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July 11
Food Forests in the Cities
Communities across the country are planting food forests, public areas where people are free to pick fruit, nuts, mushrooms, herbs and vegetables. Seattle has planted the nation’s largest space to forage free food, right in the middle of the city. The Mini Page talked with leaders in this growing green and healthy movement.

July 18
Rodeos are fun summer entertainment. This Mini Page guide will tell kids what to look for at a rodeo.

July 25
Styles of Architecture
In the first of two issues about architecture, The Mini Page consults with an architectural historian to find out where many of our buildings’ features originated. The issue gets started with Classical, Eastern and Gothic architectural styles.

August 1
Reaching New Heights
The Mini Page completes its journey through architectural styles, from the Renaissance through today. As in the past, styles bounce back and forth from clean classical lines to increasingly playful and uninhibited styles until reaching modern designs, which would not be possible without computer programs and modern technology.

August 8
Happy Anniversary, Wizard of Oz!
In honor of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” movie, The Mini Page talks with John Fricke, Oz historian and author. This beloved movie almost didn’t get made. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was cut, many actors were seriously injured on the set, and Shirley Temple almost got cast as Dorothy. The technology was cutting-edge at the time, but it is L. Frank Baum’s story that has kept the magic going all these years.

August 15
Happy Birthday, Panama Canal!
The Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, officially opened on Aug. 15, 1914. The Mini Page celebrates its centennial with an issue about the huge engineering project that eased international trade.

August 22
Meet Holly Black
Great books for back-to-school! The Mini Page presents the winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor Book Award, Holly Black, author of “Doll Bones,” along with the winners of the Children’s Book Council awards and others.

August 29
Go to Sleep!
Sleep is important to all of us, no matter what age we are. But The Mini Page talks to a sleep expert to find out what sleep really is and why we need it, especially as we transition back to school hours.

September 5
Kicking Off Football Season
Fall’s big sport in the United States is just getting underway. We’ll explore the game and focus on collegiate football in this fun issue.

September 12
3-D Printing Builds the Future
Today NASA is designing 3-D printers that would allow astronauts to create their own meals or extra rocket parts while in deep space; people are building houses with 3-D printing; museums are duplicating dinosaur bones for exhibit and study; doctors are creating prosthetic parts and cancerous tissue for research. The Mini Page shares a look at this brave new world.



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