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Jack and Jill


Contents A Letter From The Editor

A warm welcome to the first issue of Jack and Jill Magazine

Bookworm's Book Reviews Six of the best reads this month

Up Close and Personal

The Seven Natural Wonders of the Photography from the countryside World From Brazil to Australia, this is your checklist Barbours and Hunters of the Natural Wonders of Planet Earth

The World's Coolest Treehouses

We take a look at the coolest treehouses all around the world, from Japan to Paris.

The Forbidden Corner

The scariest day trip you'll ever go on!

Let's Get Creative!

Science Museum On Tour There's An App For That Get Snap Happy! Real Life Glee Making Eye Masks

Sprouting Seeds

How to grow seeds quickly and easily with Innocent Smoothies

Your go to section for two of Britain's most charming heritage brands

Down on the Farm

We visit Katherine and James in North Yorkshire

Kid's Saving Kids: Toms

How to save the children of Argentina

What Shall I Wear Today?

Next's selection of the summer trends

The Great Outdoors

More fun photography from the great outdoors

See You Next Time

A farewell from the Editor

What's On The Menu Tonight?

A simplified, easy to make three course meal!

Alex Shirley Smith and The Tentsiles

An introduction with a talented graphic designer who has developed some of the most unique tents we've ever seen!



Hello From The Editor

Hello and a warm welcome to the first ever issue of Jack and Jill Magazine! This magazine is the product of months and months of hard work so we can bring you interesting, intelligent content. Jack and Jill Magazine is for children, like yourself, who are bored of comics and cartoons and who want something new to read. Jack and Jill is your magazine, and we will listen to what you want to read, and what you want us to find and write about. We want to show you art, design, culture and new trends in the lifestyle market, so you can form your own opinions like the young adult you are. Our team is small and compact here, and I, as the Editor in Chief, promise to make sure we all work hard and play hard to bring you something new and exciting to read every month from now on. We always want to hear from you, if you've seen something you like, if you've seen something you don't, or if you just want to say hello, we're always ready to listen. Visit our website, to read Jack's blog and Jill's blog and to post photos, comments and read up on our news. You can also email me personally, or all of us at! We look forward to hearing what you think about this first issue.

Lucy Elizabeth Roberts Editor in Chief


The Seven Natural Wonders Of The World

It’s safe to say, we all forget how amazing the world we live in is from time to time. We take nature for granted, we forget to stop and admire the way that flowers bloom. We take the little things for granted.

Rio de Janeiro to Australia and back to Arizona, we have researched and documented the seven natural wonders of Planet Earth just for you.

Don’t forget to let us know if you have seen any of So here, we are going to these wonders first hand, celebrate the seven natural we always want to hear wonders of our world, from about your adventures!


The Harbour of Rio de Janeiro

The Harbour of Rio de Janeiro is located in Brazil, and is the largest bay in the world calculated according to the volume of water in it, amazing! The Harbour is also known as Guanabara Bay and was created naturally, by water erosion from the Atlantic Ocean.

established a colony in 1555, but were soon removed. The population of Rio de Janeiro quickly increased and the city grew larger in numbers and in trade. In 1960, Rio de Janeiro was unnamed as the capital of Brazil. The capital was changed to Brazilia.

Rio de Janeiro Harbour was founded on January 1st, 1502. Portuguese navigators thought that the entrance of Guanabara Bay was the mouth of a river. Thus, they named it River of January. Years later (about sixty years to make a guess), French traders came and inspected the area that the Portuguese established as the city of Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. The French

The Harbour of Rio de Janeiro is a sight to be seen. The Harbour is surrounded by some of the worlds most famous and varied mountains, including the Sugarloaf Mountain, and this all contributes to tricking your eyes! At first glance, the Harbour can look like the mouth of a lake, but on closer inspection you can see the string of mountains clearly frame the body of water.


The Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis


An aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly common in the high latitude regions of the Earth, the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Aurora Borealis is caused by energy charged particles colliding with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The result? An amazing display of colours lighting up the sky.

Earth, so are visible more strongly at some times rather than others.

The Aurora Borealis is also known as The Northern Lights as they typically occur in the Northern hemisphere of the globe. Recently, due to solar flares, the Northern Lights have been visible from England around the coast The Aurora Borealis is named lines mainly in the North, did after the Roman goddess of you see them? We want to dawn Aurora, and Borealis is hear all about it if you did! taken from the Greek word Send us your pictures and “wind”. The phenomenal stories as we’ll be publishing lights are directed by wind them online. and magnetic pull from the

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres Wow, that’s huge! The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in NorthEast Australia.

a World Heritage Site in 1981. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland. A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism.

Thirty different species of whales. The Great Barrier Reef can be dolphins and porpoises have seen from outer space and is the been recorded on the Reef, six world’s biggest single structure species of turtles come to the made by living organisms. This Reef to breed, 215 birds roost on or reef structure is full of and built by around the Reef, 17 species of sea billions of tiny organisms, known snakes live in the Reef and over as coral polyps. It supports a wide 1,500 different kinds of fish live in variety of life and was selected as the Reef.


Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. Formed over sixty million years ago, Mount Everest is a major landmark in the Himalayas today. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point of Mount Everest . The highest mountain on the Earth attracts many wellexperienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers willing to hire professional guides. While Mount Everest


does not pose a substantial technical climbing challenge on the standard route, the mountain presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind to the brave who take on the challenge. In Nepal, Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha, which literally translates as “Goddess of the Sky”, similarly in Tibet, it is known as Chomolunga which means “Mother Goddess of the Universe”. Mount Everest is indeed a great sight to see, powerful, tall and strong, it is no wonder the translation depicts the mountain as a Goddess.

Paricutin Volcano

Paricutin Volcano is a cinder cona volcano and is located just outside Mexico City. Paricutin now stands at exactly 1,345 feet above the ground and 9,210 feet above sea level. Paricutin is part of the Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field, which covers much of West Central Mexico.

spilling lava out and across the town and leaving 1,000 people dead.

