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Doesn't follow the book closely
on June 8, 2009
I showed this DVD to my 7th grade students after we finished reading the book by Jacqueline Woodson. We took some time to talk about the differences between the book and the mini-series. Many of the students were surprised at some of the key elements from the book that were either left out or changed significantly in the making of the mini-series. For example, the issue of blame for the death of the boys' mother is such a strong feature in the novel but is completely left out of the mini-series. Another example is how the character of Aaron (Charlie's friend) is a bad influence in the book but appears to be a good, helpful friend in the mini-series. It was entertaining but the kids found some of the acting performances to be amateurish. The clothing, slang, and music seemed out-dated despite the fact that the mini-series is only a few years old. Overall, it was useful for a few comparison activities but not much else. Definitely not Spike Lee's best work.