Anne Rice has done a powerful job delving into the potential experiences of Jesus the Christ in those early years. She is blending excellence of research with vibrant imagination to create a realistic narrative thread. She also uses both the Jewish history and the the traditions of the church to her advantage. Brilliant!
My two daughters 10 and 12 love to listen to stories and particularly enjoyed this one. The characters are engaging and they keep quoting things they learned from Mr.Penderwick.
They seem to love batty and Sky the best but really they love them all, except Mrs. Tipton and Baxter.
She does a great job capturing the characters with different voices and good pacing.
Yes, but it was too long.
I would recommend this book due to the dynamic nature of the story and the theology so deeply woven throughout.
I love the scene when the dwarves refuse to believe they are in Alsan's country and act as if they are trapped in a dirty stable. C.S. Lewis uses this to illustrate the way in which some people refuse the good things that come their way by being
Stewart has a good range of voices and keeps the story going, I especially liked his voice for Puzzle the donkey.
While the theology is unavoidable it does not overwhelm the story or make it inaccessible to the children I have read it to, though some are very sad that Narnia comes to an end.
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