- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions
- Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask 11 of your own questions
On to the questions!
On to the questions!
THE WINNER OF LAST WEEK’S MOVIE GIVEAWAY OF ARSENIC AND OLD LACE IS….
Congratulations, Madeline! I will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address so I can send you your movie!
“I am a princess!”
“All girls are! Even if they live in tiny old attics, even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young, they’re still princesses – all of us! Didn’t your father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?”
Today’s movie is one of those rare instances where I cannot decide whether I love the book or the movie better. The book is one of my favorites, and I have read it many times. But the movie fills a slight hole in my heart that the book is content to leave gaping and raw. And for that, perhaps I appreciate and prefer the movie… just slightly more than the book.
Meet Sarah Crewe and her wealthy father, Captain Crewe. Sarah has grown up in India, where her father has been able to give her all the nicest things in life. But instead of making Sarah snobbish, she has learned generosity and compassion for everyone. When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, Sarah is left at a boarding house where her mother once went to school.
Sarah is not used to learning in a classroom, and her peculiarities and vivid imagination do nothing to endear her to the strict headmistress, who has no patience for flights of fancy or anyone who doesn’t toe the line with cookie-cutter behavior. But she tolerates Sarah for the sake of her father’s fortune and generosity to the school. However, when Sarah’s father goes missing and is presumed dead, everything changes.
Forced to become a servant, forbidden to speak with her former friends, and living in rags in a freezing garret room, can Sarah continue to believe that there is magic still?
This is one of those movies that makes me cry every time I see it. There is also the beautiful story-within-a-story device that is used so poignantly to highlight Sarah’s own journey and the difficulties she faces. (I told you I love that device!)
This is one of those movies where everything in it just… works. From the acting, to the sets, to the dialogue, to the variation in the color palette between the “real world” of the boarding school and the “story” that Sarah is telling, to the music, to the beautiful, heart-wrenching plot that ties it all together… if you’ve never watched this one, it is a must-see! (The ending is good, I promise. No Bridge to Terabithia-style ending for this movie… though I guarantee you’ll need a box of tissues… for very different reasons)
A Little Princess is available to rent on iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, Vudu, and Google Play.
Summer reading was fun! But now Autumn approacheth… and so… more books must be knighted to stand at the ready for voracious readers to enjoy the stories they hold!
Nope, that’s not my nightstand, but “Coffee Table Books” just doesn’t sound as good… Grayden was sleeping and I didn’t want to go in and wake him up when I wanted to take the picture.
This isn’t the complete stack of books, but there are a few waiting for me at the library that I need to go pick up that I didn’t have yet when I took the picture.
So… from the top down:
The Great Turkey Walk - by Katharine Karr
This is the book we are reading for Language Arts. School started back up yesterday, and it all went rather well, actually. This story is fun, so far. I am interested to see where it goes. The narrator has been easy to like from the first chapter.
Wild Born – by Brandon Mull
Still reading this with Nathalie. She LOVES it, and I am looking forward to the next book, because it was written by Shannon Hale… and I like her writing style better than Mull’s. Apparently this series was written by a collaboration of authors. Or something. I need to look it up, because I’m intrigued, and it appears that every book is written by a different author. It is a fun, fantasy adventure so far.
Jim Elliot – by Janet and Geoff Benge
Leiana pulled this one out of the church library and I’m reading it to the kids. It’s weird, reading this to people who don’t already know how the story ends. Growing up in Wheaton, it seemed to me that EVERYONE in the world had heard the name Jim Elliot (he went to Wheaton College). Nate Saint’s son came and spoke at one of our chapel services in high school, and he brought the chief of the Waodani and HIS son as well. It was incredible to hear the story from them.
This is a great series of books, and I enjoy learning things I didn’t know before in this story I’ve heard countless times.
William Wilberforce – by John Holzmann
This is what we are reading for History right now. So far, it’s interesting. I enjoy the books that Mr. Holzmann has written for the Sonlight curriculum.
Starting Strong – by Paula Rinehart
This is a study on the life of Simon Peter, which goes along with our Bible reading for each day.
Holy Bible for KIDS
We use Leiana’s Bible for our daily readings. It’s ESV and has some nice pictures. Nice edition.
Castle Behind Thorns – by Merrie Haskell
I have enjoyed everything I’ve read from this author, and this book is no exception. They have a fairy tale feel, but are not always retellings. This one has been quite intriguing and I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out.
I have been given the extremely awesome privilege to beta-read The Brightest Thread by Silmarillion Award Blogger Tracey Dyck! I am super excited to dive into that this month.
I am going to be heading to the library shortly and picking up Winter, Fairest, and Stars Above: A Collection of Lunar Chronicles Short Stories so that I can read ALL the rest of the Lunar Chronicles that exist. They are that good.
And that should be plenty for September… don’t you think?
What books are on your nightstand, dear Reader?