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January/February 2013


Build a

Rockin’ Robot


An Owlkids Publication

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Dee’s best friend


Chick’s best friend

Dee’s little brother

the friendly kid monster

their monkey pal

Chick’s big the neighbourhood sister dog

the school bully

the other bully


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January/February 2013

Th e S p a c e

Meet anut Astrona Chris Hadfield talks about his new space adventure

Is s u e

Discover Space

12 Rockin’ Robots

Space is the place! That’s what Canadian super-astronaut Chris Hadfield told chickaDEE this month. According to Chris, nothing beats going up in space, especially when you get to blast off in your own rocket! Chris describes what it’s like to live and work in space on page 6. Talk about an awesome space-cation! Are you thinking about a career in space, too? Take the Space Jobs quiz and discover your true space calling! Find it on page 25. Plus, get space fun facts and trivia in this month’s Did You Know? section. For more out-of-this-world fun, just turn the page!

Turn old tin cans into space robots

16 My Space Pet The story of a robo-pet who saves the day

Editor of chickaDEE

Find Me Inside

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2 Comic 26 You Asked? 30 Clubhouse Cover IIlustration:

4 Did You Know? 10 Puzzles 14 Animal of the Month 20 Puzzles 22 Dr. Zed 24 Which Is Which? 25 Space Jobs Quiz 28 Daisy Dreamer 32 Mish Mash 34 Contest


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Travel back to famous moments in space!

Sputnik Orbits Earth

Walking on the Moon

The satellite was the size of a beach ball and took only 98 minutes to go around Earth.

Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on July 20th. When he stepped out, Armstrong said the now famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

People in Space Yuri Gagarin was the first person ever to go to space. He orbited around Earth in 108 minutes in his spacecraft.






Animals in Space Laika, a dog, was the first animal ever in space. Her name comes from the Russian word “barker.”

Illustration: Dave Whamond

Out for a Spacewalk


Alexei Leonov took the first spacewalk ever! He was out spacewalking for 12 whole minutes, a big breakthrough at the time. chickaDEE

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T to m wa to St Ca i ca

Radio-Controlled Car Lands on Mars The Mars Pathfinder touched the surface of the red planet on July 4th. It had a little robot called the Sojourner onboard that took pictures of Mars and studied Martian rocks and soil.

Canada Builds a Robot Arm The Canadarm was built to move things in space and was permanently attached to the International Space Station. A newer version, Canadarm2, was launched into space in 2001 and can lift up to 113,000 kg (250,000 lbs).



Space Tourism Begins Dennis Tito was the first space tourist ever to fly to space. He paid a whopping $20 million to go up in an aircraft for close to 45 minutes.

2013 1997 1998 2001 What will

the next space first be?

Hubble Telescope is Invented The Hubble space telescope showed details of the universe that were never seen before. It changed what could be seen in outer space and helped scientists learn that the universe is almost 14 billion years old!

The International Space Station is Born Zarya, the first part of the International Space Station, was launched in 1998. Since then, the station has grown to about 109 metres (356 feet) long, which is almost the length of a football field. Up to six people can live there, with five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a gym. chickaDEE

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Dreaming of Space Canadian Chris Hadfield always wanted to go to space. Once he saw people flying to space and walking on the moon, his mind was made up. But at age 10, he had no idea how to do it. “There were no Canadian astronauts at the time,� he remembers. In the hopes of becoming an astronaut, Chris studied engineering at school and became a pilot. Then in 1992, he applied to be a Canadian Space Agency astronaut and was one of four Canadians picked. Chris was over the moon! 6


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Being an Astronaut Being an astronaut is about dedication and training. “I’ve trained every day as an astronaut for the last 20 years,” Chris says. “You have to stay healthy and think about what you eat, and stay active.” Learning languages is also important. They help astronauts communicate with one another and they also help astronauts work the equipment. Chris started studying Russian in 1993, and had to learn how to launch a Russian rocket in 2012.

