Thursday, June 7, 2012

Discussion questions for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I'm so excited for our first Preschool Book Club discussion! This is still a bit of a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions for improving the book club, please let me know.

Ask your child as many questions as work for your family. Feel free to skip any and only answer ones that engage them. If you did any activities related to the book, post those in the comments as well. And if you blogged about your book reading experience, feel free to post the link so we can check it out! You can reply to comments that others leave, but please keep things polite. :-) I'm not anticipating too much problems with this!

Big Picture Questions:

What was your child's reaction to the story? Did they stay focused and interested the whole time? 

Which character did your child like the best or identify with most?

Was this a scary story? If you watched the movie, did your child think that the movie was scarier or the book?

Review and Discussion Questions:

 1) Who goes to Narnia first? Do the other children believe her about a land in the wardrobe? What is normally at the back of a closet? Depending on the age of your kids, go into a closet and think about what it might have felt like to be the children. (this was a hit with my daughter!)

2) What season is it in Narnia? What is different about Narnia's winter than our winter? How would you feel if Christmas suddenly stopped happening?

3) Who is the "bad guy"? Talk about some of the witch's characteristics.

4) Who is Aslan? Talk about lions as "king" and how Aslan can be good but not safe at the same time.

5) What does Edmund do that is wrong? If your child has siblings, talk about how they feel when their sibling wrongs them.

6) Where do the children meet Aslan? 

7) How is Edmund reunited with the others? Did you think that Edmund would be rescued? 

8) What does Aslan do to rescue Edmond for good? If you want to discuss Christian parallels with this story, this is a great place. We talked about Aslan as the Rescuer, using terminology familiar because of the Jesus Storybook Bible.

9) What happens to the statues in the witch's house? How did Lucy feel when she saw Mr. Tumnus as a statue, and then as a real faun again?

10) Who wins the battle? Who kills the witch? 

11) Will the children return to Narnia? Will it be through the wardrobe?

What did you think about this first month? Did you like the activities and questions? I appreciate the feedback I have received and am looking forward to hearing what you think now that we have finished the first book.

The book we'll read for June is My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. This book was published in 1948 and was a Newbery Honor winner. It is short, about 70 pages, and has illustrations on nearly every page. I've never read it before, but it looks like a whimsical book that is much shorter and easier than Narnia. 

I picked up our copy at our library, so please don't feel like you need to purchase a copy. The edition I linked to above is the one I have that is full of pictures. You can also take a look at the complete book online at the UPenn digital library. I think it would be challenging to read the book on a computer to a preschooler, but its a great way for parents to get a preview! 

We will have our virtual book club meeting on June 28, which is 3 weeks away. I also want to start voting on books, so I'll have a way for us to do that for July's book.


  1. This was a pretty long story, but the pictures really helped Emma. We did a lot of flipping back to previous pictures during the later chapters. She had a little trouble staying focused and interested during the middle part where there is story development about Aslan and Edmund's betrayal. It didn't completely go over her head, but we had to do a lot more stopping and review.

    Emma says: "My favorite characters were Aslan and Mr. Tumnus. And Lucy. I liked her because she was a little girl like me

    The part when Aslan died was scary in the movie.

    1) Lucy went to Narnia first and the other children did not think that she found a land in the closet. Usually there are walls in the closet.

    2) It is snowing in Narnia. Winter

    3) The dwarf is the bad guy. (I rephrase - who is the bad girl) the white witch. She is evil because she turns Mr. Tumnus to stone.

    4) Aslan is the king!

    5) (this was a hard one for her) When Will bites me it hurts and I dont like it but I forgive him and he sins again.

    8) Aslan dies. The witch dies him but he rises from the dead!

    9) Aslan blows on the statues and they are alive again. Lucy was sad when she saw Mr. Tumnus as a statue.

    10) Aslan kills the witch with his sharp teeth!

    11) The wardrobe is closed but Aslan will roar and will bring the children back to Narnia whenever he wants.

  2. This is so sweet, what a great idea. I need to finish these books, I think I got stuck on The Silver Chair. Are you going to read anymore in the series?

    1. Probably not going to read any more in the series right now, but I hope to go through them all with Emma in the near future! They are fantastic :-)

  3. We are hurrying to finish up - sorry we are behind! We have been doing alot of traveling and got behind, but we are in the home stretch. What will the next book be? Mark is totally loving this and I've enjoyed having something special for he & I to read together.

    1. No worries, I'm glad you are enjoying it! The next book is My Father's Dragon...its much shorter and I just changed the date of the questions, so hopefully that helps give you a little extra time too. We fell behind the last few weeks!


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