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Avoiding the Summer Slump

July 14, 2013

Today was a beautiful day in Portland, 85  and clear as a bell…we don’t get tons of these days so when they come, we’re ALL outside. It’s summer! Time for a little extra reading for us parents, right? I, personally, have started Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”. Always a fan of this series, I thought it would be interesting to read the source of the inspiration for those movies. It’s intriguing, as with most books, dives deeper into the characters and gives you more meat.

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Kiki, Courtney & Lee

It made me think of other movies born of books. While, I fully agree, The Godfather is not a “family” film, there are so many movies that are family oriented and have been turned into movies. In the spirit of avoiding the summer slide, why not look at book/movie combos. Growing up, my mom (a teacher) would make us read the book before watching the movie. And, if there wasn’t a book, we’d have to discuss our own reviews of the movie we just watched at dinner. Summer blockbusters and those movies that shade us from the heat can easily be stretched out to avoiding the summer slide.

Movie series like “Harry Potter”, and “Lord of the Rings” are great examples of reading and viewing together and series you can follow as a family. We just recently watched, “The Hobbit”, and I can’t wait until Colin is old enough to watch these movies. My favorite quote is this one:

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.” – Gandalf

Small acts of kindness and love…these are great lessons, in print and in film…let’s avoid the summer slide in print and in film.

Little by little,

Kiki

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