‘DAY BY DAY’
BY SUSAN GAL
The industrious pigs of “Day by Day” build a home, plant a garden, help their neighbors and gather for a harvest that is the result of hard work and kindness.
Filled with simple, lilting text that is fun to read aloud, this idyllic portrayal of America’s heartland will appeal to people living in rural areas, as well as those who appreciate the core values associated with the lifestyle.
Susan Gal began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. She then worked as an “actor with a pencil” for Disney Animation before returning to her native California to create fun and whimsical illustrations.
BY PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
This week the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are being creative and trying new things.
But that’s not so easy for Destiny.
All of her ideas turn into disasters — until she finds out what a good poet she is. Her friend Yolanda is good at art. They put their talents together and come up with a terrific idea.
‘EMILY AND JACKSON
BY PHYLLIS REYNOLDS
Plucky orphans Emily and Jackson star in another Wild West escapade that includes lots of dastardly villains and comic cliffhangers in the companion to “Emily’s Fortune.”
Emily Wiggins is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the clutches of the Child-Catching Services and Emily’s villainous uncle Victor.
Emily and Jackson are now living happily with her loving aunt Hilda. But just a mighty mouth minute! Someone’s snooping around for an orphan child on the run!
He knows Jackson is hiding nearby and aims to get a reward for snatching him and sending him to work at a mill.
What in leapin’ livers should Jackson do? And Emily can’t rest easy either, since some sort of creature is coming to their gate when Jackson and Emily are home alone.
What in simmering succotash is that moving pile of dirt? Is it a heap of black rags, is it a dusty tumbleweed, no it’s…Now what in shaking shivers will happen next?
‘JUNIE B., FIRST GRADER: TURKEYS WE HAVE LOVED AND EATEN (AND OTHER THANKFUL STUFF)
BY BARBARA PARK
In this latest installment, Junie B. and her classmates are planning for a Thanksgiving feast and entering a school-wide contest about what students are thankful for.
Room One is planning their Thankful List to enter into the school’s Thankful Contest, a contest about “appreciating all of the wonderful things in the world that we are thankful for.”
But in typical Junie B. fashion, the things Junie B. and her fellow classmates are thankful for are far from the norm. Their list is filled with items such as “cranberry jelly in a can,” “exploding biscuits,” and “toilet paper.”
And when their Thanksgiving feast celebration comes around, Junie B. begins to discover that being a pilgrim (and wearing a sweaty costume) and eating yucky blucky pumpkin pie is definitely NOT something she can be thankful for.
Will Room One’s celebration turn out to be a success, and do they stand a chance of winning the contest? Either way, the Thanksgiving festivities will be memorable in this new Junie B. adventure.
BY JULIE BOURBEAU
Every Wednesday, strange things happen in Max’s village. The townsfolk shutter their window, lock their doors and hunker down to outwait this plague of peculiarities referred to simply as “the Wednesdays.”
But Max is too curious for that, and when he accidentally lets the Wednesdays inside, his furious parents cast him out for the rest of the day.
Soon he meets the Wednesdays themselves: strange silver-eyed boy-creatures bent on spreading mischief and mayhem. Initially he thinks they’re quite fun, but they can also be cruel and dangerous.
With the assistance of an unlikely cast of characters including a popular girl with questionable motives, a slightly crazed parapsychologist and the world’s ugliest dog, Max must put an end to the curse of the Wednesdays or become one himself.
Julie Bourbeau has lived a life that is probably more adventurous than necessary. She has jumped out of airplanes, been swept out to sea, and was married on a Himalayan mountaintop by Tibetan monks. When she grew weary of a lifestyle that required so many vaccinations, she decided to become a writer so that her characters could continue her adventures while she stayed safe and warm.
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‘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
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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.
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.
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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