Science on Screen Jr. Presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Saturday, January 6
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1hr 40mins // directed by:Mel Stuart // featuring:Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

Melissa Stewart, author of more than 180 children’s books, will introduce this scrumdiddlyumptious musical fantasy film with an interactive talk about the complex and surprising interactions of rain-forest creatures needed to bring the world chocolate bars. After the film, she’ll be signing copies of her book No Monkeys, No Chocolate.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder as everyone's favorite weird and wonderful candy man, who starts a frenzy the world-over with the announcement that five golden tickets stashed away inside the wrappers of his candy bars will allow the winners a peek inside his top-secret confectionery. Once inside, five lucky children and their guardians, including meek little Charlie Bucket and his grandpa, discover a world wilder than they could have imagined: rivers of chocolate, lickable wallpaper, and, of course, Oompa Loompas. It's all fun, games, sweets, and songs, but some of the children discover there are consequences for their bad behavior inside the factory, while poor little Charlie finds he may have won the grandest prize of them all.


Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 science books for children, including Can an Aardvark Bark?; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; and Feathers: Not Just for Flying. She is the co-author of Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2 and Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, 3-5

Melissa maintains the blog Celebrate Science and serves on the board of advisors for the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She offers school visit programs in person or via Skype as well as programs for educators that focus on nonfiction writing techniques, using children’s books to address curriculum standards, and creative ways to integrate science and language arts.