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There isn’t much I love more than books, and I enjoy passing my love of reading to my girls. I’m very happy my 5 year old loves reading just as much as I do, and we spend at least 30 minutes each night reading together. A new book was recently added to her collection, Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? by Cheryl Sturm.
Cheryl Sturm originally wrote this fun children’s book as a way to express her love for her nieces and nephews. The book takes the measurement of love beyond an arm’s stretch, and puts it into perspective based on actual measurements while reinforcing love. From an inch to miles, the book shows children measurements then relates each measurement to actual items the child will recognize. For example, an inch is illustrated on a rule then the child is shown pictures of a quarter, macaroni noodles, and strawberries as items that “are about one inch” to show relation. Then comes the question “Do I love you this much?”, no more!
My 5 year old really enjoys reading this little book, and it is quickly becoming a bedtime favorite. She is quick to point out other objects she sees around the room that are similar in size to the measurement we are reading, and she yells out “you love me more”!
I recommend Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? to anyone with young children. It’s a fun book to read, educational, and expresses out infinite love truly is. Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? is available via Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.
The Good Lie Movie with Reese Witherspoon is a film about the Lost Boys, refugees from Sudan. It is both informative and entertaining. Rated PG-13 because of violent scenes from the war in Sudan which cause the Lost Boys to become orphans, this movie has lessons about love, humility, faith and respect for all ages. It also teaches us about completely different cultures and how they can be brought together.
The Lost Boys flee from the viciousness of the Northern Militia who kill adults and kidnap children. In this movie, a group, including the three children who are the main characters in the film go through hunger, intense fear and the death of some of the children while walking hundreds of miles to reach a refugee camp and safety.
Their mantra is “I want to live, I do not want to die”. And they did, making it to the camp that would be their homes for years. Then they are offered to move to America. This is where the cultural differences come to light.
Reese Witherspoon, who plays Carrie, their job recruiter. When she realizes their utter confusion and feeling lost again, she takes them under her wing to help them learn the ropes and to succeed in America. The four young adults including another refugee and one of the men’s sister are played by Sudanese who actually went through this horrific ordeal. This brings realism to this film.
The Good Lie movie, which I was given for review, is based on a real story and relates struggle from Sudan and their life in the US that turns into a miracle in their chance to live without fear.
It is heartbreaking, a bit comical and a “feel good movie” that also shows the change or heart of a rough job recruiter who finds work without really caring.
Check into the Good Lie Fund which helps South Sudanese children in crisis and Lost Boys and Girls’ communities. You may be interested in the soundtrack. The Good Lie movie comes out on DVD December 23, but I have a copy to give away to one of my readers.
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