‘Jumanji’ brought to life in SAC Archives

Ms. Claudia Rose-Donahoe’s grade 5 class had the pleasure of chatting about Jumanji this morning as they gathered in the SAC Archives for a fun book reading.
 
Library & Archives Technician Lori Lu introduced the award-winning picture book to the boys, most of whom had watched the 2017 movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Quite a few had watched the original Jumanji film, released in 1995, impressive since it was released more than 20 years before they were born!
 
However, Mrs. Lu gave a brief history of the jungle-adventure story, telling the class the original film was actually based on a 1981 children’s book of the same name, by author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg.
 
Mrs. Lu read to her rapt audience the story of a boy who becomes trapped in a board game and the adventures that follow. The entertaining tale offers plenty of excitement, as well as a few life lessons. The part where “monkeys were tearing the room apart” got the biggest laugh!
 
Following the book reading the boys talked about the necessity of following instructions, which was a main theme of the book.
 
“Who would want to play this game?” Mrs. Lu asked the class. The answer was unanimous as every boy raised his hand.
 
The read-aloud was well-received, and Mrs. Lu hopes to invite the boys back for more story-telling sessions.

Story by Julie Caspersen
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