Sandburg's Arithmetic

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Producer: Lynn Smith

Year: 1995

Format: DVD   Running time: 6 mins.

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Carl Sandburg, beloved American poet, narrates this animated short film based on his poem "Arithmetic." The film takes place in Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where we see children not only adding and multiplying, but also experiencing numbers as part of the living, breathing world. While the images and music capture perfectly the feeling of the land and the spirit of Sandburg's poetry, his voice inspires us to listen to and appreciate the power of the spoken word.

Throughout, the film reminds us that while there are right and wrong answers in arithmetic, such a notion does not always hold true in poetry or in life.

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