This time, I’m recommending a fantasy classic!
The first time I had heard the story of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, was when Year 4 my teacher, Mrs. Robinson, read it to the class at Christmas. So, I thought now would be a good time to recommend it. For me, this book is one of my favourite books as a child, it introduced to the genre of fantasy, which to this day is my favourite genre to read. While it is a book aimed at children, I personally think I everyone should read it at least one, unless they have a frozen heart like the White Witch.
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’s plot is straightforward, four evacuees from London, discover the magical land of Narnia in the back of a wardrobe in their guardian’s house. There, they discover the land is being ruled by a Witch who has cursed the land. The only way to defeat the Witch and free Narnia is to fulfil an ancient prophecy. Its a classic good versus evil tale and with an appearance of Father Christmas and the fact that Narnia is cursed with an eternal winter, you can probably see why this book is appropriate for this time of year.
Now, some people have made a big deal about the allusions to Christianity’s mythos, I’ll be honest even as a child, I could see the link and it didn’t both me. I think most children, and young at heart, will just enjoy a fantastical tale about four children discovering a magical world. One other thing I’d like to point out, there are seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, the best way to read the series is in publication order, not chronological order, which means start with The Lion, The Witch & The Warderobe. Trust me, it has more of an emotional impact.
So, if you are looking for a magical book to read this Christmas, or a book to read to a child, then I highly recommend The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. After reading it for the first, I imagine some people will b checking their wardrobes…
Book cover image came from goodreads.com.