Did you know that another word for sneezing is sternutation? That a pumpkin stem is called a peduncle? The “Did You Know?” trivia feature in this magazine for the 6-to-9 set is one of many that invite reader engagement with a light and lively touch. The themed issues, illustrated with signature cartoon characters, include science experiments, thinking cap puzzles, recipes, crafts, short stories, and comic strips. “You Asked” pages spotlight answers to readers’ far-ranging questions (the cause of wrinkly toes and fingers after a swim; the “why” of “earworms”). A recent “Get Smart About Money” issue gave age-appropriate, admirably clear and practical information about cash, budgets, savings, and credit. The magazine promotes an awareness of the wider world, too. Profiles of unusual classrooms around the globe were part of a “heading back to school” theme; a winter issue provided a look at different holiday celebrations and a guide to playing traditional Inuit games. The magazine ends with a “Mish Mash” page of jokes and tongue-twisters and a “Clubhouse” section reserved for reader-submitted book and movie reviews, artwork, photos, and jokes.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.