Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


Make Reading a Habit!




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!”

Reading is essential, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.

Reading helps develops your brain, provides a window into the world around you it also helps to make one do better in all school subjects.

Reading can not only help you become a better student, but a better person. You can learn from the brightest people whenever and wherever you choose.

Although it is important to read today there are still:

  •  800 million people around the world cannot read or write
  • Many families (and some schools) have no books for children to read

There are likely many children and people in your town or city that fall into this group.  

If you are already a strong reader, helping others to read is a wonderful gift.

In a world that is slowly replacing books with monitors, video consoles, IPad and television screens, the importance of developing your passion for reading is essential.

The key to getting your child to read is to make reading a habit when the child is relatively young.

 Parents ~ what can you do to help promote this habit?

Make Reading a Social Event:

There are many well-structured after school story groups that aim to encourage children to read. Oftentimes authors will promote a new book by doing a public reading. For young children, these readings can be fun with animated characters and pictures. Gathering a group of children to visit an author who perhaps will use illustrated picture books, rhymes, silly songs and pretend stories all will make reading a positive experience for your child.  Check with local libraries and bookstores to see what programs or readings are offered.

Encourage reading at home:

If your child seems interested in a certain genre pick up books from other authors that you think your child will like. Although the internet is often distracting, encouraging your child to check out online versions of magazines and downloading parent approved e-books.  Read Professor Owl’s Book Corner and watch for the “Classic Book of the Month” along with the weekly and monthly new book releases ~ see below.

Also, check out online for kid’s book clubs, but parents please be active in your child’s surfing habits to avoid them navigating to improper sites.

Pique your child’s curiosity:

If your child has a favorite character, pick a series of books that features this character. For some children it is comic book characters, encouraging your child to pick up that Spiderman comic may not be a bad thing if it gets them interested in reading.

Also spend time with your child reading, sometimes alone time is precious and what better way to spend time with your child than by sharing with them the love of reading.




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Classic Books

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Mary Louise Solves a Mystery

L. Frank Baum (Author)

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This book is an illustrated version of the original Mary Louise Solves a Mystery by L. Frank Baum. “A little girl sat shivering in a corner of a reception room in the fashionable Hotel Voltaire. It was one of a suite of rooms occupied by Mrs. Antoinette Seaver Jones, widely known for her wealth and beauty, and this girl—a little thing of eleven—was the only child of Mrs. Antoinette Seaver Jones, and was named Alora. It was not cold that made her shiver, for across the handsomely furnished room an open window gratefully admitted the summer sunshine and the summer breeze. Near the window, where the draught came coolest, a middle-aged woman in a sober dress sat reading. Alora did not look at this person but kept her gaze fixed anxiously upon the doorway that led to the corridor, and the spasmodic shudders that at times shook her little body seemed due to nervous fear.”

This is the third in a series of girl detective novels L. Frank Baum created featuring Mary Louise Burrows and her friend Josie O’Gorman. They appear fairly late in the book with the beginning given over to the sad story of Alora Jones. Her wealthy mother dies when she is 11, leaving Alora and her inheritance in the care of her ex-husband, who Alora had never met. He is sullen, secretive and unsupportive, and Alora is neglected for several years while her father forces her to live in seclusion with him in a remote Italian villa. Mary Louise meets Alora and her father while traveling with her grandfather in Italy. Befriending Alora, Mary Louise senses there is a mystery, and seeks to find out what is behind the strained relationship between Alora and her father. Baum’s young adult novels usually involve class issues and this book is as much about class as it is about mystery. While the novel is almost 100 years old, the detective work is well crafted and will keep the reader interested.

About the author:

L. Frank Baum (Author)

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author of children’s books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four “lost” novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts,[1]and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as televisionaugmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work).

 New Relases

The Shibboleth (The Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy)

By John Hornor Jacobs (Author)



Kindle Edition CDN$ 8.99

Hardcover Edition: CDN$ 10.83

Product Description

“There are certain shibboleths to our condition.”

At the end of the first book of The Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy, Jack and Shreve are incarcerado—physically locked up. Shreve’s back in the custody of the state of Arkansas, and Jack’s somewhere in the clutches of Mr. Quincrux—both problems Shreve aims to rectify.
Cages might hold Shreve’s body, but the power that’s been growing since his encounter with Quincrux has reached a pinnacle. Nothing can prevent his mind from scaling the etheric heights. Freed from his body, Shreve discovers the magnitude of the evil that’s stirring in the east. The wave of insomnia that’s paralyzed the nation is only the beginning.

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Writing Prompt

Write about  who you want to be when you grow up? A teacher? A writer? A doctor? What can you do now to help you get there? Can you read books about these subjects?  Can you watch TV programs about these subjects? Every little step helps. What will you do?

Picture Prompt  


~ Write about your dream pet.~

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