What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Greening of Whitney Brown is a combination horse tale and fish-out-of-water story about a spoiled rich girl who "finds herself" after her parents lose their fortune and the family moves to a farm. There's nothing too objectionable beyond a bit of iffy language (mostly insults and the like), but the themes and subject matter (middle-school protagonist, mild romance, family drama) make this a better fit for tweens rather than younger elementary-school aged kids.
- Families can talk about whether "reverse Cinderella" stories are as popular as "Cinderella" ones. What makes audiences want to see certain types of characters "put in their place"? Are those kinds of characters realistic? Does that matter?
- What did Whitney learn about friendship and family while she was at the farm? Which of her friendships was unconditional, and which was based on her status?
- Are tweens and teens as obsessed with money, designer brands, and luxury goods as Whitney and her first set of friends are? Is "class" an issue when it comes to school friendships?