On January 16th, Netflix introduced its latest series designed expressly for kids - The Adventures of Puss in Boots. In this Dreamworks production, the world’s greatest fighter, lover and milk connoisseur springs into action with hilarious tales filled with great characters and exotic locales. Most kids today will know him best from the Shrek movies, but his origins lie in an old European fairy tale. Puss in Boots has made appearances in literature for hundreds of years.
On the grown-up side, I just started watching Once Upon A Time. This series casts well-known fairy tale characters into the modern world, placed under a curse that keeps them from ageing and from remembering who they really are. Only Emma, the skeptical daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who was magically saved from the curse, can save the day. I had watched the first couple of episodes when it first aired on network TV, but life got in the way. So now I'm binge watching the series on Netflix, for my own fairy tale fix.
Of course, many stories and books are eventually made into movies or adapted into TV series. I have found that with children especially, introducing them to a movie or show can then prompt them to want to read the book on which it's based. And I strongly support anything that encourages kids to read! Boo actually found his new favourite series of books when he watched Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days last summer. He had read the first book, asked to see this movie, and then immediately announced it was time to go buy more books. Awesome! Puss in Boots and Diary of A Wimpy Kid are just two of many offerings on Netflix inspired by books. Here are a few more ideas to check out with your families.
Literature-Inspired Titles for Big Kids
1. How to Train Your Dragon
2. Peter Pan
3. Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
4. The Baby-Sitters Club
And for the Little Ones
2. The Red Shoes
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon
4. Stuart Little: The Animated Series
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