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~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
Pool Safety by Joanna Murray
This summer my family and I embarked on a new fun outdoor activity, we added a pool to our backyard. Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun enjoyments. One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming. No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy. As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.
With three children, for my family safety was a priority. The first thing we did was invest in a gate around the pool that you may attach and un-attach, when you are having a party etc.. Secondly, we installed alarms on the doors throughout the house to forewarn us if anyone goes outside. Third was to install reverse side gate latches so you have to be inside the gate to open them.
First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch your children when they are in or near the pool.
As a precaution, the more safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.
- Teach your children safety rules around the pool.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
- Have a phone close by at all times.
- If child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim.
- Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.
- Learn CPR and update your skills regularly
- Understand basic life-saving skills
The best thing a family with a pool can do is ultimately invest in swimming lessons for your child. If money allows check local community centres such as the YMCA to see if affordable courses are available. As you would teach a child to put on a seat belt when in a car, teaching your child basic water safety skills is essential
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THE PETERKIN PAPERS
To Meggie (The Daughter The Lady From Philadelphia)
To Whom These Stories Were First Told
The Peterkin Papers record the antics of the most memorably and hopelessly bumbling of respectable American families. Confronted by the endless challenges of daily life, the Peterkin’s rise to every occasion with misguided aplomb: they sit out in the sun for hours and fail to go for a ride because they’ve forgotten to unhitch the horse, they play the piano from the porch through the parlor window because the movers left the keyboard turned that way, they decide to raise the ceiling to accommodate a too-tall Christmas tree. Only the timely intervention of their great and good friend, the Lady from Philadelphia, can be counted on to get the Peterkin’s out of their latest scrape. A classic of American children’s literature and a masterpiece of deadpan drollery, The Peterkin Papers restore our astonishment at the ordinary, finding a rich vein of humor and happy surprise in the mere fact of our surviving the trivialities and tribulations of family life.
This is charming, tranquil reading for children and adults. If your children enjoy Amelia Bedelia, then they would certainly enjoy hearing about the Peterkin’s. I highly recommend this book.
About the Author
Lucretia Peabody Hale was a United States journalist and author. Wikipedia
Died: June 12, 1900
The Real Boy
Anne Ursu (Author), Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
Kindle Edition: CDN$ 9.99
Paperback Edition: CDN$7.59
Hardcover Edition: CDN$13.86
The Real Boy, Anne Ursu’s follow-up to her widely acclaimed and beloved middle-grade fantasy Breadcrumbs, is an unforgettable story of magic, faith, and friendship.
On an island on the edge of an immense sea there is a city, a forest, and a boy named Oscar. Oscar is a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the village, and spends his days in a small room in the dark cellar of his master’s shop grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island generations ago. Oscar’s world is small, but he likes it that way. The real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite fit in it.
But now that world is changing. Children in the city are falling ill, and something sinister lurks in the forest. Oscar has long been content to stay in his small room in the cellar, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the forest will keep his island safe. Now, even magic may not be enough to save it.
This is a very engaging, well-crafted fantasy. This genre is very popular with young readers and this novel is a great addition. It would be great for 9-13 year-olds. With the combined elements of suspense, magic, fantasy–Ms.Ursu weaves a very entertaining story with a very engaging plot. Readers will be able to identify with the young main character
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 793 KB
- Print Length: 357 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062015079
- Publisher: Walden Pond Press (Sept. 24 2013)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BATDHTG
Available from http://www.amazon.ca
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~ Write about what you hear by being a “fly on the wall”.~
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