Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Light Between Oceans Adoption Movie Review

After serving in World War I, Tom Sherbourne seeks some time for solitude and reflection. He is hired as the lighthouse keeper at Janus Rock, a very remote location off the coast of Australia. While ashore, Tom falls in love with Isabel, and in 1921 they marry; Isabel accompanies Tom to the lighthouse and they share the secluded location. In the first three years of their marriage, they suffer two miscarriages. Right after the second miscarriage, a bizarre event happens that changes their world. A lifeboat drifts nearby, and a crying baby summons their attention. Tom and Isabel discover a baby near starvation and her recently-deceased father. Tom knows that he should report this finding to the authorities, but Isabel is desperate for a child and believes that the authorities would require the baby to be sent to an orphanage. Tom acquiesces; they bury the man and begin raising the baby as their own. They name her Lucy.


 Shortly afterwards, Tom encounters Hannah as she grieves at a tombstone set up for her husband and baby Grace, who were both supposedly lost at sea. Tom believes that Lucy might be Grace, and that Hannah may be the mother of his daughter. Conscious stricken, he leaves anonymous clues to reassure Hannah that her daughter is OK. This does not comfort her; instead, she begins working to find her missing daughter, who she now believes to be alive. Three years later, Hannah has figured out that Tom and Isabel have her daughter. Although he has kept his actions secret from Isabel, Tom must prepare himself to face the consequences of his past actions, and everyone else must deal with the aftermath of the situation as well. Lucy is taken to Hannah, and finds it very difficult to adjust to life with a new parent. Hannah struggles because Lucy does not quickly warm to her; she refuses to respond to her new name and tries to run away to her former home. Isabel feels betrayed by Tom, and the loss of Lucy mirrors the pain she felt several years ago at her miscarriages; she is given a choice: if she will offer testimony against Tom in court (which she would know to be false), she can raise Lucy.

The Adoption Connection

Tom and Isabel wanted to be parents. They had suffered through miscarriages, and when they encountered Lucy, alone and afraid in a lifeboat, they must have had a range of conflicting thoughts. Tom knew they ought to report her. Isabel wanted to make sure that the baby didn’t go to an orphanage, and wanted to be the parent of the baby. Tom and Isabel eventually accepted one story of the baby, and acted in accordance to it: she is without parents and in danger, and needs to be raised; they can’t report this, or they will lose her. They tell her, “You are our baby, and you came to us.” However, when Tom learns the true story, he realizes that the story he and Isabel chose to believe about the baby isn’t true.

Tom and Isabel told falsehoods to make others believe the story they had created for the baby, thinking that the truth was unknowable. When the truth comes to light, so do the lies that Tom and Isabel told, and because of these, Tom is nearly convicted of even worse crimes.

The baby was named Grace at birth, but was named Lucy by Tom and Isabel. When she returns to her mother, as a toddler, she is uncomfortable with her birth name. Eventually, she uses both names.
One character reflects on losing a child, “If a parent loses a child, there is no label. You’re still a mother or father even if you no longer have the child.” Isabel, who has lost her brothers in World War I, wonders whether she is still a sister.

*BIG SPOILER* Lucy is raised by her birth mother. As an adult, she returns to find Tom; Isabel has already died. Lucy thanks him for saving her, introduces him to her own son, and says that she would like to visit Tom again in the future.

Strong Points

The Light Between Oceans makes it possible to see the mixed motivations that informed Tom and Isabel’s choices. Hannah eventually is able to condemn their actions while also having empathy for them.  

The film also stands as a challenge to the oversimplified stories that we sometimes tell ourselves. Isabel said that the baby was brought to them, not through coincidence; the true story is much sadder but much fuller.


There’s quite a lot of loss in this film: siblings who have died in a war, two miscarriages, Hannah mourning for her lost husband and baby, and Isabel having Lucy torn from her hands by the police. Some viewers might find any or all of these scenes to be emotionally triggering. One of Isabel’s miscarriages might be particularly hard, as she spends the night outside, alone in a storm while Tom is, unaware of her plight, locked away in the lighthouse.

