cultural · family · historical fiction

The Red Umbrella

Author: Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Date finished reading: February 05, 2014


This is a story about a young girl whose family was caught up in the turmoil brought about by the Cuban Revolution. Because of the increasing threats and continuous stripping of freedom, Lucia Alvarez’s parents decided that the children (Lucia and Frankie) leave Cuba and head to America. They believed that this would provide a safe haven for the children.

The book is easy to follow because this book is intended for elementary students or teens. The writer gave a simple explanation of the Cuban Revolution although she doesn’t go so much in detail about it. What she focused on were more on the effects of it – to Lucia and her family, of families in general who were present at that time. She was able to narrate it well because it was based on her parent’s own experience who escaped to the United States.

The title was appropriate for the story even though one might fail to guess what the connection truly was. The red umbrella was abhorred by Lucia, insisting that it is a cause for her embarrassment. That was when she was selfish and wished to go against her parents; she didn’t understand that they were protecting her. However, she soon understood that the red umbrella was a symbol of strength, the same time that she realized that her family was the most important to her.

Now I feel more informed about the Cuban revolution πŸ™‚

β€œDifferent is not always a good thing.”

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action · drama · family · Movie

The Karate Kid (2010)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: January 31, 2012

Genre: action, drama, family
Two Cents:
I cannot remember exactly the older version of this movie, although I know I’ve seen it and it was one of the more famous movies, with its title resounding even till this time. Jaden Smith was an annoying brat for me and to be honest, I don’t think he and his love interest match. It was kind of an awkward pairing. The fight scenes and his gradual improvement for shown just a little bit, with more of Jaden’s problems dominating the story. However, I see the lesson that they are trying to impart to the audience. It would have been an awesome movie, if not under the expectation of the original movie’s success.

My Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

drama · family · friendship · Movie

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Where: at home
With: my siblings
Date of Viewing: March 01, 2011

Genre: drama, family, friendship
Two Cents:
This is from the movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I admit I am partial to movies that are based from books. And since I’ve read the series, the movie is far from what originally happened (it happens almost ALWAYS). But I’d say the movie was touching and probably delivered the message of true friendship that Anne Brashares would want to send to all of us.
– taken from my review tumblr

Tibby: Well, maybe sometimes it’s easier to be mad at people you trust.
Carmen: Why? Why is that?
Tibby: Because you know they’ll love you no matter what.

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adventure · animation · family · Movie

Up (2009)

Where: the blue room (own room in Pinas)
With: just me πŸ™‚
Date of Viewing: July 22, 2010
Genre: animation, adventure, family
Plot Summary:
By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.
– taken from IMDB

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animation · family · fantasy · Movie

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Where: my old, trusty laptop
With: my panda bears and other stuffed toys and my baby Summer
Date of Viewing: January 31, 2010

Genre: animation, family, fantasy
Plot Summary:
A fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centered on a young girl named Princess Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again.
– taken from IMDB

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comedy · family · Movie

Old Dogs

Where: Regal Films, Kaneohe Mall
With: Auntie Peta, Kuya Regie and Ate Chean, Amit and Hilary, Rai, and Zani
Date of Viewing: November 27, 2009

Genre: comedy, family
Plot Summary:
Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins.
– taken from IMDB

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