Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $4.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

This magazine has a distinct social studies focus. It concentrates on American culture, but it also features other places worldwide. Each issue contains articles and activities related to a central theme. Recent themes include Haiti, the Rocky Mountain States, and soccer. The topic is introduced in a column called "High 5" at the front of every issue, spotlighting a roundup of five facts about that theme. Faces is well illustrated with plentiful vivid photos. Regular features include a crossword puzzle, an "Art Connection," and "Critter Corner," which takes an animal-oriented look at the theme (for example, who knew dolphins had so much in common with soccer players?). The magazine is a nice choice for tweens and young teens.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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