Paricutin is a fascinating wonder of the natural world as the explosions were recent enough to be captured on camera. The effects of the lava on the land were ultimately beneficial in the aftermath of The eruption started in the explosions as the nutrients February 1942 and ended in from the lava penetrated the February 1953. The worst of the soils of the land and became volcanic activity took place excellent accelerators for in 1943, with the lava rising to growing crops. just fifty feet below the craters rim. Imagine if that had spilled out into your town! One of the final major eruptions of the volcano occured in 1949,


Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a naturally formed waterfall which is located between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European man to view Victoria Falls which he did from what is now known as ‘Livingstone Island’ in Zambia, the only spot of land accessible in the middle of the falls. David Livingstone gave the falls the name ‘Victoria Falls’ in honour of his Queen, but the African cultural name of ‘Mosi-oaTunya’ literally meaning the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ is also commonl.y used nationally.

behold the grand sight. Victoria Falls is said to be the largest waterfall in the world, but this is not due to height or width but to the sheer volume of water cascading down the front of the falls. It is said to be the largest falling sheet of water in the world.

One of the most well known features of Victoria Falls is the Devil’s Pool, near the edge of the falls, accessed from Livingstone Island. When the river flow is at a certain level, usually during the months of September to December, a rock barrier forms a pool with little current and some people swim in the pool.. Occasional deaths have been reported Victoria Falls is an international when people slip over the edge tourist attraction, people from of the rock barrier, so maybe all over the world travel to don’t try this yourself!


The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is an extremely steep sided canyon naturally carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. The Grand Canyon is a national landmark, and has been preserved by many prominent figures over the years, mainly by President Roosevelt who used to frequently visit and enjoy the scenery. The canyon is also maintained and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, and the Havasupai Tribe.

running away from it cut their channels through layer after layer of rock. While the specific geological processes and timing which formed the Grand Canyon are under debate between geologists, recent evidence suggests the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day structure.

Have you ever visited the The Grand Canyon is 277 miles Grand Canyon? Send us your long, up to 18 miles wide and pictures and let us know attains a depth of over a mile. what you thought, we’ll Nearly two billion years of the be publishing all of your Earth’s geological history have Natural Wonders of the World been exposed as the Colorado experiences online! River and the threads of water



The World's Coolest Treehouses! We have travelled far and wide to bring you the best treehouses we can possibly find! From Northumberland to Japanese Bonsai works of art, the variety we have for you is unbelievable! Take from them what you will, inspiration, interest, or a desire to see them for yourselves. This feature goes to show that big kids all over the world love nothing more than the great outdoors.


Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland. Part of Northumberland's Alnwick Garden is this, The Treehouse. The Treehouse is a restaurant, cafe and snack bar situated on a raised terrace above the ground. There are walkways around the various rooms to explore, with a stunning view of Alnwick Castle (where Harry Potter was filmed at Hogwarts!) so be sure to see that. Remember your cameras, it is not a sight to be missed. We can't reccommend enough the hot chocolates and bacon sandwiches, they are absolutely delicious! So make sure you ask very nicely for extra whipped cream and chocolate sauce.


While you're at The Treehouse, wander over to the Gardens to see the fabulous water feature with ten tiers of waterfalls and explore The Poison Garden to find out more about deadly plants and seeds! The Gardens are a fabulous location for Hide and Seek, don't say we told you, but there's a great hiding place behind the hedges on the left of the water fountains! With things to do, see and explore, Alnwick Gardens is a super day out, so make sure you're up bright and early to enjoy the full day! Remember to send all your photos to our website, we want to hear what you got up to and enjoyed the most!



Bonsai Trees, Japan.

OK, OK, we know they're not real life sized treehouses, but we couldn't resist sharing the work of Japanese artist Takanori Aiba with you! Using copper line, putty, plastic, clay and a lot of skill, Aiba creates these tiny little treehouses full of detail in Japan's famous little trees, the Bonsai Tree.

Aiba says “If you explore any small part of my works, you find amazing stories and some unique characters� So we'll be looking closely to find the hidden stories and characters, what can you see? Share your findings with us online on our website or write us a letter! We want to know what you think of these amazing creations.


Madison Square Park, New York City. In 2008, Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata installed a dozen treehouses in Madison Park Square in New York City. He built and installed twelve treehouses high above the public's reach in the busy park. Each treehouse was unique, each designed to resemble a children's playhouse fantasy. Each treehouse is cooler than the last, it's such a shame we weren't allowed to go inside and explore! Did any of you see the Tree Huts exhibition? If you did, we want to know about it! Write in or email us and let us know what you thought!


Keycamp Parc, Paris. Not only is this treehouse super cool, it's also a hotel! In the busy French capital of Paris, countryside hotels are hard to come by, but we cannot stop looking at this treetop house! Each treehouse has been cleverly built around the trunk of one of the old trees in the forest, and is five metres above the ground. These grown-up treehouses are Tarzan perfect, and provide an alternative holiday for the whole family. Have you ever stayed in one of these? Let us know!


Hoke House, Portland, OR.

OK, OK, so it's not really called The Cullen's House, but that is what everyone who has seen the Twilight Saga will recognise it as. This house is supposedly located in Forks, Washington State, but the actual location is in Portland, Oregon. The houses real name is Hoke House, and was designed by architect Jeff Kovel for Skylab Architecture. Set in a forest area, and raised above the ground, we're sure this house qualifies as one of the coolest treehouses ever.


In the Twilight Saga films, the home of the Cullen's is set perfectly away from the rest of the town's residents in the forest setting, leaving the vampires free to roam and hunt around the area without being seen. by the local humans The top secret location is also handy for Edward and Bella to go tree climbing spider-monkey-style whenever they like! This Vampire Treehouse definitely makes it onto our list of places to visit.

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The Korowai Tribe, Papua, New Guinea. The Korowai people are people of South East New Guinea, and there are approximately 3,000 of them. Up until about 1970, the Korowai people were unaware that there was any other human existence. The most fascinating thing about this tribe of people is that they live in treehouses thirty metres from the ground.

Korowai tribe from flood damage to their homes, as well as providing a height advantage over any rival clans. The kidnapping of children and women is common amongst clans, so living in treehouses protects the community from surprise attacks,

Moving into their new treehouse is an exciting ritual for the Korowai tribe, It has been rumoured that the Korowai where they move their family, including people practice cannibalism up to pets, up the ladder built of bamboo into the present day, a myth which has their new home. It is inside where been neither confirmed nor denied. they have a ceremonial first fire to However, anthropologists (people who pronounce the new home open. study people) have suggested that following contact with the Western Can you imagine living in your community this act no longer occurs. treehouse? Can you imagine living high above the ground? We want to The fantastic treehouses are built hear what you think about the Korowai high above flood level to protect the tribe's unique way of life!




