The White Stone in the Castle Wall
Sheldon Oberman. Illustrated by Les Tate.
Montreal: Tundra Books, 1995. 24pp, cloth, $16.95.
ISBN 0-88776-333-2. CIP.
Kindergarten to Grade 3 / Ages 5 - 8.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.
Starting with a known fact, Oberman creates both an appealing young character and a believable story to explain how that fact might have come to be. Among the quarter million dark fieldstones used to construct the half-mile wall surrounding Toronto's Castle Loma, there is but one white stone. Since the wall was built under the direct supervision of the castle's owner, Sir Henry Pellatt, this odd rock could only have been used with Sir Henry's knowledge. Oberman suggests one scenario that might have led to Sir Henry's accepting such an unsuitable stone.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and young-adult literature
in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.
My Homework Is in the Mail!
Becky Citra. Illustrations by Karen Harrison.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada Ltd., 1995. 82pp, paper, $4.99.
Grades 2 - 3 / Ages 7 - 9.
Review by Leslie Millar.
Dad said, "This hurricane is our daughter, Samantha. Sam, this is Caleb, our neighbour."
Caleb stood up. He was wearing a big brown hat. His boots had pointy toes. His legs looked like bent pipe cleaners.
Sam had seen pictures of cowboys in books before. But she had never seen a cowboy in her kitchen. She couldn't think of anything to say.
"Caleb's family were some of the first homesteaders in this area," said Mom happily. "He's been telling us some very interesting stories."
My Homework Is in the Mail! is Becky Citra's first book. No doubt her background as a primary school teacher, combined with her hobbies of horseback riding, hiking, and camping, guided her in writing for a young audience.
Leslie Millar is a substitute teacher and volunteer in Winnipeg schools.
Toronto: Napoleon Publishing, 1995. 152pp, paper, $8.95.
Grades 5 - 9 / Ages 9 - 14.
Review by Caroline Thomson.
Weet turned again and slowly led them into trees.
As they walked, Eric found comfort in talking. "You know, l think I've seen Weet before."
"How could you?" Rose was doubtful. "We've never been here before. Was he in one of your dreams?"
"No, but there's a picture in one of my books. Someone made a model of what he thought dinosaurs might have evolved into if they hadn't died out. It looked a lot like Weet, but it was just guesswork. No one realized that they could have evolved into this before they died out."
"Hasn't anyone found his bones?" Rose seemed unconcerned that the green figure in front of them should have turned to stone long ago.
"No" Eric replied thoughtfully. "Maybe his bones are too fragile to be preserved, or maybe there aren't very many of them."
"How old do you think he is?" Rose's question surprised Eric.
"Sixty-five million and something," he replied, with more flippancy than he felt.
Dinosaurs have always been a popular subject for youth fiction and non-fiction. Adults, too, are fascinated with the subject. Some researchers have speculated on how the dinosaurs might have evolved had they not died out. That brings us to Weet. John Wilson explores the idea that some dinosaurs evolved into intelligent, social humanoids before they went extinct.
Caroline Thomson is a librarian in North York, Ontario. She holds an M.A. in history.
Of Things Not Seen.
Toronto: Stoddart, 1995. 197pp, paper, $5.99.
ISBN 0-7736-7435-7. CIP.
Grades 6 - 10 / Ages 11 - 15.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.
In his first young-adult novel, Aker, a Middleton, Nova Scotia, high-school teacher, deals powerfully with the theme of physical abuse. Ben Corbett, sixteen, has lived with being beaten and seeing his mother battered ever since Jim Rankin (six feet, four inches tall) became his stepfather seven years ago. To protect each other, mother and son, have both tried fruitlessly to mollify Rankin by constantly monitoring and modifying their behaviours in accordance with his wishes and demands, but Rankin's rages, often alcohol-fuelled, are unpredictable and always physically violent.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and young-adult literature in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.
Tides of Change: Faces of the Northwest Coast.
Sheryl McFarlane. Illustrated by Ken Campbell.
Victoria, BC: Orca, 1995. 32pp, cloth, $15.95.
Review by Lorraine Douglas.
Old growth coastal forests touched by a hundred thousand days of mist and rain have existed for an eternity. Yet we've only just begun to understand the intricacy of this living tapestry.
The award-winning author of Waiting for the Whales (Orca, 1991) poses questions to the reader about the histories, people, and faces of the Northwest Coast. She explains petroglyphs, how lumberjacks worked, tidepool treasures, the Grey Whales, and several other topics.
Lorraine Douglas is Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public Library.
Tom Murray, the coordinator of the the math puzzle, has been kind enough to give CM permission to run the weekly Little Math Puzzle Contest (inspired by The Great Canadian Trivia Challenge.)
Royal West Academy (a high school) in Montreal, Quebec is sponsoring a little math puzzle contest.
This contest is open to all participants but is designed for students in grades five through ten. English will be the language used for all problems and if their solutions relate to a language, the language will be English.
