Walker students learn about Chitty Chitty Bang Bangs

 Jamarius Wilkes

Walker Elementary third-grader Jamarius Wilkes shows his interpretation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in his book journal.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM.

CRESTVIEW — To quote the song lyrics, “It’s uncategorical, a fuel-burning oracle, a fantasmagorical machine.” It flies. It floats. And, as Walker Elementary School third graders now know, it all started with a real car.

The car is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and recently, at the invitation of third-grade teacher Teri Boxberger, I paid a visit to Walker to share my knowledge of — and experiences with — one of filmdom’s most famous automobiles.

Boxberger’s class was already a step ahead of the other third graders. They were midway through the Ian Fleming novel. Yes, that Ian Fleming, creator of super secret agent James Bond.

During nursing home confinement in 1963 following his second heart attack, Fleming decided to write a children’s story for his young son Caspar. He based it on a racing car built in 1920 by Count Louis Zborowski.

Boxberger said her kids loved the book.

“We’re reading ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ because it has action and adventure, along with magic and a great plot with bad guys, all the qualities of great fiction!” she said.

They’re planning to watch the 1969 United Artists movie next week. The fact that the film has a completely different plot from the book isn’t so bad, I explained. It’s like a two-fer, I told them: two stories from one title.



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