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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2) Paperback – July 8, 1994
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This classic tale celebrates its 50th anniversary with a delightful audio rendition. Actor Michael York's reading is a perfect match for this story. The narration is clear and distinct, and York's soft and soothing British accent adds the right touch. Listeners will fall under the spell of this master storyteller as they join Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan on their travels. Beginning with Chapter One when Lucy looks into the wardrobe and discovers Narnia and the faun, readers will find that this timeless story can still work the magic that C.S. Lewis intended. In this action packed tale, the four children take part in several adventures as they travel through Narnia on their quest to rid the country of the Witch and her followers. Narnia fans will want to listen to this story over and over again, and new fans will be created as they listen for the first time.-Ginny Harrell, William McGarrah Elementary School, Morrow, GA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I really like this book, and have used it with my preschool class (children of ages 3 1/5 to 4) and with kindergarteners (ages 5-6). At first I thought it was a little risky because the text is much longer than most picture books we use with the younger ones, and some of the children have really short attention spans. But I also felt the story was good enough and the illustrations interesting enough to keep their attention. I was right. The children listened intently and wanted to know everything about the story. It was beautiful to see how even children as young as 3 were enjoying the tale by C.S. Lewis in a circle time setting at school. I recommend this book to parents and teachers who love Narnia and want to introduce it to young children who are not quite ready to read the original text.
The original was 1. Lion, 2. Caspian, 3. Dawn Treader, 4. Silver Chair, 5. Horse/Boy, 6. Magician's Nephew, and 7. Last Battle.
This puts the creation of Narnia within the context of the storyline. I can remember the epiphany of The Magician's Nephew the first time I read it in grade school. I felt like I was uncovering hidden secrets. I don't think it would stand alone as well.
So, if you're planning to introduce these to your kids (and I hope you do!) consider the original sequence - I think you and your children will enjoy it more.
"And of course, right here on this side of the wardrobe, were four children ... Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy ... all of them longing for adventure. Lucy, the youngest, and most longing, was first to push past the furry coats ... [turn page] ... and find herself in a snowy wood, under a streetlamp ... where the Witch's wickedness had made it always winter."
It's just awful reading this to my daughter. I am tempted to make up my own version.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (picture book edition) (Narnia) [Hardcover]
C. S. Lewis (Author), Tudor Humphries (Illustrator)"
(Look at the top of the page).
The author is INCORRECTLY LISTED as C. S. Lewis. He did write the story on which a movie was based, and then this book was probably based on another book that was based on the movie. C.S. Lewis wrote several versions of this story, including some beautiful picture books for children. This is not one of them.
With all due respect to the writer who edited... no, who RE-WROTE this story...this is 1) not written with the tone or style of C.S. Lewis's original, and 2) shortened in a way that shows this new writer does not care as much as C.S. Lewis did about the children themselves, who are the reason for the story. Just look at the first couple of pages. Nothing about wartime, the train ride from London into the country, or finding their way to the big old house which is home to the infamous Wardrobe. The children were already on a journey of adventure before they ever got to Narnia, and this writer doesn't even mention the backstory.
In my view, the storytelling here was not a children's edit of C.S. Lewis original work, at all. At best it is a children's edit of the adult "pictures from the movie" book.
Very dissapointing. I returned mine.
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