We talk about Disney a lot here at Education Possible, so it’s probably no surprise that we decided to add books that inspired Walt Disney movies to our 2016 Reading Adventure.
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If you’re like our family, there are few Walt Disney movies that you haven’t seen. A couple of years ago, we realized that although we had seen almost every Disney movie, we hadn’t read too many of the books that the movies were based on. So, we decided to add a bunch of them to our book club list.
We discovered that like most books that eventually become movies, many of the Disney movies are quite different from the original stories. Our tweens LOVED discussing the similarities and differences with each other.
Has Your Tween/Teen Read These Books That Became Disney Movies?
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights retold by N. J. Dawood
These eleven exotic tales, have been passed down for generations. Aladdin, one of the short stories included, focuses on a poor boy, a devious magician, and a powerful genie.
Aladdin meets a magician, who promises him great wealth. All he has to do is head into a dark and dangerous cave to obtain an oil lamp. He does grab the lamp, but keeps it for himself. He and his mother rub the lamp to release a genie, who grants them many wishes.
Aladdin is finally wealthy, but far from satisfied. His greed pushes him to demand more and more. Although his is ultimately very lucky, Aladdin’s unchecked desires negatively impact others, as well as landing him in plenty of trouble.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice, tired of sitting, reading her storybook, decides instead to follow a white rabbit down into his rabbit hole. Once underground, she is lead into a strange, yet magical world where she meets one crazy creature after another.
Within these pages, readers will discover many of their favorite characters: The Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, as well the Mad Hatter.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
While staying with a family friend, three house pets (a Labrador retriever, bull terrier and a Siamese cat) decide to head back to their home together, despite the fact that they’re miles away. They cross the Canadian wilderness, using their instincts, and relying on each other, while encountering many trials along the way.
Will they overcome possible starvation, wild creatures, and harsh elements and find their way back home safely?
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
By all appearances, Miss Bianca is a pampered mouse, living a life of luxury. She seems like an odd choice to send on a challenging and possibly dangerous mission. However, she is the one chosen and she sets off to rescue a Norwegian poet held captive in the Black Castle.
Along the way she teams up with Nils, a very brave mouse, and Bernard, who becomes a very faithful companion.
Will they survive rough seas, mean cats, and perilous tasks to save the poet as well as themselves?
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss
This story introduces us to the Robinson family – father, mother, and four sons, who are all shipwrecked together on a remote island. Using the multitude of items saved from the wreck, as well as what they find on the island, they work together to build a new life for themselves.
Hopefully through this list, you’ve found some new stories for your young teen this month.
Which book is your middle schooler excited to read first?
Aside from the above books that became Disney movies, check out all of our other Reading Adventure choices.
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