Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tuesday Tunes #5

Word Association Week

You know the drill, name the first musical thing ie artist/song/album etc that comes to mind when you see these words:

peace: Give Peace a Chance, John Lennon
All You Need Is Love, The Beatles
"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind …" Signs, 5 Man Electrical Band
Summer in the City, Lovin' Spoonful
Vacation by the Go-Gos
"If anyone should ever write my life story …" The Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, The Beatles
Don't You Forget About Me, Simple Minds
She Said, She Said, The Beatles
Elton John -- he really owned the decade, didn't he?

To play along yourself, or to see how other bloggers responded, click here.

I loved it!

Last night a friend and I went to see Kit Kitteridge, An American Girl and we had a terrific time. We were, I believe, the only adults in the theater unescorted by little girls, but that's because both my niece and her daughter have, sadly, outgrown the American Girl phase.

Abigail Breslin won my heart in Little Miss Sunshine, and Kit was my niece's favorite American Girl (with Molly a close second), so I was familiar with the basic outline of the story and presold. But for those of you with a kid in your life (probably beneath the age of 12), let me set your mind at ease. It is NOT a commercial for the dolls. In fact, no mention of the dolls is made.

As always with the American Girl series, though, it's historically accurate, entertaining, and best of all, inclusive. Your kids will learn important lessons without even realizing that they're being taught. And the cast -- including Ms. Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Glenne Hedley, Joan Cusack and Jane Krakowski -- is entertaining for adults, too.

P.S. Animal lovers, there's no need to worry. The tough lessons about life during an economic downturn do NOT include harm to Grace the dog, nor Curtis the monkey.