Devine Entertainment of Toronto, Canada, has created award-winning made for television films designed to introduce children ages 6 – 13 to famous and accomplished people. These films employ a consistently entertaining format: an actual event in the life of the film’s subject forms the basis for a story about his or her interaction with a child. Usually the child is a fictional character, but occasionally the child actually lived and interacted with the famous person featured in the film. The Devine Entertainment films are excellent vehicles to introduce children to great men and women who have contributed to the creation of the modern world. (No one associated with has any financial or other relationship with the people at Devine Entertainment. This recommendation is based solely on the quality of the films produced by that company.)

The Composers’ Specials

Bach’s Fight for Freedom (Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Father/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [6 – 12]

Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria; SEL: Grieving; Disabilities; Friendship; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [9 – 12]

Bizet’s Dream (Biography; Music/Opera; World/France; SEL: Father/Daughter; Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [9 – 12]

Handel’s Last Chance (Biography; Music/Classical; World/England & Ireland; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [6-12]

Liszts’ Rhapsody (Biography; Music/Classical; SEL Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [6 – 12]

Rossini’s Ghost (Biography; Music/Opera; World/Italy; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [6 – 12]

Strauss: The King of Three-Quarter Time (Biography; Music/Classical; World/Austria; SEL: Friendship; Child Abuse; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [6 – 12]

The Inventors’ Specials

Edison: The Wizard of Light (Science-Technology; U.S./1865 – 1929; Cinema; Biography; SEL: Talent; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship) [8 – 13]

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants (Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Renaissance; SEL: Brothers; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect) [8 – 13]

Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye (Biography; World/France & WWI; Medicine; Science-Technology; SEL: Female Role Model; Mother/Daughter; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8 – 12]

Einstein: Light to the Power of 2 (Biography; Science-Technology; U.S./1945 – 1991 & Diversity; SEL: Self-esteem; Education; Families in Crisis; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring) [8 – 13]

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation; Biography; SEL: Talent; Friendship; Mother/Son; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: General) [8 – 11]

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs (Biography; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Talent) [8-13]

The Artists’ Specials

Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist (Visual Arts; World/France; U.S./1865 – 1913; Biography; SEL: Talent; Romantic Relationships; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [8 – 12]

Winslow Homer: American Original (Visual Arts; U.S./1865 – 1913; Biography; SEL: Talent; Grieving; Mental Illness; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility) [8 -13]

Degas and the Dancer (Visual Arts; World/France; Dance; SEL — Talent, Ambition, Mother/Daughter, Sisters; Ethical Emphasis — Respect; Responsibility; Caring) [8 – 13];

Goya: Awakened in a Dream (Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography; SEL — Father/Son; Friendship; Illness; Human Rights; Talent; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis — Caring) [8 – 13];

Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons (no Learning Guide has been created for this film); and

Monet: Shadows and Light (no Learning Guide has been created for this film).