Monthly Archives: November 2011

Princess Protection Program (Movie)

Bibliography: Weinstock, Danielle. (Producer). Liddi, Allison. (Director). (2009). Princess Protection Program [DVD]. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. 89 minutes. Tr. $20.04.

Plot: The princess Rosalinda Maria Montoya Fiore is about to be crowned queen of the small nation of Costa Luna. General Kane from the neighboring country attempts to capture the royal family during the princesses coronation. Joe Mason, an agent from the Princess Protection Program rescues the princess, but General Kane is still able to capture her mother, Queen Sophia. Mr. Mason is ordered to take princess Rosalinda back to his home in Louisiana where she is to pretend to be a normal American girl. Rosalinda meets Joe’s daughter Carter and is met with barely concealed hostility and annoyance. But once she explains her situation Carter starts to warm up to her and they end up become great friends. Of course there is still the danger of General Kane.

Review: This film is all about the protection of a princess from a dangerous General and the friendship that blossoms while in hiding. Princess Rosalinda and Carter come from two completely different backgrounds, one’s a Princess of a small nation, the other is a tomboy who works at her fathers bate shop. How could then ever get along? But once Carter gets to know Rosalinda better and learns of her situation, they end up being friends. Carter is willing to stick her neck out for Rosalinda in order to keep her safe. The caring friendship they give to one another added with the hilarious script makes this a favorable movie for tween girls. They can relate on a basic level with the characters.

Genre: Friendship/Comedy

Interest Level: 3-6 graders

Similar Materials: Princess Diaries, Cinderella Story

Reader’s Advisory: This is a pretty good movie, it is funny and shows a true friendship between two very different girls who are not so different after all. I think tween girls would enjoy this movie very much. It even won the Teen Choice Award in 2009. Two thumbs up for Princess Protection Program.

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The Indian in the Cupboard (Movie)

Bibliography: Kennedy, Kathleen, Marshall, Frank, & Startz, Jane. (Producers). Oz, Frank. (Director). (1995). The Indian in the Cupboard [DVD]. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. 97 minutes. Tr. $10.00, ISBN 978-0-7678-4879-4

Plot: After receiving an old cupboard from his mother and a little plastic toy Indian from his best friend for his birthday, nine year old Omri discovers something amazing. The cupboard has a lock on it, so he goes searching through his mother’s box of old keys and finds a gold key with a red ribbon attached to it. He takes it back to his cupboard and it actually works, the cupboard opens. He wants to put something in the cupboard to lock up and decides to put his new toy Indian. He settles the Indian in and locks him up and goes to bed, However, the next morning he hears a tapping and traces it to the cupboard, when he unlocks it, the toy Indian is now a tiny real Indian, flesh and blood. This is the beginning of an important friendship.

Review: This is a touching story of a few unlikely characters becoming friends. The magic that takes place is subtle, but no less important. After discovering his cupboard can bring toy figurines to life, Omri starts to learn a lot more about his Indian heritage from a little toy Indian named Little Bear. When the cowboy Boone is brought to life, him and Little Bear share some animosity at first, but soon become friends despite their differences, and Omri learns from them and becomes a better person for it. The is a wonderful film based off of the children’s book by the same name by Lynne Reid Banks. A magical friendship is formed within this film.

Genre: Friendship/Fantasy

Interest Level: 5-8 graders

Similar Materials: The Borrowers, Small Soldiers, The Secret Garden

Reader’s Advisory: This is a fantastic movie. I used to watch it over and over again when I was a kid. It is absolutely wonderful that Little Bear and Boone were able to make friends in the end even though they both came from a time when Indians and cowboys were enemies. I highly recommend this book to children.

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Growing Pains (Television)

Bibliography: Marlens, Neal. (Producer). (1985). Growing Pains [Television]. Guntzelman, Sullivan, Marshall Productions: Warner Bros. Television. 30 minutes segments.

