Saturday, May 10, 2014

Blessed Friends Prayer Dolls Offer Hope, Love, and Connection

Blessing every child they touch, the Blessed Friends prayer dolls from Kids Preferred share a sweet message and a soft touch. Featuring a boy, a girl and a bear doll, Blessed Friends are cuddly and caring; they are the perfect gift for a new baby, a christening or holiday. Each doll has a special sound chip that recites this comforting nighttime prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. May angels watch me through the night, and keep me in their blessed sight. Amen.”

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The Book Thief Blu-ray Review

Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an “extremely moving” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany.  When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie NĂ©lisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush* and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson**).  Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father.  When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him.  Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). 

Now and then, I get the urge to watch a movie sort of different than what I am used to. I’ll admit that World War II, as bad as it was, has been responsible for some really great, classic films. There are countless retellings of things that actually happened, as well as fictional events. The Book thief is a good film, so I would have to say that the book is probably amiable as well.