The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

February 18, 2014

2-18 Good Reads




In the newest addition to the best-selling Magic Tree House series, “Magic Tree House: High Time for Heroes,” the brother-sister duo Jack and Annie are back in Egypt, and this time to meet the legendary nurse Florence Nightingale.

Jack and Annie are heading out on another mission for Merlin the magician. This time they have to find the famous and beloved nurse Florence Nightingale. While Jack and Annie seek the secrets of greatness, Florence Nightingale find the inspiration for the choices that made her famous.

Old and new readers alike will find another thrilling Magic Tree House adventure among the pages of “High Time for Heroes.” Yet again, Mary Pope Osborne masterfully mixes history, mystery, and fantasy for a story sure to delight the legions of Jack and Annie fans.

Ages 7-10.



Releasing simultaneously to “Magic Tree House: High Time for Heroes,” is the nonfiction companion, “Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Heroes for All Time” by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce.

While reading “High Time for Heroes,” readers can track the facts with Jack and Annie in “Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Heroes for All Time.”

Filled with fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, “Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Heroes for All Time” features the stories of Florence Nightingale, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and John Muir and includes photos, illustrations, and tips for doing further research.

Ages 7-10.



Nothing says springtime like a charming book about baby animals. With the toddler-friendly topic and irresistible duckling on the cover, “A Book of Babies” is the perfect book for celebrating spring. As with Il Sung Na’s previous offerings, it is filled with rich illustrations, endearing animals, and a spare text — all wrapped up in a gorgeous package.

The playful and lyrical text is a delight for parents to read-aloud, while kids can scan the pages for colorful animals in their habitats. Children will learn about baby animals live all over the animal kingdom, including kangaroos, sea horses and lizards.

Ideal for baby shower gifts and Easter baskets, “A Book of Babies” is a first-rate story time book to welcome spring.

Ages 0-3.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Magic Tree House: Heroes” combo and/or “A Book of Babies.”  Deadline is 10 a.m. Feb 24. 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.

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  • Discard the boredom of family game night

    We’re all about families having fun together, and game night is one of the best ways to do that. But playing the same games over and over can get a little stale. So in the interests of injecting a little more fun into your family’s game night, here are some great choices that will keep you and yours engaged and laughing.

    July 25, 2014

  • OBU dance team celebrates National Dance Day

    In 2010, “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe created National Dance Day in an effort to help people embrace dance and combat obesity on the last Saturday in July.
    This year, on July 26, Oklahoma Baptist University’s dance team will host a fundraiser that allows participants to dance all day for $30. The fundraiser will be in the Noble Complex on OBU’s campus.
    Cami Gower, an OBU junior and co-captain/co-founder of the dance team, said the team’s officers have been planning for their upcoming season since April. Gower is a graduate of Deer Creek High School.
    “Since then we have been coming up with better ways to reach the community with dance,” she said. “This day of dance was a great way to do it and help the team raise funds.”

    July 24, 2014

  • Never Girls Good Reads

    NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The Never Girls: A Pinch of Magic” and/or “The Secrets of Tree Taylor.” Deadline is 10 a.m. July 28. 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.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • garner4.jpg Family, friends remember Garner’s Norman roots

    Flowers started arriving at the James Garner statue at Main Street and Jones Avenue Sunday morning after residents learned of the famed actor and Norman native’s death Saturday night in California.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Banjo 1 American Banjo Museum offers look at past

    What do you call perfect pitch?  If you can throw a banjo through the window and onto the garbage truck!  My brother-in-law, a musician, told me this joke.  Boy, the banjo is the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments — it gets no respect.  Well, get ready to appreciate the banjo for its history and heritage — at the American Banjo Museum in OKC’s Bricktown. This cool museum takes you through 370 years of banjo history in eight minutes, then settles down to give you details which will keep you interested for many more.

    July 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • Enjoy affordable romance in Dahlonega, Ga.

    Nestled in the mountains of northern Georgia against the Chattahoochee National Forest lies a tiny town that offers an authentic peek at a time long past. The charm of yesteryear combined with the calm of nature, friendly locals and the fun of back country roads dotted with vineyards and tasting rooms results in the perfect getaway for couples in search of a romantic escape or honeymoon destination. Those headed to Dahlonega for an intimate weekend will want to consider the following itinerary items.

    July 19, 2014

  • Kyle_Dillingham_cutout useBH.jpg Dillingham in benefit concert Monday at Symphony Center

    Musician Kyle Dillingham will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday to raise funds for a local man in need of a liver transplant.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Book to be launched at Uptown Grocery Co.

    A book focusing on support for children with autism will be launched at Uptown Grocery Co. from 2-5 p.m. July 19. “New Frontiers in Sensory Integration” is the most recent work of internationally acclaimed educator Stephanie Mines. Although based in Colorado, the neuropsychologist has gained experience in various parts of the world. Edmond was chosen as the launching place in honor of the local physical therapists who influenced Dr. Mines during her clinical trials.

    July 17, 2014

  • City Council approves $114,500 for statues

    City Council members have approved a $114,500 supplemental appropriation for public art.
    During the previous fiscal year, private contributions covered costs of a couple of larger art pieces that exceeded the city’s matching contribution limit of $35,000, causing the city to run short of budget authority as year-end activity approached, according to background provided by the council.

    July 17, 2014

  • line of girls 2877.jpg Summer camp enriches children

    Edmond's Historical Society 1889 summer camps were held in the historic one-room Territorial Schoolhouse on Second Street in Edmond. The children learned what their counterparts used 125 years ago to clean, cook and play with and experienced what a school day in the life of a child in 1889 was like.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos