What are your favorite books and movies?

Summer is a great time to tour the world through books and movies. As a child, I spent my summers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but my mind was exploring the Ozark Mountains, Prince Edward Island, South Africa, India, and Great Britain all thanks to books and movies. This summer, I’m excited to dive into the Arctic with the Arctic Tale movie and companion books; and, I have to admit, I’m on pins and needles waiting to delve back into J.K. Rowling’s magical world with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Tell us, what’s your favorite movie set in a different country? What books about faraway places do you recommend?

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10 responses to “What are your favorite books and movies?

  1. I recommend a book of philosophical short stories called Rock Black by an author called M. G. Sanchez, who comes from the same town (Gibraltar) as where I come from. Filmwise, I would say that my favourite film has to be The Lives of others. As for music (if anyone’s interested) it has to be Gershwin for me!

  2. The movie “rabbit proof fence” portrayed the continent of Australia as an extremely dry and largely uninhabitable place.

  3. My favorite movie is “rabbit proof fence” which takes place in Australia and chronicles the challenges faced by Aboriginal peoples during the 20th century.

  4. Thanks for your comment, Laurie! “Where The Red Fern Grows” is a favorite of many students, I would imagine. Geography, and MyWonderfulWorld.org are about expanding our knowledge of the world around us–whether of countries on the other side of the globe (like Australia), or lands just beyond the border of your own backyard!

  5. I know it’s not another country, but when I was young _Where the Red Fern Grows_ was my favorite book (and still is my favorite children’s book!) and it made me curious about the Ozark Mountains. I remember looking at maps and looking up the mountain range in an encyclopedia to see what the mountains were like.
    When I was older I remember watching _The Man From Snowy River_ and being surprised at all of the lush green and beauty. This was a hugh contrast to what I had seen or read about the Outback. It made me curious and then I researched about the climate and vegetation which then led me to learn about the population distribution. I also learned that more about the legend of the Man From Snowy River and have a children’s book with the ballad illustrated.

  6. Try “Daisy Bates in the Desert – A Woman’s Life Among the Aborigines” Julia Blackburn, Pantheon Books, 1994 for a perspective on Mrs. Bates’ almost thirty years stay around Ooldea and the Nullarbor Plain in Austrailia from 1913 until she died at the age of 91 in 1948.
    A Smithsonian review vouches for the geographical and cultural material and the read is fascinating. Beginning in thrid person then shifting to first person and finally to second person accounts of Mrs. Bates, the book seems to evoke Deamtime as it opens a window into the times and the personality of this Irish woman who left stories and records that are mostly contradictory.

  7. I loved ‘Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks. I told me so much about Ireland that I didn’t know, including many things about my heritage, since I am Irish. My family and I are going to visit Ireland this spring, and the book gave me a good idea of what to expect. Also, it was hilarious! I learned that Ireland is very small, and some of their castles date so far back in time. Also, everything is so pretty and green, and there are many hills, unlike AZ, where I live.

  8. I recommend a wonderful book of short stories about Haiti titled “Krik? Krak!” by Edwidge Danticat. The book powerfully illustrates how political events in Haiti have impacted the lives of Haiti’s citizens.

  9. I suggest two books. For learning about Iran, I suggest “Reading Lolita in Tehran”. For learning about Afghanistan, I suggest “The Kite Runner”. Both are great books for being introduced into the culture of these countries. After all, Geography is not just places, but also about the people who live in those places.

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