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Maze Craze Can you find your way through these perplexing paths? Page 14

Picture Puzzlers See if you can find all the hidden pictures! Pages 4 & 10

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ART CONTEST Open to ages 6-13. Winners will receive a $25 cash award and have their work published in Flying Ship! See page 15 for details.

In this issue... Games and Activities: Picture Puzzlers ......................................................4 & 10 Tricky Pictures ..............................................................13 Maze Craze....................................................................14 Stories The Prehistoric Adventure, by Eric Zhu ..........................7 The Wonderful Wonderfuls of the Sky, by Nora Taylor ........8 Attack of the Snow People, by Jody Kifner........................8 The Boy Who Made Sculptures, by Avery Monahan ......11

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Snowball, by Chiara Rothwell-Ferraris ............................12 Subscribe to Flying Ship Magazine ................................8 Submit your work for publication ................................11 Art Contest rules ..........................................................15

To see more great writing and artwork check out FLYINGSHIP.ORG! Flying Ship Magazine, PO Box 1159, Norwich, VT 05055 • (802) 295-7190 • Publisher: Mathew Doyle • Editor: Nikki Kendall Producer: Kathy Hardy All stories and artwork ©2007 by the author/artist unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Except for one-time personal use, no part of any issue or online content may be reproduced by any mechanical, photographic or electronic process, nor may it be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or otherwise copied for public or private use without written permission of the copyright owner.

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Publisher’s Note Flying Ship’s mission is to encourage kids to be creative and use their imaginations. We believe there is nothing more important to becoming a healthy, productive and active individual than developing your imagination, whether you become a carpenter, a scientist, an artist or the next president! Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome, no matter what your age. Please contact us at: Flying Ship Media, PO Box 1159, Norwich, VT 05055 or This second issue has been a long time coming, and we appreciate your patience as we continue through these early stages of development. Over the last several months, Flying Ship has grown from essentially a one-man operation to a three-member production team with input from many members of the community. We still have a long way to go before we can truly declare ourselves to be off the ground (pun intended), but we are making good progress. We hope you enjoy this issue—we have expanded it to include games and activities (thanks to Burlington artist Mihr SnyderWishingrad for her great “Picture Puzzler” drawings!) as well as writing and artwork by many talented, local kids. The Flying Ship production team currently consists of three individuals: Mat Doyle, of Norwich, Vermont, who conceived the idea for the publication and does the layout; Kathy Hardy, a parent from Strafford, Vermont, who serves as production manager; and Nikki Kendall, a teacher/parent (also from Strafford) who is an editor and adminis-

trator. We have also begun to meet on a regular basis with an informal steering committee made up of members of the community, who offer us insight into how we can better manage Flying Ship’s content to meet the needs and desires of local children and educational systems. Please let us know if you would like to be involved!

Ship need not be limited to printed material. As a publishing company, future media may include audio CDs of music and oral storytelling, or even DVDs of dance, drama, and other art forms. The Flying Ship website offers many opportunities for increased development as well. The possibilities abound.

We face a number of challenges in the development of Flying Ship. Funding is perhaps the least interesting but the most important of these. Your subscriptions and advertising sponsorships help keep us afloat! We are also working to improve our distribution. Our aim is to reach as many children in the Upper Valley as possible, but that involves a lot of leg work! It is important to us to keep the publication LOCAL: we want Upper Valley residents to see work done by their neighbors and friends, knowing that they have a good chance of seeing their own work in print in a future issue. Finally, we are anxious to learn how Flying Ship can function better as a tool for teachers and educators to encourage creativity. Our goal is for the publication to integrate smoothly into an educational curriculum; it should be easy for teachers to use Flying Ship in the classroom or as part of a lesson plan. Our vision for the future of Flying Ship Media is broad. Maintaining our vision of the magazine as a LOCAL publication, additional branches may be established in other regions of Vermont, New Hampshire and beyond. Flying

As a member of the community, your feedback and suggestions are essential to us. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the content of Flying Ship Magazine or any issues involving its distribution and production. Let us know also if you would like to contribute in some way, such as advertising with us or helping to encourage children near you to submit material for publication. The next issue is due to be release in early June, before schools are let out for the summer. From then on we will release issues quarterly, each September, December, March, and June. A subscription for one year (four issues) is just $12 and helps us to offset our printing and production costs. We hope to begin placing issues in local retail locations soon as well. Have a great Spring, and keep in touch!