Being a Leader in Space Over the last two decades, Chris has become a Canadian leader in space. He has been on two space missions and his third is underway. In 2001, he became the first Canadian to walk in space. He also helped build Canadarm2 and operated it in space. The Canadarm2 is a long robotic arm used to move supplies, equipment and astronauts. Now, for his third mission, Expedition 34/35, Chris will become the first Canadian commander in history to lead a mission on the International Space Station. Far out!

An astronaut doing some chores while spacewalking.

Running the Space Station

plays the guitar. • He grew up on a farm. • He takes map le syrup in a tube on space trips.

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Fu n Fa ct s A bo ut C hr is • He

Chris has been training to run the space station for all his life. It’s the ultimate dream for an astronaut. It’s also a lot of work. “We are everything—the doctors, the plumbers, the entertainment. We fix everything as it breaks,” he says. As Mission Commander, Chris will be overseeing the second half of the mission. He will also be doing experiments and operating the Canadarm2 on the space station. The space station has research labs, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s a pretty cool home away from home! Turn the page to learn more about working aboard the International Space Station.

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S l a n o i t a n r e t n I e h t d r a o Ab m live and work on the Astronauts like Chris and his tea months at a time. They look for International Space Station for r by studying outer space. ways to make life on Earth bette

Did you know?


Astronauts work on repairs outside the space station.

“Spacewalking is the most magnificent part of the astronaut experience. It’s mindnumbingly beautiful. You’re alone in the black universe, just holding on to the spaceship,” says Chris. The space suit runs on batteries and gives oxygen to astronauts while they do repairs.

The International Space Station orbits, or circles, Earth about 16 times a day.


Chris trains under water on Earth.

Laboratory Module This is where astronauts do experiments and research that can only be done in space. “We run experiments … like what happens to the human body when there is no gravity,” Chris says.

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a l S p a c e St a t i o n Habitation Module This is where astronauts eat, sleep and live. Chris describes the experience as similar to being on an extended camping trip. “There’s no microwave or refrigerator and no fresh food except for the first day or two when you arrive.” Chris tests a space drink on Earth.

Photos: CSA (Chris & space drink); all other photos courtesy of NASA

Solar panels

The space station has big solar panels that get energy from the Sun. The panels are used to power the ship.

The Soyuz rocket approaches the space station.

Docking Port

There are currently five active docking ports on the space station. Chris learned to pilot and dock a Russian Soyuz rocket for this space mission.

Did you know?

In space, people float from one part of the space station to another. chickaDEE

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Star Scramble Steer this saucer through the star cluster, from “START” to “FINISH”. START

Solve all the puzzles on this wacky planet! Answers page 31.

Joke Jumble


Match the six riddles with the letters below.

How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep?

3 2

What do space cats drink out of?

Where do you put your lunch when you’re on a spaceship?


What do you call an alien with three eyes?


What do Martians like about computers?


Illustration: John Martz

What did one comet say to the other? rocket!


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Picture Puzzler Match the letter and number keys between the two grids. Then copy what’s inside each square on the left to unscramble the puzzle on the right. HINT: We’ve started the puzzle for you!

Space Parade

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es between Spot the differenc g the banner the alien holdin behind him. and the aliens

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t u O r a F s t o b o R into Recycle old tin cans out these cosmic crafts! Check on how to cool robots for ideas decorate your own!

STOP Ask an adult to help you.

You’ll need: • empty tin cans • tape or glue • items from around the house


Before you start: 1. Ask an adult to line the top rim of the can with electrical tape if there are any sharp edges. 2. Use tape or glue to stick on eyes, a nose, a mouth, hair and other body parts to your cans. The more items you add, the more personality your rockin’ robots will have!


Ta lk Like A Ro b o t

Talk in a robot voice into one e of an empty pa nd per towel tube. Make up a cool robo-voice for each of your tin can robots!


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Styrofoam balls


Kitchen scrubber

Googly eyes

Nuts and bolts

Popsicle sticks

Can tabs

Feathers Pipe cleaner


Building blocks Photo: Hal Roth

Binder clips

Foil tins

Do The Ro b o t D a n ce!

