Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Wind in the Door by Madeline L'Engle

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

It is November. When Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go to the vegetable garden to meet the Teacher (Blajeny) who explains that what they are seeing isn’t a dragon at all, but a cherubim named Proginoskes. It turns out that C.W. is ill and that Blajeny and Proginoskes are there to make him well – by making him well, they will keep the balance of the universe in check and save it from the evil Echthros.
Meg, Calvin and Mr. Jenkins (grade school principal) must travel inside C.W. to have this battle and save Charles’ life as well as the balance of the universe.
With Meg Murry's help, the dragons her six-year-old brother saw in the vegetable garden play an important part in his struggle between life and death.

My thoughts:
This book is the one that provided me with a lot to think about in elementary school.  It inspired a lot of drawings I did and thoughts about whether or not we are just on a small part of some even bigger being, that our solar system is really just part of a larger organism and such.  Once again the narrator was L'Engle herself.  I still think another reader might have done a better job which is so contrary to my usual thoughts that the author often does the best job.  I guess I feel that way more with memoirs and autobiography than works of fiction.

Again, my children really seemed to enjoy the journey with the characters and their trip inside of Charles Wallace to find out what was going wrong with his Mitochondria and Frandiali(sp?).  I love how their imaginations can grasp things that are so complicated on the surface.  Lately I am seeing my children picking up books more and more often when they have free time and I love to see how they are becoming such voratious readers.  Even my three-year-old takes a book to bed to "read".

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312368548
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Series:Time Quintet Series , #2

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