Monday, December 06, 2004

To the Kids About Narnia

Dear Fifth Graders,

I am so glad you liked the Narnian books and it was very kind of you to write and tell me. There are to be 7 of them altogether and you are already one behind. No. 4, The Silver Chair, is already out.

You are mistaken when you think that everything in the books "represents" something in this world. Things do that in The Pilgrim's Progress but I'm not writing in that way. I did not say to myself "Let us represent Jesus as He really is in our world by a Lion in Narnia": I said "Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as He became a Man in our world, became a Lion there, and then imagine what would happen." If you think about it, you will see that it is quite a different thing. So the answer to your first two questions is that Reepicheep and Nick-i-brick don't, in that sense, represent anyone. But of course anyone in our world who devotes his whole life to seeking Heaven will be like Reepicheep, and anyone who wants some worldy thing so badly that he is ready to use wicked means to get it will be likely to behave like Nick-i-brick. Yes, Reepicheep did get to Aslan's country. And Caspian did return safely: it says so on the last page of The "Dawn Treader". Eustace did get back to Narnia, as you will find when you read The Silver Chair. As for who reigns in Narnia to-day, you won't know till you have had the seventh and last book.
I'm tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.

The only way for us to get to Aslan's country is through death, as far as I know: perhaps some very good people get just a tiny glimpse before then.

Best love to you all. When you say your prayers sometimes ask God to bless me.

Yours ever,
C.S. Lewis

Letters to Children, Letter to 5th grade class in Maryland, May 29, 1954


Cool Links of the day:

An Interview with Chris Van Allsburg, Author of The Polar Express

The Polar Express Movie Flashsite

5 Comment(s):

At Mon Dec 06, 10:37:00 AM EST, Blogger Sandicomm said...

Awww, kawaii-desu! (That's so cute!... But it sounds even cuter in Japanese. Kawaii-desu!)

I sometimes wonder if my gerbil Reepicheep was like the mouse Reepicheep. She could be very proud sometimes, and she was an alpha female (literally). She hated the kids but adored her husband... Yeah, she was pretty cool. But she was also a very noble creature, and I hope that she is happy where she is now.

I think those fifth graders asked some very good and interesting questions, so go them. *I* want to write letters to C.S. Lewis. Why was I born 50 years too late?

At Mon Dec 06, 12:05:00 PM EST, Blogger Roger R. said...

Sandicomm... choose an author you admire and write! You'd be amazed how many reply... and sometimes it can lead to all kinds of unforseen blessings. I did this with Garth Lean (check him out) and had a wonderful correspondence, and even free books!

At Mon Dec 06, 12:55:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...

Oh my gosh, I should write to Ursula Le Guin! She is another favorite author of mine, and a really really cool lady. Great idea, Roger.

At Mon Dec 06, 04:17:00 PM EST, Blogger CarolynVB said...

I love when they answer kids' questions! It's so very honest, isn't it? I found on John Howe's sitethat he had done an event with kids, apparently doodling something with his signature! And he had encouraging words about the "War for Kids Attention."

At Mon Dec 06, 06:06:00 PM EST, Blogger Sandicomm said...

Author I like... author I like... uh, they're all dead. I'm getting some Tad Williams books for Christmas (I read the preview for one of them on his site), and he sounds like a really funny guy. I guess after I read his works, I'll have something to write about. Whee.


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