C is for Chronicles of Narnia and Circumference (or Sir Cumference)

If my family could only keep one book aside from the Bible, it would be the Chronicles of Narnia. I know some of you are thinking that it is a whole series of books, which is correct, but we have a copy that has the entire series in one volume so I can count it as one book. Our entire family has enjoyed listening to them together and my oldest has read most of them several times.

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C.S. Lewis has a way with words and the Narnia series is no exception. They are a delightful and engaging story that mixes this world with other enchanting and exciting worlds. A world in which children can become kings and queens, in which good battles evil, and you never quite know what is going to happen next. Animals that talk, trees that come alive, and children that become heroes and heroines.  As I raise my children to grow into strong young men and women who do hard things, this is a book that provides both enjoyment and a good example.

In addition to the fun and enjoyment of reading, they provide a powerful allegory to the life of Jesus Christ.  I think Sarah Clarkson said it well on her blog, “I loved Aslan. And even as a little girl, I knew it was God I was learning to love through him.” Even as an adult, I think that the story helped me to grow in my own faith in Jesus Christ. We know the story is fictional but its portrayal of the character, relationship, and sacrifice of Christ helps our finite minds to really grasp something so infinite.

I promise I won’t do two every week but with Pi Day coming up next week I couldn’t help but mention the Sir Cumference series. These books are such a fun way to learn math concepts. This nine book series is written as picture books about Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius. They tell fun stories of knights, dragons, and castles while teaching geometry concepts. While even my four year old enjoys hearing the stories, the math concepts do well for students in upper elementary and middle grades.

So many good books to choose from but these are two series that we have really enjoyed.  I would love for you to share your favorite C book in the comments. Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers who are joining us on their journey through the alphabet and stop back next week for the letter D.

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15 thoughts on “C is for Chronicles of Narnia and Circumference (or Sir Cumference)

  1. Chronicles of Narnia would be on my list of favorites as well, but I should come up with something different. The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs Molesworth is a vintage childrens book that I loved when I was a kid. And a more recent read (for adults!) by a favorite author of mine is A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. It’s the first in a Victorian setting mystery series with a very quirky lead character.

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  2. I am in the line here with Narnia being a favorite. I first heard them when my husband read them to my girls. Wonderful books.

    I would also add Chrysanthemum. My girls all loved the story of how the little mouse came to love her name.

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  3. Narnia for the win!!
    I also love the Sir Cumference books, and the Chrysanthemum book. 🙂
    And suddenly I can’t think of a single book that starts with the letter C…

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    1. It is always harder to think of them when you are asked… and then later books that you love with that letter tend to come to mind. At least that is how it works for me!

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  4. Another Narnia fan here!!! I was actually able to pick up a few books in the series at Goodwill, hopefully, I will be able to round out the collection. One of our favorite read-aloud books with letter C is Charlotte’s Web. Since it is set in Maine and talks about the county fairs–yes they are a big deal here so it is a fun read.

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