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Let’s Jump! Help National Geographic Kids Set a Guinness World Record — Exercise can be fun — especially if you’re breaking a Guinness World Record. Join First Lady Michelle Obama, official “Jumper in Chief,” as she kicks off NG Kids’ attempt to break the record for Most People Doing Jumping Jacks. We need more than 20,000 people to do one minute of jumping jacks during one 24-hour period the week of Oct. 10, so get your friends, sports teams, after-school groups — even your entire school — to participate. For official record rules, date and start time, games, health tips and more, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com/lets-jump/. Page 11
10 Cool Things About Koalas (cover story)— There’s a lot more to the cute and cuddly koala bear than meets the eye. Male koalas bellow noisily to attract the attention of distant females and to scare rivals. Although koalas are marsupials, the name “koala bear” stuck when early European settlers mistook them for a type of bear. Koalas have super sharp claws that allow them to climb trees easily, but also make them ferocious when arguing over territory or a mate. Find more cool koala facts on Page 14 , and watch a video about koalas at kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos.
Did You Know? Animals Can Do Math! — Don’t expect tigers and crocodiles to finish your calculus homework for you, but scientists know for a fact that animals possess a number sense. Leah, a western lowland gorilla, uses a “measuring stick” to make sure the water isn’t too deep to wade through; a jackdaw has been trained to overturn a series of boxes until he finds exactly five worms; and a coyote mother makes sure all six of her pups are accounted for as they move to their new home. Page 22 . Check out “National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012” for other animal stories.
We Survived September 11 — Ten years after the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center, former students from P.S. 234 elementary school — located just four blocks from where the towers once stood — reflect on how the experience changed their lives. As the world remembers the 10th anniversary, NG Kids asked some of those students what lessons they had learned since the tragedy. For more information on the 9/11 anniversary, visit kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/kidsnews/. Page 20
Amazing Animals — In Clearwater, Fla., a clever dolphin gets used to swimming with her artificial tail after damaging her real one; Jack the blue-fronted Amazon parrot from Prenton, England, returns home clucking like a chicken after going missing for two days; and an opossum in Leipzig, Germany, may see the world a little differently because she is cross-eyed. Page 12
ALSO:Check out a few astonishing Guinness World Records (page 10) , some outrageous Weird but True facts (page 3) and several cool inventions, including a magnet-powered aircraft (page 4).
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