December 11, 2012

Local books brings state flair to carol

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — A classic Christmas carol is given Oklahoma flair in the new children's book The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma by Tammi Sauer.

In the book, Addison visits her Oklahoman cousin, Ethan, and his family. Ethan gives Addison a down home tour of Oklahoma.

The book is illustrated by Victoria Hutto. Without giving too much away, pictures of bucking broncos, four-wheelers, holly-donning bison and even a few twisters accompany the letters that Addison sends back to her parents describing her adventures in Oklahoma.

The first stop on the tour is Chickasha's Festival of Light. Sauer weaves the state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher, the state tree, the redbud, and even the state flower, mistletoe, all on one page.

Addison names the scissor-tailed flycatcher "Snip." Snip joins the pair on the tour of Oklahoma, appearing in cowboy boots at the rodeo and later digging into a forkful of lemon meringue pie.

Other major Oklahoman landmarks are mentioned in the book, such as the Town and Gown Theatre in Stillwater, the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, the Indian City USA Cultural Center in Anadarko.

Important dates in Oklahoma history such as the 1889 Land Run and Oklahoma historical figures such as Will Rogers are highlighted on the tour that Ethan gives his cousin. More recent Oklahoma events such as the 1999 May Tornado in Moore also make an appearance.

Maybe because there's more Oklahoma than twelve days of Christmas can cover, the back few pages of the book show Addison and Ethan in front of a bulletin board with several Oklahoma highlights, including: Keystone Ancient Forest, the Oklahoma musical, the Enid Symphony Orchestra and Arbuckle Wilderness to name a few.

The Twelve Days of Christmas of Oklahoma is published by Sterling Children's Books.