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Ice, Ice Baby
READ THE DESCRIPTION. Then complete the word that ends in ice. Cubed game pieces: ice Small grains that you eat: ice Head-scratching insects: ice Small rodents: ice The cost of a service or thing: ice A seasoning: ice Two times: ice A piece
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A Very Special Gift for Grandma
Dear Diary, 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. I know she really likes music because she always take
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Piano Playing
When I first playThe notes sound thin,A plunk, a plink when I begin. Still I practice once againUntil the song becomes a friend,And soon bright melodies awakeIn nimble dances fingers make. Once tunes were timid as a mouse.Now symphoniesSweep thro
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R.A.O.K. Spinner
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!  paper plate scissors markers thin cardboard or recycled file folder crayons brass brad 1
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Postcard
When winter skyLooms cold and grayAnd all the blue’sBeen washed away,A jay may landBy your front doorLike a postcard sentFrom a sunny shore,And there’s nothing at allThat you want to doBut look and lookAt that shining blue. ■
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The Sacrifice of the Rainbow Bird
THIS STORY IS from the early days of the world, when animals still talked to humans. The Sun and the Moon were already in place, as were most of the stars in the sky. But around this time, seasons had gradually settled upon the world, and the Earth’s
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Outdoor Activity
John P., age 6 Mechanicsville, Virginia Audrey K., age 9 Wylie, Texas Camping Aviva B., age 7 Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Playing Ball with Mom Genevieve Balboa, age 7 Armonk, New York Lucy Coryell, age 10 Mount Vernon, Maine Joshu
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Spider’s Mailbox
Dear Everybuggy, How are you? In Ohio now, most days it’s below freezing! Sonya, Thistle, and Araña, you are my faves! I also like Bill. He is so silly. Sometimes I think he is going cuckoo! Thistle, you are adorb! Sonya, I ♥ reading. What is your
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A Melty Mystery
OH NO! ARAÑA’S awesome ice sculpture has melted just before the big New Year’s Eve party. Somebuggy left the freezer door open after getting a popsicle. Each buggy had a different dessert. Use these clues to figure out who had the popsicle. ■ Spider
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Animal Tracks
Who left those footpintnts in the snow? Make your own animanimal tracks guide book, and take it witht with you on your next winter walk! k! scissors stapler, yarn, or stringing 1. Cut out the pages ages along the black lines. 2. Fold away from yom
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James M. O’Connor, Director of Editorial Maria Hlohowskyj, Editor Stacey Lane Smith, Assistant Editor Emily Cambias, Assistant Editor Julie Peterson, Copyeditor Suzanne Beck, Senior Art Director Shavan Spears, Designer Michael Chesworth, Artis
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Doodlebug & Dandelion
“WHAT A DOWNPOUR!” Mrs. Pinkley exclaimed, gazing out the wide front window. Outside, the world was awash with heavy rain. “We’ll have to cancel our New Year’s Eve Musical Gala in Palm Tree Park.” Her children, Doodlebug and Dandelion, groaned in dis
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New Year’s Eve
I’m trying hard to stay awake, My bedtime’s overdue. But I don’t want to fall asleep Until this year is through. ■
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Ice Music
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 instru
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All for Fall
I’m all for fall.For fall I’m all in heaps of leaves, sprinkled and sprawled.Cool days. Crisp nights.Costumes. Football.Roasted turkey.It’s fall after all. Art by Jamie Green text © 2020 by Bernadette Lambert, art © 2020 by Jamie Green ■
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Raji’s Race
R AJI DREAMED OF stars. She loved how they sparkled and danced, how they shared their light in the dark night. “I will reach them, somehow,” she thought. Before going to sleep, Raji imagined speeding among the sparkling lights. But when she woke up,
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The Moon
The moon fills uplike a big tin cup,bright and round,and then,sip by sip,drip by drip,she empties out again. Art by Manuela Adreani text © 2020 by Eric Ode, art © 2020 by Manuela Adreani ■
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READER RIOTS: Best Jokes of 2020 by YOU!
