The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia.

The full-color jacket features art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner. The interior includes gorgeous black-and-white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, the original illustrator of Narnia.

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.

Journey into the land beyond the wardrobe! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been captivating readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like journey back to Narnia, read The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [1994]
Copyright Date: ©1978
ISBN: 9780060234812
Branch Call Number: J FIC Lewis
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations, map.
Additional Contributors: Baynes, Pauline


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A magical childhood classic.

Fun and imaginative! A must read!

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Oct 23, 2019

This is one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their life.

Sep 17, 2019

AR Quiz No. 64589 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.9 - AR Pts: 1.0

bibliosara May 16, 2019

C. S. Lewis' 1950 novel would go on to become a classic for all ages. A fantastical tale of imaginary lands is set, inexplicably, in the time of one of the greatest wars of the modern world. Somehow, Lewis reconciles the necessity of war to the bitterness it leaves behind, among other consequences, using four children in their quest to right a wrong and unite their family. In this wonderful juvenile fantasy, journey to a magical land where not everything is as it seems-and great evil is afoot. Follow four siblings on their quest to make things right and find their way back home. Lewis' classic novel is a classic for a reason, and audiences of all ages will enjoy reading this moving and imaginative fantasy. I really enjoyed the subtle Christian references (which can easily be ignored by secular audiences) that abound throughout the novel.

Narnia tells a story of a group of children that entered an enchanted wardrobe taking them into a magical land called Narnia. They are faced with challenges they soon overcome with the help of friends they made along the way. With a friend's help, you will quickly overcome the many physical and emotions obstacle. The primary connection I made with this book is that friendship can help you get through anything and are emotional and physical support.
-Nikki age 13

Jan 18, 2019

Pretty good for a book written in that period! It reminds me of books like Little Women, The Secret Garden, and Anne of Gren Gables (except the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe is better than Anne of Green Gables by a long shot)!

Dec 13, 2018

If you read this (or have it read to you, like I did) at a young age. It contains the kind of story, writing, and characters that shape the kind of reader you'll become. I love this book. I love the story and the entire series. I loved Narnia - the world. I loved rooting for the talking animals against the Evil White Queen. I loved meeting Aslan, the great giant lion, for the first time through the eye of the Pevensie children. This book made me feel invincible and capable of anything - as long as I had kindness, hope, and faith in my corner. It also, really does shape the type of fantasy reader you become: there are the kids who are raised on "The Lord of the Rings" and then there are those raised on "Narnia" (this series). You can love both - as I do - but one will always reign in your heart.

This comment has been overly emotional - but it's just a great adventure - I recommend this book and its series to everyone who wants to on a great fantasy journey and get lost in it. As an adult I still re-read it and often find something new that I just didn't get as a child, because I wasn't old enough just yet.

It should be mentioned that this is not technically the first book in the series, but it is normally the one that everybody starts with.

Oct 15, 2018

adventure flawless read ++

The language is unparalleled among any writing.

Jan 20, 2018

Published in 1950 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children (and the young-at-heart) which was written by C. S. Lewis. It is the first published and best known of 7 novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956).

Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. This is a place where the White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter.

Lewis wrote the book for, and dedicated it to, his goddaughter, Lucy Barfield. She was the daughter of Owen Barfield, Lewis's friend, teacher, and adviser.

*Author's note* - Born in Belfast, Ireland (1898) - Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, medievalist, and lecturer. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.

In 1963 - C. S. Lewis (64 at the time) died of kidney failure.

Mister Lewis is a fantastic storyteller. Reading this makes one feel like you're sitting right in his drawing room as he tells you the story. It's also surprisingly touching and deep, and it hits a lot of really meaningful notes. If there are any complaints to be made, it is perhaps on Mr. Lewis' gender sensibilities, but then again, he is a product of his time, and for all intents and purposes, he remains rather progressive compared to his peers. Four and a half out of five stars.

Dec 21, 2017

This is such a great, cozy, winter-y story! The only weird thing is that it's *such* a blatantly obvious allegory for Yu-Gi-Oh. Like, how when you destroy your opponent's weak Kidmodo Dragon and you think you've gained the upper hand, but you didn't read the fine print on the card and suddenly they special summon Blue Eyes White Dragon out of nowhere and you were totally unprepared for that.

