The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Author: C.S. Lewis

IBSN: 0060290110

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Copyright Date: 1950

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level:  5th grade

Interest Age: 9 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: N/A

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: Clive Staples Lewis is commonly known as C.S. Lewis. He was born in November 29, 1898. At an early age he became interested in Greek literature and mythology. He attended Oxford University, but left to fight in World War I.

Lewis wrote a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, children’s books, and Christian apologetic. This book, The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe, belongs to the very popular Narnia series. In addition to the Narnia series, Lewis wrote The Screwtape letters, The Great Divorce and other very popular Christian apologetic.

Plot Summary: Lucy, the youngest of the Pevensie children, stumbles into the Narnia, a magical world of speaking creatures, in a wardrobe. After trying to convince her older siblings, they are all brought into Narnia where they find out that it is under the dominance of the White Witch. Edmund befriends the White Witch. The children meet Aslan and his army to fight again the White Witch. When the White Witch accuses Edmund of wrongdoing, Aslan sacrifices himself as the children face the White Witch with him. Aslan is resurrected and kills the White Witch. The children win the battle and become princes and princesses of Narnia.

Critical Evaluation: Although some think that the Christian undertones are too strong, I think that this book is truly a masterpiece. Narnia is a truly incredible place to explore as a reader.

Reader’s annotation: Discover the World of Narnia with talking goats and lions.

Book talk ideas: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe draws the reader into the land of Narina.

Why did you include this book?: This is one of the classic fantasy novels that people of all ages enjoy.

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