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The Forbidden Corner Situated in the heart of Tupgill Park in the Yorkshire Dales, The Forbidden Corner is full of labyrinths, twists, turns, tricks and surprises! Not just for children, adults will love this exciting place too. The Forbidden Corner is a day out with a difference, it will challenge you mentally and physically as you begin a quest to make your way out of the four acre park! From underground tunnels, to scary statues and paths that lead to nowhere, you'll need all the help you

can get to successfully navigate your way through The Forbbidden Corner. Leap across the stepping stones to gain entry to the temple, but beware you don't slip and fall into the water. Remember to enjoy the stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales as well, as Tupgill Park is fast becoming one of England's biggest tourist attractions. So this weekend, drag your family over to The Forbidden Corner for a new, exciting day out.



So, ater reading all about The World's Coolest Treehouses and The Natural Wonders of the World, it's time to get exploring our own country and all it has to offer. There are many things hidden in The Forbidden Corner, maybe even a treehouse or cave if you look carefully!

(Order of the British Empire). However, due to public demand The Forbidden Corner was soon opened up as a public attraction, and has not lost interest ever since. Guess we better thank Mr Armstrong for providing us with such a great place!

The Wonders of the World don't have to be spread across the planet, Brazil may have the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, but England has Yorkshire, and Yorkshire has The Forbidden Corner. The attraction was originally set up as a private park by Mr C.R. Armstrong C.M.G. (Companion of St Michael and St George) O.B.E,

Good luck on your adventures and exploring, who knows, we might even see you there! Turn the page for your very own Forbidden Corner Checklist. Solve the riddles to see what you can find when you go to visit, let us know how you get on, good luck!


Repulsive dwarf, deformed and all, emerges from beneath the wall. Eyes of red and scales of blue, look closely enough and he may surprise you. Spotted? And what is this, we've come to pass? A Pyramid of solid glass! Spotted? Standing there for all to see, A little boy, having a pee. Spotted? Beware of spells for in any wood, there are spirits bad and spirits good. Ariel had a spirit free but, a witch confined him to this tree. Spotted? If you go down in the woods today, you'll see some strange bear faces. And if you catch them playing cards, look for one with the aces. Spotted? Circles of stone are not unknown, but none so small as we. Watch as you go or you won't know, what you're supposed to see. Spotted? Where's the grotto, north or South. Get it straight, from the horses mouth. Spotted? What is this for goodness sake, A griffin floating on a lake. Spotted? Here's the temple with columns four, The underworld lies through the door. Spotted? The snake pulsates, with light it sheds, Dare you pass, between the heads. Spotted? Beneath this land sleeps giant men, the guardians of the earth. When we shall need them they'll awake, and we shall see their worth. Spotted? Pluto stands, trident in hand. Ruling over his underworld land. Spotted? We've herbs for your ailments and cooking right here, we've herbs that'll send you to the stratosphere. Far more potent than medicine or booze, so research your herbcraft and watch what you choose. Spotted?


To progress from here, to the tour in full, you must crawl through, the giant skull. Pass through the skull, and a door you will see, but to open you must, turn the handle and key. Spotted? The posts are leaning, there's splinters and gaps. Pass through here quick, it might just collapse. Spotted? What's this monster all about? First thing you know he'll spit you out. Spotted? Venus looks out over the dale, it has been said her cheeks are pale. But she spends her life standing outside, are they really pale? Friend, you decide. Spotted? He points the way, he knows the score. Go down the passage, and through the door. Spotted? Paths lead through, the rise and falls. Here you're among the old castle walls Spotted? Close by St. Cuthberts as you might know, lie merry old dalesfolk who lived long ago. Their verses give insight to the world as twas then, when women were women and men, well, were men. Spotted? The Silver Swan lands by a pool, water runs crystal clear. To drink or bathe will do you good and you can do either here. Except, we've heard another bird has quite a different idea. Spotted? Doggerel. A waterfall bars the way to you. Have faith, it will part and let you through. Spotted? Rumour is rife should you run for your life, or crouch in the corner and hide. If there is a cat here, it's a justified fear for mice who within here reside. Spotted? Once I was a tree, now a dog you see! Quite a change you remark, but I still have my bark. Spotted? Giants among us everywhere, though mortals rarely see. One, you can though if you try, is the green knight in the tree. Spotted?



Let’s Get Creative! Join us as we check out the technology phenomenon which has captured all our interest! Rather than just games and computers, we discover that some of the best creativity is the most on to discover more!



The Science Museum: On Tour The Science Museum is ON TOUR! Touring around the country in a series of live shows, the Science Museum is an explosive show of experiments, science and magic. Revision and learning has never been this much fun! Prepare to be absolutely amazed as the scientists deliver one unbelievable experiment after another! Experience spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments as London’s world famous Science Museum takes to the stage for the first time ever with an unbelievable live show to blow your mind and challenge your brain! Book your tickets now at:

Tour Dates 2012 Sun 1 April RICHMOND Theatre 0844 871 7651 Tue 10 - Wed 11 Apr ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre 01224 641122 Fri 13 - Sat 14 Apr FIFE Dumfermline Carnegie Hall 01383 602302

Mon 14 - Tue 15 May TUNBRIDGE WELLS Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 530 613 Wed 16 - Thur 17 May BROXBORNE Civic Hall 01992 441946 Sat 19 - Sun 20 May ST ALBANS Arena 01727 844488

Sun 15 Apr INVERNESS Eden Court 01463 234 234

Thu 24 - Fri 25 May CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre 01227 787787

Tue 17 - Wed 18 Apr GLASGOW Theatre Royal 0844 871 7647

Sat 26 May NORTHAMPTON Derngate 01604 624811

Sat 21 Apr OXFORD New Theatre 0844 871 3020

Sun 27 May WIMBLEDON Theatre 0844 871 7646

Sun 22 - Mon 23 Apr EXETER Northcott Theatre 01392 493 493

Sat 2 June EASTBOURNE Congress 01323 412000

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Apr BEDFORD Corn Exchange 01234 269519

Wed 6 June DUBLIN Helix +353 1 700 7000

Sun 29 - Mon 30 Apr CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 01223 357 851

Fri 8 - Sat 9 June BELFAST Grand Opera House 028 9024 1919

Tue 1 - Wed 2 May BUXTON Opera House 0845 127 2190

Mon 11 June LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru 01492 872000

