No School

Saranya and Sarvani, Age 9, appear in the latest issue of BAZOOF! with their comments on Page 7 (B! Mail) and photo on Page 31 (Oay’s Bulletin Board). They share how they’ve been keeping busy at home during this pandemic.

“During COVID 19, our school has been closed but that hasn’t stopped us from learning and having fun. We are active with our choir and continue singing lessons virtually and learning new things.”

We are avid readers and are currently finishing the Harry Potter series.
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Subscriber Relief

As this is a difficult time with COVID19 for many families handling expenses, BAZOOF! will NOT be sending out renewals for the next 4-5 months. In fact, all family subscribers whose subscription will expire in that time frame will have two complimentary issues granted to their order. BAZOOF! highly values its customers and are more than happy to do their part to reduce the impact felt at this time.

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Evalyn & COVID-19

Check out this interview about a member of the BAZOOF! creative team whose family has been facing the coronavirus in China, and now herself living in North America.

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Evalyn Zhang. I am a graphic design intern at BAZOOF! I grew up in Henan, China where my family lives. 

Evalyn Zhang – BAZOOF! Graphic Design Intern

What brought you to Canada?

I always wanted to experience a culture different from my own, and Canada wins my heart with her beauty and diversity. I’ve been here for four years. 

How has the coronavirus affected your family?

When the coronavirus spread in China, it was during the Chinese New Year. All the New Year celebrations were cancelled. Some of my family couldn’t unite because all the transportation was down. When they went outside, everyone needed to wear a face mask. The city was quarantined and everybody was out of work or school. The internet became a popular form of entertainment. 

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Thoughts Your Way

The creative team here at BAZOOF! would like our readers and subscribers to know that our thoughts are with you all, and our global family, dealing with the affects of the coronavirus. It has been difficult to process but hold on to great hope that the world can be a better place having shared this time in history together.

Our production team have had adjustments to make as well—how and where we work that has caused some delays, but we’re pulling through fine! We are close to having the Spring issue ready and are continuing to complete it. We plan to have files ready for the printer March 30th. Having something positive to work on has been uplifting and encouraging.

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When I Got Ozzy

by CJ, Age 11

When I got Ozzy
I could see the inside of him
Afraid no longer with his family
Fear about going with us
Hiding under the car
Scared to death
When he left with me
My family
And I
I could feel him
Inside of me
His feelings
Thoughts ran through my head
Even more his
He made it back with us
Back to my grandmother’s house
When at Michigan
About an hour and a half
Away from his family
Going to another new place
In a few days
And once we made it there
He didn’t look like a puppy
Anymore
About as big as Jasper at that time
And still growing
Trying to adapt 
After already adapting 

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Sean Chen

Sean Chen shares his experience hiking the Routeburn Track in Queenstown, New Zealand found on Page 28 in BAZOOF! magazine #67. Here are a few photos he wanted to share as well.

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Panhandling

by Victoria & Anniston, Age 14

Is Panhandling a Problem? Should panhandling be legal or illegal?

There are millions of people on the side of the road, streets, and elsewhere begging for money. About half of the panhandlers are homeless, the other half of them are just extremely poor. Some struggle with severe alcohol and drug addictions while some are caught in a cycle: they move from being homeless to having housing but being extremely poor.

Loads of cities allow panhandling meanwhile, other cities are more strict about it. In Cincinnati, panhandling within 50 feet of schools is considered illegal and begging is banned near ATMs, parking meters, and restaurants. In 2015, Utah banned panhandlers from soliciting in traffic. The same year, Atlanta outlawed panhandling through a downtown area.

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Julie of the Wolves

by Sabrina, Age 12

Do you like beautiful stories that truly capture your heart and make you want to explore the wilderness? Then this is the book for you! Julie, the main character of Jean Craighead George’s novel, Julie of the Wolves, lives on the Alaskan tundra, which inspires her wild imagination and desire for adventure. Julie is raised by her father who teaches her to communicate with animals.

After she believes that her father has died, she enters an arranged marriage, even though she is only thirteen. The marriage is unhappy so she runs away, trying to get to California so she can meet her pen pal, Amy. Unfortunately, Julie gets lost, trudging through the icy snow of the tundra. She meets a wolf pack, who turns out to be friendly once she uses the communication skills her father taught her!

When I was reading this book, I was really struck by the descriptions of the tundra—so terrifying, yet so beautiful. Not only does it serve as a backdrop to Julie’s journey, but it also helped me understand Julie’s character. It captures Julie’s desire for adventure and shows her determination and bravery. The tundra is mostly flat and full of bare trees, so when she looks far away, it seems to her like the tundra is endless. This means that Julie is determined no matter how far away her goal might seem.

Also, though there are many predators around looking for prey, the snow provides many hiding places for them, such as holes and dens. Therefore, it’s harder for the animals to find prey. This is very much like Julie because she works hard and won’t stop until she finds the food she needs to survive.

The tundra also shows that Julie is a dreamer because she sees it as a magical place. She admires the sky reflecting onto the tundra, which causes many beautiful colours and shapes to form over the snow. For example, she sees it “glistening gold” or with “a feathering of snow.” Once she imagines how “every wind-tossed sedge is a silver thread” over the tundra.  These descriptions show Julie’s dreamy personality. So, the tundra is also like a mirror because it reflects Julie and the way she sees the world.

 The tundra helped me enjoy this book because it created all of the adventures that Julie went through.  It also helped me understand her love for the wilderness and for her friends, the wolves. Also, the tundra is basically Julie’s life and is where all the twists in the book occur. Without the tundra, this book would not be as exciting.

I also love this book because it made me feel all kinds of different emotions! When Julie first encountered the wolves, I felt very nervous because I didn’t know if they would hurt her.  But when she starts to bond with them I was very happy and relieved—even the wolf cubs play with her like a normal wolf, as if they don’t know that she is a human.

There are other parts that are extremely sad, like when one of her wolf friends die. Because of the wolves’ kindness and Julie’s determination, the story was really inspiring. It also made me wish I could communicate better with animals, like Julie’s special mastered skill with wolves. It made me want to talk to Daisy, my cat, in order to know what crazy things could be in a little cat’s brain! All in all, this is a very touching book full of beautiful, moving descriptions of challenges, bravery, and love.

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Teacher Interview

“The point of this interview is to understand what a teacher’s point of view is to teach.” Landen, Age 14

Landen: What is it like being a teacher? Is it fun, exciting, stressful?

Teacher: The job can be stressful and can be fun. In my mind, the job part of it is knowing your subject area that you are teaching so you can effectively convey the materials to students in the way they understand. The fun part is how you go about that. I’m almost at 30 years of teaching now and I kinda look forward to it, getting up, coming to school, interacting with the students. It’s fun. Continue reading

My Muslim Life

by Abdulrahman, Age 12

I am not the person some people think I am. I can be thought of as a bad person because I am a Muslim. There are a lot of Muslims around the world. In fact, almost a quarter of earth’s population is Muslim, most living in the Middle East and North Africa*. We shouldn’t judge people by their looks or religion. Continue reading