‘FAVORITE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS FOR SPRINGTIME’
BY GOLDEN BOOKS
This beautiful boxed set of five Little Golden Books includes a springy mix of titles featuring bunnies, baby animals, two gardening children, and more, at the value Golden Books is known for: “Home for a Bunny,” “Where Do Giggles Come From?,” “The Little Red Hen,” “Two Little Gardeners,” and “Baby Farm Animals.”
‘SNOW RABBIT, SPRING RABBIT: A BOOK OF CHANGING SEASONS’
BY IL SUNG NA
What do animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare? Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters.
Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow.
Filled with rich illustrations, charming animals, and a simple, lyrical text, “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” is now available in a board book edition for the smallest hands and youngest readers.
It’s a gentle introduction to the ideas of adaptation, hibernation, and migration, and an exuberant celebration of changing seasons.
BY C. K. KELLY MARTIN
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment, and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st-century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas’s life. Until the world starts to crumble.
NOW: It’s 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed.
Her mother blames it on the grief over her father’s death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy?
When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can’t get him out of her head. She’s sure that she knows, him, despite his insistence that they’ve never met.
As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered.
Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.
“Yesterday” will appeal to fans of James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner,” Veronica Roth’s “Divergent,” and Ally Condie’s “Matched.”
Ages 14 up.
‘ALEX THE PARROT: NO ORDINARY BIRD’
BY STEPHANIE SPINNER
In 1977, graduate student Irene Pepperberg walked into a pet store and bought a year-old African grey parrot. Because she was going to study him, she decided to call him Alex — short for Avian Learning EXperiment.
At the time, most scientists thought that the bigger the brain, the smarter the creature; they studied great apes and dolphins. African greys, with their walnut-sized “birdbrains,” were pretty much ignored — until Alex.
His intelligence surprised everyone, including Irene. He learned to count, add and subtract; to recognize shapes, sizes, and colors; and to speak, and understand, hundreds of words.
These were things no other animal could do. Alex wasn’t supposed to have brainpower to do them, either. But he did them anyway.
Alex and Irene’s story is one of groundbreaking discoveries about animal intelligence, hard work, and the loving bonds of a unique friendship.
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Favorite Little Golden Books for Springtime” and/or “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” and/or “Yesterday.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Mar. 25. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
‘FAVORITE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS FOR SPRINGTIME’
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All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song
Despite the gigabytes of Christmas music released each year — big stars making their first charge into the yule breach this year include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and, alarmingly, the cast of Duck Dynasty — they are, overwhelmingly, reiterating yuletide warhorses.
‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’
BY MELISSA STANTON
What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.
On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).
To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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