.

And one at dinner. Even at breakfast! All week they ate melons.

Finally, they’d had enough. “These will keep.” More melons ripened.

Visitors came to the garden. “We’re not the only ones who like melons!”
JULY 2017 35
Your Own
Toys That Wake You Up
At night
The toys wait for the
perfect moment.
They hide in the shadows Ritwik Dadarwal, Age 9
and wait.
Then they pounce on your chest
And run downstairs. . . . One Day
They run downstairs and One day, man will f ly
play the piano without a machine in the sky.
And wake you up. One day, we’ll sleep on Mars,
You run downstairs and have a blast, and look at stars.
look for them One day, we’ll travel in time,
But they are nowhere to be found. go back when life was simple
They hide in the holes and fine.
of everything. One day, dreams will always
Were you dreaming come true,
Or were you not? no matter what, skies will
Derek Wilson, Age 5 be blue.
One day, robots will be
a ver y normal thing to see.
But seriously, why delay?
Neha Gupta, Age 9 Why can’t we make these
things happen today?
Mar y Holtam, Age 11

I want to be a
policeman because . . .
I want to help people
and keep towns safe
Sun behind the ground from any harm.
Hot, hot colors in the sky I want to ride in
la, Age 6
Aarush Varka
Almost time for night. a patrol car
Jasmine Deeble, Age 6 and go on calls
with my big brother
Micheal Gerad, Age 12
36 JULY 2017
A Limerick
Grandfather Tree There was a young girl named Dame
Grandfather tree Who wanted enormous fame.
grows high in the sky,
spreading out his She went to concerts,
branches And sang to deserts,
like wings about to f
ly. But she had so little aim.
Kids climb and play
Jonathan Holloway, Age 12
on him
from dusk until dawn
and instead of that
stopping him
it makes him grow on
Kaya Simcoe, Age 10
Rishi Rajan, Age 5

Ship, O Ship
e me?
Ship, O ship, do you se
I sit on a rock that’s cov
in green leaves.
the sunset
My hair is the color of
that rises over the sk
As your ship goes by,
please say good night
because you won’t see
for my sisters and I
have somewhere to be
ht to me,
So, ship, say good nig
e tail
Taneesha Joshi, Age
5 so when you see a blu
wa ter ,
sparkling in the
you will know it’s me
Abhivyati, Age 6 e9
Madelyn Fairchild, Ag

Devasri Majumdar, Age 7

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More Time
By Teresa A. DiNicola
Which words pictured here
have the word ONE in them? Which bird can lift the
Which have just ON in them? 1 most weight?

irds hum? 2
Why do hummingb
Hannah McCarty

What do you call a clam that

3 blends in with its surroundings?
Xylia Criswell
Answers below.

hen you throw

page 20 What happens w
the blue sea?
a yellow rock into ew Brumbeloe
Bird’s-Eye View Ma tth
1. Playing catch. 2. Jumping rope. Steven Tran and
3. Flying a kite. 4. Playing hopscotch.

What music
5. Walking a dog. 6. Reading a book.

K-9 Academy
page 2
F This
Fun Thi Month
L t’ Eat!
Let’s t!
The class was having a SMELLING BEE.
In case the teacher gave a PUP QUIZ.
BONUS: There are 66 bones.
do cave people
listen to?
page 38
One More Time
Here are words we found. You
Swapnomit Roy
may have found others. ONE:
bone, cone, phone, stone, and
trombone. ON: button, crayon, What goes up when the rain
iron, lion, moon, and wagon. comes down?
Shreya Sengupta
page 39
Nature Watch
Mystery Photo —The moon. Bird Parade?—Living in groups makes What is the ocean’s
page 15 these birds safer and better fed. When
one bird senses danger, it warns the
7 favorite hairstyle?
Margo Pierson
Alphabug others, and they all fly away. When one
The seven missing letters spell bird moves toward a food source, the
LADYBUG. others follow and get a share.
What do you call a
bat that
performs in the cir
Covers: Roll Out the Fun! by Macky Pamintuan; What’s Wrong?® by Kelly Kennedy
Taylor Hodne 8
Illustration credits: Page 2: Kevin Zimmer; 6: Erin Mauterer, except (marquee) iStock/Debbie Hanford;
12: Robert L. Prince; 13: Dinosaurs by Robert Squier, Tell Me Why by Cedric Hohnstadt; 15: Jokes by
Rich Powell, Alphabug by Victor Davila; 20: K-9 Academy by Josh Cleland; 27: “The Chase” by Dave

