I feel this is a very good book to acquaint young readers with deep, thematic ideas for discussion without drowning them in dense or complicated text that would trip them up and cause them to lose interest. The rich details Lewis evokes in his words can really capture the imagination and help incite further interest in reading.
The only draw back would be getting the book to the classroom due to the obvious Christian overtones rather than simple religious themes within the novel. I feel it would be a struggle to convince parents that this not an indoctrination, but rather a way to help understand varied viewpoints within the classroom.
The pain and suffering that Digory feels for his dying mother touch a deep chord with emotions I went through as a young boy when my grandfather became quite ill. Furthermore, the desire to do anything to help a loved one, even if it is a slight against another is an emotion I too have felt. The feeling of injustice that one feels when a loved one suffers is a common subject I think all of us can relate to. Yet I also felt akin to Digory in his resolution to stand by his principles and not steal for his mother's sake, realizing that she would not want her child to demean his honor for her. I feel that my mother has sacrifices a lot to raise me proper and that even were I to be able to help her, to go against her teachings would be counter-intuitive.
I would love to use this book as part of a unit studying various religions and look at the similarities of creation myths with that of the novel to help students make real world connections with the work and their importance(the use of song/word in creation)....Continua
I should've known better and read The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe first, according to the advised reading order. This "first" book, The Magician's Nephew, is really a "background" book that explains how the world of Narnia first came by. Reading it first allows you to understand everything right away, but removes all the suspense and thus spoils the fun....Continua
I mean.. WOW!
I was glued to the pages from the beginning to the end of the book! I must admitt that C.S. Lewis really knew how to drag the reader into the story.
This is what I call "fantasy", and I can suggest to everybody to read the Chronicles of Narnia!
This is quite an interesting story, I enjoyed it very much.