Ten Cool Facts About Harp Seals (cover story) — National Geographic Kids takes to the ice floes off the eastern Canadian coast to learn 10 cool facts about harp seals, including: a harp seal’s fine, silky fur is almost transparent; harp seal pups are independent at only two weeks old; harp seals migrate more than 6,000 miles every year; and a harp seal is able to hold its breath for as long as 20 minutes and dive down more than 800 feet. Check out all the cool facts. Page 22.
World’s Wackiest Hotels— Forget your standard hotel. From rooms built in the treetops to suites dug into caves, National Geographic Kids checks into weird-but-fun hotels around the world. Stay in a hotel made totally of salt in Tahua, Bolivia. Sleep in an igloo in Saariselkä, Finland. Take a room in the belly of a 30-foot-tall beagle in Cottonwood, Idaho. Plus: Check out some of the most popular vacation hotspots in the world. Page 28.
Amazing Animals— National Geographic Kids scours the globe for tales of amazing animals. In Sabah, Malaysia, an orangutan saves herself and her baby by swimming to safety — an unusual sight as orangutans are rarely seen in the water — after the two are stranded in a tree by a flash flood. In Rochester Hills, Mich., Tinkerbell the Chihuahua survives being carried away by a 70-mile-an-hour blast of wind. At a zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, a goat cares for an orphaned white rhino. Read their stories. Page 16.
All About You— The average U.S. kid has only one brother or sister in his lifetime. National Geographic Kids explores animal siblings big and small to see how many brothers and sisters wildlife creatures have in their lifetime, including: zebras (4); swordfish (6); bumblebees (250); king cobras (300); koalas (6); and many more. Page 13.
Family Project: CANtastic Sculptures— National Geographic Kids creates art from cans of food. Get step-by-step, how-to instructions for building your own canned goods robot. When you’re done, donate the cans to a local food bank. Plus: Check out some wacky and wild creations that professional artists have made entirely out of cans of food. Page 32.
Kids Did It!— Fifteen kids and two teachers, the winners of the 2009 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge, recently returned from a one-of-a-kind adventure to Peru. The Expedition Team fished for piranhas, spotted howler monkeys and visited the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu. Relive their experience through a gallery of pictures from Peru. Plus: Read the Expedition Team’s travel blog at kids.nationalgeographic.com/handsonexplorer. Page 14.
National Geographic Kids, a multitopic, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by making it fun to learn about the world. Its numerous industry awards include Periodical of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from the Association of Educational Publishers. Published 10 times a year, National Geographic Kids has a circulation of 1.2 million and is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $4.99 a copy. Its Web site is at kids.nationalgeographic.com.