Yep. We visited all of them this weekend.
No, I didn't actually read Watership Down to the kids.
Yes, I realize that goes against my rule. It's a long read. Sadly, I owned a first American edition of the book year's ago, but sold it upon finding out that I was pregnant and that children cost money.
So, last night, choosing to rebel against the rule, I checked out the animated feature documenting those rabbits and their search for a new warren.
Tonight, we hit The Shire. 10 points if you can sing the theme song to the animated feature of The Hobbit. Unlike our trip to Watership Down, this visit to Middle Earth came after finishing our journey through the book. Yes, tonight, we finished reading The Hobbit.
As we watched the film, Harper expressed her frustration over sections being left out. It was the perfect time to ask her,
"Harper, so which was better? The book or the movie?"
"Ah! You are my child after all. Prince Caspian. Which was better? Book or movie?"
"The book, Mom."
"Yes! Despereux? Well, we know the answer to this one."
We are reading/listening to The Indian in the Cupboard. I can't remember the film all that well, other than there being a "sh*&" in the dialogue. But, after watching The Goonies, a "sh*&" is nothing.
Zane adored The Hobbit. And now, after reading and watching the story, I think I have a better understanding of where he picked up the phrase "ancient writing". But a weekend of even the finest literature can freak out a 4 year old. For Watership Down's bunnies drew some serious animated blood, and who wants to sleep alone after meeting Golem, Goblins, and Smog?
"Daddy, will you snuggle with me? Sometimes I have bad dreams. But, I'm ok because Jesus is in the room with me."
George began to pray for him.
"Daddy, could you also ask Jesus to help me say the word I can't say very well?"
"What word is that, Zane?"
"I can't say it. I need help saying it."
So, he prayed.
The biggest laugh of the night came when George did a dead on impersonation of the singer of theme song to The Hobbit.
10 points. And just what song is that? (No googling allowed!)