I really, really cherish reading with the boys, even though they have become voracious readers on their own. We started reading "classics" together when they were small: "Peter Pan", "Wind in the Willows" and "Stuart Little". In recent years, we were ethralled by the entire Harry Potter series and loved experiencing the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, huddled together on the white couch in the living room. We laugh at silly parts and discuss complex chapters until we figure them out and talk about the characters we identify with the most.
Well, a few months ago, we finished "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkein, and I wasn't sure where to turn to next. While perusing the selections at a local bookstore, I noticed the "Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis and settled my sights on the stories about this magical land.
We started reading "The Magician's Nephew" during the blizzard and haven't stopped devouring these stories. Now on book six, "The Silver Chair", we have grown to love Aslan, Edmund, Peter, Susan and Lucy and many of the supporting characters, such as Reepicheep and Prince Caspian.
Lewis often speaks to the reader, as he paints a vivid picture of his fantastical world. But, we have also noticed symbolism, meant to represent themes in Christianity, such as God and Heaven, that have provided us with some meaningful conversations.
Interestingly, we learned in the blurb on the book cover that Lewis was good friends with J.R.R. Tolkein and we drew some similarities between these author's great works.
After finishing each book, we picked up the new-ish movies at the library and watched the trilogy, "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe", "Prince Caspian" and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", made between 2005 and 2010. They are really well-done, exciting family films.
So, if you haven't thought of reading this series...or, watching the movies with your kids, consider this a recommendation!
What are you reading with your kids?
What series do you suggest?