Thur 3 May BRADFORD St. George’s Hall 01274 432 000

Tue 12 - Wed 13 June SHREWSBURY Severn Theatre 01743 281281

Fri 4 - Sat 5 May HARROGATE Royal Hall 01423 502 116

Thu 14 June CARDIFF St David’s 029 2087 8444

Tue 8 - Wed 9 May KINGS LYNN Corn Exchange 01553 764 864

Sat 16 June SWANSEA Grand Theatre 01792 475715

Thur 10 - Fri 11 May COLCHESTER Mercury Theatre 01206 573948


Sky Safari App in action


There’s An App For That

Historypin App in Action Technology. One of the fastest growing industries in the international market is technology. Moving forward faster every day, advancing every week, breakthroughs for technicians and scientists are becoming more and more regular. So, in a world where technology is accessible to anyone and everyone, how can we make sure we use it in the best way for us? The Apple App store presents us with a variety of things: games, themes, weather, information. Over 500,000 apps make up the store. Everyone knows about Angry Birds, about Draw Something, about Glee Kareoke, but why spend days trying to beat your own high score for the hundredth time when you could be spending the evening using Sky Safari? Sky Safari is an amazing application which you can use on your iPhone, iTouch or iPad, all you have to do is point it up at the night sky and it will tell you exactly what you’re looking at. From constellations to planets to the North Star, Sky Safari is designed to present you with a new, fun way to learn about astronomy. After the mega hype about Dr Brian Cox on the BBC, astronomy is something the nation has become fascinated by! So why not download the app today, and make more use of the creative technology

which Apple provides us with? Make sure to let us know what you think about Sky Safari, and tell us about your favourite constellations! Aside from Sky Safari, there are countless other things to use your piece of Apple technology for. The World Atlas by National Geographic is so interesting we couldn’t put it down for ages! With such high resolution screen technology, the world is illustrated perfectly. We also reccommend downloading Historypin, a new and exciting app which has just been re-developed for Android phones as well as Apple. To use this app, all you have to do is point your iPhone or Android phone in front of you, the GPRS signal on yur phone will track your loaction, and your phone will tell you a significant event in history which happened right in front of you. Cool right? The App store has some of the most impressive technology in the world, all we have to do is know what to search for, and where to look. Let’s all make use of the technology available to us and use it for something new and exciting! Looks like Sky Safari is going to beat Angry Birds this month!


Teknofun Digital Camera, £39.99 from Amazon

VTech Digital Zoom Camera, £29.99 from Amazon

Vivicam Digital Camera, £20.50 from Amazon


Time To Get Snap Happy!

Here’s a few names for you: Ansel Adams, John Shaw and Philip Hyde. These men are some of the most influential landscape photographers ever. And what do they all have in common? Passion. They are all extremely passionate about capturing the beauty of landscapes, of the scenery of our planet. So why not pick up a new hobby and pick up a camera? Photography is an extremely relaxing hobby to enjoy, and very satisfying. Whether you use your smartphone, a digital camera, or a film camera, photography is easy to do on the move wherever you go. Don’t forget to email us copies of your photography to be published in our online section “Young Creatives”!

Next time you’re online, have a look at for some great cameras to put on your birthday or Christmas wishlists! You never know, you might be lucky enough to get one! These are our three top picks, Teknofun, VTech and Vivicam. They are some of the best technology brands for children, so we tried out these three cameras to help you pick the right one for you!

We think the VTech works best for those of you who are nine, the Teknofun is fab for ten and eleven year olds with the super fun interactive covers and the Vivicam is for those of you who are twelve! All three cameras are digital, with a digital screen so you can The image above may seem like “just a tree”, but scroll through your photos and they all have a flash. photography is about so much more! The composition, With technology like this at your fingertips, you’re the consideration and the structure of the image makes bound to be out-snapping Ansel Adams in no time! it a true work of art. Ansel Adams always took his photos in black and white to create a moody, emotional It’s time to get creative! Have fun! atmosphere, what will your trademark style be?



Real Life Glee:

The Show Choirs of England

The Euphoria Show Choir from Bristol You’ve seen it, we’ve seen it. We know you know you know all the words, and we know that we definately know all the words. From Don’t Stop Believing to Somebody To Love, we know every single song and dance inside out and back to front! Now, you absolutely know what we’re talking about. We’re talking about the Glee phenomenon! The love story of Rachel and Finn, the scheming of Britney, Quinn and Santana, the divas Mercedes and Kurt, the evil Sue Sylvester and the adorable Mr Schuh, we cannot get enough of Glee! The songs, the stories, the shows, the competition, there is nothing about this program that we don’t love. But it’s just a TV programme right? Wrong! We scoured the country to find that some of the greatest show choirs in the world are right here in England, and you can join one too! Singing, dancing, acting, there are places to let your inner Gleek out, we only wish we could join too! The funny thing is, that while we associate Glee Show Choirs with American High Schools, the

trend of Glee Clubs actually started here in Britain in the 1700s! Back then, Glee clubs were made up of all boys, and were defined by one lead singer backed by numerous harmony singers. It was then that the craze caught on in America, just as Britain began to develop more styles of singing and strayed away from Glee. But, since the show aired in the UK, Glee clubs are back! There’s one in almost every town, you just have to know where to look! Show choirs are back with a vengeance, so maybe it’s time to take inspiration from your favourite Glee character, and become a real life Gleek! And the bonus is, if you don’t want to join a big club, or if there isn’t one near you, you can be in your very own show choir in the comfort of your own living room! Time to put the Nintendo Wii to good use, and use it to channel Rachel and Finn as you sing along with them! The Glee Kareoke game for Nintendo Wii’s is the perfect item to put on your birthday list, so start practising your harmonies and dance moves now, it’s show time!


How To Make: Eye Masks You Will Need: Cut out of the template opposite Glitter Feathers Elastic Glue Felt Tips

Method: 1. First, rip out the opposite page and stick to a piece of cardboard so it's more sturdy. Then, cut out the template, making sure to be neat and to cut between the eyes carefully! 2. Using a variety of decorations, we suggested glitter, feathers and colours, go wild and stick everything onto your mask! 3. Carefully pierce two holes at either end of the mask and attach the elastic to fit around your head. 4. Go and fight some crime! (If you want to make more than two masks, the template is available to print off on our website!)






