The Saturdays

The Saturdays

by Elizabeth Enright

(first book in the Melendy Quartet series)

Henry Holt and Company, 1941

177 pp., 8 chapters

Age: 7+

Interests: family, siblings, art, music

Next: the other 3 Melendy books are The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spiderweb for Two: a Melendy Maze

Also by this author: Thimble Summer, Gone-Away Lake



Frog Went a-Courtin’


Frog Went a-Courtin’

retold by John Langstaff

illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1955

30 pp.

Ages: 3+

Interests: folktales, folk songs, insects, animals


Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

traditional carol lyrics by John Mason Neale

illustrated by John Wallner

New York: Philomel Books, 1990

30 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: Christmas, Christmas carols, music, history, saints, stories of charity


The Music Man (1962)

The Music Man

Released: 1962

Rated: G
Length: 151 min.
Age: 6+  (for comprehension)                     Commonsense media sez: 6 +

Scary: nothing violent, only the talk of angry townsfolk about tarring and feathering Hill

Sexual Innuendo: in some dialogue and songs, but all G-rated and too oblique to be picked up by small children

Interests: musicals, song and dance, marching bands, history, small town life, con men


All Join In

Quentin Blake, author and illustrator

London: Jonathon Cape, 1990

27 pp.

Age: 2 and up

Interests: poetry, music, songs, noise

Also by this author/illustrator: Mister MagnoliaClown


Yellow Submarine (1968)

Rated: G
Length:  90 min.
Age: 5 and up.                Commonsense Media sez: 7 +

Scary Factor: Blue Meanies and Ruler are threatening and freaky; machine guns carried by the baddies, but no one is shot; flying Glove is scary (mostly the sound of its laugh); one brief moment with Frankenstein monster is a little scary but he soon transforms into John

Also: general freakiness of visuals!

Bad Behavior: one exploding cigar smoked by an undersea monster; no booze, no drugs

Interests: rock music, the Beatles, psychedelia, art, fantasy

Next: Beatles music, movies: A Hard Day’s Night, Help!


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