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As kids we remember wondering what it would be like to run off on an adventure just like Huckelberry Finn, not having to answer to anyone. Our kids are still too young to read Mark Twain's classic novel on their own, so we thought we'd introduce them to the story by watching the 1993 Disney film version The Adventures of Huck Finn. The film tells the tale of a precocious boy, Huck, who is sick of the "civilized" world and his abusive father. He meets Jim, an escaped slave, and the pair form an unlikely friendship. We follow Huck and Jim as they journey down the Mississippi River in search of freedom. Through Elijah Wood's performance as Huck, our kids got an excellent primer on how a good friend can change your perspective on the world. Our modern kids enjoyed their soujourn into the past via this lively adaptation of what many consider to be the greatest American novel of all time, and watching Huck come to terms with racism showed our kids how our country has changed since the book was written. Especially when it comes to the freedom two boys could enjoy at a very young age!
Inspired by the idyllic image of Huck and Jim floating their raft peacefully down the Mississippi, we decided to pack up our rods and head for our local fishing hole. It had been a while since we’d last fished. We’d had many opportunities to fish in open water, so our kids were certainly no strangers to baiting a hook. But we've recently moved to a new city, and hadn't yet checked out what was biting down on the banks of the river. We got an early start (always a good idea) and found a great spot where we could walk out onto some large rocks and set up camp. With hooks baited, lines cast and re-cast, searching for the perfect spot, we began to fish. We waited a long time for our nibble, but it was worth it. Both kids caught at least one fish, while the grown-ups went the entire morning without even a bite. The truth is, we didn’t mind at all. Spending the day on the banks of the river brought out the Huck Finn in all of us.
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Fishing with Kids
Age Recommendation: Five and up
Time Allotment: an hour or two, or as long as the fish are biting!
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