What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes images of war with dead men strewn about trenches and explosions in the background. Sara loses her father in one of the battles and mourns him for much of the movie. Her mother also is dead. One scary scene shows Sara almost falling to her death. Sara is a remarkable character, however. She sticks up for herself and others at all times and captivates all the school girls with her imaginative stories.
- Families can talk about Sara's empathy and compassion for others. Why are stories so important to her? How do they help her deal with her sadness? How do the stories she tells relate to what's going on in her life?
- What challenges do you see in adapting a book like this into a movie?
- What parts of life in the boarding school seem like they could be part any other school at any other time, and what parts of life there seem like they were very much part of the early twentieth century?