The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, in defeating the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Pub., [2003?], ©1998
ISBN: 9780060530839
0060530839
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lew
Description: 110 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Baynes, Pauline

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The Chronicles of Narnia (series) includes Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle.

"With the colorful word imagery, I felt I was there. I’ve re-read these many times." First published of The Chronicles of Narnia. Also available on audio CD.

"With the colorful word imagery, I felt I was there. I’ve re-read these many times." First published of The Chronicles of Narnia. Also available on audio CD.

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter (Publisher's Description).

The bitter, wintry land Lucy discovers through the wardrobe isn't what Narnia is supposed to be.


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Bang_On
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.

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BrandonBlanchard
Jan 02, 2018

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.

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gobula
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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Maoisdead
Sep 15, 2017

This is the first book Lewis wrote about the magical world of Narnia. It is in an alternate dimension from ours, reachable through an enchanted wardrobe in an old country house. How four children discover the world is just the first part of this classic children's adventure. When they all do enter the world they find they are in place where all the creatures who make up our mythology are real and where a witch has cast a spell so that it is always winter but never Christmas. Their coming, though, has been foretold and sets in motion a confrontation between the witch and the rightful King of Narnia. This book is alternately scary, heartbreaking and rousing.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 07, 2017

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is supposedly the ‘first’ book in the Narnia series, as the Magician’s Nephew is part of the series but is treated as prologue. Within every page, the excitement that C.S. Lewis provoked in the reader was surreal. The adventure is of four children, the Pevensie's, who are all siblings. This book takes place during WWII, which is accurate because the war had just ended. It takes place in England, as the four children are forced to go to a distant relatives’ home, away from the war. Peter is the oldest, then comes Susan, then Edmund, and finally Lucy. One day, as they are playing hide and seek, Lucy hides in a wardrobe. As she goes deeper and deeper into it, she realizes that there is no end. As you might have already guessed, she is now in Narnia, where the winter is currently endless. She meets a wonderful faun, Mr. Tumnus who eventually helps her get back home. Upon returning, she tells her siblings of her adventure, but none of them believe her completely. Still, as it is meant to be, they all discover Narnia from the magical wardrobe, and their adventure begins. Rating: 5/5
- @thesoundofcolours of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In the book The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, leave their home in London to live with another family in the country just like so many other children during World War II. They are sent to a professor's country house and during a game of hide and seek Lucy discovers the Wardrobe. It is a doorway into the magical world of Narnia. With ancient prophecies, betrayals and a final battle, it is a fantasy adventure that takes place in a world with magical creatures, medieval armor and powerful symbols. It is a classic, one you will want to read again! (and again and again and again if you’re like me). I would definitely recommend it! (The movie is great too!) 4/5 stars
- @Redibis of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Once, there were four siblings who were playing hide and seek on a rainy day. Lucy, the youngest of the siblings went into an empty room which only had a wardrobe in it and hid in there. She left a little bit of the wardrobe open so she didn’t lock herself in and waited. No one came into that room, until she heard footsteps near the door. Quickly, she went deeper into the closet and hid there between several furry coats. While she was hiding, she felt as if she was sitting on something rough. Not only that, but she felt something wet coming from above. Then Lucy realized that she wasn’t in her wardrobe at all, but in a snowing forest beside a lamppost. She had no idea how she got there. In that forest, she met a faun named Mr. Tumnus and went to his house to have a feast. When she saw what time it was, she quickly went back past the lamppost and returned in the wardrobe. She told her siblings Edmund, Susan, and Peter about the forest but they didn’t believe her. Eventually, all of them end up going into the forest and an adventure begins.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Crystal_37
Sep 06, 2017

My friend recommended to me, and is an excellent book. I already read it twice.

PimaLib_Kids Feb 09, 2017

I just started reading it. It's fun (and I liked the movie, too!). - Mat, age 6

I barrowed this book from my school my teacher has this book i read it at home it's the best book ever i evan watched the movie when my little brother barrowed from the library i still have this book now i but i will have to retrun it to the school soon .

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Four siblings discover a magical world called Narnia when they step through a wardrobe door. When the children reach Narnia it is under the control of the evil White Witch who keeps the land in eternal winter. This is one of the very best fantasy series for children.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

During a rainy day game of hide and seek, four English school children stumble upon a magic wardrobe that transports them to the land of Narnia. Once there, the children must help a golden lion named Aslan triumph over the White Witch and end her curse of eternal winter. Ages 6-12.

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WijayaG
Aug 19, 2015

"So they lived in great joy and if ever they remembered their life in this world it was only as one remembers a dream."

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.”

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Man123
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.”

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blue_dog_11929
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..

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Andrew_Bandrew
Jul 17, 2015

Lucy finds a wardrobe in her house. She thinks "hmmmm I wonder what's in there" so she decides to go in. in there she finds coats then she walks a bit further and finds that it is another world. then she thinks again "Lets go explore.

what will Lucy find? will it be good or bad

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green_dog_2459
Jun 16, 2015

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

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red_cat_12730
Jun 16, 2015

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

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Man123
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.

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henein
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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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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