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Abby Lukowitz, Age 7, Norwich, Vermont — 2nd Grade class of Melanie Devoid, Marion Cross School 3

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PICTURE PUZZLER Can you find all the pictures hidden in this scene? See if you can find these items: ❑ bell

❑ violin

❑ bearded face ❑ fork

❑ bunny

❑ bear

❑ open book

❑ screw

❑ lollipop

❑ hammer-head shark ❑ watermellon slice ❑ tea cup ❑ pencil

❑ slice of cake

❑ horse shoe ❑ fish

❑ banana

❑ bird

❑ space shuttle Answers at and in next issue!

Snow Angel I like to be alone on a calm winter day letting cold flakes fall by my feet I let myself fall and be swallowed up by whiteness. I let winter snowflakes land on my face that turn into droplets of water— they feel like ice. I move my arms and legs up and down in the blanket of whiteness I lie in, like someone doing jumping jacks. I stand up and walk into the woods newly blanketed with snow leaving behind an imprint of me that once lay there alone on a blanket of white. By Emily Lyman Age 9, Burlington, Vermont Artwork © 2007 Mihr Snyder-Wishingrad


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Swirling Twirling The snow falls It goes in circles around Children playing in it Fun building a snowman Soft and sometimes icy.


I look out the window, the meadow I see. The meadow in the winter is quiet, soft and noiseless. The Sun comes out, but snow still dances about. I’m feeling sort of sad. A snowman says hi, but my eyes go by. By Sarah MacCormick, Age 8 Norwich, Vermont I go to bed, 2nd Grade class of Melanie Devoid visions of snowflakes Marion Cross School swirl in my head, I remember the spring, that glorious thing, Snow Haiku when the flowers Snow slips off the roof jump out of the ground, Piling snow in the backyard birds fill the air with sound, It piles very high The butterflies, the bees, By Avery Monahan, Age 8 the sap in the trees, Norwich, Vermont reminding me of sweet Maple Syrup. 2nd Grade class of Melanie Devoid Marion Cross School

By Samantha Westelman, Age 9 Hanover, New Hampshire

Henry Nichols, Age 10, Thetford, Vermont

Liam Ryan-O’Flaherty Age 8, Norwich, Vermont 2nd Grade class of Melanie Devoid Marion Cross School


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I Went to See the Marvelous Beast Written and illustrated by Sam Gautier, Norwich, Vermont 4th Grade class of Eloise Ginty, Marion Cross School

I went to see the marvelous beast or so they say it was The zoo keeper was horrified, the cage sweeper was mortified, the TV crew was so surprised but one little kid was not horrified nor mortified and definitely not surprised He stomped right down to the local zoo jumped into the cage and said “You are afraid of the beast. Don’t be afraid of the beast. It’ s perfectly tame. It’s so tame I’ll hop into its mouth. See, nothing to worry about.” GULP!


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The Prehistoric Adventure Written by Eric Zhu Grade 4, Lebanon, New Hampshire Prologue “Hi! I’m Eric Zhu. I live in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Some weird things happened to me this summer, and I want to tell it to you.” Warning! The following story is full of surprises. For those of you, who can be surprised easily, BE CAREFUL! Chapter 1: A Report “What! I have to write an 80-page report?!” I said. Mrs. Hickey, our teacher, went around passing out sheets of paper. “These are due on Monday,” she said. The sheets of paper had the subject of the report on them, and when I got my sheet it said dinosaurs. Well, at least I got a subject I like, I thought. It was Friday, so it was go-home day. On the way home I thought all about dinosaurs and I was worried about what I would write. On the day after, I had a wonderful time at a water park, so I completely forgot about the report. On Sunday afternoon I finally remembered. Eric, you dummy, I thought. I got right down to work. I couldn’t think of anything, so I went for a walk, then on the path I found a glowing stone. I felt compelled to look at it. Suddenly everything paused, there was even a bird frozen in midair. Then everything went backwards. Farther and farther, I went until the earth turned colder and then freezing. My entire body was numb. I realized I was in the Ice Age!

Chapter 2: The Big Boom Faster and faster, Mammoths actually walked backwards! Bare bones turned into living creatures. Adult animals turned into babies, then newborn and then eggs! (Or in the mammals’ case, tiny animals). Suddenly the amount of life seemed to decrease, there were dead dinosaurs everywhere. I recognized them as Late Cretaceous dinosaurs. Massive reptiles like TyrannosaurusRex, and Triceratops. Suddenly the sky turned dark and lava showered down. Then a huge cloud of dust went to the southwest, shock waves, followed by brilliant light. Finally I caught on. “Oh! I’m in the end of the time of the dinosaurs!” I yelled, trying to speak above the wind. “But that means....” The earth itself shook.... To read the rest of this story visit!


