AND THE PEA’
BY GOLDEN BOOKS
The famous fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” is retold in this all-new Little Golden Book — destined to be an instant classic.
Folk tales and fairy tales are enjoying a resurgence in popular culture with hits like Disney’s “Tangled” and “Princess and the Frog.”
‘WANT TO BE IN A BAND?’
BY SUZZY ROCHE
Do you want to be in a band?
Well, here’s how!
First, bug your two older sisters to start a band, and then beg them to let you join. (It helps if they already know how to sing and play guitar.)
Then, there are some tricky parts, like getting over stage fright and practicing until the tips of your finger’s ache and playing gigs at not-so-big-time music clubs.
At least, that’s the way our little sister narrator explains it in her “guide” on how to start a band, based on the real-life experiences of author Suzzy Roche.
From TV shows to movie musicals to tween pop stars, music has become a major part of kids’ lives. And here’s a book that tells them how to do it — with lots of humor and whimsy!
Suzzy Roche started performing with her two older sisters, Maggie and Terre, at a young age, and together they formed “The Roches.”
The folk-indie rock band was active for more than 30 years, and the sisters recorded more than 11 albums together, including the children’s album “Will You Be My Friend?,” a Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner.
‘THE WHIZZ POP
BY KATE SAUNDERS
Welcome to the most magical house in London. The family of 11-year-old twins Oz and Lily has inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs.
Long ago, the shop’s famous chocolate-makers, who also happen to be Oz and Lily’s great uncles, were clever sorcerers.
Now evil villains are hunting for the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying powers of this magic chocolate have the ability to destroy the world.
Soon, Oz and Lily are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an invisible cat, a talking rat, and the ghost of an elephant. It’s up to them to stop the villains to keep the magical chocolate recipe out of harm’s way. Their family and the world depend on it.
Ages 10 up.
‘THE BUS DRIVER’
BY TODD DOODLER
“The Bus Driver” is a clever counting book chronicling a typical day and route in a bus driver’s life.
Kids will love counting along from 1 to 10 as our bus driver picks up more and more passengers with different occupations from all walks of life — and then they can count down from 10 to 1 as the driver drops them off and winds down for the day.
Todd H. Doodler’s engaging illustrations and rhyming text are right on the mark. Parents will enjoy reading and counting as much as their children. Come on board and join the fun!
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The Princess and the Pea” and/or “Want to be in a Band?” and/or “The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop.” Deadline is 10 a.m. May 6. 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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ON TRAVEL: Hanging with the stars in Shreveport
Who’d have thought Shreveport, La., qualifies as a true film capital? Thanks to active local and state film boards, Shreveport has hosted cast and crews for more than 200 movies, TV shows, shorts and documentaries. In its movie career, the town has played a variety of locales from Alaska to Amsterdam.
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.
12-3 Good Reads
‘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.
11-27 Good Reads
‘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.
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