Plot: A family of five, the Seavers, live in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The father is Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who works from home, the mother is Maggie, a reporter, and three kids, Mike, Carol, and Ben. Jason takes care of the kids since he is home all the time. Mike tends to make a lot of trouble, Carol is an honor student, and Ben is a bit rambunctious. A few years after airing a fourth child was born, Chrissy. Jason tries his hardest to keep all the kids in check, but there always seems to be some problem he has to deal with.

Review: An ABC family sitcom from the eighties, this show portrays a family and all of the normal issues a family goes through. Each episode progresses as the kids get older and even going off to college, but they still deal with all of the issues that many American families go through. Growing pains is an apt definition for the show. The show takes an air of comedy while dealing with problematic situations, to keep the audiance laughing. Even if something serious comes up, Mike or one of the other characters will walk in and say something funny, it never fails. This is a great show for children because it covers many of the issues they will deal with while growing up.

Genre: Sitcom/Comedy

Interest Level: 11+

Similar Materials: Step-by-Step, Full House

Reader’s Advisory: I used to love this show when I was a kid, I watched it every week. Even though it may be kind of old, I still think children should watch it, it covers a lot of issues children face while they are growing up, coming of age, and it would be a good reference for them. There are seven seasons to this sitcom series. This show can even be found on TV in at least six other countries.

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Wizards of Waverly Place (Television)

Bibliography: Greenwald, Todd J. (Creator). Murrieta, Peter. (Producer). Cheung, Vince. (Producer). Montanio, Ben. (Producer). (2007). Wizards of Waverly Place [Television]. Walt Disney Home Entertainment. 30 minutes segments.

Plot: The show takes place on Waverly Place, a street in Greenwich Village neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. The Russo family lives there, three siblings, Justin, Alex, and Max, and their mother, Theresa, and father, Jerry. Theresa is a mortal, but Jerry is a former wizard and the three siblings all have some wizards powers to a certain extent, they are in training. They all have to keep their wizards powers secret in order to live normal lives in the mortal world. When their training is complete they will have a competition to decide who becomes the family wizard of their generation. The family wizard keeps the powers going while the others become mortal. Jerry is always trying to get his kids to not rely on magic, because someday they may not have it anymore.

Review: This is a Disney Channel sitcom that is great for children. The script is funny and it does a great job of portraying teenagers. Although they are wizards they still must live a normal life and the three siblings Justin, Alex, and Max, all deal with everyday teenage issues on top of their wizard issues. Selina Gomez is adorable as the middle sister. You get to see all sorts of crazy magic tricks and items they try to use without getting noticed. The fact that they have a planned ending in sight, the family wizard competition, makes the show have more of a purpose, it will come to an end. Highly enjoyable show for children.

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

Interest Level: 3-6 graders

Similar Materials: Fairy Tail, Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Reader’s Advisory: This is one of the few children’s sitcoms I actually enjoyed watching. The actors and script are pretty good, quite humorous. They are in their fourth season and it will be the last one, January 6, 2012 they are going to have the final episode with the family wizard winner. It has won and been nominated for numerous awards. High praise are in order.

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Kiki (Magazine)

Bibliography: Bryant, Jamie. (Chief Editor). (2007). Kiki [Magazine]. B-books Ltd. 64 pages.

Plot: A fashion magazine for kids that focuses on self-expression rather than beauty and glamor. The magazine has seven sections to each issue. One, From the Studio: this section focuses on shoes, fixing clothes, design, and practical fashion. Two, Art Bin: this section focuses on how-to projects and different art tools. Three, World Beat: this section focuses on cultural trends and cities that have design traditions. Four, Biz Buzz: this section focuses on money management and concerns of the fashion industry. Five, Kiki Care: this section focuses on health, exercise, and grooming. Six, Your Style: this section focuses on everyday life of the readers. And seven, Kiki Fun: this section has puzzles, quizzes, and games.

