“Days on the Farm” by ‘Auntie’ Yvonne Sandau


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Before Yvonne Sandau met her husband, she had no idea that she would move from her home in England to a farm in Winnipeg. In her hilarious story about scary pigs, grumpy ponies, and a goat that thought it was a dog, Yvonne Sandau tells about the years when she lived on a farm. – Max R

“The Day My Wife Was Treed By a Bear” by John Coles

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When John Coles went hiking one day, he had no idea that in a few hours time he would end up saving his wife from being eaten by a bear. In this unusual and exciting story, John tells in great detail about the day his wife got treed by a bear. – Max R

“Proud to be a Canadian” by Patty Tyson

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When Patty Tyson went to Haiti to help children who had been affected by the earthquake, she had no idea that her passport would save her life. In this educational story of Patty’s firsthand experience of the Haiti earthquake, Patti Tyson states that she is proud to be a Canadian.

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Haiti Earthquake Explained:
    On January 12, 2010 Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake, causing widespread devastation. The earthquake’s epicenter
was about 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. Many countries, including Canada, immediately
organized disaster response teams to help those injured, missing, or dead as a result of the quake.  The quake
destroyed houses, schools, hospitals, and even the National Palace in Port-au-Prince.  Almost a year later, the city is still without
enough food, medical supplies, clean water, and shelters to adequately care for its citizens.
Canadian Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities:

Hope For Haiti by Jesse Watson – Link

Earthquake in Haiti by Miriam Aronin – Link


“Remembrance… Pass It On!” by Angus Haggarty

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While World War II was raging, Angus Haggarty was going through childhood despite the air-raids and fear happening in his small town. In this inspirational Remembrance Day story about his childhood during the war, Angus talks about how lucky our generation is to not have to experience the terror of war.

Literacy Connections

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The United Nations was founded in 1942 after World War II to wars between countries. One of the smaller organizations
within the United Nations is called United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF for short. UNICEF is responsible for creating
and maintaining the Rights Of The Child.


“A World of Opportunities” by Brad Hagkull

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Before Brad Hagkull went for his trip to the Phillippines, he didn’t always take every new opportunity he got. But as he explains in his story, there is a world of opportunities out there, as long as you are brave enough to take them.

“Even Big People Cry” by Sharon Gaetz

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When Sharon Gaetz’s daughter died, Sharon didn’t know how she could feel happy again. But when she started to try to be happier, she started to feel better about the whole situation. In this tragic and yet inspiring story, Sharon explains how no matter how upset you are, after crying for a while, you nearly always feel better. – Max R

“Hard Work Really Does Pay Off” by Matt Auerback

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Hockey trainer Matt Auerbach had to work for years before he got to work for the Chilliwack Bruins, but with lots of hard work, he finally achieved his goal. In this inspiring story, Matt explains how if you work at something for long enough, you always achieve it.

“A must-read for all hockey fans!
-Mr. Skinnee and co., publishers

“My Brother’s Crazy Dream” by Dave Vegt

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When Dave’s brother started thrashing around in his tent in Prince George, British Columbia, Dave had no idea what was going on. In this hilarious story, by Dave Vegt, there are many quirky elements, including a mistakenly identified rodent, and a couple of very strange dreams. – Max R

“The Day I Lost My Leg” by John Bartel


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“When John Bartel lost his leg in a farm accident, he had no idea how he would cope with having to re-learn how to do all the things he formerly enjoyed doing; but with trial and tribulation, he managed to do the things he enjoyed again. This uplifting story about learning to cope with disabilities is a must-read for all ages.Two thumbs up!” – Max R

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