Of all the great classic novels out there, there is that wonderful bunch of classic children’s tales and C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia is no exception. Of all the fairy tales out there, this has to be one of my favorites.
C.S. Lewis wrote the story for, and dedicated it to, his god-daughter Lucy, for which one of the main characters is named after. He says in the dedication:
My Dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather,
This fairy tale, like all fairy tales should, has action, adventure, learning right from wrong, finding ways to make up for ones mistakes and learning to forgive. C.S. Lewis takes us into an enchanted land where animals talk and men rule. Where, despite the 100 year winter, the inhabitants have never lost hope or belief in a free Narnia and are willing to go to extreme lengths to make their home beautiful again. For hope is the only thing stronger than fear. As future Kings and Queens of Narnia, the four Pevensie siblings learns lessons of bravery, kindness, justness and fortitude and find the ability to overcome their own self-sabotage.
Lewis writes a simple, yet endearing, tale that children of all ages can enjoy and I believe him when he says that we will all be old enough to read fairy tales again one day. I know I certainly am.