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Tea with Tumnus! 
Tea Party with Ms. Kiner

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of novels written by C. S. Lewis and are among my favorite stories to teach 6th grade.  Although the series appears to be a collection of children’s novels, it includes many literary devices such as symbolism. Students were immersed in the novel The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, more specifically, in finding and annotating symbolism embedded in numbers, colors, and seasons throughout the novel.   

This week we had such fun celebrating the end of our novel study on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and tasting the ever-mysterious Turkish Delight, that magical confection that charmed one of our main characters, Edmund Pevensie.  

The character Lucy’s beautiful, scrumptious tea with Mr. Tumnus, the faun was one of our favorite chapters of the novel. The students adored the imagery and symbolism of Mr. Tumnus’s cave and longed to have one of their own. I spent many happy moments trying to imagine how I could emulate a roaring, crackling fire, thickly carpeted stone floor, walls lined with books and treasures, and the delicious treats served with piping hot tea.  With the support of my English Department and Administration, we were able to pull off a tea to remember!

Thank you to middle school language and literature teacher, Jamie Kiner, for instilling her love for C.S. Lewis to her students each year and for writing this story.