Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ February 2015

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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 

February 2015

February is Heart Awareness Month (CAN & US)

Jack’s Story
A book to help children understand the effects of stroke in someone they love


The Heart and Stroke Foundation created this book as a resource for families to help children understand more about stroke

and its effects on stroke survivors and caregivers. The book is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 10 years. We suggest that children review the book with a family member or another supportive adult that can help them read and discuss the book.

Download it now (PDF, 5 MB).

To find out more about Heart and Stroke Foundation lifestyle or stroke and heart disease information, and to learn how you can offer much-needed support in your community call 1-888-HSF-INFO (1-888-473-4636).

Stroke in children (Paediatric stroke)

By Sylvia McGrath

When we think of Heart and Stroke awareness we think of older people, however, the incidence of strokes in children although low; about six cases in a 100,000 children per year – and in most cases one-third are newborns.

Even though it seems unthinkable, children can have strokes, also! Adult strokes are often caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a history of smoking, too much alcohol and obesity. Children’s strokes, on the other hand, are often caused by birth defects, infections (e.g. meningitis, encephalitis), trauma, and blood disorders such as sickle cell disease.

A stroke can happen at any point in a person’s lifetime, from infancy and childhood to adulthood. A stroke is caused by the interruption of the normal flow of blood to the brain, due to either a blockage or a rupture in the blood vessels. This happen when a part of the brain does not receive its regular flow of blood that carries the essential nutrients and oxygen to the brain causing the brain cells to die, this leads to a loss of brain function.

The age of the child at the time of stroke makes a difference in how doctors identify and treat the problem. A stroke can occur in these three different age groups:

  • The prenatal phase, or in the womb
  • The first 28 days of life, or newborn phase
  • The infant years up to 18 years of age

Strokes are relatively more common in the first two age groups, occurring in up to one in every 4,000 live births. In the third age group, stroke is rarer, only affecting about five out of every 100,000 children each year in Canada.

The location in the brain where the stroke takes place will determine the extent of the damage and if any the after-effects,

Children may experience two types of stroke: hemorrhagic stroke (which is the rupturing of blood vessels), or ischemic stroke (a blockage caused by a blood clot).

The causes of stroke in children

The reasons why stroke occurs in children are varied and include malformations of the blood vessels and rare diseases. Below we show the most common causes:-

Children’s Stroke Facts:

  • Over 9 million children between the ages 6 -19 are overweight.
  • Approximately 2,000 children under the age of 18 start smoking every day.
  • Only 30% of males and 26% of females in grades 9 -12 attend physical education classes on a daily basis. Lack of physical activity can also contribute to becoming overweight and developing high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • On average, it takes 12-24 hours for adults to get to the hospital after the first signs, when a child has a stroke that time increases to 48-72 hours!
  • Stroke is one of the top ten causes of death in children at an alarming rate of 12%.

There is good news however! Although strokes in children can be shocking, children have a better ability to heal than an adult does. A child’s brain is still developing and may have a greater ability to repair itself. With the help of physical and speech therapy, the majority of childhood stroke survivors recover the use of their arms, legs and speech. Most, hospitals these days have an expert team of therapists to help a child recover as much function as possible.

What can you do to help to help control your child’s risk factors for stroke?

You cannot control certain risk factors for heart disease and stroke such as age, sex, race and family medical history but there are other risk factors you can control, treat or prevent:

Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 25 years in most areas of Canada and the United States and 29.1 per cent of children are considered overweight or obese. At the same time, children are less active. According to Active Healthy Kids Canada, only 15 per cent of children meet recommended levels for physical activity. In addition, smoking rates among youths are significantly higher, even among children as young as grade six.

Heart Healthy Children & Youth will focus on supporting individuals, groups and organizations, which are planning, or already at work in areas related to healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco reduction.

The program’s Community Action Coordinators will offer tools, information, and expertise; and will help provide linkages, so that community-level groups can learn and share from each other. By connecting communities, a small program can be part of a much bigger movement towards improving health.

Healthy eating

  • Find recipes, tools and tips to help kids eat healthy.

