Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ April, 2015

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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!

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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 

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April is Cancer Awareness Month

When Someone You Love Has Cancer

by Alaric Lewis and R. W. Alley

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Few things affect a family’s everyday life like the presence of an illness like cancer. Whether it’s a grandparent, another family member, a teacher or neighbour or friend, children especially experience confusion, fear and misunderstanding. This book will help kids cope with the presence of cancer in their lives. Book includes 14 wonderful, full-color, full-page illustrations, and some 40 helpful pointers written expressly for children 4-12. A rare and excellent resource!

This book would make a good starting place as a book about cancer for younger kids. For the non-religious families, the book does have a religious tone to it. It does however, it does make it easier for children to understand what is going on, I highly recommend this book. ~  A great resource for both parents and teachers to help explain a complicated illness.

 

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Classic Books

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

 

“The Secret Garden”

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

https://openlibrary.org/search?q=The+Secret+

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A classic nineteenth-century story of how the discovery of a secret garden that had been locked up and neglected for many years change the life of a little orphan girl.”

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett

November 24, 1849 – October 29, 1924.

Frances Hodgson Burnett was best known as an English playwright and author. Frances Eliza Hodgson was born on November 24, 1849, at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England, to Eliza Boond and Edwin Hodgson. She was the middle child of five, with two older brothers and two younger sisters.

Frances grew up in a comfortable home. Mr. Hodgson sold brass goods to upper class households, and the family had a maid, a nurse-maid, and a horse and carriage. However, in the early 1850’s when Frances was only three or four years old, her father died of a stroke, and the family was forced to sell their house and move. Her mother carried on the business, and Frances was often left in the care of her grandmother, who taught her to read. Her future as a writer might have begun here.

When she was about sixteen, the family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. From then until she was nineteen, Frances supported them by selling her stories to magazines.

In September 1873, she married Swan Burnett. The couple moved to Paris for two years and had there two sons. In 1892, following the death her son Lionel from tuberculosis, Frances suffered severe depression. In 1898, she divorced Swan Burnett and remarried two years later; this second marriage only lasted a year.

Frances settled in Long Island, New York, where she lived for the rest of her life. She died in 1924 and rests in Roslyn Cemetery in Greenvale, New York, next to her other son, Vivian.
 

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New Book Release for April 2015

The Eye of Odin (The Raiders of Folklore Book 1)

Dennis Staginnus (Author)

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Product Description via Amazon

On probation for burglary, disliked by everyone at school, and with no memory of his past, fifteen-year-old Grayle Rowen thought his life couldn’t suck more than it already did. He was wrong—it was about to get worse. Much worse.
While on a field trip to the Vancouver Museum, Grayle is forced to steal a Viking runestone from the museum’s newest exhibit. Should’ve been an easy job, especially for a master thief like Grayle. What he didn’t expect was another student, Sarah Finn, tagging along, or the Viking goddess of death showing up to steal the same artefact.
Now in a fight for their lives, Grayle and Sarah learn the runestone is one of five markers describing the whereabouts of the Eye of Odin, a mystical orb said to give its owner infinite knowledge of the past, present, and future. Though Grayle would love nothing more than to ditch Sarah, he knows he’ll have little hope of finding the Eye and unlocking his mysterious past without her.
Dodging Hel-hounds, Frost Giants, and a cannibal Hex, the two teenagers race from Canada to the frozen reaches of Norway in an effort to recover the remaining runestones. The stakes are clear: find the markers in time and save the world. Fail, and the Viking goddess will use the Eye to destroy mankind.

About the Author

Dennis Staginnus dreamed of becoming an archaeologist, an intergalactic smuggler, or a covert operative. He became a teacher and librarian instead, at least until the CIA calls or he’s abducted by aliens. He’s the author of the “younger” Young Adult series, THE RAIDERS OF FOLKLORE. He’s also written DOUBLE CROSS and FATED, two short story prequels to THE EYE OF ODIN, the first book in THE RAIDERS OF FOLKLORE series. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and a clowder of black cats.

An outstanding adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat! I could not put it downReviewed by: Sylvia McGrath, Professor Owl’s Book Corner.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stag’s Head Books (Feb. 4 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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Writing Prompt

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank
Big changes don’t necessarily happen overnight and often are composed of small but meaningful actions. What positive changes would you like to see in your life? What small act can you do today to help you reach your goal? Get creative, write and have fun!

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Raz-Kids

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If you already useRaz-Kids, this app lets you access eBooks andeQuizzes for the 300+ titles onRaz-Kids, all on your tablet! Don’t haveRaz-Kids and don’t know what it is? Raz-Kids.com gives you hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, coveringa wide range of subjects. In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning website gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers. At the same time, teachers can customize assignments, view reports, and track student progress every step of the way. All student activity in the appis captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids.com, thus helping teachers monitor student progress anddetermine the instruction needed for each student.

If you already use Raz-Kids, this app lets you access eBooks and eQuizzes for the 300+ titles on Raz-Kids, all on your tablet! Don’t have Raz-Kids and don’t know what it is? Raz-Kids.com gives you hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects. In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning website gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers. At the same time, teachers can customize assignments, view reports, and track student progress every step of the way. All student activity in the app is captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids.com, thus helping teachers monitor student progress and determine the instruction needed for each student.
Do you already use both Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z? If so, this app gives you 1,100+ eBooks and eQuizzes from the “On Your Own” area of Raz-Kids! That’s nearly four times the number of reading resources when compared to what you get with just Raz-Kids! Not sure what Reading A-Z is? ReadingA-Z.com is the CODiE Award-winning website that teachers use to get thousands of reading resources, including printable and projectable leveled books, quizzes, lesson plans, worksheets, phonics resources, as well as resources for implementing Common Core, and much more. When combined with Raz-Kids, Reading A-Z provides teachers and students with the ultimate blended reading solution!

Do you already use both Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z? If so, this app gives you 1,100+ eBooks and eQuizzes from the “On Your Own” area of Raz-Kids! That’s nearly four times the number of reading resources when compared to what you get with just Raz-Kids! Not sure what Reading A-Z is? ReadingA-Z.com is the CODiE Award-winning website that teachers use to get thousands of reading resources, including printable and projectable leveled books, quizzes, lesson plans, worksheets, phonics resources, as well as resources for implementing Common Core, and much more. When combined with Raz-Kids, Reading A-Z provides teachers and students with the ultimate blended reading solution!

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