Impress your friends with these sweet robo-moves!

1. Bend your 2. Move your 3. Then let the rest 4. Drop your upper 5. Straighten arms up arms to of your body body as low as you up and at the the right. follow your arms can by bending at start again. elbows. to the right. the waist.


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Swimming along with the

A n g le rf is h Creepy Creature

Illustrations: Bill Suddick

Consultant: Jennifer Reynolds/Vancouver Aquarium

Photo: ŠDoug Perrine /

The anglerfish is such a strange-looking creature, it looks like it could be from outer space. Anglerfish live in the deepest parts of the ocean, so this slow swimmer would probably feel right at home in space. Just like in space, the area where they live is very dark and seems to go on forever. Lights out!

Go Fish! The female anglerfish does not have to work very hard to find food. It uses the long rod on the top of its head to draw prey in, like shrimp. The sneaky fish just waves the rod back and forth like a fishing pole! Then, as the curious prey moves closer to see what is moving, the clever angler opens up its mouth and swallows its dinner in one gulp. Sneaky, sneaky.

Almost clear skin makes the anglerfish invisible to most prey.

Stuck on You It can be very hard for the male anglerfish to find food because it doesn’t have a built-in fishing rod on the top of its head, like the female anglerfish. So, the male fish counts on a female for its grub. It hooks onto a female with its teeth. Over time, the skin of both anglers joins together. Then the male takes in the food that the female eats through their connected skin. The male spends the rest of his life attached to the female, eating whatever she eats. Perfect partners!

Fast Facts Europe North America Pacific Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Asia Africa

South America

Indian Ocean

Pacific Ocean



Where It Lives

Oceans and seas all over the world.



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The fish’s fleshy rod has special bacteria inside to make it glow.

Its mouth opens wide to swallow prey twice its size.

Sharp, slanted teeth keep prey from escaping.

Its Size

This fish can grow to be as big as a football or as small as an adult’s fist.

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What It Eats

The anglerfish eats fish and crustaceans.

Its Family

This creature is related to the frogfish and monkfish.

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y M e c a p S et


Written by Janet M. Whyte Illustrated by Maira Chiodi


he night before my new space pet arrived, I couldn’t sleep at all. I sat by the

port in our living place, waiting. I watched Earth rise, and then I saw it. That speck of light blazing through the sky that meant the mail was almost here. 16


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I zoomed to my brother’s rest bay, dodging GILES, our General Interactive Live Electronic Sitter, as his arms began to flail. “Where are you going at this hour?” he asked. “No running inside.” I sped around the corner to find Jem. GILES was in charge while my parents were away on a geology expedition, studying rocks. “Jem!” I called out. GILES had caught up to me. “What?” my brother shouted back. “It’s here! Come to the loading dock, please, please, please.” Jem groaned. “Selena, you know it’s going to take them ages to unpack everything.” “Pleeease...” I begged. “Okay, but we’d better bring GILES along. We’ll need help carrying it back. Just give me 10 minutes to suit up.” I spent that time bouncing up and down the hall while GILES watched over me, looking amused and concerned at my excitement. My new pet was here! It was finally here! I’d wanted a robo-pet ever since I was a little kid, and it had taken a lot of convincing to get one.

“Who’s going to recharge it?” Mom had asked. “You know we’re hardly ever home.” I promised to charge it every day. “And you’ll walk it, so its gears won’t get sticky?” I said I’d walk it faithfully. “And I’ll get more exercise,” I reasoned. Since our Moon base has low gravity, exercise is a big deal here. And that seemed to do it. The loading dock was at the end of a long hallway, right outside our door. When we got there, we waited. And waited. We stood around what seemed like forever. But finally, we were back in our living place. When I ripped open the box, my space pet waddled out. “Look,” I gasped. “Isn’t she cute!” My space pet looked sort of like a skunk, but purple and black with a goofy pink nose. She sat up, pawing at me. Then she grinned. chickaDEE

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Jem ruffled the creature’s soft fur. “Hey, GILES,” I said. “What do you think?” GILES shrugged. “Isn’t she great?” GILES ran out of the room. “O… kay,” Jem said. I wonder what upset him. I looked at Jem and shrugged.

