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They enjoyed it tremendously although some of the issues in the ...
on September 10, 2014
I watched this movie with two little girls ages 7 and 9. They enjoyed it tremendously although some of the issues in the movie are better for children a little older. Basically, the movie covers issues around the Great Depression and people suddenly falling into poverty and the prejudice that they encounter. It is a great film to teach ethics around empathy, open-mindedness and compassion for your fellow human beings. There's a mystery in the film which involves a robbery and it's great fun. The heroine of the film has aspirations to be a journalist and her self-confidence was inspiring to my 9-year-old who is a bit shy.
My suggestion is that before the kids watch this film, you talk about the events surrounding the Great Depression and the effect it had on all kinds of people, rich and poor. Since the film talks about the hobos, it's a good idea to talk about the migrants of the Depression, why they had become homeless, the desperate straits they fell into, and the prejudice they faced.
Although some of the subject matter may seem heavy and depressing, the film is not at all depressing. It's actually quite uplifting and even funny at times. There was plenty to talk about after the film and the kids want to watch it again.
Mature elementary school students, both boys and girls, would enjoy this movie. It's both entertaining and educational, plus it includes lessons on honesty, compassion, patience and loyalty. Wish there were more films for kids like this.