Before I get to those, here's a practical lesson from my experience:
* Lesson #1: Don't forget to take a tissue or two into the theatre! I should have known this, but of course, I was running late, having stood in line for my $20 bottle of re-bottled tap water. Based on the book, I expected the movie to be quite painful to watch, but it was actually quite enjoyable. The producers have obviously taken measures to "lighten up" the story a little, but the messages remain powerful, and you still need a tissue! (Of course, I need a tissue for the the movie trailer itself, too.)
I knew I was in trouble when the very first scene had me in tears... it is the one repeated several times in the book that I will always carry with me in my parent/teacher heart....
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