Cookies, swimming, mornings, fun, a sweet summer has begun flowers, gardens, pools, hikes, a camp fire burning bright playing, biking, a skinned knee— bummer! this is the middle of a sweet summer owls, fireflies, critters, more, in a tent with a s’more sun block, towels, a beach ball summer’s almost over soon it will be fall Boots, sweaters, going for a run a fun fall has begun picking apples off the tree a jug of cider for you and me carving pumpkins, halloween my costume is an evil queen golden leaves, whispering trees wear a coat there’s a chilly breeze stacking wood—a tender splinter autumn’s over time for winter Fluffy snow, a bright sun a frosty winter has begun skiing, skating, snowball fights slipping, sliding on the ice when you’ve been outside a bit it's good to have some hot chocolate christmas, candles, songs to sing farewell winter welcome spring Rubber boots, newborn deer a muddy spring is now here warmer weather, rainy days searching for board games to play Easter, flowers, robins, slush ready for summer very much this muddy spring is almost done greener grass summer’s here a year has passed By Maddie Anderson Age 10, Barnard, Vermont

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The Wonderful Wonderfuls of the Sky Written and Illustrated by Nora Taylor, Norwich, Vermont 4th Grade class of Eloise Ginty, Marion Cross School

DOWN THERE IN the depths of the water...a happy seal glides in an open space in the water. The joyful seal, Socoya, slides along the tapestry of the surface and dives swiftly down down down down into the rapid waves ofthe ocean, only wanting the coastal waters not to freeze. Booming sounds from above the ocean start to ring. The cascade of cool, moist salt water slaps against socoya’s smooth breathing body as she speedily but with steady curiosity gets to the water’s surface to see what is going on. Colorful puffs of flames are revealed to Socoya from the sky. Her curiosity transforms into frightfulness. All of a sudden, Socoya dives back into the water, as fast as she can, so fast and scared that in a blink of two eyes, you could not see her go down into the now icy ocean. Socoya hears shouts and more booms. She is TERRIFIED! Scolding herself for being afraid, she is determined to reach

that noisy spot on the surface of the water. Face your fears, face your fears, you can do this, she thinks. Don’t be afraid. Encouraging herself to swim, she makes it finally to the top. At the summit of the sea, she sees one... no two... no three! powerful puffs of bleached colored flames and exploding circles. All of this makes Socoya dizzy. She looks away, worried. What if they were... Well, Socoya doesn’t want to bother thinking of the unpleasant things that it could possibly be. Wait, Socoya says to herself, confused. Sea urchins sort of look like those shapes in the sky.... Socoya is now aware that this wonder in the air could just possibly be something good. Yeah. High chance that those are sea urchins, Socoya reminds herself, sarcastically. Socoya swims to a group of sea otters lying on their backs, clapping on their stomachs and... looking up at the sky at the colored dust explosions. Hmmm... Socoya thinks. One of the sea otters screeches with joy

and jubilation. But suddenly, out of the blue, the colors stop. Those were beautiful, thinks Socoya. Not some old sea urchins floating in the sky. Those were absolutely not things I need to be afraid of. And so that was the memorable night that Socoya the seal faced her fears.

Attack of the Snow People By Jody Kifner, Age 10, Strafford, Vermont SHALOKA WAS HUNTING on a field white with soft powdery snow. Suddenly, it started to snow harder and harder. Shaloka was blinded by the powdery snow. He could barely see two feet in front of him. He just stood there as if frozen waiting for the snow to stop. Just ten minutes later, the snow stopped abruptly. Shaloka looked at the ground where

there had been only two inches before, the snow was now waist deep. Shaloka gasped! Just then something caught his attention. Lumps were coming out of the waist-deep snow. The lumps looked about seven feet tall, including the part of them that wasn't snow, and were about two feet wide. The lumps shook and the loose snow fell off to reveal men. 8

Men as white as death. Men made of snow. One that looked like the leader had a crown made of icicles. That one drew his sword. Shaloka only had time to see that the sword was made of ice before he ran.... To read the rest of this story visit!

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The Dancer By Gracie Callaghan, Norwich, Vermont 4th Grade class of Eloise Ginty, Marion Cross School

Dancing is a thing that you cannot be pulled away from. Dancing is like a promise that you cannot break. Dancing frees your spirit. You can dance in your room or on the stairs. You can even dance in your imagination. You don’t have to learn a combination or listen to instructions to dance. Anyone can dance, anywhere. Some children are required to dance or have a part in The Nutcracker, like the Waltz of the Flowers or reindeer. Wherever you are, whoever you are, dancing is the key to success.