So, who’s your favourite superhero? Who will you be basing your mask on? Will it be catwoman and her jet black mask? Or Spiderman and his full blue and red mask? Maybe Superman is your favourite and you want to design something with a motif? Or maybe you don’t want to base your mask on a superhero at all and you fancy something

more sophisticated! Look to the past for inspiration, the Venetian Masquerade Balls used to be some of the most luxurious events to attend! Everyone covered their identity with a large, feathered, decorative eye mask, so maybe try your hand at a masquerade! Send us your pictures, will you be a superhero or masked guest?





Sprouting Seeds Have you seen? Have you heard? Our favourite Innocent Smoothies have just got even better! Now whenever your family buys a box of Innocent Smoothie cartons, you will receive a FREE packet of seeds! There are carrot, cress, basil, tomatoes, violet and sunflower seeds all available, all you have to do is drink your smoothie, wash out the carton, fill it with soil from your garden and plant your seeds! With some love and sunshine, and a bit of water, your seeds will be ready to grow in no time!

The Innocent Smoothie Website also wants to know all about your progress, so make sure to check in with them and share your photos about how your seeds are growing. Jack and Jill can’t wait to plant and grow our own seeds, we have to be quick though, as this offer is only available until May so hurry down to your nearest supermarket!

Don’t forget to send us all your pictures and what you have done with your fully grown seeds, we will be featuring some of your photos in our next issue and Sunflowers and violets will make will post everything online to our beautiful bunches of flowers when website! they’re fully grown, a perfect gift for your parents! The carrots Happy Growing! and tomatoes could be a great addition to dinner, and basil and cress match everything!


What’s On The Menu Tonight? Ever fancied having a go at making your own three course meal? Well, with Jack and Jill’s super simple recipes which are easy to follow, you can! We’re starting with a lovely tomato soup, which we promise is delicious, followed by an easy to make Italian spaghetti dish, and it’s all topped off with the classic English apple crumble! Each issue of Jack and Jill will bring you a new and exciting three course menu, and we want to hear how you’ve got on and what you want to see on the next menu! Happy Cooking!


Rich Tomato Soup With Pesto

You Will Need: 1tbsp butter or olive oil 2 x garlic cloves, crushed 5 x Sun Blush tomatoes in oil, chopped 3 x 400g cans plum tomatoes 500ml of vegetable stock 1 tsp sugar 142ml pot soured cream 125g pot fresh basil pesto Basil leaves, to serve

Method: 1.Heat the butter or oil in a large pan, then add the garlic and soften for a few mins over a low heat (ask your Mum or Dad to help!). Add the SunBlush tomatoes, canned tomatoes, stock, sugar and seasoning, then bring to a simmer. Let the soup bubble for 10 mins until the tomatoes have broken down a little. 2. Whizz with a stick blender, adding half the pot of soured cream as you go. Taste and adjust the seasoning - add more sugar if you need to. Serve in bowls with 1 tbsp or so of the pesto swirled on top, a little more soured cream and scatter with basil leaves. 3. Enjoy! Remember to send us your pictures!


The Main Course


Spaghetti Carbonara

You Will Need: 1 x Packet of Spaghetti Salt & Pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 200g pancetta, finely diced 4 egg yolks 200ml double cream 150g parmesan, half finely grated, half as shavings 3–4 tbsp chopped parsley

Method: 1. Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of salted boiling (careful!) water for about 8-10 minutes, or according to the packet instructions. 2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a frying pan, add the pancetta and fry until crisp. Make sure you stand back from the pan in case it spits hot oil at you! 3. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the cream and grated Parmesan. Season well with freshly ground pepper. Add the chopped parsley too. 4. Add the freshly drained spaghetti to the egg yolk mixture, together with the remaining oil, the grated Parmesan and the fried pancetta. Mix together quickly. Season to taste with sea salt and frehsly ground pepper. Transfer to a warmed serving bowl. Top with the Parmesan shavings and serve at once.


And For Pudding


Apple Crumble

You Will Need: For the crumble: 35g rolled oats 35g wholemeal flour 20g caster sugar 35g margarine or butter For the filling: 400g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered 50g sugar, to sweeten 1 tablespoon water

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 190째C/375째F/gas 5. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks, ask someone older for help here. 2. Put the apples into a pan with the sugar and water. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes and place in a small ovenproof dish, remembering to use oven gloves! 3. Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter into small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through. 4. Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apple hot. Yummy!



And if you still have room, maybe a little something for your sweet tooth!


How To Make: Rainbow Cookies

You Will Need: 175g softened butter 50g golden caster sugar 50g icing sugar 2 egg yolks 2 tsp vanilla extract 300g plain flour Zest and juice of 1 orange 140g icing sugar Sprinkles , to decorate

Method: 1.Heat oven to 200c or Gas Mark 6. Mix the butter, sugars, egg yolks and vanilla with a wooden spoon until creamy, then mix in the flour in 2 batches. Stir in the orange zest. Roll the dough into about 22 walnut size balls and sit on baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins until golden, then leave to cool. 2. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with enough orange juice to make a thick, runny icing. Dip each biscuit half into the icing, then straight into the sprinkles. Dry on a wire rack.


3. Enjoy! Don't forget to send us your pictures before you eat them all!

How To Make: Shortbread

You Will Need: 300g butter, softened 140g golden caster sugar, plus 4 tbsp to sprinkle! 300g plain flour 140g rice flour

Method: 1. Place the butter and 140g sugar in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Tip in both the flours and a pinch of salt, then whizz until mixture comes together. 2. Using your hands, roughly spread the mixture out in a 20 x 30 x 4cm baking tray. Cover with cling film and smooth over until there are no wrinkles. Place in the fridge, uncooked, for at least 30 mins and up to 2 days. 3. Heat oven to 180C 160C fan gas 4. Remove cling film, then lightly mark the shortbread all over with a fork. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into 24 thin slices. Shortbread will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Alex Shirley-Smith and The Tentsiles

British designer Alex Shirley-Smith has designed these amazing tents, called “Tentsiles”. They have been designed to hang between three trees and Alex says he hopes they can be used all around the world in times of natural disasters such as floods. Alex got the idea for the Tentsiles as he watched a spider build its web between the twigs of a bush. The spiders web was so strong and so simple, that Alex immediately began thinking of a design to base on the web. “I was wondering how to make a portable tree house when I saw a spider building a web and had a brainwave.”


