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Ranger Rick Magazine

Ranger Rick Magazine

Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: 7 & Up
Newsstand Price: $3.99
Subscription Price: $19.95 / 10 Issues

With the world going increasingly Internet, it's harder than ever to rationalize subscribing to a traditional print magazine—much less one for your children born into the Digital Age. Ironically, Ranger Rick magazine, the National Wildlife Federation's longtime publication for kids (since 1967), continues to provide plenty of reasons to do just that.

Wildlife is the key, of course. If there's anything kids love, it's animals. On the cover of the September 2013 Ranger Rick magazine is a beautiful young tiger, accompanied inside with a six-page feature on baby tigers growing up. The October 2013 issue features a perky young red fox in the main story that confirms every belief about the cleverness and cunning of the species. The November 2013 cover story explores the wild horses of Mongolia and the December/January 2013-14 tucks in a cover story on penguins and other "cool" polar creatures.

Each issue of Ranger Rick is a wildlife adventure that captivates young readers with lots of remarkable world-class photography and compelling features. There's also fascinating facts, columns, quizzes, riddles, brainteasers and puzzles, all about critters and creatures around the world. One recent issue devoted six pages to everything you ever wanted to know about scorpions—and still had space for stories about migratory animals, kids growing urban gardens, and a gorgeous up-close photo of a striped frog on the back cover. Other issues have zoomed in on meat-eating plants, gangly giraffes, a chimpanzee school in Africa, and prickly poisonous creatures.

Ranger Rick makes loving science easy for young readers. Ranger Rick is all about "kids gone wild" in the best way possible.

Don Oldenburg   ©2014 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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