For the past 3 years I have found time to reread this story and to share it with some of the young people I work with, and it never fails to draw me in as effectively as it did when I first read it as a child.
The story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and their adventures, is so well known that it’s really not necessary for me to summarise it here. Needless to say, the mixture of magic and adventure was exactly the sort of thing I enjoyed reading as a child (and even now) and despite some elements not aging well (the way the children speak at times, the casual sexism shown by Father Christmas), the story itself never grows old.
I was asked today who my favourite character in the book was, and I had to say (after a little thinking) Mr Tumnus. He’s the first magical creature we meet and he shows us that sometimes good people can make mistakes. However, as he realises his mistake, he stands up for what is right.
A lovely, lovely story, and one I’m sure I will be enjoying for many years to come.