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A mass-market paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition features cover art by Cliff Nielsen and interior black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and 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.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
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They open a door and enter a world
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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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.
Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.
- ASIN : 0064471047
- Publisher : HarperCollins (March 5, 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780064471046
- ISBN-13 : 978-0064471046
- Reading age : 5 - 11 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 940L
- Grade level : 3 - 6
- Item Weight : 3.84 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.45 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When my son said that he needed a copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for school, I thought ‘Great! He can read my copy!’. When he asked if he could highlight passages, I bought him his own copy. Mine are probably considered antique by now 😆
I know they renumbered the volumes some years back, but to me this will always be Volume One in the series. This is the book that introduced me to the wonders of Narnia. This is the book that encouraged me to keep my eyes open, always, for that portal that might just appear to take me to another world.
This book holds magic, rare and true; not only the magic inside Narnia itself but the magic of a truly enveloping book.
The Pevensie children have left their home behind during the Blitz. Like so many children in England during World War 2, they have been sent to a strange place for safety. But the narrative of the war fades away under the excitement of discovering first the joys of the rambling country estate where they are staying, and then the world of Narnia.
The reader has that experience of discovery along with Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter. The sensory details (the snow, the fur coats, the light from the lamppost, the cozy homes of Mr. Tumnus and the Beavers, the food—Turkish Delight, anyone?) and the quick-moving adventure laced with magic combine to create a world that feels so real that I have never quite stopped looking for it outside the pages of the book. Once a King or Queen in Narnia, indeed. This is one of the books that stays with the reader long after the pages have been finished.
I have read this book many times, and the world I am in always slips away as I follow Lucy through the doors of the wardrobe and find myself in Narnia, in that magical world where good beings battle to overturn the reign of the White Witch who has made it always winter, yet never Christmas.
This book is also ideal for a read-aloud bedtime story, although do not be surprised if your child keeps asking you to read more!
I recommend this book with all my heart to anyone who loves portal fiction, books about magic, fairy tales, and children’s books in general. Like many works of art, it is a different book each time I encounter it, perhaps because I am a different reader.
Like all the best children’s books, this one is really for all ages.
This was still as enjoyable as when I read the book as a child some decades ago. and then, I read it again, a few times or more. The magic never goes when I return to Narnia and I will always encourage other kids to escape there, and to relish the magical use of words and phrases.
This book never gets old. It’s the first Narnia book that I encountered – and the first written then published, although chronologically the second.
I always felt that talking animals would be amazing and C. S Lewis makes them believable and unique characters. For me, the children were always of less interest than the creatures of Narnia – starting with Tumnus the Faun. Although in her defence, Lucy is always the most endearing child. Everyone has things that make them contrast with the others, creating a memorable cast including Aslan.
However, while giving human characteristics to a faun seems credible, it’s harder to accept animals described in similar terms. For Narnia, that works, but as an adult, I can sense it’s not being true to their real nature. But don’t let that spoil the weaving of the spell.
This is a classic fantasy for children, and disbelief is wonderfully suspended from the moment that Lucy Pevensie finds her way through the wardrobe and begins an enchanting adventure. In Narnia, we have a world where the unexpected is possible and magic is at the heart of the creation. For the older reader, this world poses a few questions. Perhaps that is why C.S Lewis felt compelled, after five books, to eventually write about the world’s origins in The Magician’s Nephew – my favourite Narnia book and chronologically Book 1.
Yes, there are aspects that are dated like attitudes to girls/women fighting, and there are the Christian undertones, but I can forget these as the whole creation transports me. There is clever use of language, of humorous phrases, of adjectives to evoke emotions – both in the dialogue, and in the descriptive passages that abound, bringing Narnia alive in the imagination.
“…And you are riding not on a road nor in a park nor even on the downs, but right across Narnia, in spring, down solemn avenues of beech and across sunny glades of oak, through wild orchards of snow-white cherry trees, past roaring waterfalls and mossy rocks and echoing caverns, up windy slopes alight with gorse bushes, and across the shoulders of heathery mountains and along giddy ridges and down, down, down again into wild valleys and out into acres of blue flowers.”
I’m sure that Pauline Baynes’ illustrations were in the first copy that I read, and they helped create the vibrant images in my head of Narnia, but the words on the page were what transported me there. The most abiding image seems to be that lamp post and whenever I see a real or replica Victorian one in real-life, I drift back to that fir-fringed clearing in Narnia.
