Disney U: Read a Movie

Get your kids into reading by picking up a "Disney Classic."

by Shoshana Lewin Fischer
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Alice in Wonderland

Disney U is a new series on Spoonful that will give you talking points with your kids—and even questions to ask yourself —as inspired by classic Disney movies and television shows. Every lesson is a prompt to spend some time with your family, bond over a classic, and add a little magic to your daily discussions.

Today’s Lesson: With Books You're Never Alone 

Materials:

  • Your Favorite Disney Movies
  • Classic Works of Literature
  • Bookmarks

From the swashbuckling of Peter Pan to the whimsical upside-down world of Alice in Wonderland to the jungle in Tarzan, Disney has taken some of the greatest pieces of literature and brought them to the big screen as animated films. If your child loves movies, this is a great way to get them into reading, as well. The best place to start? With one of your or your kid's favorite animated films. If your kid watches Alice in Wonderland on repeat, take that as an opportunity to introduce her to the original story by Lewis Carroll. The upside for the reluctant reader? An excuse to watch the movie again after reading! Here are some thought starters to get you going: 

After Each Movie - Three Things to Talk About With Your Kids

  1. How does the book differ from the film?
  2. Which version did you like better and why?
  3. If you were making the movie, what would you have added or removed from the book?

Film:  Alice in Wonderland

Based on:  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Made Into a Movie: 1951

Between the Pages: Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit and journeys into a topsy-turvy world that gets "curiouser and curiouser" as her fantastical adventures unfold. Meet the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedledee & Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more unforgettable characters in Wonderland (the world of cards) and Looking Glass land (the greatest game of chess). The novels includes additional characters like the Mock Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, the White Queen,  the Lion and the Unicorn, as well as the fear-created Jabberwocky. Is it a dream or not?

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