Category Archives: Family Films

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (1938)

Mr. Popper is a poor housepainter — and a dreamer.  While painting the many small kitchens in the town where he lives, he dreams of visiting the South and North Pole.  His wife and children encourage his interest in the … Continue reading

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

As you probably know, a new film version of A Wrinkle in Time is coming to theaters March 9, 2018.  There’s still time to read the book before the movie comes out!  From the look of the movie trailers, they’ve … Continue reading

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Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend Wilbert Awdry (1946)

Do you have a Thomas the Train enthusiast in your house?  Both of my boys were big fans and we read many of the little books, watched the films and owned lots of the toy train cars.  Several of my … Continue reading

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The 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith (1956)

Many of the older Disney films are based on beloved children’s books from WAY BACK.  However, the movies have become so well-loved and iconic that the original books are all but forgotten.   But it’s so fun to read the novel … Continue reading

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Twelve ‘Shoe Books’ by Noel Streatfeild (1936 – 1972)

How many of us finally learned how to pronounce “Streatfeild” while watching You’ve Got Mail?? Noel Steatfield was a actress before becoming one of the most popular British children’s authors of her day!  Among her best-loved titles are her twelve Shoe … Continue reading

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Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (1953)

Brighty of the Grand Canyon is based on the adventures of a small burro who lived in the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s.  Brighty wandered the colorful cliffs, made friends with the tourists and even helped Teddy Roosevelt’s expedition … Continue reading

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Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith (1983)

I’m starting 2018 with one of our family’s very favorite books! Farmer Hogget raises sheep in rural England.  One day, in a moment of fate, he wins a tiny piglet at the local fair.  This small baby pig pulls at … Continue reading

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