Title:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Primary audience/age group: 9-12
# of pages: about 200
Year of Release: 1950
Part of a Series? Yes
Description: (from book) Narnia….the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…..the place where the adventure begins.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon, Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
Review: Wow! That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of how good this book was. Not being a fantasy lover, I was skeptical as to whether I’d even want to finish the book. However, after the first couple of chapters, I was hooked. The story takes you into the land of Narnia, where the children struggle to keep themselves and the land safe from the White Witch. It is an amazing story of their journey and troubles along the way.
C.S. Lewis is an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read all of the other books in this series.
Positive: There are so many positive things throughout the story. One of the most positive things in the book is the relationship of the siblings. Although the older children disregard Lucy’s story of discovering Narnia at first, they soon find out she is telling the truth. They are quick to apologize to their sister for their behavior and I believe they grow closer through this.
Spiritual Elements: Again, there are so many things to draw from in this book. There is clearly a good side (Aslan’s side) and a bad side (the side of the White Witch). Aslan sacrifices his life for the sake of the kingdom, which is a picture of Christ and His sacrifice for us.
Violence: The section surrounding Aslan’s death is pretty descriptive. I feel it is appropriate and provides depth to the story. I think this is a wonderful way to teach our children about the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf.
Sexual Content: None
Recommendation: I heartily recommend this book. It was a great read and there are lots of lessons to be learned through it.