Saturday, February 18, 2012

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS #1, 2, 3 by Lemony Snicket - a brief response


I decided to pick up these book after watching the movie (which is based on the first three series).  I will continue the series just because I am curious where it will lead.  I was really impressed by the quality of these books.  Being that it was the first time I encountered them, IN MY LIFE, I think I would like to introduce these to my children when they are very young - I'll really enjoy reading it to them.

These three books alone talk about three children, the Baudelaire children, who are 'intelligent, charming, resourceful, with pleasant facial features.'  But they are often very unlucky, beginning with their parents death.  Yet, against all their challenges they make the best of it wherever they are, with what they've got, never give up hope, sticking together in love and in the memory of their parents.

There are some pretty strong themes in these books.  If  you were to read them to your children, you would have quite a bit to talk about.  The most powerful theme is the 'loss of a loved one.'  Albeit, a hard theme maybe for young children, but a very real theme.  Our lives are borrowed in this life, and there is no age limit protecting us from experiencing loss, so why not prepare our children from an early age - or just plainly opening their minds that these things happen.  When they happen we can all get through it by being with our family and the people we love, and believing that all will turn out alright.  That is what the Baudelaire children do.

There is also the theme of 'first impressions,' and 'superstititions.'  People may not always seem to be who they are, and people sometimes may believe in 'superstitutions,' but those can definitely come true - so why not be mindful, like Aunt Josephine was.

These book are also educational and playful and humorous.  He uses a lot of play of on words, he defines the setting very well, and makes sure to build some funny scenes.

Overall, I am very glad I read these.  

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