The Book Thief (a movie review)

You can find libraries full of books on how to write, but few are dedicated to “why we write”. The other day, that was a subject on WordPress in case you had nothing else to write about. This movie, “The Book Thief” is about just that. It follows a young, illiterate girl, in Nazi Germany from 1938 throughout the war. Her urge to learn to read begins at a graveside when she picks up a dropped book that she is totally unable to read. Taken in by a family that then ends up hiding a Jewish refugee in their basement only further fuels her desire for more reading material. This impetus furthers her life’s’ adventures even to the point of “borrowing” books from the Burgomaster’s house. With little actual blood and minimal violence, I think this would be a great film to watch with pre-teen children which could then lead to a conversation on what was happening then and why. It also inspires the watcher to believe, as all writers must, that words can change the world.

You can watch it here:

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