arts & entertainment
together with books
By Jo Perry
’TWAS THE NIGHT before Christmas and all
through the house ...
Reading the beloved Clement Clarke
Moore poem is a treasured holiday tradition
in many families. But for those who can’t be
together during the holidays, creating a new
tradition is now a possibility.
With the Record a Story storybook, adults
or kids can narrate and record this Christmas
classic to a soft musical background and then
record a personal message for the book’s recipient. The books invite you to make memories
that span lifetimes and to connect loved ones
separated by space or time.
’Twas the Night Before Christmas is only
one of the Record a Story titles. Others include
Guess How Much I Miss You, a reassuring tale
The Costco Connection
Record a Story books are available in
of a loved one far away; Sesame
Street: Together at Heart, in
which Elmo talks about ways
loved ones feel close when they
can’t be together; and Dora the
Explorer, in which Dora and
friends recount memorable adventures.
Record a Story books can also offer faraway parents the chance to join their children
for story time each day. Costco member
Robert Kistner, a physician’s assistant in an
engineer battalion at Fort Richardson, Alaska,
has experienced many separations from his
family during his medical training and
deployments in Bosnia and Iraq. “I think
[Record a Story] is a great idea,” he says. “The
children are affected every time I’m away.”
Kistner says he and his wife, Minda, read to
their children—Anabelle, 19 months, and
Colin, 5 years—“every night before bed.... I
think it would be very special for me to read
to them while I’m gone.”
Long-distance grandparents, siblings in
college and parents who travel can use Record
a Story books to stay connected to a child.
Costco member Michael Lifrak is often away
from his wife, Iris, and their two young sons.
“My job as a lawyer takes me out of town
often, sometimes for long periods of time,” he
says. “Record a Story books allow me to continue our nightly storytelling and make being
away from them a little bit easier.” C
Jo Perry has written about children’s books for
a number of national publications.
PAID ADVER TISEMEN T
A book is good company. A book is good company.
THE REMARKABLE SEQUEL TO GONE, BABY, GONE
Amanda McCready was just 4 years old when she vanished
from a Boston suburb. Then, private investigators Patrick
Kenzie and Angie Gennaro risked their lives to return
Amanda to her
home and a neglectful
mother. It’s 12 years
later and Amanda’s
missing again. Now
parents of a little girl of
their own, Kenzie and
Gennaro are older, a
little slower and more
by their conscience,
they revisit the case
that troubled them
most—the case that
nearly drove them
Mile (William Morrow).
Hardcover on sale November 2
In her bestselling book, Deceptively Delicious, Jessica Seinfeld showed millions of parents how to improve their kids’ eating habits by popping in an unexpected, and undetected, nutritional boost. Now, in Double Delicious! (William Morrow), she sets her sights on nutrition for the entire family, o;ering recipes that
use the power of
purées to make everything healthier and taste great at the
same time. Delicious, healthful meals are quick and easy, with
a little inspiration from Jessica!
Hardcover on sale October 26
MAKE FAMILY MEALTIME WHOLESOME AND DELICIOUS
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