Weekly family rail, with tips on a gift for your graduate, a review of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and more.

Tip of the Week

You may have a close friend or relative graduating this spring, and if you’re looking for a personal gift idea, one suggestion is to create a custom photo book that reflects the graduate's unique story and personality. You don't need to have scrapbooking talents to create a beautiful book, because there are online tools that offer myriad page designs, cover choices and more. Here are some ideas for a fantastic graduation photo book:


- Graduate's life story: From baby pics to senior year, share your favorite memories of the grad - even a few they might not remember. Include photos of friends, special gatherings and activities the graduate was involved in, and add any phrases or quotes that hold special meaning.


- Friends and memories: Create a "friends" photo book with pictures of the graduate and friends through the years - from kindergarten classmates to high school pals. Putting these photos together will bring back memories and stories to share.


- Make a guest book for the party: Design a book in which guests can write a personal note to the graduate or share a story or an encouraging message as the graduate starts a new stage in their life. Unveil the book at the party for everyone to enjoy and sign.


For more tips, visit www.jostens.com/photobooks.


- ARA


Family Screening Room


“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”


Rated: PG (for some rude humor and language)


Length: 1:34


Synopsis: To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs.


Violence/scary rating: 3


Sexual-content rating: 2


Profanity rating: 2


Drugs/alcohol rating: 2


Family Time rating: 2.5. This is a good family film, and kids who have read the books likely will like the movie.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“The Runaway Bunny,” by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd (illustrator)


Ages: 3-6


Pages: 34


Synopsis: A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him; even if he changes into a fish, she will become a fisherman fishing with a carrot.


Did You Know


According to a new study in Pediatrics magazine, obese children are more likely than non-obese kids to injure their legs and feet.


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