I've been reading "Hold on to Your Kids" and was just thinking about the lack of family focus in the kids' media. A lot of books, movies, etc. seem to be a kid with his friends (very peer focused). I was wondering if we could put a list together of family-focused media.
Here are some examples I've thought of so far:
The Family Book
My Neighbor Totoro (book and DVD)
Little House on the Prairie
The Seven Chinese Sisters (no parents in this, but siblings)
"The Littles" books
Henry and Mudge (sometimes has the family throughout the story)
Little Bill (books, VHS (!) )
I just looked through all of our DVDs and almost all of them were all peer-related. The only exception was Totoro. I think we definitely need some DVDs that show positive family role models!
Swiss Family Robinson
hmm. those were just off the top of my head. I don't know if you were looking for a specific age range or anything. I like the idea of purposfully seeking out family-focused media. I'll keep thinking!
Mama to two girls: 5/06 and 3/09
A lot of children's books about Central and South America are family-focused because the culture here is very family-focused.
raising my two sunshine children.
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
The Frances books, Russel Hoban
The Knuffle Bunny books, Mo Willems
Charlie and Lola picture books and TV series (books are by Lauren Child)
There is, of course, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. A mouse mom and the kids have to move their house away from the field, so that it doesn't get plowed, but one of the children is sick. I think it shows a very tight knit family as well.
I also love Judy Blume's Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing. That's a laugh-out-loud kind of book about what it's like to be a big brother.
What a great thread idea...
Raising Alice in Wonderland (DSD, 17), and in love with a Superman
Little Bear - the books and the cartoon
Max and Ruby, and Charlie and Lola - no real parental involvement, but siblings
Ponyo - Sosuke's family is portrayed so honestly - they aren't perfect, but you can tell they love one another
Ferdinand - maybe this is a bit far-fetched since Ferdinand's mom makes only a small appearance in the book, but it is such a positive portrayal, that I think it deserves to make the list
The Moomin books by Tove Jansson.
To Kill A Mockingbird (probably not the age group you were seeking, but it is a story with a strong family unit)
There was a long thread about this recently, maybe in Parenting? I can't seem to find it though.
PBS's Dinosaur Train
The Pteranodon family has great dynamics, the parents do things with their four kids all together and in different configurations. They are also a good depiction of adoption.
Mama to two girls: 5/06 and 3/09
Little Fur Family - Margaret Wise Brown
Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Time of Wonder - Robert McCloskey
The Table Where Rich People Sit - Byrd Baylor
My Farm - Alison Lester
The Seven Silly Eaters - Mary Ann Hoberman
And I can think of a lot by Russell Hoban. Besides the Frances books, there's
They Came from Aargh!, The Great Gumdrop Robbery, The Flight of Bembel Rudzuk, The Sorely Trying Day, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, and The Mole Family's Christmas.
Ronia the Robber's Daughter - Astrid Lindgren
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Happy Little Family - Rebecca Caudill
The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind - George MacDonald
The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich
Igraine the Brave - Cornelia Funke
Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath - Cornelia Funke
Chi's Sweet Home is entirely about a family and the kitten they bring home.
Baby and Me is another 50/50 one.
Most of E. Nesbit's books are with groups of siblings and the parents come in occasionally.
Edward Eager's books the Half Magic set are siblings doing things, the Well Wishers set is mixed age friends doing stuff, but with lots of interaction with parents/guardians too.
Harry's Mad is almost entirely set in a family home.
Peppa Pig is a very family oriented slice-of-life cartoon.
I like the American Girl Movies Kit, Felicity, and Samantha. They do have strong friendships but find a great deal of strength and guidance from their families.
Summer Magic with Hayley Mills
Miracle on 34th St
Miss Spider - a very large blended family
the ramona quimby books! the books feature parents and family relations a good bit, as well as siblings. i believe many of them are films. love those!
Is it getting lonely in the echo chamber yet?
DS likes Feast for 10, a counting where an African American family shops and prepares a meal together.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
Movies or TV:
The Adams Family
Max & Ruby
The Berenstain Bears
The Proud Family
The Sound of Music
The Parent Trap
Cheaper by the Dozen
Charlie & Lola
The Boxcar Children
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Magic Treehouse books
Anne of Green Gables series
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
The Birchbark House
Children of the Longhouse
The Cabin Faced West
A Lion to Guard Us
Sarah Plain & Tall
McBroom's Wonderful One Acre Farm
The Sword in the Tree
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
You've gotten some really good suggestions already. Also, how about The Donna Reed show? You can get it on dvd. It is all about the family's interactions and the closeness is very nice. Also, The Attachments catalog has lots of great AP family books. www.Attachmentscatalog.com