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  • Python Challenge
  • Python Challenge
    More than 800 people gathered in the Everglades on August 5 for the annual Florida Python Challenge. They’ll help search for Burmese pythons. The Challenge runs through August 14. Snake hunters are competing for a cash prize of $2,500. The Burmese python is an invasive species in the Florida Everglades. That means the snakes are not native to Florida. Many of them were accidentally released into the area. This poses a threat to other wildlife. The Python Challenge is one way to address the problem. “Every python removed is one less invasive species preying on our native birds, mammals and reptiles,” says Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis. “I love snakes. I hate that we have to do this, but they’re invasive and changing the entire ecosystem,” Amy Siewe told CNN. She is a professional python hunter participating in the challenge. “The hunters are the best way we have at this moment to help with this problem.”


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  • Lights Up
  • Lights Up
    The Kanto Matsuri, August 3–6, is a Japanese lantern festival. It has returned to the city of Akita for the first time since the pandemic began. Performers hang as many as 46 paper lanterns on each bamboo pole. The lanterns are lit by candles. The longest poles are about 40 feet tall and can weigh more than 100 pounds.


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  • Lights Up
  • Lights Up
    The Kanto Matsuri, August 3–6, is a Japanese lantern festival. It has returned to the city of Akita for the first time since the pandemic began. Performers hang as many as 46 paper lanterns on each bamboo pole. The lanterns are lit by candles. The longest poles are about 40 feet tall and can weigh more than 100 pounds.


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  • Can You Teach It?
  • Can You Teach It?
    The ability to teach someone how to do something is a skill of its own. This week, Junior Journalists, you’ll put your teaching skills to the test. Mission 16: Can You Teach It? Do you have a special skill? Maybe you make an amazing summer snack, or you draw excellent pictures of your friends or pets. How would you teach that skill to someone else? Break it down step by step, and don’t leave anything out. A step that seems obvious to you might not be so obvious to a newbie. Add photographs or illustrations where they might help someone understand what you mean. Junior Journalists, we want to know: Can you teach it? Once you’ve created your step-by-step instructions to mastering a skill, share them with us. Ask a teacher, parent, or guardian to send it to us here or at tfkpressclub@time.com. Click here to learn more about the TFK Press Club and to access other missions.


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  • Can You Teach It?
  • Can You Teach It?
    The ability to teach someone how to do something is a skill of its own. This week, Junior Journalists, you’ll put your teaching skills to the test. Mission 16: Can You Teach It? Do you have a special skill? Maybe you make an amazing summer snack, or you draw excellent pictures of your friends or pets. How would you teach that skill to someone else? Break it down step by step, and don’t leave anything out. A step that seems obvious to you might not be so obvious to a newbie. Add photographs or illustrations where they might help someone understand what you mean. Junior Journalists, we want to know: Can you teach it? Once you’ve created your step-by-step instructions to mastering a skill, share them with us. Ask a teacher, parent, or guardian to send it to us here or at tfkpressclub@time.com. Click here to learn more about the TFK Press Club and to access other missions.


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  • Tiger Time
  • Tiger Time
    There was a lot to celebrate this year on International Tiger Day, July 29. In Nepal, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba made an announcement. He said the country’s wild-tiger population has increased nearly 200%. Nepal’s tigers were in danger of going extinct. But since 2009, their population has nearly tripled. Nepal now has 355 wild tigers. That’s according to the latest survey. The increase is a result of conservation efforts. There is protection for tiger habitats. There have also been crackdowns on poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. “Nepal’s new tiger population estimate shows that it is possible to save species from the brink of extinction,” Ginette Hemley says. Hemley works for the World Wildlife Fund. She is senior vice president for wildlife conservation there. Conservationists hope the news will inspire other countries to protect big cats.


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  • All Dressed Up
  • All Dressed Up
    Comic-book fans dress up as their favorite characters at Comic-Con International. The convention took place July 21–24, in San Diego, California. It was the first Comic-Con International held in person since 2019, before the start of the pandemic.


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  • All Dressed Up
  • All Dressed Up
    Comic-book fans dress up as their favorite characters at Comic-Con International. The convention took place July 21–24, in San Diego, California. It was the first Comic-Con International held in person since 2019, before the start of the pandemic.


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  • Down to Earth
  • Down to Earth
    Attendees of the Barcelona International Comics Fair, in Spain, dress up as characters from the Star Wars movies, on May 7.


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  • Summer Book Reviews: Part 5
  • Summer Book Reviews: Part 5
    Do you love to read? TFK Kid Reporters do too! Lucy Sandor and Gabri Blankson shared their reviews of two of the summer’s most interesting books. This is the last installment in our five-part series. We hope you’ve enjoyed TFK’s Summer Book Review roundup. Happy reading! Title: Time Capsule Author: Lauren Redniss Reviewed by: TFK Kid Reporter Lucy Sandor What is the book about? It’s about a girl making a time capsule. The jar contains the many trinkets that make up her life. She includes a pair of lucky dice and a ring from her grandmother. The story is like an illustrated guide to making time capsules! Who will find them in the future? What will they think of our objects?
    How do the pictures add to the story? Time Capsule is a beautifully illustrated book. The pictures have different styles and patterns, and bold colors. They represent the strong feelings the girl has about each object in the time capsule. Who would like this book? Any kid ages 4 to 8 would love this book. It makes readers wonder about the future while thinking about the present. The end of the book includes a fascinating history of time capsules.
    How would you rate this book? Why? I would rate this book a 10! It looks simple. But the ideas behind it are complex. The book is like a time capsule itself. It tells a story for the future through actions in the present. Title: The World Belonged to Us Author: Jacqueline Woodson Illustrator: Leo Espinosa Reviewed by: TFK Kid Reporter Gabri Blankson What is the book about? A young girl from Brooklyn enjoys summer fun with friends. The book is based on the author’s life. As a girl, Woodson spent long days outdoors. She played hopscotch. She jumped rope in the street. Night and day, she and her friends were making memories. How do the pictures add to the story? They bring the story to life. They show all the fun the author and her friends had in Brooklyn during the summer. Pictures are a great way for younger readers to piece the story together. The pictures show that even boring things like old soup cans can be repurposed and made into amazing toys, like water shooters. Who would like this book? It’s a great book for children who love sharing summer memories. How would you rate this book? Why? I would rate this book a 9 out of 10. That’s because it’s harder for kids who don’t live in Brooklyn to relate to the story. Overall, though, the book has a great takeaway. It tells readers that no matter the circumstances, the temperature, or the problem, summer fun can never be stopped.


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