Top 5 Disney Animated Films

Robin Hood (1973) I have very fond memories of watching this film at a friend’s house as a child. Whenever I visited, we watched this movie. I am fairly confident that I watched Robin Hood about 900 times before my fourteenth birthday. What I enjoy about this adaptation is the excellent dialogue and the dream-like [...]

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Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young men and boys in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Chronicles of [...]

Children’s Books with Strong Heroines

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young women and girls in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Islands of [...]

Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Themes Explored: friendship, power, coming of age, pride, language, supernatural, man and the natural world, education, duty, personal responsibility, arrogance, death, death, balance, coming-of-age, fantasy, dragons, magic, wizardry, consequences Summary: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and [...]

Top 5 Under Appreciated Disney Movies

1.Iron Will Release Date: 14 January 1994 Synopsis: When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh weather and terrain. [...]

Movie Review: The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman Rating: G Starring: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson Screenplay: Bill Peet Based on The Once & Future King by: T.H. White Music By: George Bruns Cinematography/Art Direction: Ken Anderson Running Time: 79 Minutes Premiered: December 25, 1963 (US Release) DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001 Synopsis: The wizard Merlin teaches a [...]

Top 5 Fairy Tale Origins

Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood, also known as Little Red Cap, is a European fairy tale that is over 2000 years old. The story has gone through numerous adaptations and readings throughout history. The African version most likely evolved from the Middle Eastern iteration, The Wolf and the Kids. That version appears [...]

Movie Review: Minions

Director: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin Rating: PG Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Geoffrey Rush Screenplay: Brian Lynch Music By: Heitor Pereira Film Editing: Claire Dodgson Running Time: 91 Minutes Premiered: July 10, 2015 (US Release) Synopsis: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside [...]

Top 5 Classic Children Novels

Carry on Mr. Bowditch- Jean Lee Latham This is a fictionalized biography about Nathaniel “Nat” Bowditch, a real life sailor and mathematician who published the definitive reference for seamen: The American Practical Navigator. Latham’s book depicts the boyhood and young adult life on Nat, who lived from 1773-1838. The novel ends with Nat’s fifth voyage, [...]

Patrice Kindl-Goose Chase

Themes Explored: independence, coming-of-age, fear, endurance, beauty, adventure, ingenuity, family dynamics, loneliness, friendship, resourcefulness, romance, destiny, fate Synopsis: It starts when Alexandria, a poor, plain goose girl, offers her own bread and water to a hungry old woman-who just happens to be a witch in disguise. Poof! Alexandria is suddenly extremely beautiful. Soon a prince [...]