The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Publication Date: January 2, 2008
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A beautiful 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 three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner 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.
Open the door and enter a new world! 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 with a magical land and unforgettable characters for over sixty years.
This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to discover more about Narnia, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is, in turn, beautiful, frightening, wise." -- The New York Times
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 book that would start it all, the second book of the Chronicles of Narnia series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The story is that of four children who venture into a wardrobe and discover a whole new world. They face trials and tribulations, and team up with the son of the Emperor-beyond-the-sea to take down the White Witch. Through a great cast of characters, no moment in this adventure feels dull. As even the author takes time between pages to talk to his readers to better show the scene they read. Not only does it read well, but C.S. Lewis writes within the story, that of the Gospel. The symbolism, themes, and motifs all point to the cornerstone of the Christian Faith: Christ himself. Along with the faith the story is not at all difficult for young audiences to grasp and will find it well worth their time to enjoy it. It truly is a wonderous fable that all children should read and enjoy. 5 stars and great for all ages.
This book is greatly acclaimed, and deservingly so. Not many children's books- at least those of a reading level accessible to young children-- both teach and delight as well as this one does. It is allegorical of the Gospel narrative; however, even if one is unaware of this, the book could stand its own. I've read it both as a child and as an adult. The eight year old son of one of my friends recently finished it and was thrilled by it. (Granted, his reading level is higher than most.)