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The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
C.S. Lewis ; illustrated by Christian Birmingham.
[New York] : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000.
1 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
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.
Anne Marie Pace (Children's Literature) C.S. Lewis' novel was first published in 1950 and has earned its place as a classic for its delightful, magical characters and its adventurous plot. Four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, have been evacuated to the English countryside to escape the air raids in London during World War II. While playing hide-and-seek, Lucy heads into and through an enchanted wardrobe and discovers a place where it is always winter--Narnia, a land ruled by the evil White Witch. Soon, Edmund follows Lucy into the magical world and meets the White Witch, who feeds him enchanted Turkish Delight. She asks him to bring his brother and sisters to her, hoping to prevent the children, the so-called Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, from taking their places on the four thrones at Cair Paravel; according to prophecy, this event will end her reign as queen of Narnia. With the arrival and self-sacrifice of the lion, Aslan, Edmund is freed to take his place on the throne and Narnia is liberated from the tyranny of the White Witch. The text of this picture book edition, abridged from the original, includes the basics of the story. Unfortunately, as in many abridgments, too much of Lewis' own language is omitted. The illustrations, both black-and-white and full color, are at their best when picturing the faces of the children but are less successful at conveying the settings and the magic of the world of Narnia. 1998 (orig. 1950), HarperCollins Publishers, $7.99. Ages 5 to 8.