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Garrett's Gift

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Smart animation introduces African-American inventor.

Movie G 2007 20 minutes
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Narrated by Queen Latifah, this short movie is a great primer on the history of a famous African-American inventor and on the fascinating places where ideas originate. At only 20 minutes, it's the perfect length for young minds; even preschoolers will be engaged by the notion of daydreams leading to important discoveries and will appreciate the reassurance that even those of us who aren't sure what we're good at can find our own talents.

That would be enough to recommend this thoughtful, vividly animated foray into the genesis of ideas, but it goes one step further by looking at how important it is not only to find our gifts but to use them for good and to give back to the communities that nurture us. There's a lot packed into this information-filled short and plenty for discussion and inspiration afterward.

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