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Hello, my name is Sebastian and I love AQUILA! My favorite issue is Ice Age (January 2021). I made the Chair - o -Plane from the Funfair Maths issue (February 2021).
I really enjoyed making the chair-o-planes from Februaryís issue. I designed mine with butterflies, moths, and a dragonfly. I coloured it all in with blue and purple pens, as they are my favourite colours. It turns really well when I blow on it gently.
Hi fellow Aquilanauts and AQUiLA team (what a start, right Ö I know, stunning!). I know everyone says this (and that) (and sometimes even that) but I love Aquila soooooooooo much!! Today, I went through all my Aquila back issues Ė they go back a looong way Ė and I saw the Manga page in the Japan issue (June 2020). It inspired me to try some Manga, which was so much fun and turned out pretty well, even if I say so myself Ö sadly, I forgot to take pictures, but on the plus side I think I have a real future ahead of me (in drawing Manga, at least). Random change of subject: itís important that everyone knows this Ö I am CRAZY about Billie Eilish. Please reply to me if anyone else is! Last up, I have a question for the Aquila team: why do we not see Kit as much? Anyway, I think I better shut up, or this will go on and on and on!! Bye then, bye Ö bye (ok, bye)
From Morven age 10
11 (but really nearly 12!)
I love your magazine SO much. You have really cheered me up and given me something to do during the lock-down. My hobbies are drawing, cuddling with my pets (a dog named Bella and a cat named Sparkles), reading (especially AQUILA and Harry Potter), baking, and many more. I love the over to you pages because I like hearing what other kids are doing right now. I'm making the Trace Fossil from the Evolution Issue (Jan 2020) as of now! Thank you so much for so many inspiring ideas! Here is a photo of the Paku Paku Kitsune I made from the Japan Issue and my cat. Bye for now!
Hello! I have been wanting to write in for a while. My favourite issues are the Discover Dogs issue and the Evolution issue. I made the Boom bars from the Ice Age issue and they were delicious!
Hello, I made the Boom Bar but accidentally got water in my melted chocolate! So it looks a bit different but it still tastes delicious!!
Hi Iím Ruby, aged nine and I absolutely love receiving my Aquila magazine each month! I made the wing-flapping Phoenix over the weekend, from the November issue. I canít wait to show my teachers and my school friends what Iíve made!
Abigail and Gregor
13 and 11
Hello Aquila, Your magazines are AWESOME, and we have had it since December 2017, every month we race to get it first! Do you like our den we made - we took inspiration from the pillow fort but made it out of rolled up newspaper! We both love books and some our favourites are Alex Rider, Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Outwalkers (by Fiona Shaw) and of course, AQUILA. We also like Minecraft, does anybody else?
From Abigail 13 and Gregor 11
I made the Chair-O-Planes from the issue February 2021. I am a big big big big fan of AQUILA. I love Ian because itís really funny and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE cats and kittens. P.S Can you do an issue on cats and kittens please?
Jalani and Malakai
We finally finished our slippers, following the steps in your Ice age issue.
We are very happy with them, amazingly they fit! 🤣 and we learned new sewing skills. Blanket stitch and running stitch.
Thank you Aquila.
Hi Aquila, I really enjoyed the January Ice Age issue. I loved every page and especially the timeline of ice cream! I managed to make my own pair of toasty slippers. Thank you for inspiring me X
Jalani, Malakai, Shem
13, 11, 9
Hello Aquila, we are really enjoying the ĎIce ageí issue. We have done the experiments and made the Ďboom barsí which are amazing.
We are going to try the slippers next.
Thank you and happy new year.
You are AWESOME!!! I love your magazines and have been getting them for two years now.
During 2020, I read a series of books called the Young Samurai series, and since then I have been obsessed with Japan and everything to do with it. So itíll be no surprise if I say that when the Japan issue came through my door I freaked out! I speak Japanese and write it and love to read, act, write, learn and I want to be a linguist when I grow up.
I also love manga and did a drawing of a Japanese Snow princess called Miyuki, which means beautiful snow:
I hope you like it.
Bye! Xanthe (or Zanshi in Japanese)
P.S Shout out to fellow Japan lover Olly R! (Even if I donít even know you!)
This was a really fun activity from your ice age issue, we designed our ice cream sundaes, based on the knight William Marshal, who liked apples (we made our own apple sauce) and hazelnuts(we used vegan hazelnut ice cream and real hazelnuts) and it had a vegan MARSHmellow on top.
And the pirate Edward Teach AKA Black Beard, who sailed around the Caribbean so we used, mango, banana, peanut butter and dark chocolate because of the black in Black beard.
They tasted amazing.
Thank you Aquila.
My name is Henry and I have been getting your magazines for a year now and I love them! My favourite issue is, The Amazon itís so fun to read! I live in Cyprus so it takes a while for them to come.
Recently, with the pandemic going on Iíve been doing some art. Thereís a picture below.
From Henry Wilde
I made these slippers for my mumís birthday. She really likes them. I love this magazine. Thanks! 🤩🤩🤩🤩
I usually donít do your crafts because I donít have the right materials but I had watercolour paper and acrylic paints so I could do the Turner painting.
It was really fun and the storm magazine has been my favourite so far. Iíve had my subscription since 2018.
Hi to Amber, who also reads Aquila!
Please do an issue on Shakespeare!!
Bye for now
I am a new subscriber. My Grandma kindly bought me the subscription so that I have lots of fab things to read during lockdown!
I love the big map and loved doing the passport activities.
This is a picture that I made myself that shows what Aquila means for me Amazing history, Questions, UK, Ideas, Love, Adventures.
(My daughter is often very quiet at school but your magazine fires up here enthusiasm. thank you. from Serafina's mum)
Hi Aquila, I love your magazine! It is so imaginative and fun! I won the Aquila art competition from the Aquila issue, what is art? And this letter is about that (well, and a couple of other things) anyway, as I was saying, I won the art competition and I was really excited when I got my prizes! The prizes are amazing and I love art so they were perfect prizes for me! And well done Robbie your illustration was extraordinary! Aquila is my favourite magazine subscription. My Grandma got me Aquila Iím so glad she did! I love art, music and movie making, I even made up a song about Aquila but itís quite long so I canít show you.
I also made my own magazine itís called IsArt thatís because Iím called Isabel and my brother is called Arthur. So far Iíve only made 3 1/2 (each one is around 20 pages) but I would not have made IsArt if it wasnít for you! That picture is supposed to compare the artwork to the photo.
Well thatís all for now byeee
I recently did the Jean Genie jacket from Science of music edition 2019. It took me a long time but i loved it! My inspiration was planets and rainbows. I also decorated the cuffs and the button area. In the Netherlands (where i live) we don't wear school uniform, so i have worn it to school. Lots of people liked it:)
PS. i am a huge Harry Potter fan and my mum ordered me the Aquila HP issue!
I LOVE your magazine. It is so fun and educational. I can almost always find an issue about one of my school topics. My favourite page is Over to You. I also find your arts and crafts very fun. To keep myself busy, I have done tons of arts and crafts from AQUiLA . I have made the Phoenix (Nov 2020), the pop-up plates (Oct 2020), the Islamic Geometric patterns (Oct 2020) and the Paku-Paku Kitsune (June 2020). I made the plate, patterns and fox with my brother. My favourite issue of yours is the Night At The Movies because it is so interesting learning about all the different paradoxes, the first animation movies and sound effects. The paradoxes are so cool, my favourite is the grandfather paradox. Now, a bit about me. I am 10 years old and I love tigers and red pandas. They are sooo cute. I also really like reading and writing. I think you should do an issue about countries; culture is really interesting to learn about.
Ok, I think that is enough from me! From Heidi
Hi AQUILA! My name is Megan, I know everyone else says this but I absolutely LOVE your magazines! I started getting them in June 2020, at first I didnít really like them but as I started to get more I really got into the amazing facts. My favourite magazine was ĎThe Science of Fireí and my favourite parts of the magazines are; all the fun puzzles and OVER TO YOU because I get to see what everyone else makes.
From Megan, age 9
Hi AQUILA! I love your magazines, I especially love your games and activities. This is a picture from my ice age issue experiment so far. ( January, 2021 ) The ocean blue one is salty because the sea is salty and I just like the colour purple. I think the fresh water is meting quickest but it's hard to tell yet.
Lottie loved making the Aquila Boom Bar recipe in the January edition - they were yummy and healthy!
I love the crafts in Aquila and have been looking through them all to find my favourites. This week I have made some slippers from the Ice age edition and a tardigrade from Microcosmos. I also like the puzzle, stories and jokes!
ps. please can you do an issue on sharks!
