The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chapter 12 Peter's First Battle


Highlight in yellow (or any color you like) words in the book that you do not understand. Look up the word and write its meaning in the margin of your book. Here are some words that are possibly new to you.

delicious dream
drinking it all in
“Let the Prince win his spurs”

kingfisher (bird)
bluebells (flower)
leafy roof
flowering currant
hawthorn bushes

velvet / velveted


Listen to Chapter 12 being read to you in English:


First paragraph in Chapter 12

While the Dwarf and the White Witch were saying this, miles away the Beavers and the children were walking on hour after hour into what seemd a delicious dream. Long ago they had left the coats behind them. And by now they had even stopped saying to one another, “Look! there’s a kingfisher,” or “I say, bluebells!” or “What was that lovely smell?” or “Just listen to that thrush!” They walked on in silence drinking it all in, passing through patches of warm sunlight into cool, green thickets and out again into wide mossy glades where tall elms raised the leafy roof far overhead, and then into dense masses of flowering currant and among hawthorn bushes where the sweet smell was almost overpowering. 

Last paragraph in Chapter 12

“Hand it to me and kneel, Son of Adam,” said Aslan. And when Peter had done so he struck him with a flat of the blade and said, “Rise up, Sir Peter Wolf’s-Bane. And, whatever happens, never forget to wipe your sword.”  

DISCUSS with your Tutor

  1. After walking through the beautiful land of Narnia that was changing to springtime, what did the children and the beavers see when they arrived at the top of the hill? 
  2. In spite of his fears, what brave things did Peter do in this chapter (even though he did not want to and he did not feel brave)? 
  3. What is implied by Aslan’s instructions at the end of the chapter, “And, whatever happens, never forget to wipe your sword.”? 

SHARE with your Tutor

What is the difference between being brave and feeling brave?