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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (original 1950; edition 2005)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (1950)

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Summary: This is a fantasy book about four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy who accidently come across a magical wardrobe while playing hide and seek, this wardrobe leads them to a magical world called Narnia. In Narnia, there is a magical white witch who is not very nice taking over the land. Many good creatures who help the siblings take back control of Narnia which include Aslan the lion and the friendly beavers as well as others become key characters in making Narnia a safe place again. The children become Kings and Queens in Narnia and get rid of the bad white which. After many years in Narnia the now young Kings and Queens stumble back into the wardrobe which not much time had passed at all. They can go between worlds and create magical moments.
Personal Review: I love fantasy stories, when there is an opportunity for children to use their imagination I think it is well worth the read. The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe explored the concept of team work while all the siblings had to work together to achieve a common goal which was essential to taking back Narnia.
Classroom Extensions: A great activity would be for the students to get into groups and figure out all the elements of the story the plot, setting, climax, roles of the characters and so on. This would be a great book for a book report or a diagram to help teachers know that they understood what the story was about. ( )
  ekelley05 | Mar 20, 2017 |
Four friends that are school aged find theirselves in a. magical world called Narnia after going through a wardrobe in the closet. They help the ruler of Narnia defeat the White witch who is evil and has cast a spell of perpetual winter.
  kiahbremframe | Mar 18, 2017 |
Probably the most well known book in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, introduces the Pevensie Children, the four main protagonists of the series. This book deserves its fame and stands out as one of the best in the series. Its filled with lovable and memorable characters. It also influences the remaining five novels and characters from this one appear in another four. ( )
  RickyHaas | Feb 27, 2017 |
This book by C.S. Lewis shows the beauty, innocence, bravery, and much other attributes children hold. We worry so much about being adults we forget how much we can learn by being child-like. The Chronicles of Narnia brings us back to a child-like place of wonder. We see the obstacles and adventures the Pensive children embark on while in a mysterious world inside a wardrobe. ( )
  KellyMOng | Feb 7, 2017 |
Maybe only 4.5* for this podcast/audiobook...

It has been many decades since I read this series of books and over a decade since I saw the movie so when I found this audio version, it seemed like it was time for a reread.

Chrissi Hart does a good job with the narration. The breaks at the end of each podcast (~2 chapters each in length) was a minor annoyance and worth getting this whole series for free!

As for the book: when I read this as a teenager, I ignored all the religious allusions & themes and just enjoyed the fantasy adventure. Now as an adult, I still enjoy the fantasy adventure parts but can appreciate the themes of the book more. Personally, I am culturally Christian but basically areligious/agnostic so books about faith and religion are not particularly my kind of thing. However, I found that while the allusions to Christianity are quite obvious in this, it never felt 'preachy' to me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 5, 2017 |
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Probably the most well known book in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, introduces the Pevensie Children, the four main protagonists of the series. This book deserves its fame and stands out as one of the best in the series. Its filled with lovable and memorable characters. It also influences the remaining five novels and characters from this one appear in another four.
The whole air of the story is rich and strange and coherent; there is something of Hans Andersen's power to move and George MacDonald's power to create strange worlds, and it is, naturally, beautifully written.
added by johnsmithsen | editThe Guardian (Feb 23, 1951)
When I began reading the story, it seemed well written but the fairy-tale atmosphere was curiously cut-and-dried... Two of my daughters re-educated me. I made the mistake of reading them the first chapter, and since then it has been two chapter a night, sometimes followed by tears when a third chapter is not forthcoming.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Chad Walsh (pay site) (Nov 12, 1950)

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To Lucy Barfield
My Dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be
your affectionate Godfather,
C. S. Lewis
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Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
"It means," said Aslan, "that though the witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still, which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."
"How stupid of me! But I've never seen a Son of Adam or a Daughter of Eve before. I am delighted..."
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Unabridged. Please do NOT combine with any abridged edition.

Please do NOT combine ISBN 0007206054 (abridged movie storybook) with original full-length book.

Please do NOT combine "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" with "The Chronicles of Narnia"
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Though some gender roles

are outdated, the story

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060764899, Paperback)

There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.

Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds and friendships won and lost -- all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So join the battle to end all battles.

The second volume in
The Chronicles of Narnia®
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Narnia .... a land frozen in eternal winter ... a country waiting to be set free.

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia -- a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change ... and a great sacrifice.

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Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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