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With Grandma

With Grandma

| 9 min

When her parents leave her behind for the first time, Madeleine sees them off with tears in her eyes. Fortunately, her grand-mother is there to coax her out of her sadness. Grandma's house is full of surprises, including a chest full of costumes perfect for dress-up. Together they play and bake. Slowly, Madeleine discovers that Grandma seems to know exactly how to have fun. Adults will reminisce about cherished moments shared with grandparents and reflect on the nature of memory. Younger children will be delighted by young Madeleine's adventures. A film without words.

  • director
    Françoise Hartmann
  • producer
    Marcy Page
    Barrie Angus McLean
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
    Barrie Angus McLean


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Ages 6 to 8

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships

This short film touches on themes of family, remembrance and separation. Analyzing the actions of the characters can lead students to make connections to aspects of their own lives. What affinities do they have with their grandparents? Also, the special relationship between the grandmother and granddaughter in the film raises questions about the transmission of values across generations. This animated film can be a good starting point for a creative writing assignment about a childhood memory.

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