Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ June 2014 Newsletter

Banner Template

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!”



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

Originally published 7th June, 2011
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


 THE PETERKIN PAPERS.-finalBy Lucretia P. Hale


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



New Releases

The Real Boy

Anne Ursu (Author), Erin McGuire (Illustrator)


The Real boyfinal


Kindle Edition: CDN$ 9.99

Paperback Edition: CDN$7.59

Hardcover Edition: CDN$13.86

Product Description:

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


Product Details

  • 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

Available from


Writing Prompt

We all have people in our lives who we consider a hero.  Who is your hero?  Write a letter to them to let them know how much they inspire you.

Picture Prompt  



~ Write about what you hear by being a “fly on the wall”.~

POBC Picks

BrainPOP Featured Movie


Via GooglePlay
Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz.Featured Movie topics tie in to current events, historical milestones and figures, holidays, and more! This app is perfect for informal, exploratory learning at home or on the go.

Want even more access to BrainPOP’s award-winning content? Log in with your school’s username (free!) or choose an optional in-app subscription. Give your kids the chance to explore hundreds of Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering & Tech, Arts & Music, and Health subjects right on their mobile devices. All movies are close captioned, so it’s easy for them to read along.

New! In-App Subscription Options:

“BrainPOP Explorer Subscription” – The free Featured Movie and its quiz plus four additional related movies and quizzes, rotating every day. $1.99 per month

“BrainPOP Full Access Subscription” – The free Featured Movie and its quiz plus unlimited access to all of BrainPOP’s 750+ movies and quizzes. $6.99 per month

Site subscribers can log in directly from the app to access all of BrainPOP’s award-winning content at no additional cost.

For more than a decade, BrainPOP has been a trusted, go-to source of animated, educational content. With more than 11 million visits a month to our sites, we’re used by millions of students in thousands of schools, at home, and on mobile devices around the globe.

The more you know, the more you know!®

Terms of Use:
Privacy Policy:
ser Agreement:



For Ipad/Iphone:



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s