Review: What’s better than a fashion magazine that doesn’t tell you how you have to be, but instead gives you tips on how you can express yourself through fashion. Need a dress for prom? Why not make your own from fabrics you already have at home. Need tips on how to make first impressions with your teachers? This magazine has them. Fashions from your favorite book characters, such as Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games. Book reviews to look for upcoming books that may spark you fashion imagination. This is a wonderful magazine for children who like to express themselves through their wardrobes and also like to read.

Genre: Magazine/Fashion

Reading Level/Interest Level: 8+

Similar Materials: Seventeen, Kids Fashion

Reader’s Advisory: I was surprised when I found this magazine, you can’t find a lot of fashion magazines that let you express yourself. I like how they mix literature and fashion together. This is a great magazine for girls who are into style, but also like be creative and smart about it. I would recommend this magazine to tween girls, definitely.

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AppleSeeds (Magazine)

Bibliography: Buckley, Susan. (Editor). Gilzow, Susan. (Designer). (1998). AppleSeeds [Magazine]. Cobblestone Publications. 32 pages.

Content: Each issue covers a different social studies topic. There is a basic layout for the magazine that each topic follows. First, AppleCorps Connections: classes around the country answer questions related to the topic. Next, AppleSeeds Kids: the magazines mascots comment on articles and topics. Then, Fun stuff: activities, games and projects. Then, Your Turn: a do-it-yourself section. Next, Reading Corner: folktales and literature retold. Then, From the AppleCorps: readers’ articles. Lastly, Back Cover Features: Crossword, “Did you know?,” “Staggering Stats,” etc.

Review: This is a great magazine for children, both boys and girls. Each issue covers a different topic of social studies, such as medieval times, the Civil War, pyramids, or Colonial America. There are lots of articles on all sorts of different things that occur within the topic. Hand-on activities for you to do at home, such as making stained glass. Learn facts and read stories and articles. Create your own Coat of Arms and enter it into a contest. No advertisements to distract your attention away from the important topic at hand. A great magazine for teachers to have in the classroom to add a new twist on learning a topic. It’s fun and educational.

Genre: History/Social Studies

Reading Level/Interest Level: 8+

Similar Materials: Dig, Odyssey, Spider, National Geographic Kids, Discover Kids

Reader’s Advisory: This is an awesome magazine. I highly recommend it for parents and teachers. A lot to learn about one topic per issue and fun stuff to do that applies to the topic. A lot of fun, entertaining, and educational. Monthly issues. Every kid should read AppleSeeds.

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Boys’ Life (Magazine)

Bibliography: Goldman, Michael. (Editor). (1911). Boys’ Life [Magazine]. Boy Scouts of America. About 56 pages.

Content: Good articles about surviving in the wild, such as how to survive on a mountain or in the snow by digging a trench and building an igloo like structure, or hollowing out underneath a tree. Reminders of the holidays coming up and some good gift ideas for your friends and family. Tips on mastering the extreme sports, such as mountain climbing or rock climbing. Talk about your favorite collections and learn about others. Don’t miss the comic strips about boy scouts in action or the jokes you need to tell your friends. Lists of things you should bring with you before you go hiking. And much more.

Review: Though this magazine has a lot of advertisements, some of them come in handy as a use for gift ideas during the holiday or for a friends birthday. This magazine has a lot of things outgoing boys would like to do and tips on how to do them and safety tips, as well. Published by the Boy Scouts of America makes for a good young boys magazine. Boys will get a kick out of the comic strips and the funny jokes they can learn, as well as, the true stories of boys and their great feats. One boy helped save some victims of a flash flood. Amazing. A good magazine for the daring and outgoing boys.

Genre: Magazine/Realistic/Boys

Reading Level/Interest Level: 8+

Similar Materials: Discover Kids, National Geographic Kids

Reader’s Advisory: If you have adventurous boys this is a great magazine for them. Originally made for boy scouts, this magazine covers topics that will about to the scout in every boys heart. Monthly release date. It may have a lot of advertisements, but it would appeal to young boys.

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