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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (picture book edition) (Narnia) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 21, 2004
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From the Back Cover
This is the story that introduced readers to the wonders and enchantment of Narnia almost fifty years ago. Since then millions of readers have been captured by the story of four children who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, once the peaceful land of Talking Beasts, Dwarfs, Giants, and Fauns, but now frozen into winter by the evil White Witch. This classic story has been adapted into a picture book for younger children, with text by Hiawyn Orem and artwork by Tudor Humphries.
About the Author
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer 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 English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. 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 The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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.
In our current age of antiheros and self-interest, a trip to Narnia is like a balm. It is a world where honor matters and where even the greatest must sometimes sacrifice. It is a world where ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things and where redemption is always possible. All of these are values worth instilling in our children - all the better that they can be introduced in such an entertaining format.
For this book would never have achieved its iconic status if it were not, first and foremost, entertaining. While it certainly functions as an object lesson in morality, as well as Christian allegory, it does this without losing sight of the main goal of children's literature, to entertain children. There is magic in Narnia, but it is subtle. The slow revelation of the power of the characters builds the suspense and keeps the pages turning. The device of drawing ordinary children into an extraordinary world is as enticing here as it was in the first Harry Potter book.Read more ›
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daughter loved it and it will always be a classic. I tried reading it to her but maybe I started a little to early (she's 5). Read morePublished 3 days ago by JUSTIN BURNEY
It is a good and easy book book to read. Awesome characters and an awesome story plot as well. Good job describing the setting.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
I am reading this with my children and they have loved hearing the story so far. The chapters are the perfect length for bedtime story.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer