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An Oscar for Smith's Cove

Digby, NS –Speaking of children’s entertainment, my home hamlet of Smiths Cove is the setting for a wonderful new children’s book set in that lovely seaside community. Oscar the herring gull is the mischievous hero of a book penned by “Cove” native Roberta Heembrock, who now lives in Calgary.

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Local Seagull Becomes KidLit Star

Digby, NS - From her own childhood escapades in Smith’s Cove and listening to her aunt Mary Lou first introduce her to the mischievous bird, Roberta Heembrock was enthralled by the adventures of a little herring gull named ‘Oscar’.

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Press Release: Oscar the Herring Gull

Chester, NS. July 26, 2010 -- BRYLER PUBLICATIONS INC. is pleased to announce that author Roberta Heembrock will be launching her second book, Oscar the Herring Gull, on Thursday August 5th 2010 at the Admiral Digby Museum from 2 – 4 pm and again at Mad Hatter books, 213 St. George St., Annapolis Royal, Saturday, August 14 from 1 – 3 pm. Children will be treated to a reading by the author where they will meet Oscar, a bold and adventurous Herring Gull, who befriends Grammie Sara, a caring woman in a small seaside town in Nova Scotia.

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Here's the word: Calgary teacher tells Why Kids Can't Spell

Calgary – Calgary teacher Roberta Heembrock knows the importance of proper spelling in today’s society, so she decided to write a book about it. Why Kids Can’t Spell is a book written for parents and teachers that talks about the importance of proper spelling, and how to best teach children the subject.

“Lots of reading and writing and exploring vocabulary and the language all help children to become more creative in their writing,” Heembrock said.

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Calgary based teacher publishes book internationally

Calgary – Calgary based teacher Roberta Heembrock addresses the importance of correct spelling in her new book Why Kids Can’t Spell: A Practical Guide to the Missing Component in Language Proficiency.

“The importance of spelling, standard spelling, is based on our need to communicate with each other. It is important because we are social beings; we need to communicate with each other. We’ve tried throughout history to write things down and a standard spelling give us a way of writing that can be passed on from generation to generation,” said Heembrock.

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Kids Can't Spell

By Heather MacBeath

Why Kids Can’t Spell: A Practical Guide to the Missing Component in Language Proficiency, which began more than ten years ago, is a tool for parents and educators of elementary school aged children to help them better understand, and thus help their children better understand the power and importance of spelling.

“Teachers and parents alike will appreciate this very useful and comprehensive book. It places spelling firmly in the context of language-learning, a gives a wealth of ideas to help build the patterns that form the basis of spelling knowledge.” Jo Phenix, Author of The Spelling Teacher’s Handbook and Spelling for Parents.

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