Time to introduce my great grandkids to this spellbinding world and this can be another book to encourage their imagination.
Story – four stars
Setting/World-building – five stars
Authenticity – three stars
Characters – four stars
Structure – five stars
Readability – five stars
Editing – five stars
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First published in 1950, this is one of the most classic portal fantasies ever written. Four children are sent from London to an old house in the country during the evacuations of World War II. Through a magic wardrobe, they enter the fantasy land of Narnia, which is a jumbled mixture of Greek mythology, Bible stories, and Arthurian romances, with a bit of Medieval Bestiaries thrown in and also a nod to George Macdonald. The White Witch has made herself Queen of Narnia, and put it under the spell of an ever-constant winter. With the arrival of the children and the lion Aslan, an old prophecy is met, spring comes to Narnia, and there is a major clash between the good and evil Narnians on who gets to dominate Narnia.
It is good writing to read aloud, and I can see why decades of schoolteachers have done so to their classes, including my own Year 3 teacher when I was a child. It's also a good silent read for children on the 8+years level. I had to explain the Adam and Eve story to my daughter, but otherwise the child doesn't need to already know the rich layers of references within it, which fed my own subsequent reading for years and years when I was a child - I wanted to know more about all the creatures C.S. Lewis had referred to! (Though I never did find out who the People of the Toadstools were.....)
Re-reading it again as an adult, what struck me was the influence of World War II. I have no idea how much C.S. Lewis followed the events of the war from his academic enclave, or how aware he was of the atrocities in Europe. But certain bits of the imagery - the wolf who was Chief of the Secret Police and visited victims in the night to trash their homes; the White Witch casually pointing her wand at a happy little family party at the side of the road and turning them to stone, in spite of Edmund's pleas - felt connected to it. And unlike the stone spells, deaths caused by gunfire can not be reversed.
My daughter hasn't got that far in her history lessons yet.
This novel is by far the most popular in The Narnia Series, and it’s easy to see why. Published in 1950, it offers complete escapism for the reader; Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are evacuated from London to avoid the Blitz and are sent to a big house in the countryside. This is one location in the novel and the other, of course, is the magical world of Narnia.
Much of this story is etched into my memory from reading the books and watching the films but I did find one discover a part of the story (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler) I’ve never really paid attention to before. It’s a conversation between Peter, Lucy, and Professor Digory Kirke, which goes like this:
“But there was no time,” said Susan. “Lucy had had no time to have gone anywhere, even if there was such a place. She came running after us the very moment we were out of the room. It was less than a minute, and she pretended to be away for hours.”
“That is the very thing that makes her story so likely to be true,” said the Professor. “If there really is a door in this house that leads to some other world (and I should warn you that this is a very strange house, and even I know very little about it) – if, I say, she had got into another world, I should not be at all surprised to find that the other world had a separate time of its own; so that however long you stayed there it would never take up any of our time. On the other hand, I don’t think many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves. If she had been pretending, she would have hidden for a reasonable time before coming out and telling her story.”
I loved this part because you have two children worried about their little sisters sanity, only for a well respected Professor (and adult) to basically say, “Why not? Keep your minds open to other possibilities.” A great lesson for anyone reading this novel!
The writing style is very simple and easy to read which is such a difficult thing to achieve. I also really liked the little drawings scattered throughout the book. Overall, a brilliant story by C.S Lewis, and one which I feel has more than enough depth for adults and children to enjoy.
This is the first published novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series, but is actually volume 2, set after the events of the Magician’s Nephew. It is fine to read as a standalone novel, but the author does recommend reading all the books in order. And this is a nice thing to do as it explains a little bit more about some of the items in Narnia, such as as why the lamppost is there when Lucy first enters Narnia.
At this point, you may be forgiven for thinking that apart from a little snow, how does this fit into Christmas? Christmas nostalgia and snow aside, this book is a Christmas book and I’m stamping my feet until you agree! The first reason is all of the magic; talking animals, stopping for tea, an adventure in a magical world only accessible through a wardrobe filled full of fur coats. There’s a sleigh with bells, Turkish delight. Still not convinced? Well Father Christmas makes a special appearance and hands out presents. My work here is done, this is a Christmas book.
The novel has a lot of religious imagery and parallels with the crucifixion of Christ. Even if you are not religious in any way, it is a wonderful children’s adventure. Tea, Cake and adventures in a magical world. I can entirely see how this found its place at number #9 on the BBC Big Read. It is certainly well deserved.