Healthy activity

  • Physical activity is important for heart health. Use these tools to get kids active everyday

Healthy at school

  • Use these resources to encourage kids to learn about heart health.

Healthy in your community

  • Get involved and support your community’s efforts for healthy active living

Visit the following websites for more information and resources on Heart and Strokes in children:



POBC Books

Classic Books

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

The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe finsl

The story begins in the dark days of the London blitz, with the children being sent away for their protection. This was common for people in all social classes, from the royal family on down, to send the children out to the countryside for the duration of the war – when Lewis was writing and publishing the Narnia books, this experience would have been fresh in the minds of the readers. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are the family children sent to stay with old Professor and his less-than-amiable housekeeper; it comes as no surprise that the children hope to escape from this as much as from the bombs in London, and escape they did.

Lucy found it first – the portal to Narnia, in the back of the wardrobe in the special room. Then Edmund (though he would lie about it), and then all four make the journey into Narnia, where they discover themselves to be the likely heirs of a prophetic chain of events freeing the land from the evil of the wintery White Witch, who was then styling herself as the Queen of Narnia. In fact, the real king of Narnia was Aslan, a majestic lion full of power and grace, whose soul was as pure as any child’s hope for the future.

The Christian images would seem familiar to any liturgical churchgoer, but the there are also other symbols that fit beyond the religious that tap into deeper longings – evil here is not a hot place, but a frozen place, where the emotions are cold and sharp. The lesser creatures are the virtuous ones, and the children lead the way to the redemption of all. The battle of good and evil takes place in epic form, fitting many forms of heroic tales. The lion Aslan stands for the Christ figure, but can also conjure images of the lion of England – Peter’s shield with a red lion makes him both the stand-in for the first of the apostles as well as a perfect casting for St. George. Other parallels abound.

The children themselves live a good life in Narnia, but eventually return to their English countryside encampment, with spirits and hopefulness renewed.

This is a tale of extraordinary power, and one that stays with the reader for a long time. Long before Harry Potter, there was Narnia – a tale that is not only fun and riveting, but also one with a strong moral lens that includes not only power, but the giving up of power; not only victory, but also forgiveness and sacrifice. Revenge is an emotion that is defeated here, and good triumphs at the last.

A wonderful story!







About the Author

CS Lewis

Name ~ C.S. Lewis

Occupation ~ Author

Birth Date ~ November 29, 1898

Death Date ~ November 22, 1963

Education ~University College, Oxford

Place of Birth ~ Belfast, Ireland

Place of Death ~ Oxford, England

AKA ~ C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

Full Name ~ Clive Staples Lewis

Nickname ~ Jack Lewis


 New Book Release for February 2015

Red Queen

Author Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen-final


Kindle Edition CDN$ 11.99

Paperback  CDN$  14.94

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal. ~ I found this a very enjoyable book.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409155846
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (Feb. 10 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Available from and



Writing Prompt

With winter in full swing many are taking to the outdoors to enjoy all that the season has to offer.  Write about what happens when a group of children skating on a lake, see a dark moving figure just below the ice.  What could it be? Is it good or bad? Is it living or mechanical? Is it from the water’s depths or from another planet?  Get creative, write and have fun!

POBC Picks

Endless Reader


Looking for a great reading app for kids ~ this is it! 🙂


As a follow-up to Endless Alphabet, set the stage for early reading success with Endless Reader! This app introduces “sight words”, the most commonly used words in school, library, and children’s books. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Recognizing sight words is advantageous for beginning readers because many of these words have unusual spelling, cannot be sounded out using phonics knowledge, and often cannot be represented using pictures.

Kids will have a blast learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters. Each word features an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive, and then a sentence puzzle with words that become what they describe. See the word “dog” as a barking dog, and the word “up” reach for the sky!


  • 6 words free to try with additional word packs available for purchase.  Even more Reader Packs will be available for purchase in the future.
  • Delightful animations reinforce sight recognition of words in a fun and interactive way.
  • Word puzzles reinforce spelling using lower-case letters and the sentence puzzles teach definition and usage (in addition to sight recognition).
  • Endless Reader was designed with your children in mind. There are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace.

Via GooglePlay (Android)


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