Writer of the Week – 17.11.17

Here is a piece by Maisie, in Year 6

It is a factual piece, about the writer, C. S. Lewis.

C. S. Lewis was a famous author who wrote the Narnia chronicles.

Life as a child

Clive Staples Lewis (his full name) was born on the 29th November, 1898. At the age of 4 his dog, Jacksie, died and since then he was known to his friends as family as ‘Jack’. Sadly at the age of 10 C. S. Lewis’ mum died, due to this, he became an atheist. He was sent to boarding school but developed a lung condition so he was sent home to Ireland where he had a tutor. C. S. Lewis started to love of animals after reading books about talking animals, he began to write his own little books.

Jobs

At the age of 18 C. S. Lewis joined the army but he ended up injured and went to live as a surrogate son with a lady called Jamie Moor, the mother of his friend, who died in the war. His dad and brother died in the following year. Lewis became a professor at Cambridge university and he and his friends would meet together in a club for young writers.

Why was he famous?

After a while, Lewis returned to Christianity and then wrote a book about religion, after this book, he remembered his love of animals and began writing the Narnia books. (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and his Boy, The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle)

Fun Facts

Did you know, Lewis’ good friend, Tolkien, wrote The Lord of the Rings books!

C. S. Lewis once said ‘You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!” which means that no matter who you are. You can always do something special. He also said “true humanity is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less” which means never give up on yourself or a dream, but also don’t show off if you have achieved something others have not. Always think of others.