The Magician's Nephew
Publication Date: March 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.
"This classic journey of destiny, discovery, and imagination is a great family read-aloud for elementary or middle school kids."--Brightly
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.
"The Magicians Nephew" is a book I will always recommend whenever someone asks me for the names of good children's books. Chronologically, this is the second book C.S. Lewis wrote in The Chronicles of Narnia series, but spiritually it is the first book in the series; a prequel to "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." "The Magicians Nephew" answers the question of "how did Narnia come to be," "why was there a lamppost there," "where did the white witch come from," and "where did the titular wardrobe from 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' come from. The story contains -- in my opinion -- more elements of Christianity than, and is easy for any child to understand and follow. (Recommended age range: 8 years old, or older.)