Ever since our girls have been old enough to enjoy watching movies, Saturday has been their weekly movie night. Clean from their bath or shower, clad in pajamas, they snuggle up in the recliner with blankets and a snack.
When we first began, the Fisher Price Little People series was a hit. We moved from those to the animated Madeline, then on to the Walt Disney classics like Bambi, Cinderella, and (one of my all-time favorites) Mary Poppins .
With the girls getting older, however, it’s definitely more of a challenge to find age-appropriate, wholesome, entertaining material for them to watch. While visiting the library one day, we happened upon Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, a movie based on the Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard. Since my ten-year-old had already been reading and enjoying the books, we decided to check it out.
While I don’t always sit and watch with our girls on movie night, I do make it a point to be close by when they’re viewing something for the first time. I was very pleased with the quality of the movie! The storyline was engaging, with just enough drama to make it interesting, but not frightening. The characters were well cast and the acting believable.
For Christmas, I bought them that DVD as well as the second one in the series, Mandie And The Cherokee Treasure. (If you’re a Pollyanna fan, Hayley Mills has a small role in this one.) The girls have been watching these repeatedly for their movie nights and seem to enjoy them more each time.
Whenever I find resources that provide clean, enjoyable, family entertainment, I want to share! Be sure to let me know your family’s favorite movies!
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