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Laura_X Apr 02, 2015

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Jul 18, 2014

interesting book to read

MaxineML Dec 23, 2013

“Always winter but never Christmas.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

"With your Majesty's leave-" began Reepicheep.

"No, Reepicheep," said the King very firmly, "you are not to attempt a single combat with it.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“A dragon has just flown over the tree-tops and lighted on the beach. Yes, I am afraid it is between us and the ship. And arrows are no use against dragons. And they're not at all afraid of fire."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

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Jun 26, 2016

four kids get trapped in an unusual place and try to find the way back the have to try to beat the white witch etc..

Jun 16, 2015

Four children go to a magical place,defeat a witch and become rulers of Narnia.

Jun 16, 2015

Four children find a magical place, defeat a witch and become rulers of narnia

Jul 18, 2014

really good book to read and i am happy they had an happy ending

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, completed by the end of March 1949[13] and published by Geoffrey Bles in London on 16 October 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Professor Digory Kirke's house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan, a talking lion, save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who has reigned over the land of Narnia for a century of perpetual winter. The children become kings and queens of this new-found land and establish the Golden Age of Narnia, leaving a legacy to be rediscovered in later books.

Aug 10, 2011

The story begins in 1940 during World War II, when four siblings--Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie--are evacuated from London to escape the Blitz. They are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives in a country house in the English countryside.

While the four children are exploring the house, Lucy looks into a wardrobe and discovers a portal to a magical world named Narnia. There she meets a faun named Tumnus. He invites her to tea in his home. There he confesses he planned to report her to the tyrannical White Witch but has thought better of it. Upon returning to our world, Lucy's siblings do not believe her story about Narnia. Her spiteful older brother Edmund enters the wardrobe and meets the White Witch, who befriends him and offers him magical Turkish delight that enchants him. She encourages him to bring his siblings to her in Narnia, with the promise that he shall rule over them. Edmund joins Lucy in Narnia and then returns with her to the Professor's house. But after returning he lies to Peter and Susan: he denies Lucy's claim that Narnia lies behind the wardrobe.

Eventually all four of the children enter Narnia together while hiding in the wardrobe. They meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who invite them to dinner. The beavers recount a prophecy that the witch's power will fail when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve fill the four thrones at Cair Paravel. The beavers tell of the true king of Narnia, a great lion named Aslan who has been absent for many years but is now "on the move again."

Edmund sneaks away to the White Witch. Her castle is filled with stone statues--enemies she has petrified. The beavers realize where Edmund has gone and abandon their home, leading the children to Aslan. As they travel, they notice that the snow is melting, indicating that the White Witch's spell is breaking. A visit by Father Christmas confirms this.

The children and the Beavers meet with Aslan and his army. Peter engages in his first battle, killing a wolf who threatens Susan.

The Witch approaches to speak with Aslan, insisting that according to "deep magic from the dawn of time" she has the right to execute Edmund as a traitor. Aslan speaks with her privately and persuades her to renounce her claim on Edmund's life. That evening, Aslan secretly leaves the camp, but is followed by Lucy and Susan. Aslan has bargained to exchange his own life for Edmund's. The Witch ties Aslan to the Stone Table and then kills him with a knife. The following morning Aslan is restored to life. Unknown to the witch, "deeper magic from before the dawn of time" allows someone who willingly dies in the place of another to return to life.

Aslan allows Lucy and Susan to ride on his back as he hurries to the Witch's castle. There he breathes upon the statues, restoring them to life. Peter and Edmund lead the Narnian army in a battle against the White Witch's army but are losing. Aslan arrives with the former statues as reinforcements. The Narnians rout the evil army, and Aslan kills the Witch.

The Pevensie children are named kings and queens of Narnia. Several years later, now adults and mounted on horseback, the siblings go hunting for a White Stag. Just beyond the lamppost, branches become coats. The siblings are back in the wardrobe and are children again. They reenter the Professor's house.

lucky Nov 20, 2008

Four school children have left there home to go to a "safe haven" during the war. Here they find a magical portal to the distant land of Narnia, where the White Witch rules and it's always winter, yet never Christmas. Will the children be able to save Narnia? Will Aslan come and help them?


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Jan 18, 2019

Other: You will love it!

lucky Nov 20, 2008

Violence: There is a war near the end of this book, although I believe it is not portrayed that strongly.

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