Great Migrations; Bet You Didn’t Know; Amazing Animals; Harry Potter Behind the Scenes; Extreme Weirdness
On newsstands Oct. 26
Additional Web content at kids.nationalgeographic.com
Great Migrations (cover story) — Around the world, animals are on the move in amazing migrations — traveling near or incredibly far, for a lifetime or just a single day. Some creatures flee deadly summer heat or winter cold, while many meet up to mate and produce the next generation. National Geographic Kids explores the great migrations of seven animals: zebras, wildebeests, monarch butterflies, golden jellyfish, walruses, red crabs and army ants. Learn where each species lives and where it’s going and why. Plus: Watch the seven-part series “Great Migrations” on the National Geographic Channel beginning Sunday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. ET/PT. Page 20.
Bet You Didn’t Know — National Geographic Kids takes measure on seven bite-size facts about dinosaurs including: Some giant dinosaurs had brains the size of Ping-Pong balls; dinosaurs survived more than 800 times longer than humans have lived on Earth; Brachiosaurus would be tall enough to look through a fifth-floor window; and the biggest dinosaur eggs could hold about as much fluid as 85 large chicken eggs. Check out all the fun facts. Page 10.
Amazing Animals — National Geographic Kids shares three tales of amazing animals. Meet a puppy-sitting hen named Mabel in Shrewsbury, England. Read about Mila the beluga whale that saved an injured diver in Harbin, China. And join the search for a monkey on the run in Tampa, Fla., where a rhesus monkey has made the list of the area’s most-wanted fugitives. Page 14.
Behind the Scenes — In the new movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part l,” Harry and his friends leave Hogwarts to prepare for the final battle against Lord Voldemort. National Geographic Kids goes behind the scenes to discover the movie magic behind the latest film in the series. Also check out profiles of your favorite actors. Page 26.
Extreme Weirdness — National Geographic Kids fires up the weird-o-meter and scours the globe for the wackiest, weirdest, make-you-say-“What?!?” facts from around the world. In Moscow, Russia, you can rent a Waterwalkerz Ball, a gigantic plastic globe that lets you walk on water; to promote the DVD release of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in London, England, a movie studio constructed a 13-foot-tall Transformer from real bus parts; Japanese fashion designer Aya Tsukioka created a layered skirt that doubles as a hiding place — when you lift the top layer in front of your head, it looks like a soda machine to hide behind; in Budapest, Hungary, massive crowds participated in International Pillow Fight Day on April 3. Page 9.
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.