I'm a sucker for books. I'm a sucker for hardback books. And I'm a sucker for beautiful books. So when this book went on sale a million years ago, you can bet I snapped it up!
I immediately started reading it to my (then) 2 children. We. Loved. It. and it's powerful lessons stayed in our hearts.
And then, I forgot to read it to my other kids as they came along. I mean, the movies came out, and I loved seeing it on my bookshelf, but...we just never got back to it.
Fast forward 10 years. (Whoa. How did that happen?!)
I recently realized that I am not doing as good of a job reading to my little kids as I did to my older ones, so I resolved to change that. And I decided to start with The Chronicles of Narnia.
What many people might not realize, is that the Chronicles of Narnia is a seven book series.
We started from the beginning, with the "Magician's Nephew" and now we are on "The Horse and His Boy". And let me tell you...the movies don't do them justice. They are great- but the book is always better than the movie, right? Plus, they haven't made movies of all of them. (Well...that's not entirely true. Someone did make movies of all of them way back when, but they are awful! Awful! I should say instead that Disney hasn't made movies of the entire set.)
These books are so fun and the whole family enjoys them- even my grumpy 14 year old. Magic, ordinary kids who become kings and queens, giants, talking animals and reinforcement of values such as kindness, loyalty, honor, forgiveness, and just being a decent person are reinforced.
In the dedication of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", C.S. Lewis writes to his god daughter Lucy,
"...when I began it [the book], I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
As I have read these books, I have enjoyed them immensely. I guess that means I am old enough now! I agree with Lewis, that as we grow older, we find a deeper appreciation for fairy tales and what they teach us. This series does A LOT of powerful teaching--but it's fun and there is no preaching involved.
Give them a try- I'm pretty sure they will be an instant success with your family!
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