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Problem Solved! (cover story) — Follow seven clever animals as they come up with intelligent solutions to their problems. A bottlenose dolphin is able to remove the skin and terrible-tasting black ink of a cuttlefish before having it for supper. Bonobos create maps in the forest to their nesting sites by placing leaves in a path or stomping bushes flat. Some squirrels have remembered various traffic patterns so that they never cross the road at the wrong time. Page 22.
Wacky Hotels — Check out these cool water-themed hotels that will make a splash on anyone’s vacation. Magic Mountain Lodge in Puerto Fuy, Chile, looks like a volcano, with a waterfall erupting out the top and cascading like lava down its sides. Dubai’s Burj Al Arab is a sail-shaped hotel that stands more than 1,000 feet tall. And in The Hague, Netherlands, you can snooze in a floating capsule docked in a canal. Page 28.
The Truth Behind the New Movie “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” — National Geographic Kids goes behind the scenes of the fourth movie in the series to find out if real pirates would have experienced similar adventures on their voyages. In the film, Captain Jack Sparrow sets off to find the Fountain of Youth, and meets mermaids, soldiers and a shipwreck along the way. Page 18.
Manatee Rescue — Join a local volunteer rescue team as it races to save a manatee from starvation and frostbite. She’s rushed to a manatee hospital and placed in a hot private pool to get her body temperature back up to normal. To help her skin recover, she’s given daily scrubs with disinfectant soap, and warm water is applied to her flippers to assist with circulation. How long before she’s released back into her habitat? Get the full story on Page 26.
20 Cool Things About Water — Check out some fun facts about freshwater, the animals that live in it and how we use it in our daily lives. Did you know that the rain falling today is the same freshwater that dinosaurs drank; a typical bath uses 75 percent more water than a five-minute shower; and cold water weighs more than hot water? Find out all the fun facts on Page 16, and be sure to visit nationalgeographic.com/freshwater to learn how you can conserve freshwater and the plants and animals living there.
ALSO: NG Kids offers six surprising facts about sharks, busts some animal myths and spotlights some Guinness World Record holders.
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.