Shay can never hold her chopsticks properly. When she uses them, they crisscross and make an X, and sometimes she cannot quite pick up the slippery pieces of tofu. Her mother laughs.
Matthias and the Dragons
STRIDING QUICKLY ALONG, Matthias glanced uneasily at the black stone cliffs towering beside him. Ahead, a still lake swarmed with dark clouds of midges. Finally, he spied the faraway ocean. Now I know my way back, he thought. I’d better hurry. We’re leaving the inn this afternoon, and Father won’t be too pleased if I’m late.
Doodlebug & Dandelion - The Jellybean Machine
THE FUN ZONE : Sundial
TAKE THIS SUNDIAL, or shadow clock, outside on a sunny day. It’s not as exact as a watch, but it’s more fun!
Letters from Leo
Meltdown at the Doughnut Factory
OPHELIA'S LAST WORD - EXTREME JELLYBEAN CUISINE
IT TAKES A long time to make jellybeans! But whipping up this delicious jellybean bark won’t take you a whole week.
Art by Kelly Canby
Secret Message Scytales
ONE WEEK WONDER
WOULD YOU WAIT a week to eat a jellybean?
Golden Crested Crane
The Stolen Smell
A Peruvian Folktale
Ophelia's Last Word - Blowhole Your Nose
Not feeling whale? Stop your blubbering, and turn your tissue box into the biggest thing on land or sea!
Doodlebug & Dandelion
Very Skunky Valentine
The War of the Noses
It could have happened anyplace: Two noses met up face to face.
SNOT-COPTER: Drone at Work
THE BOAT IS on the move. It speeds over icy waters toward a humpback whale.
Fruity Valentine Nachos
Strawberries are red; Blueberries are blue. Valentine nachos Say, “I love you!”
Soured on Pickles
IT STUCK TO the bar of soap in the bathtub, so you didn’t want to wash with it.
HAVE YOU EVER wondered how your cat does such a good job of cleaning herself using just her tongue? Try this activity and find out!
SPRAY HOW YOU feel this Valentine’s Day by sharing this silly card with your friend or family!
A very Special Gift for Grandma
Mom says it’s Grandma’s birthday next week. Jack says he’s going to make her something out of LEGO® blocks. Does Grandma even like that stuff? I want to give her something she’ll like.
The Sacrifice of the Rainbow Bird
A Tale from the Lenni Lenape
AN R.A.O.K., OR “random act of kindness,” is something you do to make someone feel good, just because. Spread some New Year’s cheer with this R.A.O.K. spinner!
EVERY WINTER IN Luleå, Sweden, a remote town located just beneath the Arctic Circle, people are treated to a special concert. It’s not like any concert or recital you might have been to. The concert hall is an igloo, and all the musicians play instruments made almost entirely of ice! These ice concerts have also traveled to places such as Beaver Creek, Colorado, and the Italian Alps.
Doodlebug & Dandelion
Doodlebug and the Diva
ALEX PEDALED HIS bike along the country lane that led to his house. As he rounded a bend, the tips of the cattails that grew around Johnson’s Pond came into view. His dad took him canoeing there sometimes, and Alex loved it. The pond was always so alive with activity. Frogs croaked along the shore, dragonflies hunted among the cattails, and sometimes Alex discovered turtles basking on sunny rocks.
THE FLYING TORTOISE
A Nigerian Folk Tale
Catching Frogs in the Clouds
PROFESSOR MARCIO PIE and his team stop on top of a mountain in Brazil. It’s cool and damp under the trees. The scientists listen.
A Fish Named Dog
I locked eyes with the fish as I tapped flakes of food into his tank. He stared blankly at me through the glass. Not exactly my idea of a perfect pet.
Jackson, Jackson, Make Up Your Mind!
ON A BLAZING hot summer day, the Johnson family piled into their rusty, old station wagon. Behind Mom and Dad sat Joseph and Jeffrey. Then Julie and Jolene in the row in between. Next came Jocelyn, Justin, and Jackson, all crowded in back. They were headed to Zindel’s Ice Cream Shoppe.