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Subscription Length: 1 year
  • Format: Magazine
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  • Publisher: Cricket Media
  • ASIN: B00006FXOV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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602 of 608 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
My elementary age kids are just beginning to understand the larger scope of the world and human knowledge. While in the process of looking for good magazines about current events I came across Ask, Muse and Dig. I signed up for a subscription to Ask in hopes that it would help my kids get that better understanding of the world of ideas. We've been quite pleased with it.

In that process of looking for good kids magazines we tried out a bunch of them, and got subscriptions to most. Here's my quick quick rundown

Kids Discover: heavy on pictures, light on words. The articles tend to be little snippets and factoids without context or much explanation.
National Geographic Kids: heavy on pictures, light on the words. Articles are a bit more in depth than Kids Discover.
Time for Kids: Thin and a bit flimsy, but comes frequently (every two weeks?) and covers major current events pretty well. Different versions are available for different ages. Order it from the Time for Kids web site since Amazon doesn't seem to carry it.
Dig: In depth interesting articles addressing history and society under the guise of archeology. Probably best for late elementary and middle school, and/or more thoughtful kids.
Ask and Muse: In depth interesting articles addressing all sorts of thoughtful topics. Probably best for late elementary and middle school, and/or more thoughtful kids.
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133 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ask is amazing! October 24, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Ask Magazine is another wonderful publication from the originators of Cricket. Ask is all about arts and sciences, with each issue having one unifying theme. The recommended age range is from seven to ten, but younger fluent readers can also enjoy Ask.

Ask contains regular features as well as a variety of articles related to the central theme. "Scoops" is a two page spread of science news and discoveries. One story might be on a robotic arm, another on the acquisition of language in sac-winged bats. "Nestor's Dock" is a double page cartoon with enjoyable recurring characters. Each issue also has a contest which ties in with the theme. The water issue asks readers to design a fountain, the learning issue requests that readers design a school, and an art issue invites readers to copy their favorite work of art. Winners have their entries printed in a future issue. "Jimmy and the Bug" is another regular feature. Here, readers questions are answered in cartoon format. Questions might appear simple, "Why do lions have manes?" or more complex, " what are the rings around planets made of?" Answers are both thoughtful and informative. Every issue ends with the silly but sweet cartoon, "Marvin and Friends", on the back cover.

The "Making Art" issue of Ask includes a lovely piece on quilting traditions in rural Alabama. Many beautiful photos of quilts are displayed alongside comments from their creators. In the same edition, "Playing with Mud" showcases delicate Korean celadon pottery.

"The Liquid of Life" issue of Ask has a fascinating story on water. It covers the water cycle, water forms, a water molecule diagram, and gorgeous photographs of a water droplet, snowflake, and children and animals in various poses with rain and snow.
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183 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth Grade Teacher Review December 7, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Ask is an informative, high quality magazine for children that engages them as readers and learners. Since each issue is devoted to a particular theme, my students gain indepth information about a variety of topics. They are fascinated by the attractive format -- which includes wonderful photographs, illustrations, and graphic aids that are appropriate for young readers. My students have eagerly written letters to the editor and entered the bi-monthly contests. I highly recommend Ask as an excellent magazine for school libraries, classrooms, and homes.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, real science delivered in a kid's magazine January 21, 2011
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Subscription Term Name:1 year
The Cricket Magazine Group produces a number of high-quality, no nonsense magazines for kids. Ask is just one terrific example in their lineup. If your child enjoyed Click, a magazine from the same group in a similar vein for 3 to 6 year olds, they are very likely to enjoy Ask. If they didn't enjoy Click, you might give Ask a try anyway. It is meant for 6 to 9 year olds, however some of the content is, perhaps surprisingly, relatively mature for the younger ages so they may get a lot more out of it you don't just give it to them and walk away. That may of course be true for most serious material designed for children in this age bracket.

From a recent issue, allow me to demonstrate with a story about how size influences seemingly super power ability, or not. They setup the educational part of the article very playfully: `So what are these rules that stop us from having super powers? They aren't rules made by humans that you can disobey, like "no ice cream until you eat your broccoli."' Many stories weaves kid-friendly language and serious concepts like that. This one goes on to say, `How much food and air bodies need depends on their volume and weight. But the strength of muscles and size of organs depend on the body's cross section.' Out of context, that last sentence may seem too sophisticated a concept for 6 year olds, but it's marvelously done, not talking down to kids, but reaching them in a way they can understand.

Each issue is about 30 pages. There are no ads. There are short recurring cartoon strips, short stories, even shorter one or two paged theme-based "Scoops" and a Contest and Letters section. The contributions from other kids around the globe is a great part of this magazine and may help motivate your children as well.
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I bought this for my nieces and they love it. It gives them something to do when they're snowed in.
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Ok for 5 year old?
My kids enjoyed Click when they were 5 and both are very bright (tested gifted in elementary school). The articles in Click are aimed a level that a younger child would enjoy. I tried going up to the next level magazine for my oldest (from Spider to Cricket I believe) before he was actually in... Read More
Mar 20, 2015 by Elisabeth Orr |  See all 2 posts
is this magazine good for a two yr old
Probably not. It is geared towards a 6 to 9 year-old. The one in the company's line up you may want to consider is Babybug.
Dec 1, 2013 by jtk |  See all 3 posts
Ask or MUSE?
It's seem kind of late to answer this question :) I think there're 2 ways to figure out which one is better: take your little one to the library, I think they got almost all kind of magazine there, both you and your girl can read and choose the one she like most. The second way is looking up... Read More
Aug 18, 2015 by Duc |  See all 2 posts
How many issues?
9 issues.
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