This is part two in my series Homeschooling with Netflix.
Literature adapted for movies. I know. The book is always better than the movie. 9 times out of 10 I
make have the kids read the book before watching the movie.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
“After faking his own death to escape his cruel father, Huck Finn floats down the Mississippi River looking for adventure with runaway slave Jim. Along the way, the two friends encounter feuding families, sly con artists and Huck’s friend Tom Sawyer. This classic American novel from Mark Twain is read aloud by narrator Dick Hill and accompanied by more than 160 of Edward Kemble’s excellent illustrations.”
All Quiet on the Western Front
“This remake of one of the great war stories of all time stars Richard Thomas as a gung-ho German student recruited into the army during World War I. But over time he begins to view the war as a tragedy for the fighting men on both sides.”
Anne of Green Gables
Who doesn’t love Anne with an E?
“Anne Shirley, the talkative, red-headed orphan sent by mistake to live with a spinster and her brother on scenic Prince Edward Island, Canada. But Anne’s warm-hearted enthusiasm and irrepressible imagination gradually win them over.”
Bridge to Terabithia
“New classmate Leslie unlocks a wondrous world for fifth-grader Jesse in this magical adventure. Rivals at first, the two outcasts soon become friends and create the make-believe kingdom of Terabithia, where they plot vengeance against school bullies.”
Diary of Anne Frank
“In this production based on the classic book, teenager Anne Frank tells, in her own words, how she and her Jewish family hid from the Nazis during World War II. As time drags on, they must balance the fear of their situation and “normal” family life.”
“Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel comes to life in this sensitive, soulful adaptation. Four sisters and their mother battle life’s vicissitudes in Civil War-era America after their father leaves to join the conflict.”
Of Mice and Men
“John Steinbeck’s classic novel follows two migrant workers, one a dimwitted gentle giant and the other his judicious protector, who find jobs in Depression-era California, only to have their hopes destroyed.”
Pride and Prejudice
“In this retelling of Jane Austen’s novel set in 19th-century England, Mrs. Bennet is all atwitter in hopes of marrying her daughters to prosperous gentlemen callers, especially when a wealthy bachelor moves nearby.”
The Secret Garden
“This evocative adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s novel recounts the tale of Mary (Kate Maberly), a strong-willed English girl who’s orphaned during an earthquake in India and must move into her unfeeling uncle’s oppressive mansion. But the somber girl’s mood lightens when she finds the key to a neglected garden that brings the entire house to life.”
To Kill a Mockingbird
Every child should read the book first.
“Atticus Finch defends an innocent black man against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and prejudice. Meanwhile, with help from a friend, Finch’s children, Jem and Scout, set their sights on making contact with a reclusive neighbor.”
“World War I drama centers on Devon lad Albert and his steadfast horse, Joey, whose faithful bond cannot be shaken — even when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent off to France.”
This is part two of a series Homeschooling with Netflix.
What books…er movies…am I missing?