Jem and I spent the day playing with my new pet, testing her modes and figuring out what she could do. I fell asleep with her curled up in my arms. Then, the next morning, she was gone. I searched my rest bay—clothing nook, book box, toy basket—nothing. I ran into our living place, checking behind seats and under tables. I even looked in the drawers of my dad’s desk. Nothing. “GILES!” I shouted. “Have you seen my robo-pet?” “Can’t say I have,” GILES said. I found her in the shower, finally, looking all droopy and wet. I got her under the dryer as fast as I could, hoping she wasn’t broken. “Robo-pets shouldn’t get wet!” I fumed. 18

“Oops,” replied GILES. Over the next few days, I found the robo-pet trapped in my parents’ closet and inside a kitchen cupboard. Then her leash went missing. “GILES!” I yelled. I gazed out our port, hoping to see Mom and Dad on their way home. Then I slapped both hands against the window. There she was! My robo-pet! Floating outside our port, attached to the Moon base by a leash. She bobbed close to the window like a helium balloon and waved at me with one clawed paw. Even though robo-pets don’t need air, her cheeks were puffed out like she’d been holding her breath for hours. “JEM!” I screamed. GILES bumbled into the room, arms whirling. “What is it?” Jem stumbled out of his rest bay: “What!? What!?” The robo-pet waved to Jem from outside. “GILES!” I yelled. “What did you do?” “You were spending so much time with your new pet,” GILES said. “I thought you could use a break.” I felt bad. GILES has been with us our whole lives. Mom still uses our baby pictures as screensavers and GILES is in every single one. Sometimes he’s covered in bubbles, running after a sudsy Jem. Sometimes he’s coated in green goo, trying to feed me. The truth is, GILES is pretty cool. Just then, the Moon base quaked.


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An alarm began to whoop. A voice boomed: “A meteor strike has damaged the loading bay door. People of Sector A—leave your living places. You are in danger.” Out the window, a stream of steam drifted into space like a broad, white ribbon. Jem grabbed my hand. “Come on, Selena! They’re closing this whole sector!” This was bad. It meant shutting the base doors. It meant nobody could get out. Or in. “My robo-pet,” I said. “She’s outside.” “We can’t worry about that now,” Jem said. I pulled my hand free from Jem. “GILES, you have to help her!” GILES looked upset. He wasn’t sure what to do. Jem snapped his fingers. “Wait, I’ve got it! There’s a repair kit out there! GILES, show her how to get to the kit.” The pet was pawing at our window. GILES tapped the glass to get her attention. He made a square with his hands, then pretended to push a button.

He mimed opening a locker and taking out a sheet of foil, unrolling it and pressing it over the leak. Then, he pretended to use a wrench to tighten the screws around the box. “So high-tech,” Jem said. But it worked! The robo-pet copied everything GILES did and soon the stream of steam stopped. She swam forward, squishing both front paws against the port. GILES pressed his hands on our side of the window glass. They stared at each other. Then GILES did something else I didn’t know he could do. He laughed. The alarm shut off as the base-voice announced: “Situation normal.” “Go team!” Jem linked his arm through GILES’S springy one. I linked to GILES’s other side. “Team,” GILES smiled, walking us toward the loading dock. “Is that like family?” “Sure,” I grinned. “Then let’s go get our space pet,” GILES said, “and bring her back inside.”


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Study this silly scene for five minutes. Then test your memory with the questions on page 30.

Illustration: Howie Woo

Cape Canaveral Craziness



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Cape Canaveral is a strip of land near the Atlantic coast of Florida. It is known as the “Space Coast� because many rockets launch into space from there!

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Space Search

Find these far-out words in the puzzle by looking across, down, backwards and diagonally.


Answers page 31.