He then came up with the Tentsiles, which can be purchased for £7,500. The price tag makes for a very expensive camping trip, but they can hold up to five tonnes, which is the weight of an elephant! The Tentsile takes a quick half hour to assemble, all you need to do is first find three big strong trees. The Tentsile is completely safe as well, because it is raised above the ground, during any camping trip you are totally protected from any ground level insects or reptiles. Bonus!


Extreme Tentsiles Not only are the Tentsiles suitable for camping, they are also designed to be free standing and can be used in extreme conditions! Here, we can see them on the beach, and in the snow! Wow! Is there anything they can't do? People even hire them out to host parties in, as


a new and cool venue. The Tentsiles are accessed using a ladder, just like a treehouse, and can hold up to fifteen people depending on the size of the one you choose. So next time a trip to the beach or the slopes is on the cards, remember to take a Tentsile!


‘ The more that you read, The more things you will know, The more that you learn, The more places you’ll go.’ -Dr Seuss


This famous quote from Dr Seuss is one of our favourites and is hanging in our office. At Jack and Jill, we believe in the power of print, and are all self-confessed bookworms! From J K Rowling, to Beatrix Potter, to Roald Dahl, we love anything and everything to do with literature.

enjoy reading the reviews and the books! For up to the minute reviews and new releases, check out our friends at where you’ll find a staggering amount of reviews for your favourite books.

And as an extra special treat, two team members at Jack and Jill have reviewed That’s why we’ve decided to give you a their all time favourite childhood story! Bet feature on the best books for you right now. you can’t guess who...! Reviewed by you, for you, we hope you’ll


After falling victim to an advert scam in the local paper which cost him three shillings for the supposed secret of Instant Height, Johnny takes the experience to heart and launches a massive campaign to rob the misguided public. His idea is such a success that Johnny has to create a whole mountain of lies to keep the truth from his mum and his boss at the post office. We all know that lying is bad and it’s a lesson that Johnny learns the hard way when kindly Dr Langford, for whom Winnie works, is murdered and it seems that all the lies and deceit have made the boys’ mother the chief suspect. With his innocent parent in jail Johnny must find the real culprit if he’s going to save her from the hangman’s noose.

Jonny Swanson by Eleanor Updale Set in 1929 in a Britain still heavily influenced by the First World War, this is the story of an eleven year old boy called Johnny Swanson who lives with his mother, Winnie, in a small town. His father died in the war before Johnny was even born so money is tight for the pair even with Johnny’s paper round for the local shop. When the local landowner Mr Bennet increases the rent on their home the young hero knows he has to do something and this is when we find out Johnny isn’t a normal young boy.


Johnny Swanson is a brilliant book for many reasons. This book reveals a harsher side with most of its characters leading a life damaged in some way by the war and where bullying and unkindness still play a large role. One passage in particular reveals the harshness of Johnny’s situation as the mob turn against him and his mother, breaking windows, stealing and resorting to violence. There is still an underlying kindness to the story however, in particular portrayed by the Doctor, Hutch the post office worker who takes Johnny in when everyone else hates him. The plot itself is clever and inventive and plays on issues of the time with the development of the vaccine for TB playing a large part in the murder. The killer is totally unexpected and gives the story a new and exciting twist that leaves you fearing for Johnny’s life and Eleanor Updale has done a great job of keeping the suspense and intrigue going despite the length of the book.

Life isn’t great for thirteen year old Stanley Bound. Disliked and rejected at school and living with a grumpy brother who thinks he’s a thief, he dreams of far away places and adventure. The sort of adventure he’s thinking of however is a lot different from the one he’s about to have. Some strange men are looking for Stanley, one of them keeps his hat under his chin and a beard on his head and it’s as two of these characters are chasing the young hero that he dives into a police car and his life is turned upside down. This policeman is covered in hair and he’s not from earth and they suddenly blast off into space. It would seem that Stanley is famous all over the universe as the boy who killed President Vorlugenar, the most important man ever. The thing is Stanley has never left England let alone the planet so he couldn’t have done it which is why it’s very strange that the murder was caught on camera. Somehow he’s going to have to prove his innocence while avoiding getting himself killed in a large number of extraordinary and mad scrapes as he meets the most bizarre bunch of characters you’ve ever encountered. Everything from the characters to the plot is weird and wonderful and it makes for an exciting and fun read. Stanley encounters a talking mushroom, bird-headed pirates, an eccentric professor with a huge head and the Planner, a super-machine that speeds up evolution by enhancing your natural abilities.

Space Crime Conspiracy by Gareth P Jones its very limits while Stanley is dragged on a journey to clear his name of murder. The plot is clever and expect the unexpected as all is revealed at the end but the best bit is that there is a definite opening for a second book as the book finishes on a bit of a loose end with the sight of more adventure ahead.

You have to love Gareth Jones’ book for its fantastical and crazy goings on as the author stretches credibility and your imagination to


and bustle of family life and all the normality that Olive doesn’t have. Mathilda’s family bake cakes, go for picnics and have birthday parties, things a busy mother and an absent father cannot supply. Despite all this Olive gets through life pretty well until the day Mathilda swaps her for the coolest, prettiest girl in school and Olive ends up alone. On that very day Pip shows up. The two girls look exactly the same but where Olive is quiet and shy, Pip is bold and exciting. Together, the two form the perfect team and before long Olive’s newly appeared twin starts to rub off on her. The pair are ready to take on the world and right all the wrongs from our heroine’s life and it’s not long before others begin to see this other side of Olive.

Pip: The Story of Olive by Kim Kane

This is a very clever story from an excellent writer, which despite the book’s recent release still has the feel of a classic. There is a real journey to be made for the main character here with all the emotional twists and turns necessary of a great coming of age novel. Olive and Pip are two sides of the same coin and their personalities are brilliantly interwoven to create a fantastic duo who complement each other perfectly. It’s this pairing that means the book never gets to be anything less than absorbing.

