Saturday, February 8, 2014

Books On Film | Sounder and The Watsons Go To Birmingham

Today, I will be recommending two Newberry Award winning children's fiction novels that have been adapted into film in honor of Black History Month.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVERSOUNDER
By Williams H. Armstrong. Published 1969.

Sounder is the story of a boy growing in a poor sharecropping family in the south. When his father is sent to prison and his dog goes missing, the young boy's life is thrown into turmoil.

There are two film versions of Sounder, a feature film from 1972 and a Disney television movie from 2003.^AUTHOR^AUTHORS^Author Processing^author&searchoper2=AND&thesaurus2=AUTHORS&search_entries2=AU&search_type2=AUTHOR&special_proc2=Author Processing&searchdata3=watsons go to birmingham&srchfield3=TI^TITLE^SERIES^Title Processing^title&searchoper3=AND&thesaurus3=SERIES&search_entries3=TI&search_type3=TITLE&special_proc3=Title Processing&library=ALL&match_on=KEYWORD&shadow=NO&sort_by=-PBYR&user_id=WEBSERVERTHE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM--1963
By Christopher Paul Curtis. Published 1995.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham takes place in 1963, during which civil rights and segregation were hotly debated topics. The reader follows an African-American family on their summer visit to Birmingham, Alabama from their home in Flint, Michigan. While visiting their grandmother, the family encounters tragedy in the form of the 16th Steet Baptist Church Bombing which the parents struggle to explain to their young children.

The book was adapted into a film last year. Christopher Paul Curtis is also the author of several other popular historical children's books, including Bud, not Buddy, Elijah of Buxton, and The Mighty Miss Malone

Covers courtesy of LibraryThing.

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