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Illustration: Royalty-free (

W U E C T L F O R G X N P A K B Y G X Y A L A G G S A A O K R S F M I D Y J N T J A C Y N A N T C U I P A E B J S F S H F R S A B L M R N L P X E R C B T R A O S O K X V S O Y L N R C A E L I O X E R P E E A E T D K M X U U R W T F Q T T E O E Z L Z J C C N M E S V C B C L T W N I J T D T X N S M Y P S P T R M F T C N S W X I X F M O O N U X E R Q S H X N H W R C W H U T P A N O A S T R chickaDEE


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Hoow H

d o o e a F Sp c s r Wo k I’m so light on my feet, Dr. Zed.

Discover the science of space food. Plus, make your own astronaut pudding!

Must be all that space training!

What Is Space Food?

Space food is not that different from the food we eat at home. Astronauts can eat a variety of foods, like fruits, nuts, meats, fish and desserts. They can also drink juice, tea and coffee. The biggest difference is how the food is prepared. Space food is packaged in a shrink-wrapped food packet after all the water is drained out of the food. This helps the food weigh less in space. Less weight means astronauts can take more food with them, especially for long trips. 22


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Meals in Space

In space, everyone eats huddled together around a surface or table. The table is a big block with Velcro and straps. Astronauts strap the food packages on the Velcro so the food doesn’t float away. Meals in space can be tricky since there is less gravity than here on Earth. This makes it harder to eat because things float in space that normally wouldn’t float on Earth.

Astronauts eat tortillas instead of bread in space because they make less crumbs. Bread crumbs can float around and get inside space equipment.

e p a i u n o t r c t g e s Puddin R A Illustrations: Rémy Simard

You’ll need:

Science Consultant: Sandy Eix, Science World British Columbia

• 15 mL (1 tbsp.) pudding powder • 60 mL (¼ cup) milk • zipper bag • straw • scissors

What to do:

1 Put the pudding powder in a zipper bag. 2 Add milk. 3 Close the bag and shake the mix inside the bag. 4 Cut a small slit in the corner of the bag and insert the straw. 5 Drink through the straw and eat just like astronauts do in space!

Did You Know?

NASA astronauts are preparing and testing food to take to space in the year 2030! A group of astronauts will spend three years living on Mars, so meals need to be planned ahead to last them the whole trip. The astronauts will have more than 100 choices on their space menu, including ice cream! chickaDEE

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? h c i s h I W h Whic Look at each pair and which is which!


Photos: NASA (Hubble Telescope); ©Disney/Pixar (Buzz Lightyear); ©Photos 12/Alamy (Captain Chuck Baker) ©Disney/PIXAR (WALL•E); ©ImageMovers Digital LLC. (Mars Needs Moms); all other photos royalty-free (iStockphoto, Shuttershotck, Bigstock)









tyear Buzz Ligh OR Captain Chuck Baker

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The Hubble Telescope



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Answers page 31.

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Space Jobs Quiz


You’ll happily wait in line for something.







You enjoy jigsaw puzzles. The smaller the pieces, the better!




You like being in small spaces. They make you feel cozy.

You’ll take a granola bar over ice cream any day.

You can handle doing many tasks at once.

Illustrations: Genevieve Kote

An astronaut trainer teaches astronauts how to survive in space. Just like a trainer, you’re a patient person who loves teaching people new things.




Math is one of your favourite subjects.


You always try the Dr. Zed experiments in chickaDEE.

Astronaut Trainer

Your friends always come to you for advice.





You would rather work in groups at school. Two heads are better than one!



You can solve a mystery book before reading the end of it.



Follow the arrows to find out what space job suits your personality!




A space scientist uses experiments to try to understand space. Just like a scientist, you wonder about the world around you and search for clues to understand it better.

Just like a space engineer, you’re always up for a challenge! If something’s broken, you want to fix it. Gadgets are your passion, which makes you perfect for this job!

Teamwork is the best way to get things done for you! Just like an astronaut, you can be around people in even the smallest spaces, like the cabin of a spacecraft!


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How big is the solar system?

From J.R.

Why is Pluto not a planet?