We are now on the Web at: http://www.odyssee.net/~academy/mathpuzzle/mathpuzzlecontest.html
Each week a new puzzle will be presented and the answers and winners from two weeks earlier will be posted. Answers are to be received by 8:00 a.m. eastern time the following Friday.
The answers will then be judged, and a correct answer along with the winners' names, will be posted with the puzzle two weeks later.
Both individual students and entire classes are welcome to participate.
Do not to send your answers to CM.
Instead, please send all answers to Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov at the following address:
With your solution please include your names, school, grade, and e-mail address, and your city.
What are the next two numbers?
New deadline (try a new approach) December 8th.
There were some very impressive solutions such as the ones well explained below from Winnipeg. One is a neat solution to the number set that went out in error.
There is a much simpler pattern to #11 that may be found. Problems are puzzles. Look for a twist, try another approach; it is not intended to be a trick. The puzzle is one of my favourites and a little different so you have been given the next number as a hint and publication of the answer will be delayed a week. Hopefully someone will enjoy a flash of insight.
A very common (incorrect) answer was 65 and 136 such as given by Clyde Dohey level 1, Fatima Academy St. Bride's Newfoundland
I like how you were thinking but the 13 was based on a guess at a pattern from two numbers. You need at least three to show a pattern.
A very rare answer (correct?).
The next two numbers are 145 & 216: Between 61 & 52 is a distance of -9; from 52 to 63 is +11. Therefore, the jump in adding numbers is +20.
61-9 = 52; 52+11 = 63; 63+31 = 94; 94+51 +145; 145+71 = 216
By Brett Kuntz, Gr. 7 B, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate, Winnipeg, MB
Here is a neat solution to the number set that went out in error (WOW).
61, 52, 63, 49, 67, 44
increase by 2 on the first number, then decrease by 3 the second number; place results after the first two numbers, then continue...
61+2, 52-3, 63+4, 49-5, etc., working on every other number
By Eric Klatt, Gr. 7 B, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Inst., Winnipeg, MB
What are the 2 missing numbers in this sequence.
2, 5, 10, 20, ___, ____ , 500, 1000
Send your response by 8:00 a.m., Friday, December 15th to:
Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov
Royal West Academy, Montreal West, Quebec.
Centennial Regional High in Greenfield Park, Quebec is proud to continue with the Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt. We are proud, too, to announce the "grand opening" of our home page that can be found at http://www.infobahnos.com/~crhs. This message is repeated in our homepage.
The Internet is the "largest library" in our world, and we, as teachers should be teaching students how to use this research facility. Our research staff have scanned the Web looking for appealing and varied questions for your and your students. Each week, a different question will be posted, a question that will challenge student's research skills on the net.
You are free to use any Internet resource available to you.
When you have found the answer to our question,
E-MAIL YOUR ANSWERS DIRECTLY TO ME AT THE ADDRESS BELOW. DO NOT SEND IT TO CM.
Please include with your answer a little bit of information about you and your school.
And who would be the missing person in this list?
They are all authors who wrote novels starring James Bond, Secret Agent 007. Of course, Ian Fleming was left off the list.
Six (yes there were six) actors have played James Bond on the screen.
Can you name them all.
Send your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to all the hunters.
"What is this so-called reality; what is this theory but a beautiful though totally human fantasy?" (M.C. Escher, 1898-1972)
In conjunction with the exhibition M.C. Escher: Landscapes to Mindscapes, the National Gallery is launching an interactive. on-line forum. For the duration of the exhibition, from December 1, 1995 to March 17, 1996, teachers are invited to participate in an open discussion on the works of M.C. Escher. The goal of this forum is to foster creative thinking and communication by teachers about the artist's work and also about possible classroom activities and resulting projects.
Escher's name is more often mentioned in introductory mathematics and psychology texts than in general art histories. Mathematics and geometry teachers sometimes use his prints to demonstrate to their students how science can be a source of poetry and beauty. Psychology textbooks use them as proof of the structured nature of our perceptions. In Escher's work, three traditionally unrelated disciplines intersect. Escher's wide interests in such subjects as visual arts, mathematics and music could serve as the basis for exploring ways in which these fields could be better integrated.
We invite you to include your classes in this ongoing discussion. A free teacher's introduction has been prepared and will be sent to participating classes (while quantities last). This could also encourage you to access the visual introduction to the Escher exhibition on the upcoming National Gallery of Canada Web site. Forum highlights will be incorporated into a visual introduction in this soon-to-be launched site.
For more information, please contact:
Education Division, National Gallery of Canada
Tel. (613) 567-5517 (Ottawa, Canada)
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the rest of the crew is always happy to have visitors.
If you or someone you know would like to write to Santa Claus, you can send
e-mail to Santa at the addresses below.
Please make sure your e-mail address is entered in your Web browser so that Santa will be able to send email back to you.
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All mail IS ALWAYS answered by Santa. If for some reason you don't get a reply, it probably means the mail was lost in the internet mail, so just re-send your mail and make sure the return address is correct. Santa gets 5 to 10 messages per day to which replies can't be delivered because of an error in the address, so please make sure your address is correct so that Santa can send you a reply. Happy Holidays!
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