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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (original 1950; edition 1995)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:Scholastic (1995), Edition: 1st Scholastic Printing, Paperback, 189 pages
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (1950)

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This fantasy is an interesting tale. It would be good for kids to use their imagination and to learn to solve problems. It's a great chapter book to get kids hooked.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
I loved the Chronicles of Narnia as a child reading them and even more so now as an adult. The text was written back during the aftermath of the World Wars and this was still presence in readers minds. So the idea that these siblings were sent off to live at a strangers house is not that foreign. While living here the children find Narnia through the wardrobe which sends them off on a lifetime adventure.
One of the great things amount Narnia is the religious background CS Lewis wrote with in mind. This opens up for discussion in the classroom to dig deeper into Lewis's higher themes. Such as Aslan resembling God, the White Witch the devil and more ideals throughout the plot. Also, for children struggling through middle child syndrome this book shares some redemption for them. They can relate and understand Edmund's betrayal and forgiveness in the novel. ( )
  crieder95 | Mar 12, 2015 |
I like this book for multiple reasons. One reason I like this book, is due to the well developed and diverse characters. Aslan, the main character gives hope to the story. A powerful figure, Aslan is also kind and has the best interest for the land of Narnia. Another character I find interesting is the White Queen. Lucy, another character describes her as "perfectly terrible". Another reason I like this book is due to its adventures plot. The book starts out slow as the four children arrive as orphans. However, once the wardrobe is found, the readers join the characters on their adventure throughout Narnia while trying to bring back summer to the land. I feel this book has multiple messages. One message in particular is the ideal of government. For example, the queen takes over Narnia based off of brute force (turning people to stone). However, Aslan, a more well rounded figure restores rule through proper ideals. ( )
  acaine1 | Mar 12, 2015 |
This book is great to introduce good vs evil. It also has great pictures included throughout the text. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe also includes many examples of symbolism. I also like this book because it gets very detailed in the characters, which are siblings and the author clearly puts in their similarities and differences. An example of the descriptive writing the author uses is “ From the waist upward he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goat’s (the hair on them was glossy black) and instead of feet he had goat’s hoofs. He also had a tail," this clearly describes the characters appearance.
  bmille16 | Mar 11, 2015 |
I like the descriptive language that the author uses. When she is introducing the Faun, Mr. Tumnus, you can imagine exactly what the Faun looks like. The author writes, "“ From the waist upward he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goat’s (the hair on them was glossy black) and instead of feet he had goat’s hoofs. He also had a tail." I also like this book because of the plot. It is very suspenseful as you wonder what will come next. There are many big ideas in this booking including good vs. evil, guilt and blame, family ties, and more. ( )
  nsnide1 | Mar 9, 2015 |
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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 Sylak | 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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C. S. Lewisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dan San SouciIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birmingham, ChristianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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