A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One boy learns an important lesson about giving to those less fortunate. Stories are multicultural and honor diverse holiday traditions.
Violence & Scariness
Some threats by neighborhood bullies in the story Merry Christmas, Space Case.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Little Drummer Boy, one of four stories included in this Scholastic collection, is about the birth of Jesus. In the story Sam and the Lucky Money, a young Asian-American boy encounters a homeless man in Chinatown while celebrating Chinese New Year with his mother. In Merry Christmas, Space Case, a boy is threatened by two neighborhood bullies. And in The Tomten, the title characters, who look like trolls or gnomes, were considered spirit beings connected to the winter solstice and the pagan celebration of Yuletide. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In unison, these distinct, cross-cultural stories make for a well-rounded winter holiday exploration. The Little Drummer Boy it might be the least interesting and engaging to your little ones. The other three stories offer much more.
Christopher Lloyd provides the delightfully manic narration for Merry Christmas, Space Case; the young character in Sam and the Lucky Money expresses truly heartfelt compassion, and The Tomten, updated by Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking), is considered the perfect bedtime story in Northern Europe for good reason.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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