The story is lighthearted and funny but tugs at the reader’s heartstrings when you realise just what a sad life Olive leads. The book’s realism means that Olive is an odd little girl which is no surprise given her odd it reads beautifully and turns an already good book family. Her father, WilliamPetersMustardSeed, into a great one. A real gem of a novel which is is absent and that leaves just her and her mother, both hilarious and startlingly honest in it’s ruthless Mog, who is a very successful Magistrate. depictions of the lonely life a child can lead. Together they live in a big messy house. Olive’s only friend at school is Mathilda who comes from a very different family, full of siblings, the hustle


Every teenage boy dreams of adventure but for Theo that dream is about to come true. For years he has been locked away in the house of his guardian, Dr Saint. Due to a supposed rare illness he has stayed in the same three rooms and only ever seen the same three people; the Doctor, the butler Mr Nicely and the servant girl Clarice. Everything changes when burglars break into his home and Theo mysteriously melts one of the men with his bare hands, which he has up to now been forced to keep gloved. The very next day he is rescued by the Society of Unrelenting Vigilance, a group dedicated to fight the evil Society of Good Works run by Dr Saint who plan to take over the world and commit “good deeds” on everyone. This society, comprised of an old man, a gangly youth and an all-action heroine called Chloe, claim that Theo is the key to halting their nemesis. There is also the matter of the link between Theo and an old crime fighting hero, the Candle Man. So while the boy is desperately trying to find clues to his past and working out his role in the future, he is whisked across London from one safe-haven to another while doing battle to endless hordes of bad guys. It looks like glowing hands that have the power to melt people like wax are really going to come in handy. a film version it should definitely be in black and white with crackly audio! Despite at first seeming The book is well written and atmospheric though a bit out of place in a world of taxis and red doublerather strangely it’s not the atmosphere that suits decker buses I found this aspect very enjoyable the world it’s set in. The adventure takes place and quickly forgot all about the modern London. in modern day London, yet there is a very strong Victorian feel to the plot. The evil society has an air The Candle Man turned out to be a great and of mad scientist about it, the monsters and most original adventure book which should appeal to both of the settings are very gothic and the superhero boys and girls. Very highly recommended for those characters are old fashioned. If they ever make who like a Victorian atmosphere to their books.

Candle Man by Glenn Dakin


One of my all time favourite books which I would still happily read now, was Wendy. Written by Karen Wallae, the book is about the lesser known character from Peter Pan, Wendy, and is all about her life in early twentieth century London. There is no Neverland in this book, making it a much more realistic story for older children who have grown up from Peter Pan. The story is all about Wendy, who strives to learn and understand the social changes which are happening around her. She befriends a lady called Esther Cunnigham, who is campaigning for women’s rights. We know now that she was a suffragette, but from Wendy’s young point of view she was unsure of the political movement. Wendy seems to be trapped by many social restraints, her father, Mr Darling, we we knew to be jolly and friendly from Peter Pan, is really a very socially conscious gentleman, and is keen to make sure Wendy does not give their family a bad name. Through the book, Wendy grows up a tremendous amount as she inadvertently sees things she isn’t supposed to and therefore becomes more of an adult narrator. Confused wth the knowledge of her father’s infidelity, Wendy constantly contemplates what to do or say, and with which parent do her loyalties lie? Her mission seems to be to keep her family strong and together, despite the numerous struggles they face. This book is an excellent story, and is a great way to understand first hand the life which was led by so many children in the early twentieth century. Wendy is a lovely character to relate to, and she takes us on a journey which is mature beyond


Wendy By Karen Wallace her age, as she tries to fathom what is happening around her in her home and town. Wendy is a read for both children and adults, it is an excellent narrative with some intriguing storylines. I remember reading this book numerous times during my childhood, and would happily reread it now.

with school properly before as she was always a bit different. But it all changes when she is given a project to do on the Victorians. Charlie finds a diary from Victorian times written by a girl called Lottie. Lottie was a servant girl and her diary is both informative and sentimental. Charlie starts to really get to know Lottie and feel close to her. This relationship between the two Charlotte’s becomes a big part of Charlie’s life, as she bases her school project around Lottie and the diary, showing a side of the Victorians that no one else in her class did. She writes everything from a servant’s point of view rather than examining the noble classes.

The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson I have always been a bookworm. A self-confessed bookworm. When I was younger, I devoured all kinds of stories, detectives (Nancy Drew was my heroine), school stories (Mallory Towers was my fantasy school) and adventures (the Famous Five were fascinating to me). However, the one book I went back to over and over again was The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson. The book is about a character called Charlotte, Charlie for short, who lives wth her Mum. Charlie is a student at school, and has never really engaged

Charlie lives with her mum, Jo, a single mum, who has brought Charlie up completely by herself. The themes of the book are not just the relationship Charlie builds with Lottie, but between her and Jo, and her grandparents who are eternally disapproving of the way Jo raises Charlie because they behave more like sisters due to them being so close in age. As the book progresses, their relationship strengthens too, Jo and Charlie become more like mother and daughter than acting like a pair of sisters. The Lottie Project will always be one of my favourite books, and it will be a book I encourage my children to read one day along with the rest of the Jacqueline Wilson books, from Tracy Beaker to The Illustrated Mum. When I was younger I read them all cover to cover iat top speed, always eager to read more. I can’t reccommend The Lottie Project enough, quick, go out and buy a copy and read it immediately!





Up Close and Personal

We went exploring around the village of Kirkby in North Yorkshire to meet some new, furry, woolly and hairy friends. Of course we took the camera with us! Here are a few of our favourite snap shots from our day out in the countryside. Make sure to send us any photographs you take too!



“I spy with my litte eye..” Meet Minnie! The miniature Shetland pony from Kirkby, North Yorkshire. We don’t actually know how old Minnie is as she was found abandoned on the road about a year ago. Ever since, she has had a loving home with the Richardsons, and her best friend is Max, another miniature Shetland pony who she shares her field with. Minnie is good natured and always loves a cuddle!


“I’m watching you...” This is Colin the Chicken! He lives with the Richardsons too in a little chicken pen next to Minnie’s field. He is the leader of the brood of chickens and is actually slightly intimidating. Colin is boisterous, loud and very fast when he runs, he is one to look out for! With his red throat and pristine white feathers, there is no question about who is in charge of these chickens.




“Lambs on CCTV!� Here we have the usual two suspects, Luke and Lily the Lambs. They, along with the other six in the pen, have been raised as pet lambs after being rejected by their mothers at birth. As a result of this, they are the friendliest, cheekiest animals on the farm! They always want fuss, love and attention and their favourite thing is a big cuddle. They are also fascinated by the camera, keep reading to see them playing with Katherine and James, our magazine countryside reporters.


