Mrs. Easter and the Storks

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1957

Mrs Easter and the Storks

by V.H. Drummond

Age: 4+

Interests: birds, travel, London, adventure, chase, royalty

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The Wind Blew

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1974

The Wind Blew

by Pat Hutchins

Simon & Schuster, 1974

28 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: wind, weather

Other books by this author: Rosie’s Walk, Don’t Forget the Bacon!, The Doorbell Rang, The Surprise Party, Clocks and More Clocks

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Tangled (2010)


Tangled

Rated: PG for brief mild violence

Length:  100 min.

Age: 5 and up.        Commonsense Media sez: 5 +

Scary Factor: not overly scary, mostly just suspenseful chase scenes; scary-looking thugs in tavern are revealed to be sweethearts; Rapunzel is briefly menaced near the end by villains

Violence: Rapunzel repeatedly knocks Flynn unconscious with a frying pan for comedic effect; Mother Gothel stabs Flynn at the end; Mother Gothel falls to her death – though she disappears before she hits the ground, aged right out of existence

Intense: it appears as though Flynn dies in a very sad scene at the end, but he revives; psychological abuse Mother Gothel inflicts on Rapunzel may trouble some

Bad Behaviour: no bad language; there is beer in the tavern, but this is underplayed

Interests: princesses, fairy tales, magic, romance, horses, action, chases
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WALL-E (2008)

Rated: G
Length: 98 min
Age: 4 + … watchable at 4, better understood by 5 or 6          Commonsense Media sez: 5 +

Scary factor: our main characters are chased about, but nothing very threatening; Eve has a gun in her arm that she shoots at inanimate objects; in one scene she accidentally sets some huge oil tankers ablaze – no danger to characters, but it’s big and fiery, so may be alarming; a bad robot falls a great distance and breaks apart

Intense: some sad moments near the end when Wall-E seems broken-down/dead, but Eve is looking after him and it’s easy to allay concerns (“He’ll get better!”) because he does!

Language: one ‘heck’

Interests: space, robots, spaceships, environment
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Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Black and White, Silent Movie
Rated: unrated
Length: 45 min.
Age: 4 and up.

Scary Factor: nothing to speak of. A little uneasiness perhaps regarding an explosive billiard ball that never quite gets hit… more suspenseful than scary.

Interests: detectives, mysteries, history, silent movies

Next: other silent movies: The Gold Rush, Safety Last! ; more Buster Keaton: Steamboat Bill Jr. (6+), The General (7+), shorts

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