The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

November 5, 2013

11-5 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘HUSH, LITTLE HORSIE’

BY JANE YOLEN

Jane Yolen, author of the Caldecott-winning “Owl Moon,” has created a lovely, lyrical bedtime read aloud sure to please both children and adults.

Sleepy children will beg to hear this book again and again, not only for the soothing text, but also for the life-like horses in Ruth Sanderson’s beautiful illustrations.

Animal lovers will all agree, this is the perfect board book to snuggle up with.

Ages 2-5.

‘THE INVISIBLE BOY’

BY TRUDY LUDWIG

Esteemed author, speaker, and member of the International Bullying Prevention Association Trudy Ludwig, together with acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, show how small acts of kindness can allow children to flourish in this poignant new picture book, “The Invisible Boy.”

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party…until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome.

And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

In a back-to-school feature on picture books, “USA Today” praises, “Illustrator Barton adds a wonderful touch by drawing all the other characters in color but sketching Brian in faint shades of black and white — at least at first...Before long, Brian, in living color, is not so invisible after all.”

Parents, teachers, and counselors looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find this gentle story a valuable and important resource. The book includes backmatter with discussion questions, as well as recommendations for further reading.

Ages 6-9.

‘THE GREAT TROUBLE’

BY DEBORAH HOPKINSON

Part medical mystery, part survival story, part Dickensian adventure, “The Great Trouble” from award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson is a gripping historical novel based on the London cholera epidemic of 1854.

The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Dr. John Snow’s birth. A pioneer of public health, Dr. Snow’s work mapping the 1854 cholera outbreak in London and his groundbreaking theory that the disease spread through water, not air, was a seminal moment in public health. While Snow believed cholera would soon be a thing of the past, there continues to be outbreaks to this day, and this new novel brings to life a crucial piece of history with fast-paced chapters and high-stakes action.

At the start of “The Great Trouble,” the infamous Broad Street pump is spreading cholera with every push of its handle, unbeknownst to it inhabitants. But young Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a “mudlark,” he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell.

He’s being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man has never walked the streets of London. And he’s got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a weeks to keep safe. But even for Eel, things aren’t so bad until that fateful August day in 1854 — the day Great Trouble begins.

Mr. Griggs, the tailor, is the first to get sick. Soon it’s clear that the deadly cholera — the “blue death” — has come to Broad Street.

Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it’s up to Eel and his best friend Florrie to gather evidence to prove Dr. Snow’s theory — before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.

Dr Howard Markel published a tribute to Snow this year in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” calling Snow “a singular genius who created the modern science of epidemiology.” Dr. Snow is widely recognized as the father of modern epidemiology and this introduction to his work through the eyes of two spirited children provides insight into the history of a disease that continues to claim 100,000 lives a year. Engaging back matter includes an author’s note, time line, photos of key historical figures, and an image of Dr. Snow’s 1854 cholera map.

Ages 10 up.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Hush, Little Horsie” and/or “ The Invisible Boy” and/or “The Great Trouble.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Nov. 11. 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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  • jc_Earp Marlin 2 - photo credit Noel Winters.jpg Shootout of a sale

    An original article of the Wild West will be made available at auction Thursday. The rifle of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp will be part of the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s Summer Quarterly Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Earp was an Arizona deputy sheriff and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Ariz. He is legendary for playing a key role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He died in 1929 at age 80.
    Wyatt Earp collector Barry Tapp of Edmond will be selling his 1895 Wyatt Earp Marlin rifle at the auction. The rifle has an estimated value between $50,000 and $75,000. It includes authentication documentation from Tombstone Heritage Museum, according to the auction house

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  • Science Museum Oklahoma to exhibit Power Play

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  • 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 dpeery@edmondsun.com 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.

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

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  • Banjo 1 American Banjo Museum offers look at past

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