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Ranger Rick Magazine

Ranger Rick Magazine

Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 7 & Up
Newsstand Price: $3.95
Subscription Price: $19.95 / 10 Issues

Ranger Rick magazine may sound like a throwback. You might think that it's the kids' magazine of another generation, and in fact its first issue came out in 1967. But Ranger Rick has managed to keep doing the best of what it has done for more than forty-five years while remaining current.

Each issue of the publication is packed with fascinating facts, world-class wildlife photos, the kinds of outdoor and animal stories that change a child's appreciation for and relationship with nature.

First and foremost, there's the amazing photography, the hallmark of this publication for kids interested in animals. Take the sweet photo of the kinkajou in a balsa tree on the cover of the August 2011 issue. Not mesmerizing enough for you? Just flip inside a page to find a double-page spread photo of two Dalmatian pelicans that will wow you. Throughout Ranger Rick's pages, readers will stop and stare at stunning wildlife photographs-a leopard and its cubs, gorgeous scallop shells, a balled-up armadillo, a black bear catching a salmon, an apache jumping spider in mid-air, strange Fangtooth and Angler fish, the oddly beautiful vulture. It's more than your child can begin to imagine.

But Ranger Rick is more than eye candy for animal lovers. There are also cartoons, games, riddles and puzzles, and several informative and entertaining articles per issue that are broken up in short segments so that elementary school readers can easily get through them, practice their reading skills while doing so, and gain a better appreciation for wildlife and conservation.

Published by the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest conservation organization, Ranger Rick magazine doesn't hesitate to include an environmentalist message. Without getting preachy, one article explains how human population growth in Asia and Africa has made leopards much rarer and in some areas even extinct.

Any kid who's gaga for wildlife will probably cherish this magazine, and refuse to throw out any back issues. And anyone else, including parents, will enjoy the wealth of animal life in its pages.

Don Oldenburg   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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