Goodreads Synopsis – Narnia…. the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don’t believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they’ve been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch’s sinister spell.
My Thoughts – I remember reading this book with my dad when I was younger. We read the whole series together. It still has the magic that it did when I first read the series, a timeless classic. I enjoyed re-reading this book, and I often struggle to re-read books as I remember the plot and the excitement and the magic is lost. This book is an easy book to read with a quick pace to hold young readers attention.
Religion is a theme that runs throughout the books. There is a regular mention of Son of Adam and Daughters of Eve, which links directly to the bible story of Adam and Eve.
You can tell which era it was written in by the content throughout. In one scene one of the male characters shows emotion by crying and one of the female characters tells him he should be ashamed of this display of emotion. This is very different from today’s society where men are encouraged to share their feelings and emotions with others.
One thing I would have liked to have read more of is character development. We can read between the lines and see that there is major character development, but I would have liked to have more focus on this as it could have been a major part of the book. However this may not have been as engaging for young readers.