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1. Special Announcement

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner!
(Formerly Professor Owl’s Publication Centre)

Over the past year we have made several changes to our newsletter trying to make it even better for our subscribers and here we grow again!

You will now be able to click on a link to get our newsletter directly to your computer.
We are pleased to announce big changes, a new website, new services and exciting new content! Stay tuned for more updates!

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are sick or have needs out of the ordinary.
These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes  from the Variety Foundation, their stories are told on how they have followed and accomplished their dreams and have overcome or are living with their illnesses.
Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest children’s books that have been released and also reading challenges. There will be books listed for all ages so no one will be left out.
Our June 2010 Newsletter is now available at http://www.professorowlsbookcorner.com


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2. Reading Rockets

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3. Special Needs Week

Folks need to understand that children with special needs are not sick. They are not searching for a cure, just acceptance. This week is for special needs education. Ninety three percent of the people will not copy and paste this. Will you be part of the seven percent that will and will you leave it on your wall for at least an hour?


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4. Professor Owl’s Hero of the month – April 2010

For young adults with developmental disabilities Variety Village offers a Lifestyle,

Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge, and Sports (L.I.N.K.S.) program. The program currently has 23 young adults (ages 21 to 45) enrolled and a substantial waiting list. Through educational and fun programs, such as exercise, sports, swimming, nutritional planning and cooking, current events, computer training and community outings, members become more self-aware and self-reliant while developing friendships, and team building and leadership skills. LINKS participant, Aidoo has really progressed since joining the program in 2005. He has made a lot of new friends and he has gained a lot of confidence in himself through learning to read.

Aidoo Variety Village Hero April.

Aidoo Variety Village Hero April.

AIDOO: “I have been in the L.I.N.K.S program since April 1, 2005 and I have learned a lot of new things. One of them is how to read and write. When I began, I barely was able to recognize the letters of the alphabet. I began to trace them on worksheets. With practice writing in a daily journal and working with the staff on our outings to the library, I began to recognize small words such as hat, cat and bat. I found a “Cat in the Hat” book at the library and was excited when I could figure out many of the words. Eventually, I was able to read more words and gain confidence in my new-found skill.”


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5. Professor Owl’s Book of the Month Review – April, 2010

Book Review by Sylvia McGrath for Professor Owl’s Book Corner

Sylvia McGrath

The Voyageurs

(A North Woods Canoe Adventure)

By Bruce Stacy

Bruce Stacy’s writing paints this book with dense colour. His characters are so well-developed that I feel I know them all very well and that I was actually on the trip myself fishing and camping. I don’t want to give anything away here, but it was a thoroughly satisfying read; a book that any young adult would enjoy and relate to.

Although I do not intend to rough it, the book has put me in the mood to take a trip this summer and enjoy the country side, wild life and even do a little fishing


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6. Professor Owl’s Book of the Month for April 2010

Book of the Month of April 2010

The Voyageurs (A North Woods Canoe Adventure)

By Bruce Stacy

Paperback: $8.90

Ships in 3–5 business days

Available for Pre-order: This item will be released on May 25 2010.

This book will be available from Lulu Publishing

Available also as a Download eBook now at

http://www.Lulu.com

Ben, a 13-year-old boy, is invited to accompany his Uncle Jake and their French-Canadian guide on their annual canoe-camping-fishing trip into the North Woods. They fly to Duluth, Minnesota where they are met by their voyageur-like guide, Mick. Mick then drives them to the fringes of civilization and they launch their canoes into the wilderness.

The trip is an awakening for Ben, who overcomes his lack of self-confidence while learning outdoor lore, the history of the North Woods, the voyageur culture, and solving a longstanding family mystery. This story is part educational, part history and part mystery wrapped in the magic of the Northland.

Book of the Month


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7. Professor Owl’s Book Choices for the month of April 2010

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Sheep in a Jeep Board Book

Professor Owls book choices

by Nancy E. Shaw, Emily Meyer,

and Margot Apple

(Board book – Mar 3 2010)

CDN$ 7.50

Reading level: Ages 4-8

The Easter Egg

Professor Owls book choice

by Jan Brett and Brett

(Hardcover – Feb 9 2010)

CDN$16.25

Reading level: Ages 9-12

The 39 Clues Book Nine

Professor Owl's Book Choice

by Linda Sue Park

Hardcover – May 25 2010)

CDN $11.67


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8. Professor Owl’s Book Corner – April 2010 – Storytime

Sharing Books website www.sharing-books.com there are over 250 books available for download; every month we will feature one of their books in our Story Time Section.  Sharing Books is the home of children’s eBook’s, stories, and classic children’s literature.

The books for download are free like share-ware in the software industry. Paying is completely optional and you decide if you can pay and how much you want to pay.

This month’s story is:

“Can Dogs Talk?”

