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March 25, 2014

Breakfast recipes to used in spring

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, member of the Children’s Science Society of Greater London, is not your average heroine. Asthmatic and skinny, she has expended what bravery she had making it through her mother’s untimely death. But, as in all timeless children’s stories, the young can summon up the forces of good that allow them to conquer the adult evil that threatens the world.

So it is with Karen Foxlee’s new novel, “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.” Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” the small novel also has elements of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series and Robert Pullman’s “The Golden Compass,” without so much of the underlying philosophical banter.

Ophelia and her 16-year-old sister, Alice, have come to a gloomy foreign city where it never stops snowing with their father, a renowned authority on swords. He has been commissioned to work on an upcoming exhibit on the history of swords set to open on Christmas Eve at the town’s magnificent, but strange museum. Before too long Ophelia has found an obscure door with a keyhole, behind which is trapped a small, but marvelous boy who was charged with saving the world from the evil Snow Queen more than 300 years ago. The Marvelous Boy tells Ophelia about the world’s impending doom.

With her mother’s voice guiding her, Ophelia dodges the museum’s beautiful, but sinister curator, Miss Kaminski, who has set the sword exhibit to open in correspondence with the chiming of the majestic Wintertide Clock on Dec. 24. Ophelia must race against time to help the Marvelous Boy find the One Other who can save the world from the perpetual cold of the Snow Queen.

If your children loved the Disney movie “Frozen,” they will enjoy “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.” Foxlee’s straightforward style is easy to follow, and at only 228 pages is very easy to read for ages 8 through 12.

Family traditions often include breakfast around the kitchen table with recipes handed down from one’s matriarchs. Try these recipes for the upcoming spring holidays from the family collection of Muskogee businessman Arch Chapman. His mother’s Schnecken recipe is surprisingly easy to make. You will want to eat the whole pan fresh out of the oven.   

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