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The Sound of Music Live

Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved family classic comes to rich musical life once again with The Sound of Music Live, an ambitious, live-broadcast production from BAFTA-nominated director Coky Giedroyc. Featuring such perennial classic songs as “The Sound of Music,” "My Favorite Things," “Edelweiss” and "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," it is destined to become a new family favorite. $22.97 Available on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD.

I See the Sun in the USA By Dedie King

“I See the Sun in the USA” is the newest in the award-winning, critically-acclaimed “I See the Sun” children’s book series. This latest book tells the story of Stella and the diverse children she meets while on a family vacation. Each child is also presented by a family tree depicting the blending of their families, hence the blending of American culture. Glorious illustrations by Judith Inglese express and enhance the storyline. Geared to children age 5 and up, the book serves as a unifying force for children in a divided country. $12.95 Available on Amazon.

— Jenny L. Heinbaugh

Book Reviews

Celebrate the New Year with Books

By Mary Quattlebaum

babies / tots

The Wheels on the Uh-Oh!

If you’re traveling in 2019, be sure to bring along the latest version of the toddlers’road-trip anthem. Sue Tarsky adds playful drama with new verses about a flat tire, disgruntled passengers, ineffective helpers and a runaway wheel. Alex Willmore’s art brings the town to whimsical life, with animals in the clothing of their chosen profession. Look for the safety-hatted armadillo, the tiger in a baker’s toque and the blue-uniformed police pup. Finally, with tire properly repaired, the bus driver calls out “on, on, on” and the passengers happily re-board for a picnic and promised fun.

ages 3 – 7


This historic picture book about Apollo 8 chronicles a journey that has had a positive rippling effect on awareness of our global community. The book is framed by illustrations of a bespectacled girl, with a toy rocket and newspaper clippings that signal her interest in the momentous events of 1968. Millions of people are watching their TVs, anxious for news of the three astronauts whose mission is to leave the Earth’s orbit for the moon and then return safely. Can they do it? Transfixed by the sight of the blue, faraway Earth, astronaut Bill Anders captures a soon-to-be-iconic photo of our planet as a “home for all people.” The spare, intriguing text is stunningly illustrated in blue, black and green on pale yellow paper, a color scheme that helps convey the expansiveness of space.

ages 8 – 12

Every Month Is a New Year

Acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer and award-winning artist Susan L. Roth transport young readers to different countries and cultures to see how they mark their new year at different points in a calendar year. The sixteen poems range from the midnight ball drop in Times Square in the United States in January to a dragon dance in Hong Kong, China, in February to the Songkran water festival in Thailand in April and Diwali in India in November. Back matter includes additional details about calendars, the celebrations and New Year greetings.

Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 27 award-winning children’s books, most recently “Hero Dogs,” a National Geographic nonfiction chapter book about amazing animal heroes. Mary is a popular school and conference