Secret Life of Sea Turtles; Weird But True; Green Scene; ‘Shrek Forever After’; Amazing Animals
On newsstands April 27
Additional Web content at kids.nationalgeographic.com
Secret Life of Sea Turtles (cover story) — National Geographic Kids travels to Shark Bay, Australia, where researchers use a specially designed camera to make new discoveries about endangered green sea turtles. Crittercam gives scientists a turtle’s-eye view of the ocean and helps researchers discover why green turtles have cleaner shells than their barnacle-encrusted loggerhead cousins and provides new insight into the green turtles’ diet. Page 24.
Weird But True— Check out outrageous facts from National Geographic Kids, including: The first airplane journey across the United States took 49 days; there are 100-foot-tall sand dunes in Alaska; a piece of cake more than 4,000 years old was found in a tomb in Egypt; and a Pennsylvania bakery made a hot dog that was 54 feet long. 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.
Green Scene— May is National Bike Month, so put the rubber to the road and ride a bike. Ditching the car and cycling more helps keep pollutants from being emitted into the atmosphere — 3.6 pounds per mile biked. National Geographic Kids shares bicycle fun facts and step-by-step instructions for making a cool, personalized bike license plate. Page 13.
Behind the Scenes: “Shrek Forever After”— The “Shrek” movies are created on a computer, but it takes more than simply drawing a cartoon on the monitor. Each scene goes through four basic steps in which more detail is added. National Geographic Kids takes apart one scene to discover how artists turn a rough sketch into belching ogres and fast-talking donkeys. Page 16.
Amazing Animals— National Geographic Kids meets a miniature horse helper and a wet-suit-wearing penguin. In Salmon, Idaho, Tater Tot the miniature horse is part of a pet-visiting program that travels to nursing homes and schools for developmentally challenged kids to bring some cheer and help people feel better. In Hampshire, England, Ralph the Humboldt penguin isn’t like all the other penguins. In danger of being sunburned during the summer molting season because he loses all his feathers at once, Ralph wears a wet suit to protect his skin. Page 14.
Other Features— “Guinness World Records” spotlights a man who throws stoves, the world’s longest pool and a hippo’s big mouth. “Otter Rescue” tells how a lost, starving, orphaned otter finds a kind and caring home. “Family Project” welcomes the arrival of spring with a cool do-it-yourself bird feeder. “Cool Inventions” highlights an eco-car, a T-shirt with sound effects and a toaster that allows you to scan images or text from your computer and toast them onto your bread. And check out the winning images from the 2009 International Photography Contest for Kids.
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 website is at kids.nationalgeographic.com.