You knew it was coming. Didn’t you?
I love it when Hollywood makes a film based on a favorite book and almost gets it right, or at least gets the message right. It doesn’t happen often, but it would be hard to base a film on R.J. Palacio’s Wonder without it turning out… well, wonderful.
You knew I was saving the best for last. But you can’t blame me. It’s not my fault Dickens did his first U.S. public reading in December and gave me an excuse to highlight one of his many brilliant books.
That’s totally on him.
Oliver Twist wasn’t the first Dickens the boys and I read together, but it was one of the most enjoyable. Maybe because it was about a young boy and they could relate to it. Maybe because it showcases such a clear delineation between good and bad and proves that those labels have nothing to do with class.
Maybe because we did so many fun activities while we read.
Pirates. Ships. Treasure. Mutiny. Danger.
Treasure Island has all the things to inspire a kid’s imagination. The story of Jim Hawkins and his quest for treasure has enchanted children for almost 150 years. I know my boys absolutely adored the story, even during the cringe-worthy scarier parts.
Stevenson’s adventure is a perfect introduction to classic literature for younger kids and is still action-packed enough to engage older kids. And you know me, if it offers ways to teach other subjects, I’m All In.
Peter Pan. Little boys who never grow up. Fairies. Pirates. Magic.
There is nothing in Peter Pan not to love. I mean, it’s not cool that pretty much all the grownups are pirates, but I can rest easy knowing that I only grew up as much as I had to, and I’m definitely not a pirate.
This story is timeless because it sparks the imaginations of young and old alike. It’s full of wonder and fun. And awesome things to learn about.