Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ December 2013 Newsletter

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Welcome to the New Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”



POBC Books

Classic Books

Every month download to your I-pad, Reader or Computer “A Classic Book” ~ Completely FREE!

Project Gutenberg Canada / Project Gutenberg Canada

Title: A Little Book of Christmas


Author: John Kendrick Bangs


Illustrator: Arthur E. Becher


Release Date: November 28, 2010 [EBook #34465]

 Language: English


Produced by Suzanne Shell and the Online Distributed

Proofreading Team at (This file was

Produced from images generously made available by the

Internet Archive/American Libraries.)


 [Illustration: “What are you doing?” he asked, drawing near.

FRONTISPIECE. _See page_ 69.]

 A Little Book of Christmas

Amazing little book of old fashioned Christmas. These stories were written in the early 1900’s. Christmas magic from long ago that is becoming less common in our world today when men were men, women were women and mankind actually cared about each other. Must read!!!!

This is very well written. It is truly a Spirit of Christmas book with warmth and love and giving to those less fortunate and in need. It goes to show us how some people stand in the cold as a Santa during the holidays just to be able to buy a gift for their precious children. I will remember this story the next time I see the Santa enduring the cold winter.

To download your copy of this great little book:

New Releases

The Christmas Wish

By Lori Evert

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In the tradition of The Snowman, the Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.

Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah

Linda Glaser (Author

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Though it’s the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel’s family won’t really be celebrating until next week. But Rachel wants to celebrate now, so she comes up with a good idea: while her parents do errands, she’ll visit her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg, and they can make latkes together. The two head into Mrs. Greenberg’s shiny, tidy kitchen and begin grating the potatoes. But Rachel’s gratings slide off the table and onto the floor. Before long, Rachel has dropped an egg, spilled the flour, and dribbled the oil. Mrs. Greenberg is exhausted, Rachel’s mom and dad are horrified, and Rachel is afraid she’s ruined a friendship by making this terrible mess. She is relieved and delighted to find that Mrs. Greenberg thinks it’s a wonderful mess–her house hasn’t felt so lived-in in years!
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Writing Prompt

You stumble across an old fashioned lamp. While polishing it you notice a puff of smoke coming from the spout. Imagine what happens when you meet the genie that you’ve set free and are granted 3 wishes. What do you wish for and why?

Picture Prompt  

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Picture © Belinda Witzenhausen 2013

~ Write about your favourite pet.~

POBC Picks

Play Town -Free App for Kids

Playtown Banner Google Play ~


★★Ranked Top 5 in the Appstore education free App. category★★

■ My Story Maker!
Create, personalize, narrate and share your own stories in Play Town.
It’s simple! Choose your cast of lovable characters, stages, props, accessories, music and even your own photos and drawings as you create your own story!

■ Imagination Comes to Life!
Make up and build adventures with pirates, princesses, monsters and jungle friends.
Packed full of features that allow you to change characters’ clothes, hair, accessories and add fun objects!
Look for additional Adventure Play Sets that allow you to use your imagination and share stories about travelling to different countries, playing sports and adventuring into outer space.
Giggle as you play back your story and then share each episode with friends and family!

Quote from the 2Wired2Tired Power Mom’s Blogger review “We love this app because it really encourages kids to use their imaginations. It’s perfect for any children interested in theater, making up their own stories, or for those who just like to be creative. This app is a wonderful way for children to develop, build, and use their imaginations in a fun and personal way.”

■ Loads of Fun in Play Town
– Themed character play sets
– Multiple background stage set options
– Touch, drag and adjust size of characters in the scene
– Change character expressions
– Add accessories
– Narrate and record your story
– Add a musical background effect
– Title your story and add your name as Director
– Play back and enjoy your story!
– Don’t forget to watch the credits and then share the story with friends.

■ Plus Personalization
– Take YOUR photo and add it to the story
– Draw YOUR own character and add it to the story
– Change characters clothing, hair, accessories and more. Thousands of combinations!

◆ Free Version
Includes two fun-filled themed adventure play sets
– Pirate’s Treasure Hunt (GET FREE!)
– Princess Party (GET FREE!)
– Travel Around the World (GET FREE!)
– Who Let the Toys Out? (GET FREE!)

◆ New Adventure Play Set
– Jungle Kingdom ($1.99)
– What Do You Want To Be? ($1.99)
– Monster Under My Bed ($1.99)
– Winter Wonderland, a Snowman Adventure ($1.99)
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※ ABOUT SK Planet
SK Planet, a subsidiary of SK Telecom, designs and publishes digital education and entertainment products that empower kids to be creative, learn skills and share their ideas through play.

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