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5 Smart Toys — National Geographic Kids looks at the science behind the holiday season’s coolest toys. This year’s top smart toys are familiar favorites that have been supercharged to challenge tech-savvy kids in new ways. Check out “Scrabble Flash,” a fast-paced electronic spelling game; “Paper Jamz,” a super-thin electronic guitar without strings; “Spy Video TRAKR,” a remote-control spy vehicle you can program with downloadable apps; and other must-have toys — and find out how they work. Page 26.
Think Like a Tiger (cover story) — According to a 73-nation poll, tigers are the world’s favorite animal, yet only about 3,500 remain in the wild. The main reason for the declining numbers is that humans have wiped out the deer, wild pigs and wild cattle in the forests where the tigers live. Without this prey, the tigers cannot survive. Scientists working to protect these big cats believe tiger numbers would bounce back if they had their own habitat, away from people. And tigers are not the only big cats that need protecting — lions, cheetahs and other wild cats are also vulnerable. Learn more about big cats and find out how you can help at National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative website, ngbigcats.org. Page 16.
Taking the Reins — National Geographic Kids profiles a courageous reader who doesn’t let her disability get in her way. Zoe Colaluca of Texas, who has cerebral palsy, tells of her love of horse riding, which helps build both her muscles and her self-confidence. She also plays the guitar and writes songs, and dreams of forming a girl group and being a rock star. Page 28.
Behind the Scenes — In the new movie “Gulliver’s Travels,” newspaper reporter Lemuel Gulliver’s boat is sucked into a whirlpool and spat out on an island inhabited by tiny people. National Geographic Kids gets the lowdown on the movie magic behind making Gulliver a giant and the Lilliputians so small. There’s also an exclusive interview with actor Jack Black, who plays Gulliver. Page 20.
Bet You Didn’t Know — Check out nine chilly facts from the Antarctic, including: It hasn’t rained for at least 800,000 years in parts of Antarctica; most fish in Antarctica have natural “antifreeze” in their blood; about 70 lakes are hidden under Antarctic ice; Antarctica was located near the Equator hundreds of millions of years ago; and no dogs are allowed in Antarctica. Page 12.
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.