The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Directed by Ken Kwapis

imagesTitle: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Director: Ken Kwapis

ASIN: B001QM43E0

Publication Date: 2005

Genre: Comedy and Drama

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up

Plot: Four girls have grown up together and throughout the years, their bonds with each other have grown an immense amount. One day while shopping for new clothes, they find a pair of pants that miraculously fits all four of them even though they all wear different sizes. Each of them have plans for the summer, Lena will be visiting her grandparents in Greece, Carmen will be staying at her father’s house, Bridget will be actively training at a soccer camp, and Tibby will be working on her documentary project in her hometown. Because they will all be separated from each other for the entire summer, they all decide to send the magical pair of pants to each other and to wear them for a little while. Each will be embarking on an amazing journey and will be discovering new challenges along the way.

Critical Evaluation: The most obvious element to take into consideration are the characters innate abilities to cope and make do with the changes that are around them. Lena’s grandparents’ strict rules about dating their rival’s son, makes her realize that the past should not constantly haunt them and that they should not be taking it out on her and Kostas. Carmen’s introduction into her father’s new family, gives her a chance to adapt to a whole new household and a whole new father, leading to a broken hearted young girl who must speak up to her father about all that has changed. Bridget’s mother’s recent passing is taking a toll on her to the point that she is willing to break rules and regulations at camp and fulfill her out of the ordinary excitements. Tibby is able to find the strength and courage to face her terminally ill newfound 12 year old friend (Bailey) in the hospital.

Reader’s Annotation: Four girls each embark on different journeys over their summer vacation and will be facing new challenges, which will allow them to discover something about themselves.

Author: The writers of this movie were Ann Brashares (novelist), Delia Ephron (screenplay), and Elizabeth Chandler (screenplay).

Collected from –

Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the CS area call Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of a Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor hoping to save money for school. Loving her job she never went to graduate school and instead remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Jacob Collins an artist and their 3 children Sam, Nathaniel and Susannah.

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her movies includeYou’ve Got Mail (1998), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), Hanging Up (2000) (based on her novel), and Michael (1996). She has written novels for adults and teenagers, books of humor, including “How to Eat Like a Child”, and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently, she collaborated with her sister, Nora Ephron on a play, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”, which ran for two years off-Broadway, and has been performed in cities across the US as well as in cities around the world, including Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

There is no available bio on Elizabeth Chandler.

Curriculum Ties:

  • Comparative literature
  • Coping

Booktalking Ideas:

  • How would you deal with each individual situation that was brought up?

Challenging Issues: N/A

Why This Album? Each individual story of these girls’ journeys I believe are quite challenging and I am always moved by their individual situations.


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