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Top Picks: a Whole Foods summer initiative, a 1980s miniseries, and more

A new app brings a Chinese folk tale to glowing life, PBS's four-part series 'Queen & Country' explores the British monarchy, and more top picks.

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The Lost Beatle

Is there anything about The Beatles we don't know by now? Graphic novelist Arne Bellstorf bets you don't know the tender and tragedy-shortened love story of original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who created The Beatles' aesthetic, including their signature haircuts. Baby's in Black is a charmingly illustrated account of the scuffling Hamburg days of the Fab Four (then five) and their fateful encounter with two star-struck local art students, who befriended, fed, and groomed them just before they became the greatest pop band ever.

A brush with fantasy

Based on a Chinese folk tale, Dragon Brush tells the story of Bing-Wen, a young boy entrusted with a magic paintbrush. This beautiful new app for iPhone and iPad has mastered the charm and wonder of interactive children's books. While reading the story – or listening to the optional narrator – be on the lookout for interactive flourishes hidden in the scenery. Also, once the characters live happily ever after, draw your own creations with the app's paint mode.

Summer of the bee


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