Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Books-to-Movies Paddington!

Raise your hand if you love to see favorite books come to life on the big screen!
Yeah....me, too! A few weeks ago at the movie theater, I was intrigued to see that they're actually making the classic children's book Paddington, into a movie! How cool is that?

It's always interesting to see how the director/producer/actor visualizes a story and compare it to the way I've always visualized it myself. In fact, I really like using books that have been made into movies to support visualization. After all, a movie truly is a visualization of literature!

If you've never incorporated the book--movie--let's compare our visualization to the director's, you should give it a try! We always have the most interesting discussions in the classroom! And it's such a neat activity to compare/contrast our visualization to the director's.

Have you ever met Paddington? The first book was published back in 1958, and there are actually more than 20 books! The visualization being depicted in the movie is sure to be interesting...it's being directed by David Heyman, who also directed Harry Potter! Hmmm....that could be interesting! The movie comes out at Christmas (field trip, anyone? I'm thinking about it!).

If you aren't familiar with Paddington...here's a description from the movie: 

PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he  begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

It looks adorable...doesn't it? If you'd like to check it out more, just click the top pic to go to the official website, or go check out Paddington's Facebook page! (Yes. He has a Facebook page!)

Now I'd like to hear from you.......
  • Do you use movies to support visualization?
  • What's your favorite activity to do when working on visualization?


  1. I work with a lot of boys that are huge movie fans, so I'l try to match up movies with books--then they can compare and contrast. This works really good with comics and graphic novels. My kids love talking to me about the difference between Jurassic Park (movie and book).

    Love this Brenda!

    1. I know what you mean....some of them have a marked difference! Take Jumanji for instance!


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