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Amelia Makes a Movie / by David Milgrim


Title:  Amelia Makes a Movie
Author and Illustrator:  David Milgrim
Publisher:  G. P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN:  978-0-399-24670-8
Year:  2008
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  1.7

Concepts:  human resources, jobs

  Amelia has a vivid imagination, talents in creative writing and set design, a flair for directing, access to a video camera, computer skills, and helpful family members.  Put them all together, and the result is a clever exercise in film production.  This book takes the reader from start to finish through the process of making a movie using tools accessible to children in the home. Along the way we get a glimpse of numerous occupations that form the backbone of the filmmaking industry, including actors, writers, producers, directors, costume designers, set designers, make-up artists, cinematographers, and film editors.  While the book delivers a serious message about jobs and resources, the tone and cartoonlike illustrations are playful. Children and adults will appreciate this mix of substantive content and humorous delivery.

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 Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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