I read this series to my children years ago and loved it. Now, that a "major motion picture" has been made I was delighted to hear this first in the series again:C.S. Lewis really knew how to hook a listener. This is great story telling. I'll be interested to see how the movie measures up in my students' eyes.
In this prequel to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn the origin of Narnia and the Professor. However, Lewis becomes so wrapped up in symbolism and Biblical reference, that he misses the adventure. The book is dull, lacking in colorful characters and plot. The Magician's Nephew could have easily been shortened appeared as a single chapter in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and have been just as informative. It is not a necissity to even read this book to truly appreciate the the rest of the Narnian series.
What use is this 5 minute clip? Stupid! I thought I was getting something. Guess I should be glad it was a free inclusion rather than something paid for.