Animal Minds; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Weird But True; ‘Jeopardy!’ Kids Week; Family Project
On newsstands June 1
Additional Web content at kids.nationalgeographic.com
Mind Games (cover story) — New research suggests some clever animals engage in mental time travel and may actually plan ahead. National Geographic Kids examines the theory and meets smart creatures from around the world, including a scrub jay, a western lowland gorilla and a pig. Page 20.
Meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu — Promote world peace. Ease human suffering. Find solutions to climate change. These are goals that The Elders — a group of 12 famous world leaders — work toward achieving. National Geographic Kids talks with South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and chairman of The Elders. Page 7.
Weird But True — Check out outrageous facts from National Geographic Kids, including: Elephants can be left- or right-tusked, just as people are left- or right-handed; penguins swim up to 3,100 miles in a year; ants have two stomachs; the world’s tallest tree is 379.1 feet tall, which is as high as 188 school desks stacked up. Plus: Submit a weird, wacky fact to National Geographic Kids for possible inclusion in an upcoming “Weird But True” book. Deadline is July 5, 2010. Page 4.
Secrets of “Jeopardy!” Kids Week — Ten thousand kids take the “Jeopardy!” online test every year, but only 15 make it to Kids Week. National Geographic Kids is on set to unlock the quiz show’s behind-the-scenes secrets. Is it just coincidence that contestants seem to be the same height? Why doesn’t anyone ever wear stripes? What happens if you need a bathroom break? Plus: NG Kids will have its own category during “Jeopardy!” Kids Week on July 7. Check local listings. Page 2.
Family Project: Whimsical Mailbox — Spice up the neighborhood this summer and create the wildest mailbox on the block. National Geographic Kids provides a materials list and step-by-step instructions for making a whimsical undersea-scene mailbox. Did you know: According to U.S. Postal Service regulations, the street number must be at least one inch tall and appear in a contrasting color on the flag side of a mailbox. Plus: Check out some wacky mailboxes from around the world. Page 8.
Other Features — “Great Family Getaways” discovers the ultimate water parks. Go behind the scenes of two summer blockbusters: “Toy Story 3” and “Marmaduke.” “Amazing Animals” meets a bonobo that flosses, a life-saving parrot and an otter that loves dogs. “Guinness World Records” spotlights a Rubik’s cube-solving robot, the world’s tallest cake and a death-defying tightrope walker. “Cool Inventions” highlights a movable house, a pen that listens and a futuristic chair that resembles the anatomy of a superhuman body.
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 1.1 million and is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $4.99 a copy. Its website is at kids.nationalgeographic.com.