This is actually not a very practical project, because we can never bring ourselves to sharpen the pencils. It was hard enough convincing my son to sharpen and use his LEGO minifigure pencils, but I cannot convince him to use these. Honestly, I have not tried very hard either. Looking at them just makes me too happy.
These photos are our Narnia pencils. You can create these for any book. We used the following quotes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
- She is a perfectly terrible person. She calls herself the Queen of Narnia though she has no right to be queen at all.
- Aslan? Why, don’t you know? He’s the King. He’s the Lord of the whole wood, but not often here, you understand.
- Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.
- This is the land of Narnia, where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel.
- She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The Witch’s magic is weakening.
To make these pencils, you need to create an Excel Spreadsheet with rows that are a teeny 16 pixels in height and no more than 585 pixels in length. I used font Arial in size 8 and filled the rows in with a color equal to red-248, green-153, blue-14.
After printing and cutting, I used a simple glue stick to attach the strips of paper to the pencils.
An excellent website to find quotes for books is Good Reads.
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