Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ March 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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March is Easter Seals Awareness Month

by Sylvia McGrath

Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

In 1922 a group of Rotary Clubs formed the American Easter Seals Programs in the United States of America. The province of Alberta founded the first Canadian Easter Seals program in 1945. Today, 40,000 children and their families across Canada have access to licensed agencies helping children with physical and/or mental disabilities

The most common disabilities that Easter Seals programs help are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

The best known services are the camp programs. There are twelve camps across Canada providing camp opportunities to over 4600 children. These camps provide programs for disabled children to participate in activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Sledge hockey
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pottery
  • Camping in Tents
  • High Ropes
  • Fun sports
  • Swimming

These Camps are available to children at little or no cost to the families. Easter Seals also provides services such as mobility aids, adaptive computers, communication aids, wheelchair-accessibility, as well as modifications to vehicles and homes.

For more information on Easter Seals in your area, please see the links below:

http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/Site/index.aspx

http://www.easternseals.co.uk/

http://www.easterseals.org/

Our International Affiliates Easter Seals Disability Services

 

POBC Books

Classic Books

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

https://openlibrary.org/works/OL262421W/The_adventures_of_Sherlock_Holmes

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesAbout the Book:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892, though the individual stories had been serialized in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. As with all but four of the Sherlock Holmes stories, those contained within The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are told by a first-person narrative from the point of view of Dr. Watson.

In general the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes identify, and try to correct, social injustices. Holmes is portrayed as offering a new, fairer sense of justice. The stories were well received, and boosted the subscriptions figures of The Strand Magazine, prompting Doyle to be able to demand more money for his next set of stories. The first story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, includes the character of Irene Adler, who, despite being featured only within this one story by Doyle, is a prominent character in modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations, generally as a love interest for Holmes. Doyle included four of the twelve stories from this collection in his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, picking “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as his overall favourite.

Subjects:

Children’s stories, English, Detective and mystery stories, English Detective and mystery stories, English Short stories, Fiction, Juvenile fiction, Juvenile literature, Mystery and detective stories, Novela policíaca inglesa, Novela policíaca juvenil, Private investigators, Sherlock Holmes (Fictitious character), Short stories, Translations into Russian, Accessible book, Protected DAISY, Large type books, In library, History, John H. Watson (Fictitious character)

People:

Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson

Places:

England

Times:

1890’s

Links (outside Open Library)

Arthur_Conany_Doyle_by_Walter_Benington,_1914

Arthur Conan Doyle

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, … Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for the 60 stories he wrote about Sherlock Holmes.

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New Book Release for March 2016

Glass Sword (Red Queen)

The Glass Sword

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

If you were a “Red Queen” fan, then you won’t be disappointed by “Glass Sword” While I found the story was slower than the first book, we do get to delve so much further into each of the character’s mindset which is both heartbreaking and amazing. Victoria Aveyard perfectly displays the struggle that Mare goes through while trying to be a leader, revolutionary, sister, friend, daughter basically all that she can be to everyone while trying to not lose herself in the process.  I highly recommend giving this book a shot but be prepared the ending is a killer!

 About the Author

Victoria AveyardF

Victoria Aveyard graduated from USC, where she majored in screenwriting. RED QUEEN is her first novel. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Los Angeles. You can visit her online at http://www.victoriaaveyard.com/about

Available from www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com


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Writing Prompt

‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’ ~ Unknown

Write about the most perfect moment in your life. It can be one that has already occurred or one you hope will happen. Reflect, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂

POBC Picks

Nighty Night – Bedtime story

Nightynight

Via GooglePlay

“Nighty Night!” is the perfect App for a daily bedtime ritual with sweet music and elegant narration.This App has been downloaded over 2 Million times and is a great success worldwide!

Watching all the animals go to sleep is a lovely way to set the mood for bedtime. The interactive bedtime “Nighty Night” is brought to you from Oscar-Nominee Heidi Wittlinger (2002, best animated short) who put a lot of passion and effort in constructing little sets made of paper and combining them with 2D illustration and animation.

Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Portuguese.

FEEDBACK FROM APP USERS: “This book finally proves to me that a kids book can be as great electronically as they are on paper. Buy this book, it´s truly art”

PRESS: “4 stars out of 4 “There’s bags of innovation happening right now around Apps for children, especially those that blend storytelling, animation and interactivity. Nighty Night! is one of the latest and greatest examples.” // THE GUARDIAN UK

“Overall this is my new top recommendation for bedtime books with interactivity.” // Digital Storytime / 5 stars out of 5

“Nighty Night is a truly gorgeous ebook – and lull the kids into the Land of Nod.” // Kids Book Review

“What I liked: Everything. Nighty Night is simple, subtle, and clever. It is an App that very young children will enjoy and demand to use again and again.” // PadGadget / 5 stars out of 5

“Nighty Night! is a must-have bedtime companion for your digital wunderkids!” // The ikids blog

Via GooglePlay (Android)

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