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



Spring 2013 Magazines
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

If you have a budding Indiana Jones in your family, Dig magazine may rank among his or her earliest discovered treasures. Published in partnership with Archaeology Magazine, Dig is a slickly produced magazine exploring archaeology, paleontology and the earth sciences for youngsters intrigued by the possibilities of unearthing past civilizations.

Recent issues explored subjects ranging from the teeth of ancient reptiles and the secrets of the Cambodian Hindu temple Angkor Wat to showering in ancient Greece and exploring ancient Egyptian tombs.

Here, the Earth's the limit. Each 32-page issue focuses on a theme, anything from reptiles to the Giza Pyramids, adeptly combining five to eight longer features (two to five pages each) with regular columns and sections that ring familiar to steady readers.

Among its regular columns, the interactive "Ask Dr. Dig," where readers ask questions, is remarkable, as you can never predict what kids will ask. Questions include "Why did Raptors have feathers?" and "Have they found Cleopatra's tomb?". The "Stones & Bones" column is the newsy quick-take section. And near the back of the magazine is the cartoon "Adventures of Dr. Dig," the "Art-i-facts" page that introduces factoids about ancient sites and amazing discoveries, and the challenging back cover photo feature where readers try to identify archeological objects.

There are many more elements, including great illustrations and photographs, that round out this entertaining and educational publication. Dig could change the course of a youngster's life by instilling in them fascination with remnants and knowledge from the past.

Don Oldenburg   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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