Sunday, December 23, 2018

So This is Christmas : Doodles, Santa Tracker films & other stories

Holidays 2018 (Northern Hemisphere Day 2)

2018 slowly is closing, we have noticed the sun beginning to set earlier and earlier! As the seasons begin to change, so too does the earth’s allocation of daylight.

To celebrate the astronomical phenomenon of the solstices Google has created two of its famous Doodles: Northern solstice and Southern solstice.

As we ended the trimester, moving through winter solstice toward the returning light, may the Holiday Spirit of the educational community help ease December’s chill but so bright! The sun continues to shine in my country.
Here some cute digital resources that will cheer kids around the world now that they are enjoying the holiday season.

Holidays 2018 (Southern Hemisphere Day 2)

But Google began the countdown to Christmas with a festive series of Doodlessince December 23Interactive, animated images feature Santa with his bags packed and reindeers well fed departs for his adventure around the world.  

credits: Google Santa Tracker

Google has rolled out new games and features to its Santa's Village holiday page. It’s the 15th year of Santa’s Village, the interactive holiday hub where you can play games to learn coding skills, create original artwork, exercise your geographic chops, and more. Here’s what’s new this year.

credits: Google Santa Tracker

Santa’s Village boasts two dozen fun educational games, including ones that teach kids to code, as well as videos and other holiday activities. Unlike previous years, all of the Village’s interactive features are available since 1 December.

credits: Google Santa Tracker
The Google Santa tracker has managed to keep kids a bunch entertained through educational videos and online games. So,don't forget to tell kids to comw back December 24 to help Santa!


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Lasse Hallström, 2018


All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key - which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.

It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets.

Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Lasse Hallström, 2018

Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

The Story of Nutcracker
E.T.A. Hoffmann

The novel is about a young girl who is gifted a locked egg from her deceased mother and sets out in a magical land to retrieve the key. 

Hoffmann's classic Christmas fairy tale, immortalized by Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Lasse Hallström, 2018

The music was adapted in part from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite from 1892 by James Newton Howard, updating the original and adding new tracks as well. 

For the recording, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the London Philharmonia Orchestra, while Lang Lang was the piano soloist. Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo contributed the original duet "Fall on Me" for the film.

Disney/ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, CD

"The colors of 'The Nutcracker' ballet score have become a part of the vocabulary of film music. It's where so much of the 19th-century romantic music that I call upon as a film composer is rooted."

James Newton Howard

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Storybook & CD
by Disney Books

The storybook and CD: 

Follow along in this captivating Read-Along Storybook and journey to a strange and magical world where Clara meets a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice, and regents who preside over the Realms. 

Complete with word-for-word narration, original character voices, sound effects, and enchanting stills from the film itself.

Mary Poppins Returns

Rob Marshall, 2018

Ya! Mary Poppins is back! Mary Poppins Returns53 years after Julie Andrews glided by parrot-handled umbrella onto our screens as the magical nanny, here is everything we know about the much-anticipated reboot, Mary Poppins Returns.

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns

Rob Marshall, 2018

Mary Poppins's return to Cherry Tree Lane is to bring some joy to Michael Banks's family, after they suffer a personal loss. Fast-forwarding to 1935 (the original was set in 1910), the nanny, along with her friend Jack, is back to bring the family just the spoonful of sugar that they need.

Following Julie Andrews to take the title role is Emily Blunt, and she is the one we'd want to do it. 

The trailer shows that the sequel will feature a number of nods to the classic - from flying kites to animated penguins, a mirror reflection with a mind of its own and some stepping in time.

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, with a screenplay written by David Magee and a story by Magee, Marshall and John DeLuca. Based on the book series of the same name by P. L. Travers.

Mary Poppins series
P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins is a series of eight children's books which feature the magical nanny Mary Poppins. Written by Australian-British writer P. L. Travers published over the period 1934 to 1988. Mary Shepard was the illustrator throughout the series.
As we ended the trimester, moving through winter solstice toward the returning light, may the Holiday Spirit of the educational community help ease December’s chill but so bright! The sun continues to shine in my country. 
Have yourself a Very Merry Christmas Season, brightly colored with love, peace and light.

Wishing everyone a Bright Holiday Season! And a special hug to all the children in the world.

I'm off to continue celebrating Christmas at home with my family.


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