Tom and Isabel do want to help the baby, but perhaps because of Isabel’s strong desire to be a parent, they make choices to create the image that the baby was born to them. In doing this, they are dishonest, and it hurts them and others. They bury the baby’s father and tell no one of his body. They take down the marker for one of Isabel’s miscarried babies. They lie to her family. The film is a strong depiction of both the reasons why some people might lie about a baby’s origins, and the horrible pain that can be caused by those lies. A character suggested earlier that “no one will know” about their lie. That turned out to be very wrong. Tom continues spinning lies in an effort to protect his wife, and it almost gets him charged with murder.

It’s a hard film. Isabel believed that it was “no coincidence” that brought the baby to them – but the true story is a hard one to swallow; the baby’s dad was fleeing from persecution when he died. 
Perhaps providence had Tom and Isabel in place to save the baby’s life, but they overreached their authority when they chose not to report finding her; had they reported her, she would have been returned immediately to her mother.

In another hard scene, Hannah meets Lucy; Hannah asks Lucy her name, suspecting but not knowing that Lucy is her long-lost daughter. When Lucy is returned to her original family and name, she cries, refuses to be called Grace, and says, “I want my real mom.”


After watching this film, I felt sorrowful and understanding, condemning and empathetic. The Light Between Oceans is gripping, but could also be troubling or emotionally triggering for audiences touched by adoption, child loss, or infertility. Tom’s and Isabel’s actions are understandable, but very wrong. Their grief at losing Lucy is very real. Hannah’s grief at losing Grace is very real. Isabel’s depression after her miscarriages is very deep. The Light Between Oceans is thought provoking, but might not be a fun film for folks to watch if they have raw grief due to child-related loss. In general, this film seems best suited to adults. Do be aware that it may seem particularly heavy.

Questions for Discussion

What could Tom and Isabel have done differently? What motivated their actions?
Do you view them with judgment, empathy, or both?

What challenges did Hannah face before she knew that her daughter was alive? What challenges did she face once her daughter came to live with her?

What do you know about your child’s story? What parts are missing? How can you research to find some new, positive aspects about their birth family?

At one point, Tom says “We have to do what’s right.” Isabel says, “We have to do what’s right for Lucy.” Tom wants to return Lucy to her mother; Isabel says that she herself is Lucy’s mother. How do you imagine they’re feeling? How would you counsel them if they came to you for advice?

What could help Lucy adjust to her new environment? 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby Adoption Movie Review

On her 43rd birthday, Bridget Jones receives a call from her mother, who reminds her she is running out of time to become a mother. Bridget is single, and initially brushes off her mother’s advice. However, when her friends aren’t available to celebrate her birthday with her because of commitments to their children, Bridget accepts a coworker’s invitation to a music festival. Bridget’s co-worker encourages her to sleep with the first man she meets, which in fact, Bridget does, falling drunkenly into bed with Jack. A week or so later, she reconnects with an old flame, Mark, who is about to divorce his wife. Mark and Bridget also sleep together. Shortly afterwards, Bridget learns that she is pregnant. But who is the father, The handsome stranger, or her one-time love interest? Eventually, Mark and Jack learn about each other, and together, Mark, Jack and Bridget navigate a pregnancy without knowing who the father of the baby is.


The Adoption Connection

Some families may connect with the theme of complicated parental identity development for Mark and Jack as they each work to develop their identities as potential fathers. Jack admits that, if the baby is not related to him, he would have to reconsider his involvement with Bridget. Mark asserts that he will love Bridget and the baby, whether or not he is the father of the child. Families waiting or hoping to adopt might also have the experience of developing a tentative sense of themselves as parents.

Strong Points

Jack, Mark, and Bridget are all very excited to welcome this baby to the world. Although Jack and Mark both hope to be the father, they ultimately appear able to support each other, and each seems to remain involved in the life of the child.

Although it is very awkward for her to do so, Bridget rather quickly tells both Jack and Mark the truth about her peculiar situation, and though it takes a little time for them to adjust, Jack and Mark both do make efforts to support her. Bridget is able to be honest in a very hard situation; I imagine her situation would have been much more tricky to navigate had she hidden the truth from the potential dads.  Instead, we see three people navigating a difficult situation – with some bumps, but also with grace.


The film’s R rating and plot will limit its audience.

Jack deceives Mark into thinking that Jack is more likely to be the father of the baby. This sends 
Mark away dejected and he is uninvolved for a time; later, Jack admits what he has done, and Mark re-enters the picture.


