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From Page to Screen: Children's and Young Adult Books on Film and Video

From Page to Screen: Children's and Young Adult Books on Film and Video

by W. Moss

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"From Page to Screen" is a guide to 1,400 film, video, and laser disc adaptations of 750 literary works for children ages five through high school. Materials treated range from fairy tales and Shakespeare to the more contemporary works of Alex Haley and Dr. Seuss. The book will be useful for adults who want to select the best media for children; some items will appeal to adult viewers, too. School language arts or English departments will find this bibliography-filmography helpful in lesson planning Organized alphabetically by book title, each entry lists author, publisher and date, genre, and synopsis of the story. Following this is a listing of the cinematic adaptations giving film title, production information, description and brief evaluation of the work, review citations, film awards (if applicable), suggested audience age level, and distributor information, including price and format. The availability of public performance rights is noted, and two ratings follow each film citation: book symbols that rate how closely the film adaptation reflects the source and film reels for film strength independent of the book. These symbols allow a quick visual evaluation Abridged versions as well as complete works are listed: a 32-minute film version of Harry Mazer's "Snow Bound" is described as an "abridged version edited to accommodate classroom time. . . . It retains the basic plot and has lost none of the tension." But for those who want the full-length version (50 minutes), that is also listed. Nine cinema adaptations of Cinderella are described. Two of them closely follow the book and have high film ratings, such as "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (1964), three are high in film rating but have added or subtracted from the story, such as the Walt Disney adaptation, and the others have significantly weakened the story or the film is not of high quality. The evaluations note significant information, such as film location, actors, or character development, to assist in the selection of a specific film Appendixes and indexes provide additional access to films for the hearing impaired, distributors' addresses and telephone numbers, awards, age levels, subjects, and author and film titles Some of these videos are included in sources like "Best Videos for Children & Young Adults" ["RBB" S 15 91] and "Video Rating Guide for Libraries". "From Page to Screen" is unique in that it includes only films and videos based on literary works and evaluates the media in terms of the books on which they are based. This work is highly recommended for the public and school library where it will help parents, teachers, and librarians find the best films and videos that transform the printed page to the screen.
Reference provides teachers, parents, curriculum specialists, and librarians with information and evaluation of some 14,000 video, 12mm film, and laserdisc adaptations of about 750 books read by students in kindergarten through high school. Entries include: synopses and descriptions of how the dramatization differs from the book, film ratings, performance rights information, award citations, audience level, formats available, prices, viewing time, distributions, and release data. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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