The Water Horse: The Legend of the Deep is Walden Media's contribution to this season's holiday films -- opening on Christmas Day.
It is a delightful fictional story about the origins of the Loch Ness monster. Kathy Davis reviewed the Dick King Smith novel (also the author of Babe: The Gallant Pig) in a recent issue of homeschoolbuzz.com : "The story is charming -- an all around perfect family read. The characters are entertaining, and Crusoe is as cute as any new puppy -- a far cry from the reputation kelpies have in Scottish folktales. It's a good thing water horses are only a myth, as after reading this tale, young children are certain to want one of their own!'
Walden Media has adapted The Water Horse to the big screen(view trailer here ) -- which ought to be a great family movie."Now homeschools can join schools, libraries, and other organizations as they celebrate the mystery and magic of The Water Horse.
Students across the country will tap into their imaginations to create "eyewitness" reports of Crusoe, the water horse. Imagine if this mysterious sea creature were to visit your community on Tuesday, December 11. Where would you bring Crusoe? What would you do?
Students are invited to write short stories about their day with Crusoe to submit to Walden Media as part of "A Day in the Life of the Water Horse Student Writing Contest," to win a screening of "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" for up to 200 people.
Stories must be received by December 17, 2007.
Teachers, librarians, principals, educational paraprofessionals, district professionals, after school leaders, and registered homeschool parents can sign up for a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland, Scotland's Official Tourist Board.