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PICTURE PUZZLER Can you find all the pictures hidden in this scene?

Artwork © 2007 Mihr Snyder-Wishingrad

See if you can find these items: ❑ bell

❑ whale

❑ pizza

❑ pencil

❑ mug

❑ comb

❑ rat

❑ music note

❑ ladders ❑ glasses

❑ spoon ❑ mitten

❑ hour glass ❑ cat ❑ skis

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❑ lightbulb

❑ rolling pin

❑ hat

❑ baseball bat

❑ bird

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The Boy Who Made Sculptures By Avery Monahan, Age 8, Norwich, Vermont 2nd Grade class of Melanie Devoid, Marion Cross School

HOW TO SUBMIT WORK FOR PUBLICATION We welcome your submissions any time! We publish short stories, poetry, and artwork, as well as your jokes, comic strips, recipes, puzzles, and more. Ages 6-13 are eligible. Send work to: Flying Ship PO Box 1159 Norwich, VT 05055 Complete submission guidelines at

ONCE THERE WAS a boy who was six years old. He was getting his jacket on to go outside. He made a snow family out of snowmen and women. Then it gave him an idea. The idea was he could make other stuff and not just snowmen. So he made snow bears, a snow lion, a snow deer, a snow polar bear, a snow person. He also made igloos. He made so many things that he ran out of space after the fourth igloo. Soon he had another idea. He ran back into the house and asked his mom and dad if he could get some stuff to bring outside. His mom and dad said yes, as long as you bring it all in afterwards. So he got three sleeping bags and hot chocolate. He made a


fire and asked his mom and dad if they wanted to come and see what he had done. So they got their jackets on. They went outside. After they saw all of the sculptures and snowmen he made, he said, “there’s a better part.” He showed them the igloos with a nice warm fire and three sleeping bags. They sat down and had hot chocolate. They slept in the cozy igloo.

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Snowball By Chiara Rothwell-Ferraris, Age 7, Norwich, Vermont 2nd Grade class of Melanie Devoid, Marion Cross School

I WAS WALKING home from school one day when I felt something hit me. It was a snowball. I looked around for the person who threw it at me. I saw him. I chased him. He went into the woods. He ran and ran and ran. I was too tired to keep running, so I started to walk back to

the sidewalk. I walked and walked and walked. I could not find the edge of the woods. I was lost. I was scared. It was getting dark. All of a sudden, I heard footsteps in the snow. Then I saw what it was. It was my cat, Bella! I picked her up and hugged her. She started to purr. Suddenly, she jumped out of my arms and started to walk away. I followed her. Then I heard cars. She saved me! I picked her up and hugged her so, so hard. The whole way home I held her. When I got home, my mom was right on the porch. She hugged me and then asked me why I was so late. We went inside and had hot

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chocolate. I told her the whole story with Bella on my lap. The next day, when I was walking to school, I heard this boy yell something to me. This is what he said: “I threw a snowball at you yesterday.� I went over to him and said it was okay. We became friends.

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TRICKY PICTURES M.C. Escher was a graphic artist who lived in the Netherlands from 1898 until 1972. He is famous for his tricky pictures like this one, which he called Relativity. Can you tell which way is up or down? Here are some other tricky pictures, called optical illusions. Careful, they may make you dizzy!

Is this picture moving?

“Relativity� by M.C. Escher

Are the red lines straight or crooked?

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MAZE CRAZE! Can you find your way through these perplexing paths?




DID YOU KNOW? Giant mazes, called labyrinths, have been constructed all over the world for thousands of years, both for fun and for magical or religious purposes (like trapping trolls so they couldn’t cause mischief to fishermen when they went out to sea). This hedge labyrinth is in Barcelona, Spain.




Make your own maze! Send it to us for a chance to have it published in a future issue.



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Art Contest Open to children ages 6-13 Artwork may be in any medium (watercolor, pastel, photograph, etc.), in color or black & white. Sculpture is fine if you can send us a good quality photograph of it. Winning entries from each age category (6-8, 9-10, 11-13) will have their work published in the next issue of Flying Ship Magazine and will receive a $50 cash award.

Deadline for submissions is April 30th. Mail submissions to: Flying Ship Magazine, PO Box 1159 Norwich, VT 05055 Remember to include your name, age, and town of residence! Also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your work returned to you.

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