Bridget Jones’s Baby will be a fun film for some adults who will enjoy seeing three adults imperfectly but somewhat graciously navigate through a difficult situation. The movie won’t be a good fit for teens or kids, and some adults won’t appreciate the film’s storyline. I appreciated Bridget’s honesty, as well as the way that Mark and Jack had enthusiasm for the baby, compassion for Bridget, and ultimately empathy and grace for each other. This one could be worth considering for a date night, if the plot doesn’t turn you away.

Questions for Discussion

What makes someone a parent?

How involved in the baby’s life should the “other” potential dad be?

In what relationships could you stand to extend more grace? What could help you do that? 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Queen of Katwe Adoption Movie Review

In the slums of Uganda, Nakku Harriet’s children must sell corn to earn enough money to pay the family rent and to have food to eat. Her teenage daughter Phiona finds a chess ministry run by Robert Katende; she and her siblings are welcomed with warm food, and are able to return home satisfied, leaving enough food for their mother to eat. Phiona also finds that she has a natural aptitude for chess; she quickly learns the game and becomes the champion of the youth center. This opens a world of opportunities to Phiona, as she is able to travel to national and international competitions.


Robert also agrees to provide a safe home for Phiona and schooling for her siblings. Although Nakku Harriet initially is skeptical, she allows her children to go with Robert and she also supports Phiona’s drive to excel at chess. Phiona’s triumphs are able to lift the fortunes of her family, and the spirits of her village.  

The Adoption Connection

Although there are no adoptions in the film, Robert serves as somewhat of a parental or mentor figure for the children who come to his chess ministry, and he allows Phiona to stay at his home for a time.  
Children who have come from difficult places might find Phiona inspiring; much as she exceeded everyone’s expectations and excelled at an international level, so can they.
For a moment, Phiona feels the difficulty of adjusting to a new life. A character explains that she can’t always access the new places in her life, and the old places do not feel like they fit her any more.

Strong Points

Robert is dedicated to serving the children of his community; he and his wife willingly make sacrifices in order to follow this mission. She assures him that he is doing what is right, and that it is “the work of this family.”

Phiona came from a very poor part of Uganda and thrived; her entire community cheered her successes. She exceeded the expectations that others might have had of her, based on her hometown. Another child explained that she likes chess, because a pawn can become the Queen – “The small one can become the big one.”

Robert advocates for his children to have the right to participate in regional and international chess tournaments, over the objections of officials who said that they could not have “slum children” at the envents.  

A character wisely says, “challenges are not a curse.”

Robert is wise. He comforts a discouraged child by confiding that, in a very difficult time in his childhood, he wanted to die, but that now he is glad he lived, because he has had many good experiences. He also encourages a character to grow, saying that “sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.” He also encourages Phiona when she is disappointed by defeat. “Losing,” he assures her, “does not mean failure.” He uses the concept of safe squares in chess to encourage the children in his program to make good choices, and the analogy sticks for them.


A child his struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident. His family cannot afford the hospital bill, so they have to leave quickly, without pain medicine. In this situation, they are evicted from their home. Children who remember being without a stable home might find this difficult, and others might be scared or emotionally triggered by the vehicle accident which hospitalizes the child.  

A mother strikes her adult daughter. It is possible that the young adult daughter is being prostituted; her mother comments on her clothing, and she has a lot of cash in hand on one occasion.  


Queen of Katwe is a surprisingly enjoyable, uplifting, relevant, and encouraging film. Between Phiona’s bravery and Robert’s wisdom and kindness, this film has much to offer families. It seems likely to be good for most kids ages 10 and up. A startling hit-and-run scene, a scene of a home flooding, and a possible reference to prostitution might be triggers for some kids, and parents should consider whether those issues are likely to be hard for their kids. That said, this one has my very high recommendation. It's worth seeing!

Questions for Discussion

What dreams do you have for yourself? Who has helped you so far? Who might you look to for help to achieve your dreams?

In what ways does your background inform your life? In what ways do you determine your own future?

When was a time that you learned something good, even though you lost a game?

