I’m a bit behind on my Reading Promise Book Club updates so forgive me for that. In November, we met to discuss From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler written by E.L. Konigsburg and watch the movie based on the book, The Hideaways. This group does love their books for the details that they provide. “Way more details than a movie” commented one young reader. “I like picturing it in my mind” responded another. Our group were horrified by the idea that running away would make anything better, much to the delight of their parents. They found the movie a bit lacking as it failed to hold their attention at times, but gushed enthusiastically about the book. When my older boys were younger, we were able to watch the movie version with Lauren Bacall with the same title as the book, however my library no longer carries it and I found it on Amazon.com for a mere $180. Ha!
Our holiday read was A Dog Named Christmas written by Greg Kincaid. Our family did this one backwards: last year we watched the movie and this year we read the book. It is a great family tale and I highly recommend it! The other three families (yes, we had another one join our group!) thoroughly enjoyed the story and the kids loved watching the movie tonight, snuggled under fleece blankets and cuddled up with stuffed animal friends. One thought the cougar scene was too detailed in the book and liked it better in the movie. The rest thought the book was better, of course. We’re choosing a favorite for next month, Matilda by Roald Dahl. Many have seen the movie, but not read the book.
It's that time of year to consider your resolutions for 2013. Make a resolution in 2013 to read to your children if you aren't currently doing it. Older children, younger children, it doesn't make a difference... they love a good story! If having a movie to watch afterwards makes it better, then go for it! There are so many! Scholastic makes picture books into videos as does Reading Rainbow. Just order up the books from the library and the accompanying DVD and you are in book heaven! Also, my blogging & Reading Promise buddy Mrs. Hartman provided me with the following link to help me find books made into movies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_children%27s_books_made_into_feature_films.