Reviews by ilyjtwya
Season 5, 6 and 7 are my favorite seasons of The Next Generation. Darmok has an excellent message about communication and making connections with others.
This film was filled with cringe-worthy, but hilarious moments. Excellent comedy, with a great ending. Steve Carrel makes a great oblivious character.
My son says he likes this one a LOT, and he's read the first warriors and the new prophecy. It starts to answer the questions of what happened while he was in hiding
I read this book as a child and decided to re-read before allowing my 8 year old to read it. I recommend it for the lessons it has about friendship and acceptance. However, I also recommend reading it with, or right before your child. There are foreign concepts, such as Vietnam and "peaceniks", which may need some explaining. More importantly, though, are the mature areas of the story that you may want to further discuss. In addition to death, the boy has romantic feelings about his teacher and a classmate is being physically abused by her father. When classmates and teachers learn about it, the actions aren't seen as very unusual and there is more concern about the girl feeling embarrassed about telling anyone. The book is from a different time, so many other things are different (like segregating girls and boys) so that should be kept in mind.
This book provides a good starting point for discussing with your children how to react when encountering strangers. It doesn't address more recent concerns, such as the internet and social networking sites, but those are most likely not relevant for the intended age group. This was a great resource when i needed one for discussing the subject with my children.