When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory's peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew's magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.
Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.
The first book of 7 in the Chronicles of Narnia,
I love this book, in fact, I love the whole series. But this book has two things going for it. 1) It's great as part of a series. 2) It's great as a book on its own.
Who doesn't love a story that has magic, bad guys, other worlds, and two average and ordinary kids who end up having an amazing journey without even meaning to? One thing that I do really like about this book is that it stands on its own so well, you don't have to read the rest of the series to 'get it', but, if you do read the entire series you only need to think back to this book for little facts about the future, such as the single lamplight that Lucy sees when she first enters Narnia.
A wonderful thing about this book is that it is timeless, it's always going to be a great story of wonderful adventures and good beating evil. I know that I will be reading this to my children in a year or two, safe in the knowledge that it's still a fun book for any age.
This is a timeless and enchanting story, although it wasn't the first published book of the series - it is the first book if you read them in the chronological order. For me this gave a great insight into The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, as at the time of reading, I only had read and seen this most classic one of the series.
Digory and Polly are fantastic children's characters where evil v's good in a very typical fantasy book written in the 1950's. The ring adds a great element to the book - and a very modern one that is still be used in other tales today!
When reading this, it did not draw any biblical connotations for me. I am not religious in saying this, so it can be read as just a story, or later as i looked into the series further, it has links to Genesis. I think Lewis is a fantastic author who can allow his work to be readable for many audiences and still be accessible to be read 60 years after he wrote it.
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