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Inside Highlights November 2016

Ask Arizona

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Navigating everyday problems can be challenging for youngsters. But with the help of our monthly feature Ask Arizona, kids can learn from—and relate to—the experiences of a sympathetic, older, and wiser peer, Arizona, our intrepid adventurer. Again this month, Ask Arizona highlights a number of important themes you and your young reader can discover together.
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Check out the feature on pages 40–41 of the November issue, read the recap here, or visit HighlightsKids.com to listen to the recorded version. Then use the prompts below to start a stimulating conversation with your child and help boost his reading comprehension.

Recap: A child who signs his letter Nervous Nephew in New York is scared to own up to having lost his uncle’s football.

Arizona tells Nervous she recently had a similar mishap while on a skiing trip with her friend Ollie and his grandmother, Abuela: Arizona accidentally ruined the scarf she had borrowed from Abuela to keep warm. Arizona was worried about telling her the terrible news, knowing the scarf was a special one Abuela had knit herself. Arizona took responsibility for her mistake and apologized to Abuela. Abuela’s kindness, compassion, and understanding made Arizona feel better. In fact, at Arizona’s request, Abuela agreed to teach Arizona how to knit—that way, Arizona could make Abuela a brand-new scarf!

Conversation Starters:
  • What’s your favorite activity right now and why do you find it so interesting?
  • When you start a new activity, is it easy in the beginning or do you get better with practice? Does it take a little or a lot of work to improve?
  • Do you have a special talent, such as strength, or speed, or being good with your hands, that you are not currently using? What is it, and how could you put it to good use?
  • Why is it better to be “up front” and honest rather than to hide the truth?
  • How would you feel if someone lost or broke your most prized possession? Would you accept an apology or would you still be mad?
Reading Comprehension Boosters:
  • What does Arizona think Nervous Nephew should say in his upcoming conversation with his uncle?
  • Did Arizona feel lucky, unlucky, or a little of both at the beginning of her adventure?
  • What did Abuela mean when she said, “These old knees need a rest”?
  • If, according to Ollie, “Honesty is more important to Abuela than anything,” why did he advise Arizona to toss the scarf from the ski lift and make up a silly story?
  • Is it enough to apologize when the unexpected happens, according to Arizona?

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As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?

Parents Talk Back
As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?
In-person visits.
74% (52 votes)
Skype or FaceTime.
16% (11 votes)
Calls via cell phones or landlines.
4% (3 votes)
Handwritten cards and letters.
6% (4 votes)
Total votes: 70