‘MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A PERFECT TIME FOR PANDAS’
BY MARY POPE OSBORNE
The 20th anniversary of Magic Tree House continues. The award-winning children’s series by Mary Pope Osborne that is widely regarded among children, teachers and parents alike for its power to instill a passion for reading has sold more than 100 million books and has been translated into 32 languages in 100 countries.
In the newest addition to the perennially best-selling and trusted series, the beloved brother-sister duo Jack and Annie are transported to China to save pandas from a devastating earthquake.
‘MAGIC TREE HOUSE FACT TRACKER: PANDAS AND OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES’
BY MARY POPE OSBORNE AND NATALIE POPE BOYCE
Releasing simultaneously with “Magic Tree House: A Perfect Time for Pandas” is the nonfiction companion research guide, “Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Pandas and Other Endangered Species.”
When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in “Magic Tree House: A Perfect Time for Pandas” they had lots of questions.
What do pandas eat? Where do they live? Why are snow leopards so scarce? How can we help?
Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations and fun facts from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are an ideal way for children to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House stories.
‘ROCKET WRITES A STORY’
BY TAD HILLS
Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey.
Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, including a timid baby owl who becomes his friend and gives him an idea for a story.
While the task Rocket sets for himself is not always easy, he keeps a patient persistence throughout.
Budding writers will find it easy to follow along with Rocket as he carefully plots out his story. In the same way that “How Rocket Learned to Read” provided invaluable inspiration for flegling readers, “Rocket Writes a Story” will have even the most reluctant writers penning their own stories.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Magic Treehouse Pandas Combo” and/or “Rocket Writes a Story” Deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway.
‘MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A PERFECT TIME FOR PANDAS’
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‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at email@example.com.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
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‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
Historic day at Heritage Center Saturday
The desk used by a vice president of the first Oklahoma Constitutional Convention will be on display at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for the center’s monthly hands-on history Family Saturday.
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