The Case of the Greedy Goat is the seventh story in the Private Investigators Club series. If you have read the introductions to the other stories in the series, you will appreciate the fact that the young detectives like solving mysteries. The story starts with Tommy reporting that he has received an invitation for the club members to have a holiday at Mr. J's cottage in return for helping him open it for the summer. With some difficulty he leads them through the formal procedures to accept the invitation. They are driven to Chaffey's Lock and taken by boat to a remote cottage on Scott Island. While working on the task of getting the water system working, their cell phones mysteriously disappear. Mr. J suspects the Greedy Goat has eaten them. The story continues as the detectives search for their phones, assist with some difficult maintenance tasks and have a few adventures. They fear that Mr. J has flipped and try, unsuccessfully, to escape. Luckily, it all works out in the end. The stories in the Private Investigators Club series are "readers" for students of age eight or older. People of any age who are learning English as a Second Language may find them entertaining and educational. This story explains the Canadian obsession with lakes and cottages, providing insight into some of the joys and frustrations of owning a cottage. After each chapter, there is a list of definitions of those words used for the first time and a lesson that explores the situation in the chapter. Some questions are suitable discussion topics, others require using the Internet. Answers are provided so you can determine whether or not you really understand what is going on. There are many jokes or humorous situations in the story. Because some readers will not get the joke, a chapter titled "Humor Explained" identifies what the author is trying to do with the amusing sections. Anyone interested in writing in English is invited to produce another story in the series. Details are provided on the Publisher's website. The Publisher wishes to encourage students to do creative writing and will accept submissions on any topic. Periodically, an eBook of submitted stories is published so this is one way for you to become an established author.
When Doc and Emmie are playing with Emmie's new karaoke microphone, Millie Mic, Emmie becomes upset when Millie starts skipping and repeating the same line. Can Doc help? Read and watch-along with Doc with this illustrated storybook that includes a DVD of the episode!
Phone sox are a makeover for your electronic friend, and a treat for you. Providing fashionable protection and individuality for your mobile phone or compact PDA, phone sox are great knitting projects owing to their simple shapes and compact size. This book contains twenty colourful and imaginative designs, complete with step-by-step knitting patterns, to suit all tastes and ages. Make a sock with sophisticated stripes or funky poodle yarn, or choose one of the fantastic sheep or owl sox to make. They make wonderful gifts for friends, and are so simple, even knitting newcomers can have a go.
The four young detectives, Tommy, Dick, Bobby and Mary pick a name for their new club. It is the Private Investigators Club (PIC). Dick suggests that they solve the problem of the missing birds. He has noticed that all the seagulls that normally float over Brockville and the nearby St. Lawrence River are gone. That afternoon after school they set out to find the birds. Bobby gets his canoe and he and Tommy paddle to McNair Island where the seagulls normally roost. Mary and Dick go to Fulford Place where they can watch from high on a hill. A strong earthquake strikes the area and a tsunami sweeps by, destroying many homes along the river. The kids are praised for having saved the lives of those they warned and are slated for an awards ceremony at City Hall. Mary, as President, gives a speech of acceptance and gets into trouble because she steals ideas and words from other great orators. The kids decide that the birds are brainy because they anticipated the earthquake. The story consists of eight chapters, each of which is followed by a list of "new words," i.e. words that have not appeared in the story previously and are not on a list of words that a Grade 5 student would likely know. As well, there is a lesson plan associated with each chapter. Each lesson plan has topics for discussion, questions that can be answered by searching the Internet, and questions that can explore whether or not the story is understood. Answers are provided so that a student learning English without the aid of a teacher can compare their answers to those in the book. This printed paperback version is intended for use by teachers and students who do not have access to the Internet. An eBook copy of the book is available for FREE on the publisher's website and through Smashwords. The vocabulary in the story is calculated to be suitable for Grade 5 students. The characters in the story and the setting in Brockville, Ontario, Canada are components of the writing contest sponsored by the publisher every three months. Anyone interested in submitting their writing in English to the publisher is encouraged to do so, regardless of the topic or length of the work. See: yourstorypublishers.ca. An earlier, shorter version of the story without the lesson plans or "new words" lists was published as "The Private Investigators Club Volume 1 A-D" along with three other cases: Ancient American, Cannabis Cat and Diligent Detectives.
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