What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic story young James both loses his parents and is forced to live as a servant to abusive relatives. James risks his life in a trip across the ocean and there's one particularly scary encounter with a toothy shark. The video may inspire kids to build little hot air balloons with candles, as James does, and it may encourage bug-phobic kids to become even more enamored of their insect friends.
- Families can talk about parents or family members who have left a child's life through death or divorce, and how the film makes them feel.
- How do we remember the ones we've lost? How does James find a family of friends that provide for him the love he doesn't get from his aunts?
- What role does imagination play in James's story? How did imagination make him feel better? How do you use your imagination?