Talking of Dragons: The Children's Books of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis  -     By: William Chad Newsom
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Talking of Dragons: The Children's Books of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

Christian Focus Publications / 2005 / Paperback

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Lewis once wrote a snippet of poetry to Tolkien in which he refers to the importance of "talking of dragons," that is, capturing the imagination of young minds. The writings of both Lewis and Tolkien certainly have done that! Talking of Dragons is for those wanting to know more about the stories of these great authors. Those already acquainted with their writings will find insights into their friendship and subject matter but Newsom's primary motivation is to introduce their books to new readers, with a particular emphasis on the role of parents as storytellers. Each chapter contains advice on how to get the most from each book when parents read them to, or together with, their children. As you "talk of dragons," you'll encourage your children to trust God and stretch their minds to embrace a spiritual world beyond the material one.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 7 X 4.33 X 0.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1845501063
ISBN-13: 9781845501068
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Publisher's Description

How good are your story-telling skills?

The record-breaking success of the films of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and the recent release of C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has meant that parents, perhaps unfamiliar with these stories, have found themselves in a culture awash with references to 'Middle Earth' and 'Narnia'.

This book is for those who want to know more about the stories of these great authors. Those already acquainted with the writings of Tolkien and Lewis will find it a fascinating insight into their friendship and subject matter but what William Chad Newsom seeks to do is introduce these books to new readers, with a particular emphasis on the role of parents as storytellers.

Each chapter contains advice on how to get the most from each book when parents read them to, or together with, their children.

Lewis once wrote a snippet of poetry to Tolkien in which he refers to the importance of 'talking of dragons': of capturing the imagination of young minds. This delightful book explains that if parents want their children to grow up trusting in God then they, too, must 'talk of dragons': stretching their children's imagination outside the materialistic world into a spiritual one.

Full of suggestions and insights Talking of Dragons will prove a joy to your family as you discover the wonderful tales of Lewis and Tolkien.

Author Bio

William Chad Newsom lives in North Carolina with his wife, Angela, their three children, Grace, William, and Nathanael, and their dog, Nicholas the Great (Nick). Chad is the author of two books, both published by Christian Focus. He has written more than thirty articles, appearing in such publications as Children's Ministry Magazine, Agape Press, Evangelical Press, and The Charlotte World.

Editorial Reviews

"This readable book is excellent for parents who wish to have a deep quality of communication with their children. It will also be very useful for librarians, primary school teachers, and those in churches who have responsibilities with children. The author has a firm grasp of the books of Tolkien and Lewis, and reminds us to savour and treasure the work of two great storytellers who were masters of incarnating Christian meaning in powerful and enduring symbols."
"William Chad Newsom has accomplished some very important work with this book. Many modern Christian parents do not grasp the importance of "story" to their children's spiritual and moral health. But not just any story will do. Using the stories of two of the twentieth century's most gifted and important story-tellers, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Newsom provides very shrewd and practical help to parents who want to grow in their love of story, along with their children."

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