Dear Aquila, like all of the other readers who read this fantastic magazine, I absolutely love it! I find it really inspirational and thought-provoking so thank you for making so many fabulous issues! I have been getting this magazine since 2016, maybe even before that and I still really enjoy reading them every month. I haven't kept all of my issues, but I have all of them since July/August 2017 and I love going through them to reread the best parts! I have 45 issues! I think my favourite issues have been: Codes and Coding (November 2016), Rocket Science (January 2018), Safari (May 2018), Science of Music (April 2019) and Science of Fire (November 2020). I think that your magazines are amazing and they have really cheered me up and given me something to do throughout lockdown! They are so detailed and informative! Additionally, I would like to thank my grandparents who have bought every issue for me during the last 5 years!
From Charlie, age 13
I really enjoy Aquila! The Ice Age Issue (January 2021) got me thinking. I filled a cup with water then put my Lego dog into it. I put it in the freezer and left it for three days. Then, when it was solid ice, I hacked into it with my little hammer, then got out the dog. It was quite exciting!
I absolutely love Aquila! I love all the facts and activities that you can do! My favourite issue probably is what is Art? (October 2020) because I love art. I also liked magic maths (March 2020) you are such a great magazine and you are so creative and fun! I have always wanted to write to you and finally I have! I would really love an issue on authors and illustrators.
My Grandma got me Aquila one Christmas and I didnít know it was going to be this amazing! I also love your activities Iíve done a couple but Iíd love to do some more.
Well, thatís all for now, remember save lives protect NHS and read Aquila!
I know that everyone says this (and that), but I just simply love, love, love, LOVE your magazine. My grandparents got me the subscription for Christmas 2020, so Iím pretty new to all of this, but I feel Iím at home.
Please could you do a whole edition on chemistry and biology and physics?
Oh, and I might just casually mention that I wrote a 101 page book called The Island of Lizards, and had it sort of published (well, my granny got it printed and it looks really like a published book).
I loved the Ice Age issue, it was so full of fabulous facts.
I am really looking forward to the Ancient Egypt issue in April, it is the topic we are starting at school.
Looking forward to the next issue, I know it will be awesome, stay amazing.
I have written you a letter and taken a photograph. Love Amelie x
Dear AQUILA, I love the ice age issue and I have been making the slippers in my favourite colours (green and yellow) and they are very cosy and do a very good job to keep my feet warm. I think the timeline of ice cream is very interesting and I learned lots of new things when I read it. Did you know that the Victorians used to put floor sweepings in ice cream? - yuck!
P.S thank you for the instructions to make slippers.
My brother has a subscription to Aquila and I like to 'borrow' his magazine because it's really interesting and I love it! I made the moving phoenix from the instructions in the Science of Fire issue. I get as excited as he does when the magazine comes through the post!
Please find attached my letter and my photograph. Keep up the great job!
12 and 11
We had a lot of fun building our shortbread Stonehenge, from your ĎMagic Mathsí issue. We used the National Heritage 360 degree video to get the design plan.
Then we enjoyed eating it after (not all in one go😄)
Thank you Aquila.
Hello, I am Francis. I am 8 and I have copied your phoenix that features in The Science Of Fire.
Harriet and Catrin
10 and 8
We love your magazine, we enjoyed making the Phoenix from the Science of Fire.
Harriet and Catrin.
Hi AQUILA I know that everyone says this but I absolutely love your mag!!!!! I live in Ireland. On my birthday we went to a castle and I found 20 or more peacocks and feed them, they were like chickens! I made the Phoenix from Science of Fire October 2020 itís great fun! Bye!
I love your magazine! My favourite was the Art Edition, and I also really like your story, the Very Serious Incident! I made the Phoenix from your Fire Edition (November 2020), and I really liked doing the painting and the sticking together, but the eyes were quite hard! It worked out in the end, though it looks like it's crying, and I'm going to put it up in my room. I'm looking forward to your next edition. I hope it will be about Christmas!
First of all, I have been receiving your amazing magazine for over 4 years now! To be precise I have 46 issues! Second, since October 2016 I have been meaning to write to you, and now in November 2020 I have finally got round to it! Third, out of all these issues itís been really really hard to pick some favourites, but I guess I should so: Harry Potter (June 2017), Pop Art (April 2018), The Vikings (September 2018), Science of Music (April 2019), andÖ Cake (June 2019)!!!! I havenít done many Aquila activities, but me and my sister did make the Dragonís Blood potion from the Harry Potter issue. It was awesome! First, I stirred in the vinegar and it went dark red, then we added the laundry detergent and it went back to purple, and finally we put in the bicarbonate of soda and it went everywhere!!! It was a good thing that we did it outside!
I LOVE your magazines!!!!
