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National Geographic Little Kids

National Geographic Little Kids

Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $3.99
Subscription Price: $24.95 / 6 Issues

National Geographic Little Kids delivers exactly what a parent might expect from a magazine so titled: beautifully appealing photographs of animals in their habitats in a well-designed format for young ones. Each issue features two or three different animals, offering tidbits of information in creative formats. The March/April 2011 issue, for example, has a two-page spread entitled "Act Like a Turtle" that displays how box turtles nibble berries, cool off in puddles, and hide their heads and arms-all activities that child readers will be more than happy to imitate. Other consistent features are "Rhyme Time," in which readers can match rhyming words from their pictures, and "What in the World Are These," in which a number of animal pictures are presented with the first letters of their names missing; younger children can enjoy naming the pictures, and older children can try to fill in the missing first letters. Each issue also comes with detachable "Wild Cards" for budding collectors, with wild animal pictures on the front and names and facts on the back. This magazine will appeal to nearly any young child who enjoys either going to the zoo or pointing at pictures of animals and naming them (I'm assuming this description will apply to a very large number of children). Although the stated age range for the magazine is three to six years, slightly younger or slightly older siblings are also likely to enjoy this beautiful magazine.

Naomi Lesley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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