"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."
Jul 2015Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
We have put together our very own travel guide to the most exotic locations, accessible only through the pages of our favourite reads - no passport required!
"If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dream."
The magical kingdom of Narnia in C.S.Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List, is home to an abundance of talking animals and mythical creatures. This fantasy world was created by the great lion Aslan, and is accessible to the Pevensie siblings through a wardrobe, in the spare room. However, cast in a seemingly endless winter, it is down to the siblings to defeat the White Witch and bring peace and summer back to Narnia once again.
"We're all mad here."
In Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole and is transported into a realm populated by all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. Animals act like humans and physical sizes are obscured in this strange Wonderland.
"This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun."
Ralph, Piggy and friends are stranded on an uninhabited island in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Soon the idyllic paradise of a crystal ocean and sandy beach takes a sinister turn with the introduction of 'the beast', a supposed monster who lives on the island. The boys' obsession with the beast, alongside their need for survival, ultimately leads to their eventual descent into anarchy and violence, and the destruction of the island itself.
"So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!"
Never Never Land in J M Barrie's classic tale Peter Pan is perhaps the most magical location of all. Situated "second star to the right, and straight on till morning", Never Never land is reachable only by flight, and is a place where you never grow up! Without adults, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys have plentiful adventures in the Neverwood, alongside pirates, fairies, mermaids and many more fantastic creatures.
"Time and sunshine healed a sore, but the process was slow, and new boils appeared if I didn't stay dry."
The main action of Yann Martel's Life of Pi takes place adrift on the Pacific Ocean. Pi has to face the extreme elements of the ocean; tidal waves, violent winds and extreme sun exposure, all the while sharing his lifeboat with an enormous Bengal Tiger!
So, if you're soon jetting off on your summer getaway, why not take one of our favourite reads with you and explore its exotic location whilst away in yours.