We Are Water Protectors


We Are Water Protectors

text by Carole Lindstrom, illustrations by Michaela Goade

Age: 5+ (for full engagement)

Interests: environmentalism, nature, water, activism, pollution, indigenous people, first nations, strong girls


Bambi (1942)


Released: 1942

Rated: G

Length: 70 min.

Age: 5+         (commonsense media says 5+ too)

Scary Factor/Violence: one antler-slamming battle between Bambi and another stag; terror-stricken animals flee a large forest fire; a scary fight with vicious hunting dogs; gunshots are heard but deaths occur offscreen

Intense Scenes: death of Bambi’s mother (see full review for description)

Interests: animals, forest, nature, seasons, deer

Next: book Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson


The Little Hummingbird

BLUE SPRUCE nominee 2012

The Little Hummingbird

by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2010

20 pp.

Age: 5 +

Interests: nature, animals and birds, environmentalism, First Nations art, Canadian books


Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet

Rated: PG for some mild peril and rude humor

Length: 108 min.

Age: 6 + (with reservations – read full review)          Commonsense Media sez: 5 +

Scary Factor: leopard seal lunging right at the camera and ensuing chase; long sliding sequence with avalanche; another hair-raising chase with orcas; close call with boat propeller

Intense scenes: Mumble is cruelly ostracized and finally banished from the colony; when he’s in the zoo Mumble becomes clinically depressed, to the point of madness

Language: idiot, stupid, blubber butt, lardface, fool, etc.

Sexual content: suggestive lyrics in pop songs; much preoccupation with mating season; lots of sexually suggestive body language and innuendo (especially Lovelace)

Interests: penguins, antarctica, ocean, sea creatures, environmentalism

Next: March of the Penguins (documentary)

A Tree is Nice


A Tree is Nice

Janice May Udry, author

Marc Simont, illustrator

New York: HarperCollins, 1956

30 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: trees, nature, ecology


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

The Little House


The Little House

Virginia Lee Burton

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942

40 pp

ages 2 +

Interests: machinery, cars, construction, country living, the seasons, and what life was like long ago…


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