Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter ~ January 2016

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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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Eating Healthier in 2016.

Healthy

January is the month many of us proclaim that we are going to start our diet or eat healthy, only to find it lasts just a few days; for some families, due to a heath diagnosis, they are always following prescribed diets, sometimes for more than one family member.

When you or a member of your family has an illness where a dietary need is required or special needs due to a treatment, your doctor or registered dietitian may prescribe a special diet. They also may suggest a commercial product to help you meet your nutritional needs.

There are several special diets used during cancer treatment. There are also products that can boost nutrition. We will list the links at the bottom of the page, which will give you information that you may need. Remember that special diets and products to improve nutrition should be used only as recommended by your doctor or registered dietitian.

Special diets are an important tool for correcting nutritional problems that occur during cancer treatment. For example, a soft diet may be best if your mouth, throat, esophagus, or stomach is sore. Alternatively, if your treatment makes it difficult for you to digest dairy products, you may need to follow a low-lactose diet. Some diets are well balanced and can be followed for long periods. However, some special diets should be followed for only a few days because they may not provide enough nutrients for the long term.

Only your doctor or registered dietitian should decide whether you need a special diet and for how long. If you are already following a special diet for another health problem, such as diabetes or high cholesterol, you and your doctor and registered dietitian should work together to develop your new plan.

The organizations shown at the end of this article will also be able to assist you. For each illness, they will advise the diet, you or your loved one require; they will give you a brief explanation of when the diet usually is recommended, the major foods it includes, and suggested meal plans. This information will help you follow the diet recommended by your doctor or registered dietician.

To start your family on a healthy diet that will stick, for a lifetime can only improve your child’s chances of having a healthy life. It is no more expensive to buy healthy food and just by following the main food groups, will protect them if the unexpected does happen, as eating healthy helps promote a healthy immune system. Helping them overcome accidents and illnesses quicker and before they become too serious. One can even eat some fast foods in moderation. However, a healthy diet will make a difference also in your medical bills.

The first three Government websites below do have information to help choose the right food for you and your family. Try it you may be pleasantly surprised.

“Picture of suggested food groups children diets in Canada USA for 2016

 

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http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/basics-base/index-eng.php

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/02/us-usa-food-usda-idUSTRE7514AC20110602

http://www.amazon.com/Special-Diets-Kids-Lisa-Lewis/dp/1885477449#reader

Written by Sylvia McGrath,  January,2016

 

POBC Books

Classic Book for the Month

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

(The Chronicles of Narnia)

by C. S. Lewis (Author)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

One of the miracles of C.S. Lewis was that he is able to incorporate a sense of the mystical and magical with the form of the world in a Christian framework without either aspect becoming forced or stilted. The stories that Lewis has crafted in the Chronicles of Narnia stand on their own as good storytelling. – they are strong tales, kin in many ways to the Lord of the Rings cycle, which makes sense, given the friendship and professional relationship of Lewis with Tolkein.

This particular story, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, is the second installment in the overall Narnia series, but each story is able to stand on its own. This is a story that almost begins with ‘once upon a time…’ It is a good story for children of all ages (including old children like me). 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.One of the miracles of C.S. Lewis is that he is able to incorporate a sense of the mystical and magical with the form of the world in a Christian framework without either aspect becoming forced or stilted. The stories that Lewis has crafted in the Chronicles of Narnia stand on their own as good storytelling even without the underpinning of Christian imagery – they are strong tales, kin in many ways to the Lord of the Rings cycle, which makes sense, given the friendship and professional relationship of Lewis with Tolkein.
This particular text, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, is the second installment in the overall Narnia series, but each story is able to stand on its own. This is a story that almost begins with ‘once upon a time…’ It is a good story for children of all ages (including 40-year-old children like me). 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 book for every age and for everybody. I really loved reading the book. It just brought  me back to my childhood.

Available also at your school and local library and at www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com

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About the Author

CS Lewis

 

Clive Staples Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and       Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University, 1925–54, and Cambridge University, 1954–63. He is best known  for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.