It all started when, about a year and a half ago I saw your amazing magazine in an advertisement andÖ went crazy! The magazine was the Curious Cats issue (March 2019)! I LOVE Cats! All kind of cats: domestic, wild, homeless, endangered cats! My whole bed and wall near it are covered in my drawings of cats! And we got a real cat this year! We rehomed Sky from a family, who sadly could not take her with them abroad. She is miniature panther!
Finally, like eternity to me, my mum looked on your website and, as I looked over her shoulder, I made such a fuss, that she promised me, she would subscribe! She did on my 11th birthday this year. What made me go crazy? It was the Harry Potter issue! With Jim Kayís beautiful drawing on the front! I am, probably, the biggest fan EVER!
We are homeschooled and AQUILA is part of our learning! Sad it is only once a month! Thank you for being such a FANTASTIC INSPIRATION!
Brůgan had so much fun making this colourful woven wall hanging from the Amazon edition!
Hello Aquila, we have been learning about climate change from your November 2019 Storm! Issue. We read the debate article (whether to strike or not) and watched the Greta Thunberg TEDtalk, which inspired us to make our own banners. We have put them up in our kitchen window for people to see as they walk past. Hopefully they will make people think. Thanks Aquila
I especially liked the Microcosmos magazine because the big picture on the front was amazing. I collect lots of things: cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes, minerals, sea shells, special coins and postage stamps. I like looking at the pictures on special coins and postage stamps because I like finding the small details that other people would miss. It would be amazing if you could do a special coin and postage stamp edition. I've drawn what I think the front cover would look like. I also love the periodic table and it would be great if you could do an edition on that as well.
Hello Aquila, we have been using your November 2019 issue called Storm! To learn some painting techniques. Here is our storm scene paintings. It took a few days to finish, now we feel like real artists.
I am almost 13 and Iím nonbinary. I live in a small town in Australia but my grandparents in England bought me a subscription, two years later and I still look forward to devouring all the interesting pages as soon as they hop in the mailbox! I am really into the environment and have been to quite a few school strikes in Newcastle. The speakers were really motivational and inspired me to try and get recycling bins alongside the red bins in the playground at my old school.
My favourite subjects at school are HSIE, English, Science and Drama. My extracurriculars are drawing (not very well), playing field hockey, learning the piano, writing and sailboarding. I really enjoy writing short stories, and I recently wrote a 40+ page story about two LGBT+ teens. So far my favourite issues have been Microcosmos, Ancient Greece, Evolution, The Earth and Japan. I made the sock tardigrade from Microcosmos!
Keep being the awesome magazine that you are! Xxx
My name is Elsa .I really, really like your magazine.
I made snowy mountain cookies from the December 2019 Issue.
Some of my favourite issues are Cats (March 2020), Micro
Cosmos (September 2020) and What is art? (October 2020) Hi to Iona, a fellow AQUiLA reader.
12 & 11
Hello Aquila, our mum bought the October 2017 back issue ĎForest Adventureí so we had a go at making our versions of The Green Man out of clay.
We hope they will bring us a better crop of raspberries and courgettes next year.
I know everyone says this (and I know everyone says that too) but your magazine is AWESOME! My favorite issue is probably What is Art (October 2020) because I really like art. My favorite pages are over to you and brain feeders. I like horses and I want to be an architect when I grow up. My favorite book is Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets (No.2). Some issue ideas are behind the scenes, space, the titanic and planes. On the debate in the Amazon issue (Jun/Jul 2020) I would just leave them alone. It would just cause problems with them and they are managing well by themselves and always have been. That is my opinion. In the What is art (October 2020) issue, (my favorite one) I decided to make the Islamic geometry. It was really complicated and on step 13 it actually took me a couple of minutes before I realised what I was supposed to do. Here is a picture of it.
P.S: To Verity G, I like your limerick
I painted this picture of how I think planets in Outer Space look. I used watercolour and did the wet-on-wet technique, putting a layer of water on my outline before I added the watercolour. I really like learning about space and all the planets, so please can you do an issue all about Outer Space, I would really love that. I have this passion about dogs too and I am begging my parents to get me a puppy. I am very annoyed that I missed the Discover Dogs issue (I got AQUILA just a month after!) so thatís on my Christmas list! I love experimenting and science and I really want to be a child psychologist when I am older. I got AQUILA in June for the Japan issue, and my favourite issue so far I think is actually this one, What is Art, because another one of my passions is art, as you probably can tell from the painting! I always do the crafting activities, which are very fun! Thank you, and keep going with the fantastic magazines.
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