From Nathaniel

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Really Big! But how big? Scientists are not really sure. They know that the outer reaches of our solar system are dark and chilly. They also know that the solar system extends, or goes beyond, the dwarf planet Pluto. Astronomers are working hard to classify mysterious objects far out in space in the hopes they will learn more about what lies at the edge of our solar system and how big it really is.


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Can bugs live in space?

How far is Earth from the Sun?

From Maya

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ravi daisy’s best pal

annie daisy’s friend

Chameleon Craze



the hero

daisy’s dog

a twist of daisy's cap leads to animal adventures

using this giant projector, we’re going to show what it’s like on mars.

take your seats! the show’s about to start.

i can’t wait!

awesome! it looks so real!

me either. i love space.

a few minutes later... hey, what’s that thing?

i don’t know. is that supposed to be there?

it’s getting bigger!

weird. is that thing real?

is it a martian?

i know what’s going on. and i can stop it... twisting into a chameleon!

Art: Gabriel Morrissette

Text: Philip Moscovitch

Colour: All Thumbs Creative

Photo: Royalty-free (Dreamstime)

Consultant: Jeff Hathaway/Scales Nature Park

daisy’s class is on a school trip to a planetarium.

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my toes all have sharp claws. i can use them to climb up to the top of this projector!

i’ll change colour to match the projector. this way nobody will see me!

i have special coloured cells under my skin. they let me change colour in just a few seconds!

i knew it was a spider! it’s standing on one of the projector’s lenses.

daisy twists back. my tongue is super-sticky and longer than my whole body. i can use it to nudge the spider away!

there goes the spider! now it’s time to twist back!

what was that?

it was just a small spider! the projector magnified it and made it look like a big creature. great rescue!

that spider was in the wrong “space!”

ns at: t chameleo Learn abou eleon23 m ha /c m o rl.c ht tp://tinyu chickaDEE

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k! Art Attinac by chickaDEE readers.

Check out these drawings sent



In the September issue, we asked you to take a photo of something in nature.

Grand-prize winner Samantha Adams, 8,

wins a polar bear adventure to Churchill, Manitoba and a Canon Power Shot SD1400 IS camera. These three runners-up each receive a WWF Emma Raceand Owlkids Prize Pack. Widdison, 12 Kénitha Chapdelaine, 10

“Petal the Tech M aster” Emi Arshad, 8

“Painting” Anika

“Snowman and Shelldon” Kaitlyn, 9 “A Horse” Maryn Fleischhaker

Cape Canaveral Craziness

For each sentence, answer “true” or “false”.

1. 2. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7.

A horse is pretending to fly a rocket. A cloud is smiling. The alien is eating peanuts. There are five kids lined up to ride the red rocket ship. Three geese are flying in the sky. One of the astronauts is missing a glove. Four people are getting their photo taken behind the astronaut cut-out. 8. A rocket is taking off in the background.

Write Us! Send us your drawings, letters, photos, poems and stories! We’ll try to print them in a future issue.

chickaDEE 10 Lower Spadina Ave., Suite 400Toronto, ON M5V 2Z2 email:

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Callum Lehingrat, 9


by Mark Fearing Find out what happens when a young boy finds himself on another planet after catching the wrong school bus!

Try It!

Stained Glass Planet All you need are a few craft items to make these cool planets!

You’ll need: • tissue paper • 2 pieces of wax paper • white glue • string

Use green and blue for Earth, red and orange for Mars, and yellow and white for Venus. What other colour combinations can you think of?

1. Tear tissue paper into small pieces. 2. Glue the tissue paper bits onto the first piece of wax paper. 3. Glue the second piece of wax paper on top. Let dry, then cut it into a circle. 4. Hang your cool planet in a window!


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Flora with her dog, Molly

Quintin, 7, hangs out with his cat, Tigger.

Consultant: Dr. Barry Burtis, Bay Cities Animal Hospital

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Emma, 8, lays in the grass with her dog, Dylan.


Send Arf all your pet questions and photos.


edible art!