When was a time that you won a game? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Adoption Movie Review

Throughout his life, Jake Portman enjoyed hearing his grandfather’s stories. The elderly Abe would tell Jake of his childhood spent at an orphanage designed to protect children with peculiar abilities, and also told him about monsters. Jake believed these stories as a child, but now as a sixteen-year-old, he has started to doubt them. None of his family believe the stories. However, Jake’s psychiatrist Dr. Golan advises Jake and his father to visit the site where his grandfather said the orphanage was. There, Jake learns that there is more to the stories than he believed – and there is some important work for him to do.


As it turns out, peculiar abilities are recessive genetic traits. Jake and his grandfather share the same trait, while none of the rest of the family have – or understand – peculiarities. They are both able to see hollowgasts, terrifying but invisible monsters who prey on peculiar children by eating their eyes. 

Abe has dedicated his life to fighting off hollowgasts, and was ultimately killed by one. Jake found his grandfather dead in the woods, with his eyes removed. Now, Jake discovers the orphanage where his grandfather spent his childhood, and he must take up his grandfather’s work, keeping the hollowgasts from harming the children in the orphanage’s care.

The Adoption Connection

Miss Peregrine runs a home for children with special but odd characteristics which separate them from other people. She fills a motherly role to her charges.

Jake travels abroad the visit the orphanage in which his grandfather was raised, hoping to find answers to his own questions. In that sense, this story reminds me of David Quint’s documentary Father Unknown.

Strong Points

Jake’s grandfather cares deeply about him, and because of one character’s power over time, Jake is able to reconnect with his grandfather, even though his grandfather had died. Several characters act selflessly and bravely to help others.


Jake’s grandfather told him true things which others said were fanciful stories. Abe asserts that he would never lie to Jake, but Jake challenges hi, saying that he did lie.
Eventually, the orphanage is destroyed and the kids who had been safe there must find a new home.
It seems like Jake may have left his parents behind forever in order to follow his grandfather’s mission.  

Miss Peregrine has to be taken from her children; she bids them well, and charges 16-year-old Jake with trying to keep them safe – then she is taken away by a villain.  

Weak Points

There are some nightmarishly scary elements to the film. The hollowgasts are terrifying, and we see them eat at least one character’s eyes out of his head; in another scene, people are sitting at a table, treating human eyeballs as delicacies. A teenager brings inanimate objects to life, only to watch them brutally fight to the death; he also reanimates the body of a teenager who has been killed by a hollowgast. An adult almost kills Jake with an axe. The themes of running, hiding, and being displaced by violent monsters could be triggering for young children or even teenagers who remember being the victims of violence.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children presents a fantasy world in which adults and teens act selflessly and heroically, and there are some worthwhile scenes, but the film has nightmarish villains, grotesque elements, and threats of displacement and violence. Some teens and adults might enjoy this one, but it will not likely be a good choice for kids and teens who have experienced violence or trauma. This one might be best left to older teens and adults.

Questions for Discussion

When have you seen adults acting heroically to help others?

If you could have a peculiarity, what would it be?

If you couldspeak to a loved one who is no longer in your life, who would it be, and what would you tell them? 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Storks Adoption Movie Review

Where do babies come from? Well, they used to be manufactured and delivered by a company of storks. For years, families eagerly watched for and greeted these white-winged carriers. It all changed when, for the first time, a stork did not successfully deliver the baby. A story is told that, eighteen years ago, a stork failed to deliver the baby because her beacon broke. It is said that he fell in love with her and tried to keep her for his own. Each baby has a homing device to guide the stork to their intended parents, but this baby’s device was broken. The stork went into exile, and the baby was raised by the storks. They have named her “Orphan Tulip,” although she corrects one of them and says that she would prefer being called just Tulip; “Orphan hurts my heart.” The storks have switched from delivering babies to delivering packages, and Tulip is one of their least successful employees. In order to secure a promotion, Junior has to fire her. He does not have the heart to do it, though; the storks have been Tulip’s family, and getting fired would also mean getting sent away. Junior secretly sends her to work in the vacated mailroom, believing that she will not be able to cause any damage there. However, a letter finds its way to her, and Tulip inadvertently restarts the baby-manufacturing machine. Now, with a baby born, Junior and Tulip set off to deliver it to its new family. Junior knows that if the big boss finds out that Tulip wasn’t fired, or that a baby was made, Junior will not get his promotion.  

Meanwhile, a young boy wishes for a sibling and has to convince his too-busy realtor parents to spend time with him; in catching his excitement for a baby, they also start to appreciate him.


