1. I wondered how old the girls needed to be to make it through Narnia but I may add it to our school reading for this year. 🙂 (Maybe around Christmas time??)

    I’m probably not going to have to time to do a post today – I have two extra munchkins for the day and my husband comes home tomorrow!!! But, we are still plugging away through On the Banks of Plum Creek and I’m trying to figure out what we’ll read next … I figure about the time we finish this it will be time for us to offically start school and maybe a book tied in with our school learning. 🙂

  2. Well, I did Winnie-the-Pooh this week, as you know! SO fun.


    Now as for your post:


    1. I’m extremely envious of those Chick fil A stories for a myriad of reasons.

    2. I have had thoughts about abridged versions rolling around in my head for awhile but I’ve never really heard any GOOD reason against them. I was searching online for some pro/con arguments a few weeks back and couldn’t find anything. I’m really curious to read The Well-Trained Mind now! But I’m definitely falling into the anti-abridgement camp.

    3. HAHAHA on your girls yelling out “It’s Aslan!!” after watching that video. THat is EXACTLY what my son does which is why I happily play it for him over and over. =) It’s so cool and so exciting to me to see him jazzed up about seeing Aslan. It’s a short enough/fast moving enough clip to be perfect for young eyes.

    Loved hearing all your thoughts!

    • hopeistheword

      On the abridged/unabridged argument, I’ve never liked abridged children’s versions, but now I see that if the children are later exposed to the real thing, it’s okay to use the abridgement because then they will be prepared for it. That’s the WTM argument, too.

  3. I use to be in the camp of unabridged version only…

    Lately, as I read more and as my children grow I am thinking… abridged is not so bad. There are times when an abridged version is better, it brings the reader into the story, it allows the reader to experience the story. I have come to a decision that if an unabridged book is cumbersome than we try an abridged version…if it works then great because either I or my children at least were able to experience the story.
    Two cases comes in mind:
    Les Miserables (for me the unabridged version was horrid. I could not make it through it. The abridged audiobook allowed me to know the essence of the story).
    The Magician’s Nephew (we were not getting through the book. We listened to an abridged audiobook and WOW! The story came alive).

    Bottom line for me: unabridged – great. Abridged – Great.

    Loved your quote from Roar in regards to scary stuff. I so agree with what C.S. Lewis had to say.

    • hopeistheword

      Yes, I now too see that some L–O–N–G novels like Les Miserables really don’t suffer much for the abridgement. 😉 My failure to finish that project is testimony to that.

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