'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' is one of those magical books that stays with you your whole life! My first encounter with this book was at a friend's house when I was little. She lived in a rambling, old place which had lots of quaint, little rooms, opening off the main rooms. In one of these was a huge collection of books- you can imagine my delight, even as a young child at that discovery!- and amongst them was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I was completely fascinated by the title so I asked if I could borrow it and then spent the rest of the visit itching to go home and start reading!
There have been many criticisms of the Narnia books due to their sexual stereotyping, the religious parallels and negative portrayals of race; I have no intention of entering into a discussion of these issues here. Narnia to me was a fantastic place, full of wonder and magic, strange and wonderful creatures. The image of the lamp post and Mr Tumnus making his way through the snow covered woods lit my imagination and had me writing additional stories and drawing maps of other areas of Narnia that I had created. Surely, a book with the power to do this is one worth reading.