Mottram, Check . . . and Double Check by Neil Numberman; 38: Kelly Kennedy. Photo credits: Page 2:

What is as big as an
(m o o n s u r f a c e) i S t o c k / H e l e n _ F i e l; 4 – 5: (w o l f ) N at u r e Pi c t u r e L i b r a r y/A l a my ;

but weighs noth g?

6: (beach ball) iStock/Stepan_Bormotov, (toy drum) iStock/W6, (yarn and knitting needles) iStock/
Floortje, (game pieces and dice) iStock/ThomasVogel, (sports equipment) iStock/JulNichols, (boy)
iStock/3sbworld, (notepad) iStock/ConstantinosZ, (pizza) iStock/Timmary; 12: iStock/mrgao; 30-31:
blickwinkel/Alamy, (inset) Michelle Gilders/Alamy; 39: (rock pigeon, main image) David Whitaker/Alamy,
9 Nicolas Swarey
(Try This, clockwise from top) iStock/rusm, iStock/istmylisa, iStock/proxyminder, iStock/Antagain, (Bird
Parade?) iStock/thewet.
Wavy. 8. An acrobat. 9. An elephant’s shadow.
4. It sinks. 5. Rock music. 6. An umbrella. 7.
never remember the words. 3. Clamouflaged.
JULY 2017
Answers: 1. A crane. 2. Because they can
Rock Pigeon Nature
By Peter Friederici
DID YOU KNOW? The rock pigeon, also called the rock
dove, is the common pigeon seen in many cities and towns.
These birds build their nests up high, often in sheltered areas
on cliffs, in barns, and on the ledges of tall buildings, where
they can stay safe from predators. Males and females take
turns sitting on their eggs and caring for their young.

Watch for pigeons in
your area. Where do
you usually see them?
What kinds of foods
do you think they’re
looking for there?

use clues from
the Sun’s position
and Earth’s magnetic
field to find
their way back
to locations.

Rock pigeons have

many color patterns.

Bird Parade?
By Andy Boyles, Contributing Science Editor
Why do rock pigeons often gather together
and do things in groups? Think of your best
answer, then read ours in Answers on page 38.

JULY 2017 39
I didn’t want to feel
jealous of Megan—but
I couldn’t help it!
a doubt the most talented
My neighb or wins at volleyball player. She was even
every the undefeated table-tennis
sport and is just natu
rally the champion of the whole camp.
best at everything. I I didn’t want to feel jealous of
can’t stop Megan—but I couldn’t help it!
feeling jealous of him
. Have you And you know how sometimes
ever been jealous? people get all braggy? Well,
Megan was the opposite of that.
—Jealous in Jaipur She was humble and friendly
and an all-around great sport.
So I felt extra terrible for
feeling the way I did.

An Extreme Case
Then, one day at lunch,
who sat down next to me? You
guessed it! As I dug into my
salad, Megan said, “Do you

of Jealousy want to hear a silly riddle?”

“Sure,” I said.
“OK,” she said. “Why did the
cookie go to the doctor?”
By Lissa Rovetch • Art by Amanda Morley “I don’t know,” I said. “Why?”
“He was feeling crumby!”
Megan answered.
Dear Jealous, where we wanted. We all shot I giggled.
Hmm. I’d like my answer our first round, stood back, and
to be “I never get jealous! I feel laughed because most of us had
pretty confident about myself.” completely missed our targets.
And usually that’s true. But Except Megan.
once in a while, that jealous “No way, Megan!” Brian said.
feeling sneaks up out of nowhere “How’d you get all six of your
and complicates everything! So, arrows to land so close to the
unfortunately, my honest answer bull’s-eye?”
to your question is YES, I get Megan shrugged. “Luck,
jealous. My most extreme case I guess.”
of jealousy happened at camp But it wasn’t luck. It was
this summer with a girl named skill. Something Megan has
Megan Martin. coming out of her ears!
We met on the first day of No matter the activity, Most of us missed
archery practice. Nobody in Megan was the best. And
my group had ever shot a bow by best, I don’t mean just a our targets.
and arrow before, and most of little better. I mean beyond the Except Megan.
us looked pretty funny as we best! She was by far the fastest
tried to make our arrows go swimmer. She was without