The Adoption Connection

Storks used to deliver babies, but stopped because one stork didn’t deliver his assigned baby to her home. This baby, Tulip, has been raised among storks and now, at age 18, she confides in a friend that she still hopes to find her parents. In fact, she has been working towards finding them for a long time. She’s even built a plane to help her in her quest. When she learns that she can find them, she tells her stork friend, Junior, how happy she is to be able to meet her “real family,” and her choice of words deeply hurts Junior, who expresses that he felt he was part of her real family.

Junior and Tulip must deliver a new baby to its waiting family. The baby was created when a boy wrote to the storks asking for a new sibling, but now the aspiring parents and brother all have gotten excited in the hopes of welcoming their new family member. Junior and Tulip come to love the baby during their journey, suffering through sleepless nights and reveling in her laughter; when they finally arrive at the baby’s home, they hand her over. In a way, they served as foster parents to the baby, keeping her safe until she was able to get to her permanent home.
Tulip eventually meets her biological family. They all look like her, and the family swarms her with a warm group hug. Junior initially stays in the distance, but he is embraced by her family as well.

We also learn that, contrary to the widely-told story, Tulip’s stork has been trying all this time to find a way to get her to her family. He is able to share in her joy as she finally finds her folks.
Tulip seems to love the storks, but also complains that she feels like she does not fit in anywhere. She has bonded with a few other flightless birds in the storks’ headquarters, and together they try to develop a way to fly.

Tulip gives the baby a name, even though Junior initially tells her not to.

Tulip believes that she may have sacrificed her ability to find her parents in order to help the new baby find its parents. She says that if the baby finds its parents, it will have been worth it.

Strong Points

It is easy to name several characters who fell in love with the baby during the course of the movie. It is important for kids to know that they are loved. The film captures the fact that babies are longed for and celebrated, and that kids are worth spending time with.

When Junior understands how important it is to Tulip that she finds her parents, he reassures her that she will find them.


Some kids might be bothered by the thought that a child grew up without her parents simply because she got lost along the way. Later, Junior suggests that he does not need to deliver the baby to her “actual parents” because she’s already found a family that cares about her. He explains that babies “don’t know the difference because they’re dumb.”

The big boss seems uncaring; he speaks of firing Tulip and “liberating” her away from the only family she has ever known.  He also devises a plan to reroute the new baby away from its intended parents, to instead be raised in hiding by some birds; this is to ensure that the storks do not re-enter the baby-delivery business. There is a swerve where, just when it seems that the baby will be delivered to its parents, it is revealed that the abduction plot has been successful. This could be triggering for some kids.

While Junior and Tulip are delivering the new baby, a scary figure lurks in the shadows, repeating “my baby.” It’s intended to be comical, and later we understand that the figure only seemed scary but did not intend harm; but young kids with fears of abduction might find it frightening.  

A pack of wolves briefly intends to eat the baby.
A couple times, comments are made which suggest that babies ruin parents’ lives. The characters are wrong, even within the world of the movie, but kids might catch what the characters say without noticing that the characters are incorrect.


I think Storks is intended to be a light, heartwarming picture about the warmhearted storks who deliver babies to eagerly-waiting parents. The storks lost their vision, but eventually regain it through a serious of mishaps. Most viewers will probably receive it that way. For families that are touched by adoption, though, there are some scenes which could be challenging. A few scenes could trigger fears of abduction, others could brush up against unresolved loss, unanswered questions about families of origin, and confusion about family formation. I do like that Tulip is supported in her desire to find her intended family, and that when she finds them, they embrace her and the stork to whom she is closest. 

Storks is probably a good fit for kids ages 7 and up in most cases, but foster or adoptive parents should watch the movie first, and if you decide to share it with your kids, you might want to talk with your kids about their adoption or foster care story before sharing the film with them. Storks will probably raise some questions that your kids might not know to ask, so parents would also want to take the lead on checking in with their kids post-movie.  

Questions for Discussion

What makes a family, a family?

Do you know the story of how you came to be a part of this family? (How about how each member became a part of the family?)

Have you ever wished for a sibling? What is the best part of having a sibling? What are the hard parts?

