‘SWEET DREAMS LULLABY’
BY BETSY E. SNYDER
This dreamy, lyrical picture book will reach a whole new audience, joining the ranks of Betsy E. Snyder’s other beloved board and novelty formats, “Haiku Baby” and “Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?”
Full of collage artwork created from natural materials, this gentle book of soothing rhymes is a great bedtime read for your littlest ones.
Published in hardcover in 2010, “Sweet Dreams Lullaby” is now available as a board book, the perfect bedtime companion.
‘ZIGZAG KIDS: SKY HIGH’
BY PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
From the author of the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Zigzag Kids series is set in a raucous and fun-filled afterschool program featuring a multicultural cast of characters.
Black-and-white illustrations by Alasdair Bright capture all the energy and excitement.
Charlie has lots of ideas. Need something to go sky high? Ah-ha! The Zinger Winger!
Need to launch a cheese popper into soup? The Amazing Popper-Upper!
But the Zinger-Winger zings more than wings and the Popper-Upper is a flop.
Charlie isn’t allowed to invent for a week. Meanwhile, the afterschool invention fair is coming up.
He needs time to make something special. Good thing he has his friends and Mr. Redfern, another inventor, to help him out.
‘A THUNDEROUS WHISPER’
BY CHRISTINA DIAZ
Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway.
Her father made her feel important, but he’s been off fighting in Spain’s Civil War, and his voice in her head is fading.
Then she meets Mathias. His family has just moved to Guernica and he’s as far from a whisper as a 14-year-old boy can be. Ani thinks Mathias is more like lightning. A boy of action.
Mathias’s father is part of a spy network and soon Ani finds herself helping him deliver messages to other members of the underground. She’s actually making a difference in the world.
And then her world explodes when the sleepy little market town of Guernica is destroyed by Nazi bombers. In one afternoon Ani loses her city, her home, her mother.
But in helping the other survivors, Ani gains a sense of her own strength. And she and Mathias make plans to fight back in their own unique way.
Ages 10 and up.
‘HANGING BY A THREAD’
BY SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD
The quaint little beach town of Winston, Calif., may be full of wholesome townsfolk, picturesque beaches, and laid back charm, but Clare Knight is about to uncover something underneath its thriving demeanor.
Someone is hiding something, and it’s as gruesome as the townsfolk, and their stately homes, are stunning.
Amanda Stavros, fellow classmate and resident of Winston, is gone and there’s no sign of her ever coming back. Everyone says she was taken and murdered, but where’s the evidence? And why is everyone okay with this, except for Clare?
Luckily — or as it’s been turning out, unluckily — Clare possesses a gift, an ability to see visions from the clothes she works with. And since her clothes come solely from the townsfolk, Clare has become privy to some startling and disturbing memories.
Will she uncover who killed Amanda Stavros? Or is she just moving herself up in line to be the next victim of Winston?
Ages 12 and up.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Sweet Dreams Lullaby” and/or “Zigzag Kids: Sky High” and/or “A Thunderous Whisper.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Feb. 18. 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.
‘SWEET DREAMS LULLABY’
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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.
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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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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