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H i friends! I read some great books over the winter that I want to share with you. I hope you read some great books, too. Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the books (see the instructions at the end of this section). The Fossil Hunters by Marilyn Helmer; for ages 7 to 9. Shelley can’t wait to get to the cottage at Gray Rock Lakes to see her cousin, Kyle. Her excitement turns to disapointment when she discovers Kyle’s friend, Marcus, will be staying there, too. When a special fossil she finds on the beach turns up missing, Shelley thinks Marcus might have taken it. But Kyle’s dog, Topper, helps solve the mystery, and Shelley and Marcus are given a chance to become friends after the problem is solved. Jake Reynolds: Chicken or Eagle? by Sara Leach; for ages 8 to 11. Local rumor has it there’s a wolf living on Hidalgo Island. Eleven-year-old Jake starts wondering how a wolf might have gotten on an island. He also wonders how he might handle a confrontation if he actually finds the wolf. While his best friend, Emily, is more interested in saving the seals and finding bald eagle nests, Jake enlists her to help search. As his search for the wolf takes the duo into the dense woods on the island, Jake discovers he’s not as afraid as he thought. Fred and Pete at the Beach by Cynthia Nugent; for ages 8 to 11. Fred and Pete are two dogs with very different personalities. One is cautious and always looking for the worst to happen every day — the other is optimistic and not afraid to take risks in life. The duo decides to spend the day at the beach, but they get lost on their journey. After a ride on a mail truck, in a baby stroller and a city bus, the duo arrives at the beach where they meet up with a human they know — their owner! •••• To order these books, contact your local bookstore or call ORCA Book Publishers at 1-800-210-5277. For current book listings, visit T ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. Read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Entries must be received by April 10. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? metropolitan, eke and anatomy Congratulations to last month’s winners: Benjamin Buchanan, Carrielle Query, Kassidy Monteer and Kaitey Resz Enter to win the books! S end in your name and address, along with the title of the book you’d like to win, to: Buddy’s Book Drawing, P.O. Box 1645, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Entries must be received by April 10, 2012. (Remember adults, this contest is only for kids!) Did you know? The United States once issued a 5-cent bill during the Civil War to combat the coin shortage at the time. 42 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - April 2012

Rural Missouri - April 2012
Table of Contents
Mule memories
Squandered opportunity
Something to gobble about
Best of Rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
The hardest fun ever
News Briefs
Around Missouri
Small-town saviors

Rural Missouri - April 2012