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Again, I think the adults enjoyed this DVD more than the grandkids. I don't believe I chose age appropriately so we will be tucking this one away for next summer too. Better quality though than what is currently available to show this generation of kids who are more likely to watch something than read a book about it. Granddaughter is 9 and grandson is 4, so maybe next year they will get more out of this....Read more
I think the adults enjoyed this more! Whilst it was fairly enjoyable for the grandchildren, I'm not sure I chose very age appropriately for this movie. Grandaughter (9) and grandson (4) tended to wander in and out of the room during the showing so they showed some interest but not as much as if they were a little older perhaps. We will take it out next summer and see how we go....Read more
This book was very good for showing my grandchildren what life was like in the olden days. Not as appreciated as I thought it would be by them, however, the book still managed to stimulate discussion about what it would have been like to live in a different time. This was quite valuable information to contrast with what children are exposed to on television and in the current world around them which must sometimes be a strange experience - no, we don't actually have spaceships or ray guns, etc.
Grandaughter (9) and grandson (4) did not return to this book as much as others in the series of "What was it like when ..... ". However, it was still a learning event in a fun way and more importantly, allows them to see and have explained to them very clearly and age appropriately, life from before their parents' (and yes! even their grandparents') were born.
This book was very good for showing my grandchildren what life was like "back then". Not as good a book as I was expecting, however, still managed to stimulate discussion about how come there wasn't any electricity - therefore no computers, light, ipods, etc. Grandaughter (9) and grandson (4) did not return to this book as much as others in the series of "What was it like when ..... ". However, it was still a learning event in a fun way....Read more
The grandchildren (grandaughter aged 9 and grandson aged 4) understand about Robin Hood and they also participated in Missoula Children's Theatre production of " King Arthur's Quest" so the Ivanhoe DVD introduced more characters from that time giving additional historical weight. Compelling and understandable stories that were good for discussion points and checking who do you think did this or that. How does Ivanhoe fit in to the story of Robin of Loxley who returned home from the Holy Wars and found his estate in disarray. Provided additional discussion and interaction between us. Really expanding the children's world. There is a quiz at the end of this DVD that was small, but excellent competitive and fun....Read more
I bought this DVD with the idea of introducing to my grandchildren the "real" story behind Robin Hood. I was able to not only show them the story but to discuss with them (9 year old grand daughter and 4 year old grandson) the idea of injustice, helping those less fortunate than you, what to do when you have a problem - gathering like minded people to form a group ("band of merry men"). Overall, they were entranced by the story itself: particularly parts like Little John and testing Robin Hood at the river crossing, the idea of the Holy Wars in Jerusalem (they are not yet old enough to understand a lot of this) but they certainly love the story. Introducing Maid Marion, the helpers that Robin had in Sherwood Forest, the naughty Sheriff of Nottingham and the good Prince John and Robin of Loxley. A compelling story with all kinds of life lessons for this and almost any age group....Read more
I heard Jon Ronson interviewed on Brisbane, Australia radio and knew I had to get his book. The book and interview centred around his "The Psychopath Test" and once at the (fabulous) Amazon site, noticed his other books and bought all of them too.
They are all filled with life moments that everyone has felt, cried or cringed over. Ronson then adds those luminaries that we ordinary people would never come across, nor would want to, mostly. His ability to describe famous and non-famous personages' bubbles of life, that we find incomprehensible and they find so fulfilling, describing their idiocy and/or nuttiness in such clear language is an absolute treat.
Glad I'm one of the ordinary ones who can chortle, laugh and choke over my coffee at the antics of all those other people.
I really enjoyed Jon Ronson's book of "More True Tales....". He writes in a very easy to read style, there's some connectivity with one's own life (if only we had the time and skill to document it) and there are many many moments of laugh out loud hilarity ... pity about the people on the train with you! Highly recommended for those of us who have a good to wicked sense of humour who don't take themselves too seriously and don't have time for posers, sycophants or idiots....Read more