Learn about art around town.

The Art Issue What does your doodle say about you?

Photo: TO2015

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Find Me, page 3 A. 5 B. 9 C. 10 D. 24 E. 28 Welcome to Zorgblog, page 10

Joke Jumble 1. A 2. F 3. C 4. B 5. E 6. D Star Scramble

Picture Puzzler

Plus! Tons of

art puzzles and trivia.

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Space Parade

Cape Canaveral Craziness, page 20

1. False. 3. False. 5. False. 7. True.

2. True. 4. True. 6. True. 8. True.

Space Search, page 21 Y S U R O C K E T R M H A















Which is Which, page 24 1. a) Buzz Lightyear b) Captain Chuck Baker 2. a) Mars b) Jupiter 3. a) The Hubble Telescope b) The International Space Station 4. a) The Big Dipper b) The Little Dipper 5. a) Venus b) Neptune 6. a) WALL-E b) Wingnut

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Say this 10 times fast:

What do lazy dogs do for fun?

Six stars slurping slushes.

How does the number four travel?

They chase parked cars!

Pop Quiz

What is at the beginning of the end and at the end of space?

MacKenzie Mercer, 8

The letter ‘E’. Caroline Martindale, 6


A satel-lite.

Knock, knock! Who’s there? Kenya. Kenya who? Kenya see the stars?

Fun Fill-in

Decorate this alien’s spaceship.

Kiara, 7

Mirror Message

How do you know when the moon has had enough to eat?

What do you do when you have a short circuit? Adam Godin, 6

Hey, Mash! How do you organize a space party?

Get a longer one!

What kind of light goes around Earth?

TIP: Look at this page in a mirror to help answer the riddle!

.lluf s’ti nehW Silly Stuff!

What is this astronaut saying?

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Knock knock. Who’s there? Noah. Noah who? Noah good place to eat?

What did the rocket say when it ran out of gas? Stevie Jane Gluckman, 7

“I’m not fueling well.”

What was the first animal in space?

Elissa Menard

T The cow that jumped over the moon.

Say this 10 times fast:

Planet Earth!

Too easy, Mish. You plan-et!

Comet books!

What does this say?

What do you call a space magician? A flying sorcerer.

Picture Puzzler

What do planets like to read?

Martians make marvelous muffins.

This joke is way over Mish and Mash’s heads! Guess what this is!

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It’s an octopus hiding behind the Sun.

Mail us your JOKES, RIDDLES and TONGUE TWISTERS (address page 30). We’ll try to print them in an upcoming issue!

Illustration: Remie Geoffroi

MUSH CORNER: What do you see?



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Editor Mandy Ng (on leave) Acting Editor Natalia Diaz Art Director Susan Sinclair Assistant Editor Melissa Owens Contributing Editor Jackie Farquhar Editorial Assistant Ashley Van Eysinga Photo Researcher Tracey Jacklin Educational Consultant Avi Mani Science Consultants Science World British Columbia Advertising Melissa Kilpatrick (416) 340-2700 Founder Annabel Slaight Dr. Zed science inspired by Gordon Penrose

Satellite Code Co ntest

Can you figure out what this satellite signal is saying? Decode the secret message for your chance to WIN!

Group Publisher Jennifer Canham Associate Publisher Angela Keenlyside Creative Director Barb Kelly Director of Circulation and Marketing Charmaine Thompson Circulation Project Manager Bryan Maloney Fulfillment Manager Violet Ramlall Managing Editor Mahak Jain Production Manager Paul Markowski Production Assistant Jason Kieffer

One Grand-Prize Winner

will receive a Meade Star-Gazing 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope.


Sate llite Code Conte st

Prize courtesy of Mastermind Toys.

How to enter:

1. Fill in the spaces by matching

Winner of several Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, and winner of a 2011 Parents’ Choice Silver Seal Honor.

each picture to a letter. 2. Send it with your name, age and address to: chickaDEE’s Satellite Code Contest (address page 30).

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Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day. But 93% are not getting enough to meet Canadian guidelines.

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