The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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"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."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : HarperEntertainment, c2005.
ISBN: 9780061974151
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Subjects: Electronic books.
Narnia (Imaginary place) -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Witches -- Juvenile fiction.
Good and evil -- Juvenile fiction.
Magic -- Juvenile fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles -- Juvenile fiction.
Fantasy fiction
Religious fiction

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Mar 02, 2021

The world of Narnia is discovered during its eternal winter, a curse by the White Witch, from the back of a wardrobe. The Pevensies, a sibling group of 4, must bring it to an end with the help of many creatures in the second installment of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
I enjoyed how fast-paced “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was. The reader found Narnia with Lucy about 10 pages or so into the book. It did help to keep the reader on their toes because anything could happen in a split second.

And although he was an annoying, stubborn brat, I liked the character of Edmund. He was a great depiction of one following a temptation that led to sin. And of course, I loved the wise words of Aslan regarding this: “and—there is no need to talk to him about his past.” The conversation between Edmund and Aslan is unknown, but it reminds me of how Christ forgives our sins.

I also enjoyed reading the descriptions of all the creatures that lived in Narnia. The reader could make a prediction of what they looked like based on the descriptions, which called for utilizing imagination, which is more of a reminder that this is a fantasy novel. Since I am a very visual person, I heavily adore descriptions.

This book reminded me of how wonderful allegories are and how they can be written in a way that is fun and imaginative. It's perfect for children and adults alike! I certainly rate this novel a 5-star for anyone who enjoys using their imagination and diving into a world that is not like ours.

JCLPiepieB Dec 26, 2020

Very quick read! So nice to visit the wintry Narnia again (winter - but never Christmas) and to read about Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy's adventures.

Nov 19, 2020

I forgot how close the film is to the book. I throughly enjoyed this audiobook and I'm slowly making my way through the Chronicals of Narnia. The reader for this onewas quite delightful and I see why some say to start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Oct 31, 2020

I have a liking for fantasy novels, for they tend to transport me into a fun, exciting dimension. However, this novel (The Lion, Witch And The Wardrobe) failed to give me the experience I usually expect. There are things that work in this novel - the world-building is effective, for instance. We are immediately hooked, and the novel gets into the bulk of its main conceit quite quickly. I loved that the main characters were children because this subverted a lot of needless teen cliches we usually see in mainstream novels. This touch also made this novel very relatable and to a large extent, rooted. So then why is this novel such a disappointment? Yes, it's a bit much to expect logic in a fantasy novel, but there's a lot of moments in the novel that make even the most avid readers question the proceedings. The novel consistently dips in energy, making for a sadly boring experience at times. For that matter, even the protagonists don't go anywhere after their refreshing establishment. The staging of plot points is terribly generic, and the dialogue feels very standard and basic, though it's thankfully not very melodramatic. Overall, this isn't the best novel I've read, and I fail to understand the reason behind its acclaim. (2.5/5)
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

While this isn’t my favorite novel I can say it’s still very enjoyable to read. It starts off in WW2 and these four siblings are being sent away to a home from children for safety so as you can see its very bleak but then it lightens up as the youngest sibling finds a wardrobe that leads into the magical realm of Narnia and soon the once bleak story is filled with magic and adventure. Personally I’m not a huge fan of fantasy so I didn’t lie it all too much but I think anyone who does enjoy reading fantasy novels then you’ll enjoy this one. I know one thing I enjoyed most was the characteristics of the four siblings considering the younger two are so innocent but the older two find it’s their job to take care of each other which I found to be wholesome and I personally enjoy that very much in a novel. 2/5
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 15, 2020

Four siblings, Susan, Edmund, Peter, and Lucy Pevensie. They find an enormous wardrobe and beyond that lies the frozen land of Narnia. This land is ruled by an evil witch and together with the help of the Great Lion, Aslan, the four adventurers must set Narnia free from the witch. C.S. Lewis uses a cheery, informative tone throughout most of the book to explain its message about Christianity which is sometimes silly and amusing. The straightforward and simple writing style makes it a great pickup for beginners.

May 28, 2020

Wonderful story; I love the idea of kids finding another world through a wardrobe!

May 12, 2020

I have a closet in my house I'm convinced connects to infinity. Anything I put in it is separated from me forever. Not nearly as cool, but with a lot more potential for mischief is the closet in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Collier Books, $1.95). It leads to a place called Narnia with bad witches, noble lions and pieces that fit just right for a healthy dose of moralizing. That said, C. S. Lewis is a captivating storyteller.

May 04, 2020

Well its always good to read the second book.

Apr 28, 2020

Have you ever pushed the clothes to either side and tapped the back wall of your closet looking for a secret door? This book is the reason. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic fantasy set during the time of the Second World War. It remains fresh today because, shortly after arriving in the safe haven of the country from bomb weary London, four siblings find their way through a secret door in a wardrobe to a magical land called Narnia, where they learn lessons about gluttony, unwise alliances, treachery and redemption. This audio book would be great for a family listen, followed by discussion, perhaps while sampling some Turkish Delights.

JCLSallyT Apr 02, 2020

This is a story about the Pevensie children and their adventures in the magical world of Narnia. While reading this book, I become giddy with excitement and have a strong desire to go on an exploit of my own. Either that or reread the book to go on the children's adventure with them again. This is an excellent novel and is great for anyone looking for a little escape.

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May 12, 2020

[Lewis] blends fantasy with Christianity, creating a world of suspense and adventure on the moral high ground.

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.”

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Dec 27, 2020

Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.

May 12, 2020

C. S. Lewis is a captivating storyteller. With THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Collier Books, $1.95) he blends fantasy with Christianity, creating a world of suspense and adventure on the moral high ground.

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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