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Ranger Rick Magazine

Ranger Rick Magazine

Spring 2017 Magazines
Ages: 7 & Up
Newsstand Price: $4.99
Subscription Price: $24.95 / 10 Issues

Ranger Rick provides young wildlife enthusiasts with articles, jokes, puzzles, and conservation advice concerning a wide variety of creatures. Each issue contains a few nonfiction feature articles about a particular animal or type of animal. Often, these are chosen according to seasonal themes. Deer, for example, are highlighted in the Thanksgiving issue, during a time when young readers may be seeing plenty of these animals near backyards and roadways. Nocturnal animals and animals skilled in the art of disguise are featured in the Halloween issue. Each issue begins with some offerings from readers, including jokes and letters. A section of puzzles, word scrambles, and mazes closes each issue. In between, readers can follow the continuing comic-strip adventures of Rick and his friends as they encounter challenges to environmental conservation and learn ways to care responsibly for wildlife habitats; for example, readers learn through Rick and his friends about the dangers of releasing balloons that may end up choking sea animals, and about how to preserve beaver ponds even when they threaten homes with flooding.

Ranger Rick is, quite simply, a beautifully designed and well-written magazine for young readers. Its feature articles are informative and fascinating, offering creative ways to think about both familiar and unfamiliar creatures. The Halloween issue, for example, asks children to consider how frogfish 'dress up' in disguise, and presents the work of hand artist Guido Daniele, who poses and paints hands so that they look like elephants and flamingoes. The nature photography is eye-catching, and captions are entertaining and well placed, so that they offer stories in themselves. Well-designed jokes and puzzles offer young readers a variety of appealing activities, and opportunities to contribute their own ideas to the magazine. Even readers who are not usually nature enthusiasts may find themselves drawn to the many attractive articles in Ranger Rick Magazine.

Naomi Lesley   ©2017 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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