Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 2014 Newsletter


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

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


Heart and Stroke


Children and Congenital Heart Disease

Infants born with a congenital heart condition in 2014 are more likely to have better results, both cardiac and developmental, than those infants born a several years ago. This is due to a better understanding of congenital heart disease (CHD) and to medical improvements and studies. These studies are now being done on adult patients, and results collected are helping to provide information to prepare families of children who are newly diagnosed.

Even though, results have only been collected in recent years they are finding that children with cardiac problems are now living well into adulthood. This is due to the development of medical procedures on the pre-and post-operative care, school environment and other factors that might affect the child’s development, both physically and mentally.

Being a parent to an infant or toddler with a heart condition can be very different from being a parent to a school-aged child, likewise being a teen-ager with the same condition. As teenagers reach adulthood, they are faced with new issues, physical and social (for example physical frustration, sexual maturity, or accepting limitations), that further affect their care and well-being.

Your family support system and the health care team can help you and your child face adulthood by understanding their concerns, and assist by developing coping strategies that your child can take with them into adult years.

Physical activity:

Many children with congenital heart disease go on to lead full, normal lives, though sometimes with restrictions.

However, it does depend on how much and the type of exercising your child can do. This is mainly for children with simple congenital heart disease; as their conditions can in many cases be corrected, either permanently or well enough to enable virtually trouble-free living. In other cases, children are advised not to participate in strenuous sports.

Always the importance is on the overall health and recovery benefits of physical activity, with a focus on what a child can do, as opposed to what they cannot do. Endurance sports are usually alright, and if it’s not clear how involved a child can get in a given sport. The doctor should also do regular exercise tolerance reassessment as the child grows to see whether the condition is improving over the years to an extent that other sports may have become an option.

Concern over physical activity:

  • Doctors suggest that children with certain heart conditions avoid certain types of physical activity, generally competitive and contact sports.
  • These limits depend on how severe the heart condition is.
  • The concern is that the interaction might physically further damage the heart or that the intense activity can over-excite the heart.
  • When the body is working hard, adrenaline is released into the blood stream.
  • This too has the potential to irritate, and potentially further damage, the heart.

Helping your child cope with physical limitations:

  • It can be tough, especially for older children, to be unable to participate fully in sports and other physical activities.
  • They will be frustrated by not being able to have fun with their friends and may feel left out.
  • This will be especially difficult for children diagnosed later in life who had previously excelled in sports.
  • It’s critical that they understand, however, why it is so important to choose their activities carefully and observe athletic activity restrictions, particularly if they “feel fine” and don’t seem to have symptoms.
  • As a parent, you can encourage your child to participate in safe sports, such as swimming, golf, and house leagues.
  • Your doctor will be able to confirm which sports are acceptable for your child. Everyday family activities are also safe.
  • You can also encourage your child to develop skills in other areas and engage in alternate activities that can be equally satisfying.
  • If your child is quite young, you will need to make sure that teachers at your child’s school are aware of his physical activity restrictions.
  • Meet with your child’s teachers or write a letter to the school, or ask the doctor or nurse to write one.
  • With advance notice, many teachers can arrange for alternate activities that will help your child feel included.

Helping your child get used to new physical ability:

  • Many children, after treatment, find themselves feeling much better and able to participate in activities they were previously unable to do.
  • Some children may be afraid of engaging in activities that before were “off limits”.
  • As a parent, encourage your child to gradually participate in activities that appeal to them. You too may also need to overcome some fear about seeing your child engage in more vigorous activity.

Outdoor activity and sun exposure

  • We all know how important it is to have sun smarts. No doctor will encourage anyone to actively sun tan, or spend extended amounts of time in the sun, simply because of the risk of skin damage and skin cancer.
  • There are also added risks for some children with CHD who have to take medications, like Amiodarone, that make the skin more sun-sensitive.
  • This can cause the skin to be discoloured if exposed to the sun.

