The Chronicles of Narnia
By C.S. Lewis (originally published in the 1950’s)
What the Series is About:
Wikipedia.org describes these books perfectly:
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children and is considered a classic of children’s literature. Written between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, the series is Lewis’s most popular work, having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. It has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage and cinema.
This marvelous 7-book series (now available in digital format) was one of my favorites to read to my boys when they were young. We spent many hours reading the wonderful tales and adventures masterfully told in these stories. I adapted different voices for the characters as I dramatized the reading for my boys, their young and creative imaginations vividly picturing every scene. I even gave Aslan (the main character, the lion who depicts God/Jesus) an English accent.
My boys still love these stories. They continue to read them on their own and listen to them on CD. These stories are appropriate for all ages, though they will be more meaningful as your children grow, mature, and develop more abstract thinking abilities.
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack”, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist from Belfast, Ireland. He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. (bio taken from Wikipedia.org)
Although the books do contain obvious Christian concepts, they are not intended only for Christian audiences. These stories are accessible to all and have been enjoyed by children (and parents) worldwide for many years, as the success of the movies based on these books testifies. In addition to Christian themes, Lewis also borrows characters from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional British and Irish fairy tales.
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