So the day before Thanksgiving my class took a field trip to the movies, and my mom met us there with my boys, who were already out of school. The movie was incredible. I almost cried several times. One of my students was still crying on the way out. It made a HUGE impression on my boys. They talked about it for hours. It opened up a lot of discussion at our house. Especially Cort, who has a very empathic personality. My mom bought him a copy of the book (the wait to get it from our library is several months). Once he had his hands on the book, this is what happened over the next few days.
He says it is his favorite book. Next up? He's reading the sequel. The film had a great message for anyone age 8 and up. And the book is even better than the film. I highly recommend both!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!