“Golly says if I want to be a writer then I’d better start now. Which is why I am a SPY.”
Harriet M. Welsch: I want to remember everything. And I want to know everything.
Golly: Well, you must realize, Harriet, knowing everything won’t do you a bit of good unless you use it to put beauty in this world. True or false?
Harriet M. Welsch: True.
Golly: Of course it is.
Harriet the Spy was one of my FAVORITE movies when I was a kid. It’s also one of my FAVORITE movies today. It’s about Harriet M. Welsch. She’s an 11 year old kid who throws on her spy gear every day afterschool and spies on people in her community. Then she writes all about what she sees in her notebook. Harriet is focused, passionate, independent, curious. I wanted to BE her and also be her friend when I was little. She also has a really great mentor in the movie. Her nanny, Golly (played by Rosie O’Donnell), walks around with her head held high while spouting little life lessons. Love her.
So the movie Harriet the Spy is based on a book. CONFESSION: I have never read the book. I don’t know why. I’m sure it’s 8 zillion shades of amazing, but I just haven’t…..yet.