The Edmond Sun

March 18, 2013

3-19 Good Reads

Books


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — ‘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.”

Ages 2-5.



‘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.

Ages 3-6.



‘YESTERDAY’

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.

Ages 8-12.



NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.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.