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Read the Book?
Now See the Movie!
By Barbara Bietz

Popular books have been adapted to the big screen for years. While some folks who believe that the film versions detract from the integrity of the original story, there is a place for these movies. If your child has loved a book, it's always fun to see the different interpretation on film. While it is usually best to read the book first, seeing the movie first can be a wonderful way to introduce reluctant readers to the story. Videos of favorite books can be great entertainment for everyone in the family. Here are some suggestions, including some classic favorites.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is good old-fashioned fun. The musical features Dick Van Dyke as the inventor of a magical flying car. Along with his lady friend and his two children, this film is full of fun, adventure, and music.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) is a movie that fits the bill of a modern day classic. Even if you already saw it on the big screen, it's worth seeing again. This story about the Hogwart's School and the relationships between the aspiring wizards and witches is appealing to all ages. Even true blue fans of the book enjoyed the film.

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Charlotte's Web (1973) recounts the adventures of Charlotte the spider and her friend Wilber the pig who come to life in this is a charming cartoon version of the beloved book. Younger kids will especially love the animation as well as the catchy tunes that add spunk to the story.


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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) is a movie classic, perhaps as significant to American culture as the book. With a cast including Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall, this movie won't disappoint. Although it is most appropriate for older children, the compelling story of injustice and racism in the South, is both heart wrenching and heart warming. specially love the animation as well as the catchy tunes that add spunk to the story.
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About Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children's books. Barbara enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications.

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