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“My little brothers told it
to me,” said Megan. “They spend
a lot of time telling jokes.”
“I wish I had
“I have a little brother, too,” your creativity.”
I said. “And a little sister. The more we talked, the more
They’re five-year-old twins.” I realized how ridiculous it was
“Are you serious?” Megan that I’d been wasting energy
exclaimed. “My brothers are feeling jealous when I could have be fun to have your skills in
five-year-old twins!” been building a friendship. archery and swimming and
You have to admit that having volleyball and table tennis and
five-year-old twin siblings was a every other sport.”
pretty big coincidence. And it wasn’t I’d been wasting Megan laughed. “Wouldn’t it be
the only thing we had in common. cool if we could invent a machine
“No way!” I said. “Your energy feeling that would let people trade skills
grandparents live in Colorado? jealous when I could for a little while?”
Mine do, too!” I agreed that it was a fantastic
have been building idea, and we spent the rest of
a friendship. lunch working out the details of
the invention.
So, dear Jealous, it’s probably
“This might sound weird,” impossible not to feel a tiny bit
Megan said. “But every night envious at least once in your
when we tell stories around life. But try to remember that
the campfire, I wish I had your you have your own awesome
creativity. You always tell the attributes that make you special.
best stories.” And I know for a fact that putting
That comment took me by more energy into positive stuff
surprise. “Wow, that’s so nice like building friendships, and less
of you to say! Because I can’t energy into negative stuff like
get over how good you are at feeling jealous, helps make for
everything. I’ve actually been happier days all around.

Ciao for now,

kind of jealous of you.”
“Why in the world would you
be jealous?” said Megan.
I grinned. “I think it would Arizona
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Highlights Champs My cat died,

and I can’t stop

thinking about
it. Can you help?

We’re so sorry that your cat died.

It’s natural to feel sad and to think
a lot about what happened. Often,
it’s good to talk about it with people
who love you and understand what
you’re going through.
Perhaps you’d like to create a My grandma is staying
photo album or journal about your cat. This might help you focus on with us, and she and
remembering good times with your pet, rather than dwelling on the my mom keep arguing
loss. Whenever you miss your cat, you can also think about how lucky about things. What
you were to have known, loved, and played with your beloved pet. should I do?

My family is taking a road trip.

At a time when everyone
What can I do in the car is getting along, you might
to pass the time? try talking to your mom and
Kelsey (by e-mail) grandma. They may not realize
how much their arguing has
With a parent’s help, perhaps been upsetting you. Be sure
I like to swim, but
you can put together a bag of travel to listen to what they have to
I don’t like my activities. You might include pens, say. Talking and listening can
swimming lessons. pencils, crayons, a notepad, portable help the three of you to better
My mom says I have to games, and puzzle or activity books. understand one another.
take them. Please help! If reading or writing in the car If they continue to argue,
Luke tends to make you feel sick, maybe perhaps you can go to a different
you can select some music and audio part of the house and do
Think about why you stories to listen to on the trip. something to distract yourself,
don’t like your lessons. Is You could also make games out such as listening to music or
someone’s behavior in class of looking for certain objects along reading. Just remember that
bothering you? Do you not the way, such as license plates from they still love each other, even if
like the exercises or drills? different states or things that begin it doesn’t always seem that way.
Talk over your concerns with a certain letter.
with your mom. Listen Have a great trip!
closely to what she says,
and try to understand her Write to us!
point of view. It’s likely that Please include your name, age,
she just wants you to be safe and full address. Mail to

while you enjoy swimming.

Together, perhaps you can
come to an understanding
or an agreement.

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Which things in this

picture are silly?
It’s up to you!