Try something the whole family can enjoy by watching a movie based on a book and comparing the two. Read together a book before seeing its movie adaptation. Titles you may wish to consider are Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, Charlotte’s Web, Jumanji, The Polar Express, The Lorax (by Dr. Seuss), To Kill a Mockingbird, The Fellowship of the Ring, Superman, The Chronicles of Narnia, Hercules, or A Bear Called Paddington.

Discuss and compare what you have seen and read.

  • What changes occurred in the movie? What was added or omitted?
  • Did the actors fit the image you had of the characters as you read?
  • Did this book make a good movie? Why or why not?
  • What would you have done differently in the movie version?


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