“Can Dogs Talk” by Frank Jeff http://my.brainshark.com/Can-dogs-talk-963217471 http://my.brainshark.com/Can-dogs-talk-963217471my.brainshark.com/Can


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9. Professor Owl’s Newsletter April 2010

Welcome to April’s newsletter.

Over the past few months we have made quite a few changes to our newsletter, and we hope you are enjoying them.

This month we will also cover area’s for young adults since our Variety Village hero is older than usual.  You will find out how Variety Village is able to assist him to be a little more independent by helping him to improve his reading skills.  Our book of the month is directed to our older readers.  We will, however still have books listed for every age along with creative projects, cooking treats and puzzles both easy and difficult, so that no one is left out.

To  receive your copy send an email to: professorowl@rogers.com


We would also like our older readers to take a look at the video shown in the link below.

Let this video help you make a new beginning in your lives also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciYk-UwqFKA


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10. Best Buddies

http://www.bestbuddies.ca/


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11. Professor Owl’s quote of the day

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius


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12. Paralympic Wheelchair Sports.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/16/paralympics.wheelchair.sports.disability/index.html?hpt=C2p


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13. Today at the Paralympic Games 2010

http://www.vancouver2010.com/paralympic-games/


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14. Professor Owl’s daily quote

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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15. Updates on Paralympic Games 2010

http://player27.narrowstep.tv/assets/players/4304/html/player.html


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16. Professor Owl’s Daily Quote

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. ~Thomas Szasz, “Personal Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973


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17. Paralympic Games 2010


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18. Professor Owl’s Quote of the day

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.

John Wooden, the first person ever enshrined as the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and as a coach (1973


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19. Inspirational Poem Never Give Up

In that dark lonesome place
between a dream dreamed

and a dream realized,

I have left a little light for you
so you will know that someone cares
and believes in your dream.

Just where it becomes the most dark
and difficult to find your way,
there is the light I left for you.

It will light your way,
through the doubt, the confusion,
and the fears,

It will stay with you
all the way to the realization
of your dream.

And when your dream has come true,
please go back to that darkest place
where you have been,

And set the little light there to give heart
to the next sweet soul that braves the path
to his or her dreams.

Dreamers are the architects of greatness.
There wisdom lies within their souls.
Dream long enough and hard enough
and your dream can be attained.

— Unknown Author


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20. Paralympics Trivia

  • The first Games for athletes with a disability were held in 1948 in Stoke Mandeville, England involving World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries.
  • Four years later in 1952 athletes from the Netherlands joined the Games and the international movement, now known as the Paralympic movement, was born.
  • Olympic style games for athletes with a disability were organized for the first time in Rome in 1960, immediately after the Olympic Games – the first Paralympic Games. Around 400 athletes from 23 nations competed in eight sports, six of which are still included in the Paralympic Competition Programmed (Archery, Swimming, Fencing, Basketball, Table Tennis and Athletics).
  • Since then the Paralympic Games have been organized every four years in the same year as the Olympic Games.

Between March 12th and 21st the Paralympic Games will be held in Vancouver, BC.  Follow highlights on the preparations and the games as they unfold or visit the following link http://www.newdisability.com/paralympics.htm


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21. PARALYMPIC MOMENTS – Marián Baláž and Katarzyna Rogowiec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG2FP01zJwc

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them. But do not let them master you.
– Hellen Keller


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22. You just do not look disabled

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/09/mullins.beyond.disability/index.html?hpt=C2

New York (CNN) — People come up to Aimee Mullins all the time and say, “you know, I have to tell you, you just don’t look disabled.”

The record-setting athlete, actress and model says, “And it’s sweet because I know that they’re confused, and they’re telling me this because they know I’m missing both legs from the shin down, but they’re presented with this package of a highly capable young woman. This has happened all over the world. I tell them it’s interesting because I don’t feel disabled.”

She believes that people are not born disabled. “It’s society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable.”

Watch for the 2010 Paralympic Games   March 12th to  21st

http://www.vancouver2010.com/paralympic-games/


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23. Carrying Paralympic torch moment of lifetime for 14-year-old girl

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/2010wintergames/Carrying+Paralympic+torch+moment+lifetime+year+girl/2671014/story.html


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24. Paralympic Games Starting today March 12th, 2010

http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/Widget/index.html


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25. March 15th Paralympic updates.

Paralympic Hall of Fame – Induct

  • Tanja Kari
  • Female Inductee
  • Paralympic Hall of Fame
  • Inducted in 2010

  • Chris Waddell
  • Male Inductee
  • Paralympic Hall of Fame
  • Inducted in 2010

  • Rolf Hettich
  • Coach Inductee
  • Paralympic Hall of Fame
  • Inducted in 2010

For a list of the latest medalists: visit the link below

http://www.vancouver2010.com/paralympic-games/medals/medallists/


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