Timeline:

1930: In 1930, Lewis and his brother Warnie moved, with Mrs. Moore and her daughter Maureen, into “The Kilns”, a house in the district of Headington Quarry on the outskirts of Oxford, now part of the subur…
1943: Many ideas in the trilogy, particularly opposition to de-humanization as portrayed in the third book, are presented more formally in The Abolition of Man, based on a series of lectures by Lewis at Durham Uni…
1950: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C. S. Lewis was first published on October 16, 1950.
1956: In 1956, he married the American writer Joy Davidman, 17 years his junior, who died four years later of cancer at the age of 45.
1957: C. S. Lewis married Joy Davidman on March 21, 1957; their marriage lasted 3 years till July 13, 1960.
1960: Victor Reppert also disputes Sayer, listing some of Lewis’s post-1948 apologetic publications, including the second and revised edition of his Miracles in 1960, in which Lewis addressed Anscombe’s critici…
See more

More on Wikipedia

Quote:

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

See more

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New Book Release for January 2016

The Heir

by Kiera Cass (Author)

The Heir F

 

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

This is one of the best book’s in this series! It had so many different perspectives, going from one of the selected to being the one to select.

I loved all the characters in this book and I do not think it could have been written any better once I started reading it, I never wanted to put the book down. So many ups and downs and how Eadlyn’s feels about herself is truly amazing. It also talks about relatable family situations that made me love the characters even more! I give this book all five stars and I can’t wait until the next one!!

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About the Author

Kiera Kass

Kiera Cass

#1 New York Times

Best Selling Author

Kiera Cass is an American writer of young-adult fiction, most known for The Selection and its sequels. Cass was born and raised in South Carolina and graduated in 1999 from Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach. She attended Coastal Carolina University before transferring to Radford University. She graduated from Radford with a degree in History.

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Wikipedia

Timeline:

2012: She published the first book in The Selection trilogy, The Selection, in 2012 with HarperTeen.

2013: The Elite written by Kiera Cass was first published on April 23, 2013.

2013: In May 2013, Cass announced that she would be working on an as-yet untitled series she refers to as 238 on social media, to be published by HarperCollins.

2014: The One written by Kiera Cass was first published on May 06, 2014.

2014: On August 14, 2014, Kiera Cass announced that The Selection Series would be expanding into more books

 

New releases coming up ~

Available January 26, 2016 ~The Siren

Available May 3, 2016 ~ The Crown

For more information on Kiera Cass and her books visit www.kieracass.com

Available from: www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com and www.indigo.ca

 

POBC WP

Writing Prompt

“A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.” ~ Thomas Hardy

Write a scary story that revolves around a New Year’s resolution gone wrong. Does being on a diet push someone over the edge? Is there misadventure during a cold weather jog? Does keeping one’s resolution at all costs, cause someone to do the unthinkable?

Get creative, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂

POBC Picks

Professor Owl Recommends:

Websites:

Boys and girls for  great websites filled with great links for all ages check out:

For Craft Ideas: http://www.craftbits.com/kids-crafts

For Learning & Fun:

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ &

 http://discoverykids.com/

Apps for Android and iPad/iPhone:

Preschool and Kindergarten

 Preschool

Description ~Via GooglePlay

 

Educational games that will keep your preschool and kindergarten age kids entertained while they are learning!
Helpful voice narrating, colorful graphics, and great sound effects will help your kids learn letters, spelling, math, and more! Designed using real world preschool and kindergarten curriculum’s and uses common core state standards. Includes 3 free games, unlock all 12 games through a simple in-app purchase.

Games:
– Shapes and Colors: Identify shape and color differences
– Letters: Learn letters with helpful pictures
– Counting: Count with helpful voice narration
– Memory: Flip and match cards
– Alphabet: Pop bubbles while learn the alphabet
– Addition: Add fruit together to learn addition
– Puzzles: Fun and colorful puzzles
– Spelling: Spell hundreds of words with helpful voice narration
– Subtraction: Pop fruit to help learn subtraction
– Positions: Learn left, right, and center
– Nouns and Verbs: Identify the difference between nouns and verbs
– Counting Down: Count down from 10 and launch a rocket

Perfect for kids and students who need a fun and entertaining educational game to play.

Ages: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 year old.

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If you enjoy this app, please try all of our fun and educational apps for kids:

Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games
Barnyard Games For Kids
101 Kids Puzzles
1st Grade Learning Games
2nd Grade Learning Games
3rd Grade Learning Games
4th Grade Learning Games
5th Grade Learning Games
6th Grade Learning Games
Barnyard Puzzles For Kids
Coloring Book Fun
Preschool Learning Fun
Owl and Pals Preschool Lessons

 

Via GooglePlay (Android) Via GooglePlay (Android)
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