What’s a penguin’s favorite food? B(u)rrr-itos! Abra T., age 9 via email What can you hold without using your hands? Your breath! Frances Ives Minneapolis, Minnesota What do you give a sick lemon? Lemon-aid! Estelle via email
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Sparkly Snow
ARE YOU SEARCHING for the perfect holiday gift for a special friend or family member? Here’s a sparkly, wintry snowglobe you can make yourself! clean baby food jar (with label removed)waterproof gluesmall plastic animals, trees, wintry figuresglitt
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Bringing the Light
KARIN WATCHED THE children playing and heard their strange mix of words in Spanish and Quechua. Sometimes she understood their shouts, “¡Apúrate! Hurry!” or “¡Espérame! Wait for me!” But most of the time their cries blended together, and she didn’t k
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A Santa Lucia Morning
We wake up when the sun’s asleep and hear our sister’s quiet feet. She’s in the kitchen, there’s the light. We smell the sweets we made last night: Raisins, butter, saffron—sneeze!—Lucia Buns in twos and threes. Electric candles in a crown, a red sas
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Gingerbread Houses
AVE YOU EVER wanted to be a candy architect? You could make pretzel bridges, cookie towers, and lollipop glass. Your couch would be a slab of chocolate, and your pillows would be big, fluffy marshmallows. Sound like a dream? People all over the wor
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Her Majesty’s Gingerbread Cookies
COPY QUEEN ELIZABETH and serve gingerbread people to your family, friends, and guests! ¾ cup sugar¾ cup shortening¾ cup molasses1 egg¾ tsp. salt1½ tsp. baking powder¾ tsp. baking soda1½ tsp. ground ginger1½ tsp. ground cloves1 tsp. cinnamon¾ tsp.
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Pet I’d Like to Adopt
Gus W., age 9 Glenview, Illinois T is for Tiny in sizeU is for its greatness, UnparalleledR is for RadT is for Troopa, KoopaL is for Long LifespanE is for Elegant Natalie Smith, age 10 Simpsonville, South Carolina We have a cat named Stella She
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FAMILY & FRIENDS TREE
construction paper glue stick markers scissors photos or drawings of family, friends, and pets brown kraft paper or paper bag 1. Gather names and photos of family members, special friends, and even pets. Talk to the people in your home and
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A Star of India
IF YOU SPENT December in India, you probably wouldn’t see a Santa Claus, holiday lights, or even a decorated pine tree. Instead, you’d see mango trees draped with tinsel, Nativity scenes, and hundreds of glowing stars swinging merrily from the roofto
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James M. O’Connor, Director of EditorialMaria Hlohowskyj, EditorStacey Lane Smith, Assistant EditorEmily Cambias, Assistant EditorJulie Peterson, CopyeditorSuzanne Beck, Senior Art DirectorShavan Spears, DesignerMichael Chesworth, Artist, SPIDER bugs
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Doodlebug & Dandelion On the River
“I HOPE I see two trillion wild animals!” Doodlebug Pinkley said as he clambered into the long red boat. His sister Dandelion, their parents, and their Aunt Pearl followed. Last of all, Aunt Pearl’s precious pet Charles, a humongous bearded pig, lumb
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James M. O’Connor, Director of Editorial Maria Hlohowskyj, Editor Emily Cambias, Assistant Editor Stacey Lane Smith, Assistant Editor Julie Peterson, Copyeditor Suzanne Beck, Senior Art Director Shavan Spears, Designer Michael Chesworth, Artis
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The Past Principals
“LET’S GET OUT of here fast!” Doodlebug Pinkley said as he, his sister Dandelion, his classmate Sherwin Winsher, and their friend Bog left the Pine Nut Elementary School auditorium. “Sherwin and I need to get to Tom Thumb Hobbies and pick out stuff f
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