In our YouTube searches, we'd seen a news clip of a Loch Ness monster expert being asked if he hated the movie. But, he had said it was a good story, because it's for children, and because it ties into the ancient legends of the water horses, that were around long before the monster in the loch.
The children liked the story, well enough. It's rated PG for some scary bits, though nothing bad actually happens, so they made it through. It's a lot like Free Willy, but set in WWII Scotland.
To go along with the movie, I made the children a Loch Ness pudding snack of vanilla pudding, mixed with a few drops of blue food coloring, for water...
...with banana, grape, and chocolate chip monsters peeking out.
I found the idea for a banana Nessie from Yummy-Toonies (click the link to go there), but there is also a bagel-type sandwich monster, at Funiacs.com, and I understand, that Sarah Schuette includes a Loch Ness breakfast suggestion in her book, A Monster Cookbook: Simple Recipes For Kids.
We'll probably be trying out a few more of these snacks, this summer, since we've learned that nearby (by Montana standards) Flathead Lake is also reported to have a monster. It was first spotted, and shot at (just so you don't get Montana, and Scotland confused) in 1889.
Some say it's just an overgrown sturgeon, which would still be pretty neat to spot. But, how interesting would it be to find a plesiosaur type animal in our own back yard!
We won't hold our breath, but we might make a couple of road trips for a lake side picnic, or two. And, who knows, maybe we'll run into Big Foot on the way.
It's great to be a homeschooler.