What life do you wish for your kids? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Little Prince Adoption Movie Review

A little girl is spending her summer hunched over school books. Her mother wants her to be successful. They have moved to a new neighborhood in order for the little girl to be able to go to a prestigious school. The Mother has scheduled each hour of the Little Girl’s life to ensure that her daughter’s time won’t be wasted, and that her life will be a success.  While The Mother is at work, the Little Girl labors over her lessons, until one day, their eccentric old neighbor, the Aviator, floats the Little Girl a story in a paper airplane.  The Aviator tells the Little Girl fanciful stories of The Little Prince, who lived on an asteroid and loved the solitary rose that grew there. The Little Prince could not meet the rose’s demands, so he left, but always viewed the sky more beautiful knowing the rose was up there. The Little Prince would later take drastic measures to be reunified with the rose, but The Aviator isn’t sure whether it ultimately succeeded.

 When The Aviator falls ill, the Little Girl tries to find the Little Prince, hoping to save the Aviator. She finds that he has lost his sense of childhood. Before the other adults can make the Little Girl give up her childhood in favor of a no-nonsense adult life, the Little Prince remembers himself. The Little Girl takes him back to his asteroid, and then she and her Mother visit The Aviator in the hospital. The Little Girl will be able to go to the prestigious school while still remaining very much her childlike self.

The Adoption Connection

Adoption is not an element of this story. Kids who have experienced neglect prior to coming into foster care might find some similarities to their own experience. The Little Girl alludes to the fact that her father is absent, and her Mother is gone at work for much of the day. The Little Girl is also being led away from childhood in favor of adult responsibilities; older siblings who have experienced neglect sometimes find themselves taking on adult-level responsibilities for their younger brothers and sisters. One of the tasks for these kids once they’re in a safe and nurturing home is to learn how to be a child again. These kids might connect with the Little Girl as a safe neighbor helps her reclaim some of her childhood.  

A fox says something to the Little Prince that seems to mirror the way a family is formed through adoption. The fox says, more or less, “I can’t play with you because I am not tamed. Being tamed means establishing ties. Right now, you’re like a face in a crowd to me, and I am the same to you, but if you tame me, we shall need each other.” The Little Prince has been tamed by his rose (the Aviator tells him, “it is the time you’ve devoted to her that makes her so important.”) Later the Little Girl expresses that she’s been tamed by the Aviator. She is sad to see him in the hospital, and comments “You run the risk of weeping a little if you let yourself get tamed.” 

The word choice sounds a little weird to use between people, but the concept is great – we go from needing a “general” someone to needing a specific Someone. Kids initially need a nurturing parent, but eventually they need You. You feel the need to parent, but eventually you need Your Specific Kids. It works that way with spouses and friends and pets and places; our general, categorical needs are replaced by felt needs for specific people, and somehow, that’s a good thing. On Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, that’s probably described as someone getting their survival and safety needs met and moving on towards getting their love and belonging needs met. All that, from a fox in an animated movie.   
The Aviator suggests that, if you hold people in your heart, you’ve not lost them and you’ll never be lonely.

Strong Points

The Little Girl is able to regain a sense of her childhood and is still able to attend the prestigious school; in fact, her biggest challenge seems to have been the overexertion imposed on her by her well-intentioned Mother. Her Mother is finally able to join her in stargazing.

The film offers a hopeful distinction: growing up is not a problem; the only problem is forgetting.


The Little Girl spends a lot of time with her neighbor, a strange older man, and her Mother does not know about it. He even takes her in his car to get some pancakes before her Mother even knows that the Little Girl has met him. He is a safe person, but in real life, this could be pretty dangerous.
For a moment, it seems as though the Little Prince agrees to be killed in order to regain an aspect of his childhood, but this does not turn out to be true.

When the Little Girl says she has made a friend, the Mother shows little interest, and only comments that, if the Little Girl studies hard, she can see her friend for a half-hour a week, starting next Summer.


The animation in The Little Prince makes it feel friendly for even very young kids, but it seems like it will be best appreciated by kids ages 8 and up. After watching it, families could talk about how families are formed, the importance of getting to be a kid, and the value of memories. This one is worth checking out, and is available streaming on Netflix.

Questions for Discussion

In what ways should being a kid be like being an adult? In what ways should they be different?

What memories do you like best?

What would it be like to live on your own little asteroid?

What does the fox mean when he talks about being “tamed?” What does the Little Girl mean when she talks about it?

How does a family become a family?
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