‘PIGS IN PAJAMAS’
BY MAGGIE SMITH
At Penelope Pig’s sleepover party, six pigs in pj’s eat pizza and pasta, pound a piñata, pin the tail on the pony, prance to piano, and then form a precarious pyramid — collapsing, of course, into a squealing pig pile!
Maggie Smith combines rollicking rhymes and infectious alliterations to make a perfectly pleasing book filled with fun and the letter P.
And while there are scads of P words in the text, the art has even more — the pictures are filled with more than 75 objects beginning with the letter P for young readers to find.
The playful pictures also introduce other preschool concepts, such as colors, shapes, patterns and counting.
“Pig in Pajamas” is a fun new way to get preschoolers thinking about language and building their vocabularies.
‘ON THE RUN’
BY CLARA BOURREAU
Anthony hasn’t seen his dad in years. The reason: His father is busy traveling the world as a wildlife photographer — at least, according to Anthony’s mom and sister.
The real reason: His dad has been a fugitive from the law and is now in jail, awaiting trial.
When Anthony finally learns the truth, his life changes overnight. He insists on visiting his dad in prison. And once the trial begins, it’s the lead story on the local news.
Everyone at school starts to taunt Anthony about having a criminal for a father, even his best friend.
Then one day, in a shocking turn of events, his dad escapes from the courthouse. Anthony wants to be with him — and when he gets the chance, he grabs it.
Now father and son are on the run. But how far will they get?
“On the Run” deals with a young boy who longs to be with his dad — even if his father isn’t the ideal parent.
‘HERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN’
BY HELEN PHILLIPS
The world knows 12-year-old Mad’s dad as “The Bird Guy,” but to her little sister Roo and her, he’s always just been fun-loving, kind-of-crazy dad; one who signs his letters “I love you with all the bananas in my brain” instead of “with all the love in my heart.”
But when he gets offered the opportunity to study the extremely rare and elusive Lava-Throated Volcano trogon in the Central American jungle, Mad and Roo aren’t surprised when he jumps on a plane and leaves his family behind.
It’s just another research trip…that is, until the arrival of the Very Strange and Incredibly Creepy Letter. Mad knows that her dad is in trouble, and though she’s a self-proclaimed scaredy-cat, with the help of fearless Roo and a band of new friends, Mad is ready to step out of her comfort zone to bring her family back together.
“Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green” is the story of what can happen when two sisters make some unusual friends, trust in each other, and bravely face a jungle of trouble all to bring their family back together.
Ages 10 up.
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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
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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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