Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl - September 13

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl- (September 13, 1916 - November 23, 1990)

The anniversary of Roald Dahl's birthday is being widely celebrated throughout the world as Roald Dahl Day.  The Roald Dahl Day website has lots of printable materials to plan a party at home or school.  There is also Reading Relay Competition.

The Official Website of Roald Dahl extends the celebration by declaring September Roald Dahl Month.  The site provides an activity calendar, printable activity sheets, and Reading Dahlathon program for children 7-13 years of age (look for links to Roald Dahl Month and the Reading Dahlathon at the top of the home page.)

This month, Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock was released.  The book release prompted many book reviews (The Independent, UK Telegraph, The Guardian)  and commentaries about Roald Dahl's life (New Yorker, UK Telegraph).  By reading these articles you will learn that Dahl's life was full of many twists and turns.  These stressful and tragic life events most likely helped shape the mind of one of the most recognizable names in children's literature.

I was fascinated to learn of Roald Dahl's "writing hut", a small shed in his garden where his most favorite stories were written.  The Roald Dahl Museum allows you to virtually explore the hut. The Walrus and the Carpenter blog provides a few good pictures and some commentary. I think I need my own "writing hut"!

Our family just finished reading, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator which is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  This was the fourth Roald Dahl book that I have read to my daughter. We also read James and the Giant Peach and The Twits.  When we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach we also watched the movies.  We read up to a certain point and then watched that part of the movie. We would continue reading the book then watching the movie until both were complete.  I feel this helped with her comprehension of the stories.  It was also fun to discuss the differences between the movie and book.

I know my dad reads my blog, which I appreciate very much.  I have found an activity for him to celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday.  My dad is a big James Bond fan and Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for You Only Live Twice. For those of you who are not James Bond fans, Dahl also contributed on the screen play of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  He also had some of his short stories featured on Alfred Hitchcock and Tales of the Unexpected.

Happy Roald Dahl Day! Wear Yellow today as it was Dahl's favorite color!

Links:

1. The Official Website of Roald Dahl
2. Roald Dahl Activities - Puffin Books (you need to scroll down a little)
3. Roald Dahl Day - RandomHouse
4. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - YouTube, Website
5. The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wired.com
6. Alfred Hitchcock "Poison" Episode written by Roald Dahl - Hulu
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Official Movie Site
8. Roald Dahl Day - UK Site (Great Activities to Plan a Roald Dahl Party!)
9. Roald Dahl Fans - Website
10. Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
11. Roald Dahl on Facebook
12.  Matilda Musical - Opening November 2010 - More info

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