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Terri Mauro

Finally, A Smile as Big as the Moon Is a Movie

By January 24, 2012

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A Smile as Big as the MoonSo it's Tuesday, and per my New Year's resolution, I should have a new book review for you. But as I feared last week, my current selection, Optimistic Parenting, was too dense and small-printed to get through in a week (plus it pushed some of my buttons right at the outset, but more on that next week). So I'm going to take this opportunity to plug a book that's one of my favorite inspirational reads, in honor of it finally getting made into a movie as should have happened long ago.

The book is A Smile as Big as the Moon, and as you may have seen in commercials, it's coming to ABC as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Sunday night, January 29, at 9 p.m. I'm thrilled to finally see it in cinematic form, and a little nervous, too, since it could well suffer from over-inspirationalization. One thing I enjoyed about the book -- about a special-education teacher who against odds big and small gets his self-contained class into Space Camp -- was that the kids really felt real, not like idealized saintly special souls or hopeless lifeless wretches but kids with abilities and disabilities and personalities. Just like, you know, my kids, and yours. I enjoy Hallmark movies just fine, but this particular property I would like to see not get reduced to simple aw, give those poor kids a chance! heart-tugging. It's a heck of a great story, though, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

To get ready for the movie, read my review of the book and check out a trailer on the Hallmark site. If you've read the book, add your review to mine. And come back here after you watch the movie and share your thoughts and links to any posts you write about it. I'll add links to reviews and articles about the show as they come in:

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January 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(1) Sheila M says:

Thanks for writing about, not only the book, but now this wonderful movie. I, along with my two daughters, were at the Grand Rapids, MI premiere Monday night, 1/23. That’s because one of my daughters was one of the original “Space Campers” who was in Mike Kersjes and Robynn McKinney’s class. The movie was great! I will be watching again on Sunday.

January 29, 2012 at 9:41 am
(2) specialchildren says:

Wow, Sheila, how exciting for your daughter, both to take part in that incredible story and then see a movie made about it! I’m glad to hear that you liked it and felt it did justice to your daughter’s experience. I’ll be watching on Sunday too.

January 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(3) lisa says:

Great book! I just saw the movie, It was great.

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