It is best to play it safe and follow these guidelines:

  • Keep away from sun exposure at peak sun hours
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Cover up with hats and long-sleeved shirts
  • Use sun block with a high SPF

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The Red House Mystery

Author:  A.A. Milne

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Antony Gillingham arrives at the Red House moments after a gunshot is heard. The room is locked, the murderer has disappeared and, in Antony’s opinion, the police are going about it the wrong way. Antony, who was looking for a new profession anyway, decides to solve the murder himself, with a little help from his friend Bill.

I remember reading this book as a class reader many years ago at school.  My fellow students and I just loved this mystery.  Unfortunately I moved away from that school before we reached the ending.  I purchased the book just to finish the book..  Before writing this review I read the full book in one afternoon; again I just could not wait to finally find out how it ended.  Would certainly recommend this as a great read for teens and old adults like me.


Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English


A. A. Milne


Alan Alexander Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children’s poems.

    Born: January 18, 1882, Hampstead, United Kingdom

    Died: January 31, 1956, Hartfield

Plays: Toad of Toad Hall, The Ugly Duckling, Wurzel-Flummery

Parents: Sarah Marie Milne, Vince Milne

Nationality: English, British

Release Date:  

 Language: English

To download your copy of this great little book:

New Releases

 The Unbound (An Archived Novel)

Victoria Schwab(Author)

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 Price:  CDN$12.99  Hard Cover


Book Description

Release Date: Jan. 28 2014| Series: The Archived

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe. Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels? With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.


The Archived Series is the sense of reality in the supernatural. I find that the Victoria Schwab does a wonderful job of making all of her characters real people. . I also really enjoy the twists that she puts in to every book she writes. The Unbound is an outstanding sequel to the Written. I would have to say that I actually liked it a little more ~I must say that the end of this book was certainly more interesting and unique than the first.. I really love the world and characters that the author has created here. I can hardly wait for her next book.   

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Writing Prompt

Write about spending the day with a character from your favourite book.  Do you go on a trip or just hang out at home? What do you do all day? Do you have a good time or can you not wait for them to leave?

Picture Prompt  


~ Write about your favourite book.~

POBC Picks

Kids Games: Reading FREE


via Google Play ~


Preschool learning games by Intellijoy are both educational and fun.Kids Games: Reading FREE (a.k.a. Kids Learn to Read) will teach you children to:
– Blend sounds into words
– Read simple words
– Form simple wordsKids Learn to Read is the 4th app in our Alphabet Curriculum Series. It is preceded by Kids ABC Letters, Kids ABC Phonics, and Kids ABC Trains.Note: The paid version (Kids Learn to Read Preschool) has 15 extra words in the first and the third activities as well as child-lock functionality that can be enabled in Preferences. Please note that child lock functionality is not available on tablets.

★ Prerequisites:
Knowledge of letter names and sounds (if not, first get Kids ABC Letters, Kids ABC Phonics and Kids ABC Trains)

Kids Reading is a delightful game that invites your children to practice blending sounds together to form, read and spell words that are all made up of only three letters of the alphabet, such as “dog”,”sun”, and “big”.

★ What won’t my children learn?
They won’t learn to read words longer than three or four letters.
Kids ABC Reading assumes that your kids already know the sounds that the letters of the alphabet make. If your children do not know these sounds yet, we recommend our Kids ABC Phonics app.

Kids Reading assumes that your kids already know the sounds that the letters of the alphabet make. If your children do not know these sounds yet, we recommend our Kids ABC Phonics and Kids ABC Trains apps.

And if your children have not had a chance to learn the names of the letters, we recommend that you download our Kids ABC Letters app. It’s the most enjoyable way ever for kids to learn the names of the letters of the alphabet.

To summarize:
Kids ABC Letters teaches letters
Kids ABC Phonics teaches sounds
Kids ABC Trains teaches letters and phonics
Kids Learn to Read (i.e. this app) teaches your children to read simple words


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