|I'm such a fan I purchased a complete hard cover set of the series, The Chronicles of Narnia|
Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Book Beginnings quote:
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them, when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids.
"Here we are," said Mr. Beaver, "and it looks as if Mrs. Beaver is expecting us. I'll lead the way. Be careful and don't slip."
Summary: This is the first book in the marvelous Chronicles of Narnia series published by C.S. Lewis in 1950. The four Pevensie children accidentally find a portal from our world into Narnia through a wardrobe in the old Professor's house where they are staying throughout the war. Narnia is a magical land where some of the animals talk. Right now it isn't a very nice place, though, because it is ruled by the wicked White Witch who has made it always winter and never Christmas. Lucy is the first to enter Narnia where she meets a nice faun, Mr. Tumnus. When she returns through the portal no one believes her and where she says she has been. Then both Lucy and Edmund go through the portal separately and Edmund meets the White Witch. He is bewitched by her and the Turkish delight she gives him to eat. Lastly all four of the children enter Narnia together, not knowing that they have a traitor among them. But this time something has changed. Aslan, the great lion, is on the move. Will he be able to save the children from the clutches of the witch?
Review: I first read this book when I was in elementary school in the late 1960s. It, and the whole series, have been a favorite of mine ever since. Last week when I pondered the answer for the question asked by Deb Nance at Reader Buzz, 'What is the most influential book I've ever read?" I settled on this series as my answer. Here is a link to my answer so you can understand my thinking as to its influence on me. It is possible that this is my sixth time through the book, perhaps only the fifth, but I have enjoyed it equally every time I've read it. The last time through was in 2005 in preparation for the release of the movie so it was time for a reread for sure.
If you haven't read the series, I recommend that you read the books in the order that Lewis published them. The American publisher somewhere along the way has decided to reorder them into chronological order of the story, placing The Magician's Nephew at the head of the line. But, as a reader, you understand that sometimes the prequel (or back story) is best placed after parts of the story are already told and then the prequel fills in the details causing the reader to stop and exclaim, "Oh, that is how that happened." Read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first. If you have an elementary aged child at home, read it aloud with them.
What are some of your memories with this book and series?
Preferred order to read the books in the series, by publication date:
1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
2. Prince Caspian (1951)
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
4. The Silver Chair (1953)
5. A Horse and His Boy (1954)
6. The Magician's Nephew (1955)
7. The Last Battle (1956)