Issue 19 : January 06
********************************* The Newsletter on the Under-Fives Issue 19 : January 2006 http://www.under-fives.org/ ********************************* Welcome to the first edition of 2006. Rather later in the month than usual owing to my holidays. I hope you had a good New Year and continue to find this newsletter useful. To read previous issues, subscribe or cancel your subscription go to http://www.under-fives.org/news.html Contents -------- - What's New at the Web Site? - Children's Book of the Month: You're Somebody Special, Walliwigs! - News and Events ___________________________________________________________ What's New at the Web Site? --------------------------- Funsters Soft play centre in Burslem, Staffordshire. 10 am daily. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html Toy Library, Wirksworth The Wirksworth Toy Library meets upstairs in the Health Education Room of Hannage Brook Medical Centre. The Library now runs fortnightly on the first and third Tuesday afternoons of each month (1.30 - 3 pm). http://www.under-fives.org/activity.html Byrkley Park Garden Centre Farm animals, tropical and coldwater fish and a small playground. http://www.under-fives.org/attraction.html Internet Sales Sales are on over the internet - check out some of the best offers at... http://www.under-fives.org/offers.html :ADVERT:_________________________________________________ Think you may have postnatal illness? The support and help you need is at the PNI-UK web site - http://www.pni-uk.com/ PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767. __________________________________________________:ADVERT: ____________________________________________________________ Book of the Month - You're Somebody Special, Walliwigs! ------------------------------------------------------- by Joan Rankin ISBN: 0370323181 £9.99 from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0370323181/chi--21 Walliwigs is different from the other chickens. He is thin and scrawny. In fact, he's not a chicken at all: he's a parrot. But Martha the hen loves him as her own. The other birds in the hen house are rude about Walliwigs, and he doesn't always find it easy being different. But one day the ornithologist who lives next door recognises him as an endangered species. And as Martha always knew, Walliwigs is now a very special bird indeed. Joan Rankin's watercolour illustrations show the humour in the story, which is much more gentle than the original "Ugly Duckling". For ages from three to six. About the Author Joan Rankin was born in 1940 in Johannesburg. She began her career illustrating other people's books but in 1997 started writing her own. She says that she prefers psychologically based stories because they have more depth. She also prefers to work with animal characters because "humans have so many political agendas". She bases her ideas on real life problems, particularly those small children encounter. For more good children's books see http://www.under-fives.org/books.html ____________________________________________________________ News and Events --------------- If you would like to read this news as it happens, without waiting for this newsletter, then grab our newsfeed from http://www.under-fives.org/newsfeed.html It's free and instantly updates you with the latest news and events via e-mail, your web site or any news feed reader. Women who struggle to conceive more likely to have sons Women who take longer to get pregnant are more likely to have sons than those who conceive quickly, a new study indicates. For every additional year a couple tries to conceive a baby naturally, there is an almost 4% higher probability of having a baby boy. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8474 Oily fish makes Clever Babies Eating oily fish and seeds in pregnancy can boost children's future brain power and social skills, research suggests. The researcher recommends women consume two portions of wild or organic salmon, trout or sardines weekly. Seeds such as flax, pumpkin and hemp are good sources of Omega-3 for vegetarians, but large quantities need to be consumed to gain the same effect. This might translate to two tablespoons of seeds daily, but women can also use a high quality Omega-3 supplement. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4617976.stm Vitamin D makes stronger babies Giving pregnant women vitamin D could mean their babies grow stronger bones in later life, a study suggests. Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of calcium which is in itself key in the formation of healthy bones. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4617976.stm Large rise in infant sofa deaths There has been a four-fold increase in infants dying after falling asleep with a parent on a sofa, research shows. A team at Bristol's Royal Children's Hospital warns "cot death" does not always mean a cot - about 30 babies die in the UK a year after sharing a sofa. The researchers say parents should never snuggle up with very young children on a sofa if they feel tired. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4617976.stm Announce your Event To announce your event, or children related news here, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html ___________________________________________________________ Copyright studholme.net, 2005 You are welcome to copy or forward any part of this newsletter, but please include this copyright notice and web address - http://www.under-fives.org/ Previous editions of this newsletter are archived at http://www.under-fives.org/news.html
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