Save the Earth; Weird But True; Wild Rides Car Art; Bet You Didn’t Know; Tricky Pic Secrets
On newsstands March 23
Additional Web content at kids.nationalgeographic.com
Special Section: Save the Earth — In honor of Earth Day (April 22), National Geographic Kids presents a special “Save the Earth” section to inspire readers to care about the planet. Check out 25 ways to become a water hero; take an eco-quiz. Page 24.
Be a Water Hero: Make a difference when it comes to protecting the planet. National Geographic Kids shares 25 tips to help conserve water; keep pollution out of oceans, rivers and streams; and protect the animals that live there.
– Bike or walk as much as possible to keep car pollution from being absorbed into waterways.
– Don’t release pets such as fish or snakes into rivers, lakes or streams. Non-native animals can damage the ecosystem.
– Participate in a cleanup at a river, lake or beach.
– Take short showers instead of baths. Set a timer to see how clean you can get in five minutes.
– When staying at a hotel, reuse towels, washcloths and sheets like you do at home.
– Keep soap slivers from going down the drain — and possibly into waterways. Squish slivers together to make a useable bar.
Take the Eco-Quiz: Test your eco-knowledge with 10 questions, including:
– Which of these items can be composted, or turned into natural fertilizer?
A. eggshells; B. golf balls; C. aluminum foil; D. all of the above
– What uses the most energy in U.S. homes each year? A. lighting; B. heating and air-conditioning; C. refrigeration; D. heating water
– What is most frequently found in beach cleanups? A. glass; B. pieces of plastic; C. shoes; D. jewelry
Plus: Learn how to conduct a backyard BioBlitz; help protect local parks; and more.
Weird But True — Check out outrageous facts from National Geographic Kids, including: A seahorse can move its eyes in opposite directions; a sand castle in Maine stood as high as a three-story building; the smallest bone in the human body is shorter than a grain of rice; and a 56-leaf clover was discovered in Japan. 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 10.
Wild Rides — Cross a regular four-wheeled vehicle with tons of imagination and you might just get an art car. National Geographic Kids gets behind the wheel to see how car-tists express themselves on the open road. From a Radio Flyer wagon hot rod racer to a mosaic car with 10,000 pieces of glued-on stained glass to a car designed to look like a lobster, some can be driven on the streets, while others are just for show. But all of them are head-turners. Page 14.
Bet You Didn’t Know — National Geographic Kids shares nine cool facts about color, including: You see color differently from the person next to you; there is a crayon color called “macaroni and cheese”; butterflies can see more colors than humans can; red diamonds are some of the rarest stones in the world; and the word “purple” comes from a Greek word for a type of shellfish. Page 4.
Tricky Pics (cover story) — A cat swimming with goldfish while wearing a snorkeling mask. Polar bears ice skating. A jet-propelled turtle on roller skates. Using computer programs to make crazy changes to real pictures, National Geographic Kids shares funny photo manipulations of animals in wacky, wild situations and reveals the secrets behind how the images were created. Plus: Tips on how to tell real images from fake. Page 20.
Other Features— “Amazing Animals” meets a dog that can read, donkey heroes and an inflatable squid. “Guinness World Records” spotlights the longest mustache, the oldest living dog and the largest ball of plastic wrap. “Chimp Rescue” tells how caring people in Senegal reunited a baby chimp with its mother.
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.