One of my favorite movies of all times (and it was a book first) is Summer of My German Soldier. I saw the movie decades ago, and I still love it.

I would like to suggest, that as a reading/history/sociology lesson, you have your older child (6th grade or above) watch the movie; read the book, Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene; or read the book and watch the movie.

This movie is SO educational on many historical and societal levels!  Your child will learn about racial and religious discrimination and about true friendship and loyalty.

The movie can be purchased online, or watched on You Tube in stages, although I really don’t like watching it this way as the sound is less than ideal and personally, I like being comfortable when I watch a movie.  But the fact that it’s on You Tube is a huge plus as it allows you the opportunity to screen the movie to see if it is of interest to you/your family.

If you have your child read the book and then watch the movie, you can discuss the differences between the two.  This is a fun educational experience, because so often people prefer the original book over the subsequent movie.

Now, wouldn’t that be a surprise to your child!

And remember –fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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