“Whose are whose?� We love this photograph! On the left we have Helen in her DuBarry boots and on the right we have Del, a cob pony with black and white patches. Del is currently poorly with laminitis, so he needs lots of love and care and attention to ensure he makes a full recovery as soon as possible.




Down on the Farm

For this series of photos, we headed to North Yorkshire to see Katherine and James on their farm. Lambs, horses, dogs and cats were all there for an afternoon of fun in the sun.





James you don’t look very happy! James: Haha! Yeah, playing with the lambs is more Katherine’s thing, I just help Dad feed them and number them. I’m not as cuddly as Katherine.



Katherine: This is Number 62, Luke! He’s the cheekiest of the whole flock and is always running up to me for cuddles!



You look like Little Bo Peep! Have you a favourite lamb? Katherine: My Dad always reads that rhyme to me because he says I do too! I couldn’t choose a favourite, they’re all like my best friends.


The Story of Barbour Way, way back in 1894, a brand called Barbour was born. Barbour was founded by John Barbour, who opened the very first store, J Barbour and Sons in South Shields. Ever since then, Barbour has been a family owned business, passed down from generation to generation, and its core values have always been the same.

The Classic Barbour Jacket is shown in the picture below, traditionally a khaki green to fit wth the British countryside scenery, it has a brown cord collar and a waterproof waxing. This jacket has been mass produced around the world now, and is available for men, women and children! One for all the family to match perhaps? As well as this classic, Barbour have teamed up with numerous Barbour is a classic, British heritage brand which other fashion design forces recently to develop a provides us with coats, jackets, wellies, hats, variety of beautiful colours in their quilted jackets. gloves, scarves and more, everything you need From red to purple, all with a fleecy lining and a zip for the great outdoors! Barbour now design for and buttons, Barbour jackets will last a lifetime children, women and men, in their classic designs (until you grow out of them when you must pass as well as modern updates. them down to your younger siblings!) and keep you warm all winter! Cosy!


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The Story of Hunter Boots Hunter Boots Ltd is the most well-known brand of welly boots in the world! They began in January 1856 when Mr Henry Lee Norris and his friend and business partner Spencer Thomas Parmelee landed in Scotland from America to find somewhere to manufacture gum boots. By the middle of 1856, their factory was up and running and they were ready to start manufacturing wellies!

total, 1,185,036 pairs were made to cope with the Army’s demands. The same demands were made again during World War Two, and by the time it was all over, Hunter wellies were extremely well known and popular for men, women and children as dry boots for wet weather.

Now, Hunter Boots have become a fashion statement as well as a practical form of footwear! Their business was by now called Hunter Boots They are available in a wide variety of colours, Ltd. and it was when The First World War practically any colour you can think of! As well, began in 1914 that demand for welly boots they are available in short and long styles, metallic increased dramatically. Hunter Boots Ltd were or matte, laced or not laced, with welly socks or commissioned by The War Office to produce without! Have fun splashing around, your feet will enough wellies for all the soldiers fighting in the be dry and toasty while you have all the fun! trenches to keep their feet warm and dry! In


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Kids Saving Kids

"Giving is what FUELS us, Giving is our FUTURE." -Blake Mycoskie

Way, way back in 2006, a man called Blake Mycoskie visited a country called Argentina. It was here that he befriended a village full of children and made a startling discovery - that these children had no shoes. Now, we all take shoes for granted, school shoes, welly boots, trainers, flip flops and smart shoes, but these children had none of them. This is extra dangerous, because some of the main diseases in third world countries are soil-transmitted, meaning germs and pollution from the ground can penetrate bare feet and make their way into your body. This means that so many diseases could be avoided, if only everyone was wearing shoes. Blake Myscoskie was so shocked by the lack of basic needs, that when he returned home he


set up a company called TOMS. His company began to produce and sell shoes, under the mantra that for every pair of shoes they sold, they would give a pair to a child in a third world country. One for One. Later that same year, Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff with 10,000 pairs of shoes for the local children. The donation of these shoes was made possible by you - the people who bought TOMS shoes. TOMS also make a fantastic range of shoes for kids, in all different colours, so this month why not ask for a pair for your birthday, or just for a new pair of needed shoes? Because whenever you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, you’re giving a pair of shoes to a child just like you somewhere else in the world.





What Shall I Wear Today? This month we’re looking at two huge summertime trends for kids, denim and colour! Think of jeans, cut offs, skirts, shorts and chambray T-Shirts, neutral colours and lots of knitwear for our denim trend. Then, we look at every single colour you can imagine for our colour trend! Purples, pinks, blues, oranges, reds and yellows, you name it, we’ve got it! All of the clothes we’ve selected are available from Next right now, and nothing costs more than £20. Summertime fashion just started, let us know what your favourite piece is, and what you want to see as next month’s trrends!







The Great Outdoors

What do you need for a great day out? Laughter, sunshine, a few old bikes and a healthy breath of fresh air.



What’s your favourite part of the day been? Katherine: It’s been so nice to meet Lucy and Rachael from Jack and Jill Magazine today and having the chance to appear in the Magazine is amazing!


James this bike looks a little small for you...? James: Haha! That’s because it used to be Katherine’s when she was about six, I use it now to practice tricks on because Mum said it doesn’t matter if I break it!






What’s the best thing about living on the farm? James: It’s great being able to spend so much time outside, especially during the evenings or weekends - hand rearing the lambs is really rewarding too. Katherine: I love playing with the lambs too, they’re so cute and cuddly, it’s so much fun bottle feeding them too.



See You In October

Well this is the end of our first issue of Jack and Jill Magazine, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as the staff and I enjoyed creating it! Remember while you’re waiting for the next edition of Jack and Jill Magazine you can catch up with us online at or download our “Jack and Jill App” for your iPhone/iPad/iTouch! Please send us any of your thoughts and feelings about this issue, as we are always interested in hearing from you. As I said before, this is your magazine and we want you to enjoy reading it and getting something back from us. So if you’ve seen an amazing art exhibition, if you’ve had a great day out or if you’ve just seen something you want to know more about, let us know! Next month we’re off to see the city lights of the North, from the Life Centre in Newcastle to the Glass Museum in Sunderland we’ll be reporting back with all the best things to do when you’re up in the North! As well as this, we’ll be gathering some of the photos you send us to put together in a “Young Artists Hall Of Fame” in next months issue, so keep sending them in! Keep in touch and we’ll see you next time!

Lucy Elizabeth Roberts Editor in Chief


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