Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ May 2016


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May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

By Sylvia McGrath



During May, Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, the foundation makes a special effort to tell inspiring stories about Canadians with cystic fibrosis. They also highlight how important funding from Cystic Fibrosis Canada works each and every day to make a real difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and their families.

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If you have been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis you know, it is a serious disease, which causes returning chest infections and the failure to absorb nutrients from the intestines.

Cystic Fibrosis is usually present from birth and occurs when a child inherits two defective copies of the gene responsible for CF, one from each parent.

Approximately one in 25 Canadians is a CF carrier, carrying only one defective version of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis. Carriers do not have, and can never get, cystic fibrosis. In most cases, they are not even aware they are carriers.

CF is a multi-organ disease, mainly affecting the lungs and digestive system. A build-up of thick mucus in the lungs causes severe breathing problems. It may be difficult to clear bacteria from the lungs, leading to cycles of infection and inflammation, which damage the delicate lung tissues.

Thick mucus also blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food. People with CF must consume a large amount of artificial enzymes (usually 20 pills a day) with every meal and snack, to help digest and absorb enough nutrition from food.

What are the signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

The main symptoms are-

  • constant cough which brings up thick mucus
  • difficulty breathing
  • repeated or prolonged bouts of pneumonia
  • bowel disturbances, such as intestinal obstruction or frequent, oily stools
  • Failure to grow normally
  • Excessive appetite, with weight loss

How does cystic fibrosis affect daily life?

Cystic fibrosis affects each person with varying degrees of seriousness. Each person with CF follows a personalized treatment program. For many, life consists of a daily routine of physical and inhalation therapy to keep the lungs free of congestion. It also includes a high-calorie diet and regimen of pancreatic enzymes and vitamin supplements to ensure adequate nutrition. Regular visits to a CF clinic are essential.

Is there a cure for cystic fibrosis?

There is no known cure for cystic fibrosis. However, research inspires real hope.

Since Canadian researchers discovered the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis in 1989, international research has brought us closer to a cure. The current pace of CF research suggests that the outlook has improved greatly due to the early diagnosis and new methods of treatment. A few seriously affected children have had a lung or lung-heart transplant that has improved their quality of live etc.

Cystic fibrosis is a very complicated disease, but you will find plenty of information at your countries Cystic Fibrosis Foundation web sites. They are sure to be able to answer questions for you and your parents.

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POBC Books

Classic Books


The Complete Works of CharlotteBronte and her Sisters



The most cherished novels from England’s talented sisters, all in one volume. 

The Brontë family was a literary phenomenon unequaled before or since. Both Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights have won lofty places in the pantheon and stirred the romantic sensibilities of generations of readers. For the first time ever, Penguin Classics unites these two enduring favorites with the lesser known but no less powerful work by their youngest sister, Anne. Drawn from Anne’s own experiences as a governess, Agnes Grey offers a compelling view of Victorian chauvinism and materialism. Its inclusion makes The Brontë Sisters a must-have volume for anyone fascinated by this singularly talented family.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author’s

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Charlotte Bronte lived from 1816 to 1855. Jane Eyre appeared in 1847 and was followed by Shirley (1848) and Vilette (1853). In 1854 Charlotte Bronte married her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls. She died during her pregnancy on March 31, 1855 in Haworth, Yorkshire. The Professor was posthumously published in 1857.

Emily Bronte lived from 1818 to 1848. She wrote one strikingly innovative novel, Wuthering Heights, and was also a gifted and intense poet. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 30.

Anne Brontë, youngest of the Bronte sisters, was born in 1820. She worked as a governess between 1840 and 1845, after which she published Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) under the pen-name Acton Bell. Anne Brontë died of tuberculosis in 1849.



NewBook Release for May 2016 

Future Imperfect

By Simon Rose (Author)

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Andrew Mitchell was one of the leading experts 0n highly advanced technology in Silicon Valley until he vanished following a car accident, which also injured his son, Alex.

When a mysterious app from the future later appears on Alex’s phone, he and his friend Stephanie embark on a terrifying journey involving secret technology, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and murder in a desperate bid to save the future from the sinister Veronica Castlewood.

Alex and his friend Stephanie love technology and are keen to learn more through Alex’s dad.  Then the mysterious app sends Alex and Stephanie on a wild goose chase and their world is thrown into chaos. Can Alex and Stephanie prevent millions of future deaths by solving this mystery

This book has everything children and this adult love to read about. I could not put the book down until I had finished it, as the story kept me engaged until the end.  Another great story written by Simon Rose, I look forward to reading his next book.

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Writing Prompt

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ~ Colette

After a freak accident you discover you have the ability to shapeshift into any animal. Choose an animal, write a story about what happened and explain your choice. Do you choose to be a lynx, bulldog or hamster and why? Get creative and have fun.

POBC Picks

Epic! – Unlimited Books for Kids



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Epic! – Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic! is the #1 children’s ebook library, offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books. Epic! has been called the “Netflix of kids’ books” – it’s unlimited library your kids can take anywhere!
There are 2 versions of Epic!, both accessible through the one app:


* Over 10,000 great titles with many more added weekly
* Audio-enabled “read-to-me” books
* Individual customized child profiles at no additional cost
* Personalized book recommendations for each child
* Online and offline reading (take Epic! in the car, on a plane, or camping)
* Subscription needed to access full Epic! library. Use your subscription across devices, on Android, iOS, or any Web browser


* Completely free to elementary school educators in the US and Canada
* Access to unlimited children’s literature, including Read-to-Me and non-fiction books
* Ability to create 36 student profiles
* Personalized recommendations based on students’ reading levels and interests


Epic!’s library includes fiction and non-fiction books from leading publishers such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, National Geographic and many more.

Well-known books and series include:
* Flat Stanley
* The Chronicles of Narnia
* Goosebumps
* Disney Frozen
* National Geographic Kids
…and many more

The Epic! library contains a wide variety of book types:
– Picture books
– Chapter books
– Audio-enabled “read to me” books
– Non-fiction titles
– Audiobooks
– Spanish and bilingual books
– You can cancel your subscription anytime, no hassles or fees
– You can find instructions on how to manage and cancel subscriptions here:

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