Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis, Pauline D. Baynes (Illustrator)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Mass market paperback, 206 pages
Price: $9.99

Published in 1950, this is the first book that Lewis wrote in his acclaimed Chronicles of Narnia series, but chronologically, it comes after The Magician's Nephew and is typically labeled #2. If you're reading the series for the first time, we recommend you start here!

During World War II, four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, are sent to stay at the country home of an old professor. During a game of hide-and-seek, Lucy steps into a wardrobe, only there seems to be no end to it. Just when she thinks she's found the back she steps out into a wintry forest—and the land of Narnia! There she meets a Faun named Tumnus who tells her how the White Witch has used her magic to make it always winter in Narnia, but never Christmas. She returns home to tell the rest of the children about Narnia, but when they check out her story, the magic wardrobe appears to be normal.

Later, attempting to hide from the housekeeper, all four children enter the wardrobe—and find themselves in Narnia. There they learn that the White Witch has arrested Tumnus because of his kindness to Lucy. They also learn that the Witch seeks to capture the four children, whose presence in Narnia, according to an old Narnian prophecy, signals the end of her reign.

While the Witch races to capture the children, the children hurry to meet Aslan, the rightful ruler of Narnia. Aslan has returned to release Narnia from the Witch's magical winter. Though Aslan's victory seems certain, the Witch has a few tricks up her sleeve, and the price of saving Narnia from total destruction is beyond what the children can imagine.

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Summary: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy stumble into Narnia and aid Aslan in freeing Narnia from the White Witch.

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  A Story With A Door to Another World
Keagen White of Washougal, 8/27/2016
I have read this book many times, and each time I read it again it is as real and intriguing as the first time. Four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live with an elderly man during WWII. While exploring the house Lucy discovers a hidden door in a wardrobe. The story follows their journey into the world beyond, filled with adventure and danger, as the children try to break the spell of the White Witch. I would recommend this book to boys and girls alike who enjoy fantasy stories.
  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Ethan of Salem, OR, 8/23/2016
This tale leads you to another world of snow and fantasy. Follow four adventurous children who fight battles and oppose evil. In the end, everyone rejoices as the snow melts. One of my favorite parts is when Mrs. Beaver tries to bring her sewing machine when they run away from home.
  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Noah W. of Hillsboro, OR, 8/21/2016
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book in the Narnia series, though it was written first. It tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, traveling to the land of Narnia through a magic Wardrobe. They find Narnia held captive under the spells of the White Witch and with the help of Aslan, the great lion, they end the reign of the White Witch in Narnia. This story is an allegory of Jesus' death and resurrection. Although it is slightly violent in places, it is the best of of the Narnia series and makes you feel like you are part of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone.