Originally posted by ext_4017148 at Help to find book about Charlotte/Charlie YA *FOUND
The main character was named Charlotte, I think she lived in an orphanage, maybe her parents' home, but was getting too old be taken care of, and so was going to be handed over to the state or something. Before that happened, she climbed out her window and ran away. I remember clearly the description of her walking through ice cold water on her way. She disguised herself as a young teenage boy named Charlie, and eventually got a job in a barn. She described the painful process of binding her chest to look flat.
Somewhere along the way, she meets a specific horse, but I cant remember what the reasoning was, besides it being in the barn she was working for.
I feel like one of the other workers found out her identity, and maybe they fell in love?
Thanks for the help!
Thank you calzephyr77 for finding this book! Now I have to go get it and read it again!
Let me start by saying that children's movies, like children's books, are often very weird fare. Adults recognize the story gaps that go over children's heads and I don't know about anyone else, but they can be difficult to reconcile. For example, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree was an extremely popular book when I was a child but it also has been scrutinized as being a tale of poor boundaries and co-dependence. Rather than overthinking the story, the problem just might be poor writing and production that invites comparison or confusion where none is intended. I think that's what happened to Free Birds - the one progressive part of the movie gets lost in the problematic parts and it just becomes a hot mess. To be honest, I also fell asleep in the middle of the movie and had to be nudged awake :-P
In a nutshell, it's about two time travelling turkeys, Reggie and Jake, who try to get turkey off the Thanksgiving dinner menu. They go back in time to the first Thanksgiving and encounter a bunch of wild turkeys who wear face paint and live underground to avoid capture by the pilgrims. Reggie falls in love with the chief's daughter, Jenny.
Perhaps it's a little unfair that Pixar has created such high standards for story and visuals in animated movies and the turkeys can barely clear this hurdle. Some of the animation was truly dreadful, such as Myles Standish's three dogs and the plasticity of the pilgrims. The character designers also seem to have mixed up Myles Standish with an Old West bounty hunter and the depiction of First Nations people isn't very respectful.
There are lots of laughs and the rivalry between Jake and Jenny's older brother Ranger is pretty funny. The parts where the turkeys are talking but are heard by humans as gobbling are hilarious! But the whole thing is so unevenly paced, incoherent and weird. There's even a turkey funeral which seems like an attempt to bring some emotion to the film...but unlike, say, Up, it comes across as out of place and patched on. The film is just full of weird stuff like that - one later scene flashes back to Jake's youth where he escaped from a factory farm. I hate to say it, but I have watched two hour Vine compilations more coherent than this movie :-D
There are so many messages in Free Birds that by the end of the movie, everything feels unresolved even though the turkeys are successful in changing Thanksgiving by turning it into a pizza party. Movies don't have to be this bad!
I was surprised to see that the text invited girls to saw and craft with their parents help. The variety of crafts, toys and games is pretty astounding and I wish my parents had been more the maker type to build a few things from this book like the basement golf course or weaving loom. From braiding to mold casting, doll houses to a full size backyard merry go round, I can only imagine how many hours of fun these plans provided.
x-posted to craftgrrl, books and bookish
So it was that my husband I found ourselves watching the dreadful Bee Movie after watching the very grim Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a 2013 movie based on a French graphic novel starring Chris Evans and Song Kang-ho. It's actually backed by a Korean studio - which is a growing trend among Asian studios. There are definitely more and more Asian backed films that have a big Hollywood box office star for the main draw.
I don't know if Snowpiercer was in theatres very long. It's an excellent movie, very "thinky" and full of action, but it does fall apart the more one thinks about it. Just as utopias are unattainable, dystopias are rarely sustainable and the logistics of a train that can't stop running and support the people on board doesn't make a lot of sense. It's easier to think of the train as a symbol for class systems. Snowpiercer was so dark and even the hopeful ending ends on the wrong note. In terms of story and style it reminded me of Brazil and Children of Men and a third movie I still can't put my finger on.
Bee Movie should have been the cheerful antidote to Snowpiercer, but I was so bored. This movie is sooooo weird and not very entertaining at all. True, 3D animation in 2007 wasn't that great, but the movie comes off as sounding like it's making fun of oppressed people everywhere when Barry B. Benson, the bee, sues the humans for stealing honey. Ugggghhhh!
I would have been a bit too old for Matilda when it first came out, but I wholeheartedly would have loved it as a child because I loved reading and nothing thrills the wee folk like adults getting their come-uppance. I wouldn't have been able to appreciate it though on an aesthetic level however. I loved the tacky, trashy lives of her parents played with great gusto by Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman and I loved the tons of detail put into the sets as well as the camera work. 80s and 90s movies have a really special feel about them with so much purposely designed that you don't see anymore. Maybe it was all the practical effects instead of whiz bang CGI. Anyhow, we really enjoyed it and still found a lot to laugh about :-)
We're in a deep freeze this week and I think my brain froze. I forgot about the craft club on Thursday and I'm so bummed. Still, plenty of crafting is going on! On Tuesday I gave out about 45 hand stamped bells to my co-workers. I used my bells cutting file to cut six bells to a 12x12" sheet, then stamped them with a striped background stamp and added a sentiment. I threaded gold thread through each one. My original plan was to thread Hershey's kisses onto each one, but that would have taken forever and make everything a tangled mess anyway! Most everyone appreciated their bells and it was nice to see them hung up around the office. When someone makes you something handmade, that means they really like you :-)
I only cut up four for the recipe (they were all lady finger sized) and as you can imagine...well...making substitutions is always tricky and sometimes ill-advised.
Fortunately I tried a muffin after it came out of the oven - hot!! Thinking that it was just one muffin that got most of the peppers, I tried another one - hot!! Thinking that some dip might cool down the taste, I had half of a third muffin and the inside of my ears burned!.
Dang, I don't know what kind of hot peppers these were, but I ended up getting up early on Tuesday to make a new batch, sans peppers. If you want to be friends with people, it's probably best not to melt their faces :-D
Celia wants something colourful and food.
Ruby wants a new instrument.
Agnes wants some yellow clothes.
Boomer wants a toy.
Shep wants something orange and a doll.
Robin wants food.
Alice wants a carpet that's green.
Deena wants a...
Apollo wants a piece of white furniture.
Frita wants pink clothes.
Hopefully the other animals will drop some more hints soon!
If you haven't been to Las Vegas, imagine that each hotel property is the size of a mall. It can take hours to walk the strip and it's very easy to underestimate just how long it will take since everything looks close together.
We did a little shopping as Canadians love to do ("OMG Target!! Kohl's!! JCP!!") and while on the way back to the timeshare we stayed at with our friends (itself surrounded by empty lots), I noticed these giant pillars that reminded me a bit of the poem "Ozymandias"
The two giant legs, in this case, belong to the Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel which was supposed to open in 2012. Signs around the lot advertised that the land was for sale. It joins the "Voyager" as an unbuilt ferris wheel - and in case you're wondering one ferris wheel did manage to get built, the "High Roller".
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Her Worship is a busy soul, what with visiting and learning from other municipalities and rezoning a piece of land on the East side of Burshire to make room for Harv's RV camp.
Even on a day like today, the Harvest Festival, which should have been carefree and relaxing, Her Worship was busting her butt helping Franklin prepare a four course meal. Of course it would have helped if Isabelle had reminded Her Worship to stock up on some of the different fish around town before today, but sometimes even the most diligent of assistants drop the ball now and then!
Brown sugar commercial cardstock
Pink copy paper
Vanilla cardstock and copy paper
Best Birds stamps and dies plus woodgrain background, Stampin Up
Flower border and walnut ink by Martha Stewart
Pink flowers with an old Sizzix die
I regret doing the flower border. The border isn't meant to be standalone, so I trimmed it from the piece of paper that I punched on. Uggghh! I hope the cards were well received!