Module 4: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time is the first installment in The Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle. It is about a young girl named Meg Murray whose father has been missing and whose younger brother, Charles Wallace, is exceptionally well tuned to the world around him. Meg’s parents are both government scientists and when Meg’s father disappears after leaving for an extended trip while working on a tesseract, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their friend Calvin, embark on a journey with the help of three strange women to find their father. The three women, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs Which help the children travel through time and space in search of their father and to stop an evil black mass from enveloping Earth.
This book was originally published in 1962 so needless to say, I had heard of it for a long time. I was pleased to finally be given an excuse to read the story and I am glad that I did! It is truly a magnificent blend of fantasy and science. Though it errs on the side of science fiction, the true science in the book is intriguing and magical in its own way – such as when Meg uses the rhythm of mathematical equations to stop her mind from being taken over. Not only is the information well researched from a scientific perspective, L’Engle is a lyrical writer. There were many times throughout the book where I had to stop and re-read passages because the language was so fluid. I encourage everyone, not just children, to embark on this story.
“A Wrinkle in Time is about the ultimate triumph of love in the battle of good and evil. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the fantasy genre and enjoys a good battle.”
– Terrah Wallarab
“The ending is great. I can describe it in one word: BREATHTAKING!”
– Keke Palmer
This book would be a great way to introduce mathematics and scientific themes to children. It could function well in the classroom as a book to read side-by-side with projects dealing with shapes, numbers, and scientific learning.
A Wrinkle in Time [image]. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.books.google.com
L’Engle, M. (2007). A Wrinkle in Time. New York, NY: Macmillan.
Palmer, K. (2006). Review of A Wrinkle in Time. Storyworks 13(6), 6. Retrieved from http://storyworks.scholastic.com.
Wallarab, T. (2003). Review of A Wrinkle in Time. Scholastic Scope 57(4), 15. Retrieved from http://scope.scholastic.com.