Amara Meets Curly Top

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 29th, 2011 16 Replies

Sometimes the old classics truly are the best! I have been seeing a lot of commercials recently for the new Shirley Temple “Little Darling DVD Collection”. I used to love all the Shirley Temple movies when I was a little girl and I got to wondering what Amara would think of them. Amara loves to perform and to sing and dance, they would have so much in common. But I was not about to spend $49.95 to see if Amara would like Shirley Temple so I went searching Netflix — too many choices. Then I Googled “top ten Shirley Temple movies” to try and find out which one I should rent first? There were still too many to choose from and to be honest, I couldn’t remember which movie was which just from the titles. So I Googled “Animal Crackers in My Soup”. I just knew it was a song that Amara would fall in love with. So my decision was made. I rented Curly Top!

When she came over I told her I had rented a movie that I thought she would really like. I must admit she looked just a bit skeptical of Grandma’s choice in movies. “Who’s Shirley Temple? And of course like all the old movies, it started much differently than movies do today — and it wasn’t in color. “Grandma, why isn’t it in color?” I had gotten the colorized version but the opening credits were all still done in black and white. Boy, did that take me back.

It was a wonderful movie and just as I expected when it got to the part where Shirley sang “Animal Crackers” Amara got up and danced and tried to sing along with a song she had never heard before. She’s been singing that song ever since but then so have I. It was so nice, just the 3 of us sitting on the sofa watching this old movie — certainly better than a Barbie movie, at least according to me and Grampy. I highly recommend it for any little girl but I must warn you she may want a pony after she sees it. When the movie was over I asked Amara if she would like me to rent another one and her eyes lit up as she nodded and said yes.

Next up “The Little Princess”.

This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event at Grandmas Briefs.

16 thoughts on “Amara Meets Curly Top

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I just added that one and the original Parent Trap! When I was about 10 I wanted so bad to be Hayley Mills! This is going to be fun!!!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Her Mommy met Barbara Eden when she was 6 weeks old, really met her. I should make sure Amara knows that story — but then would she know who Barbara Eden is?

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  1. Grams

    I adore “The Little Princess.” I like both the Shirley Temple version and the newer one from 1995. I also recommend “Bright Eyes” where she sings “The Good Ship Lollipop.”

    I can’t wait to introduce my granddaughters to Shirley Temple.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion! I just added it to the Netflix que. She will love singing that song! Maybe I can get video?? I wish I had thought to show her these old classics earlier.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I can’t wait until you’re close enough to the kids so that you can watch movies with them! I can just picture you will all of them piled on the couch under your blankets eating popcorn!

      oxoxoxo

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  2. Susan

    I recently learned that my 7-year-old granddaughter had never seen The Sound of Music, although she knew the songs. I got it for her and watched the first half with her. Then she had to go to bed because it was a school night. I think she has watched it several times since then, and we sing the songs all the time.

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  3. Diane

    That is a wonderful idea. I enjoy watching The Wizard of Oz with Katie. I bet she would love Shirley Temple. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Sally Kabak

    Loved Shirley Temple when I was young. Thanks for the reminder about her movies feel sure that Lucy would love it. Next time she goes to the library will try & rent one of her movies.

    Lucy loves to watch Mary Poppins. The songs are just wonderful as is the dancing.

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  5. Renee Spindle

    Love, love, love the Shirley Temple movies. Our youngest daughter is a big fan, and I can’t wait until our granddaughter is old enough to learn about Shirley. Linking to you from the Grand Social.

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  6. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    I love introducing old(er) movies to my grandsons. Mostly, it’s just the Disney ones at this point. I’m not sure they will EVER go for Shirley Temple flicks, but now I’m interested in seeing them myself. 😀 To be honest, I’ve seen bits and pieces here and there throughout the years, but never, ever an entire Shirley Temple movie.

    I hope your day is lovely! Thank you for linking to the GRAND Social!

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