Not too long ago Paul told Summer Lily about the Narnia stories, and she thought they sounded wonderful and was very excited about reading the books. Yesterday we gave her a little Level 2 reader, an abridged version of the story with photos from the movie, and she adored it. Before bed Paul went hunting in the basement for my old copies of the book (and the first in the series, the professor's nephew, I think it is called and also "the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"). Paul had read the little Narnia reader to SL while I was getting Buggy ready for bed, and then SL got ready for bed in the bathroom. When she came out she was laughing and giggling and oh-so excited. She told us that when she was in the bathroom she saw out big orange cat Max turn into the lion Aslan from Narnia and then it was like the whole bathroom turned into the magical world and in her imagination she saw the witch, and she is just soooo excited because she loves Narnia sooo much.
She nearly freaked Right Out when Paul told her about the movie, but I don't think she is old enough to see it. Maybe by the time it is available for renting she will be able to handle the scary parts, espeically if we are at home and we can skip over them.
So she kept carrying on, about how much she loves Narnia and she can't wait to read the full books, and she thought maybe she could have the real book for Christmas. Then Paul pulls the first two novels from the series out of his pocket and she is just the happiest girl ever.
I climbed into bed with her and read her the first chapter of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobeand she listened wide-eyed the entire time. First thing when she woke up this morning she came out of her room laughing and giggling, holding the book above her head, wanting to know if it was time to read another chapter. Then she wanted a special box to keep the book in, with an old sheet she could wrap the book in first, because it was a special book and we needed to keep it safe.
Time to read chapter 2. :)