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On Sundays, I usually review and recommend (or not) a movie that I think parents would enjoy.
Today, I was online and happened to see some lists of the top ten in many categories.
I was intrigued by the following list: Top Ten Books You Were Forced To Read in School. Top Ten Books You Were Forced to Read in School
Scrolling through the list, it occurred to me that almost every one of them was a depressing tale of the darkest sides of man’s nature.
I’m not surprised that many high school students don’t want to read!
Here’s the list…what do you think?
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
3. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
4. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
9. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
10.Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Are these great works of fiction? Yes, they most certainly are. But they portray the worst of what we can be and only a few also show the better side of human nature.
It’s been so long since I’ve read these books. Many, if not all, have been made into movies. I believe it is time for me to revisit these classics in literature. I plan to start at the top and work my way down the list. Most of these books are probably available at the local library and I’m sure the film versions are available there as well. Perhaps next Sunday, I’ll be able to give you a movie review of To Kill a Mockingbird and I’ll let you know if it was true to the story as written in the book.
I’m not sure I agree that surrounding our junior high and high school students with depressing reading material is the right path. I think I’d prefer to see some book choices for them with a more positive slant on life and our journey through it. What are your thoughts?
If you are looking for positive stories and activities for your preschoolers, please check out Show Me How!, my award-winning book. You can get a copy for 50% off right now on my website. Summer is just around the corner and this great resource will provide you with story, craft and cooking activities that are easy, inexpensive and fun!
Also, if you are local to the Colorado Springs area (Monument, Woodland Park, Denver, Pueblo, etc.), please come by on June 11 from 10am to 2pm at the PBS Kids Fun Fest in Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs and say hello to Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and me. I’ll be doing simple craft projects with children along with many other participants.
And last bur not least, please tune in on Tuesday, May 24 at 10am EST to www.RadioEarNetwork.com. Lisa Hein, host of Everyday Parenting, will be interviewing me. We’ll be talking about many topics that are of great interest and importance to all parents.