The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia Series #2)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia Series #2)

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by C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

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They open a door and enter a world.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was published in 1950, and it was the book that first introduced readers to the World of Narnia. Years later, in 1955, Lewis wrote a prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, entitled The Magician's Nephew. While The Magician's Nephew was the sixth Narnia book to be written, many readers prefer to begin the series with The Magician's Nephew.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Chronicles of Narnia Series, #2
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5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chapter One

Lucy Looks into a Wardrobe

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. They were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office. He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper called Mrs Macready and three servants. (Their names were Ivy, Margaret and Betty, but they do not come into the story much.) He himself was a very old man with shaggy white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head, and they liked him almost at once; but on the first evening when he came out to meet them at the front door he was so odd-looking that Lucy (who was the youngest) was a little afraid of him, and Edmund (who was the next youngest) wanted to laugh and had to keep on pretending he was blowing his nose to hide it.

As soon as they had said goodnight to the Professor and gone upstairs on the first night, the boys came into the girls' room and they all talked it over.

"We've fallen on our feet and no mistake," said Peter. "This is going to be perfectly splendid. That old chap will let us do anything we like."

"I think he's an old dear," said Susan.

"Oh, come off it!" said Edmund, who was tired and pretending not to be tired, which always made him bad-tempered. "Don't go on talking like that."

"Like what?" said Susan; "and anyway, it's time you were in bed."

"Trying to talk likeMother," said Edmund. "And who are you to say when I'm to go to bed? Go to bed yourself."

"Hadn't we all better go to bed?" said Lucy. "There's sure to be a row if we're heard talking here."

"No there won't," said Peter. "I tell you this is the sort of house where no one's going to mind what we do. Anyway, they won't hear us. It's about ten minutes' walk from here down to that dining-room, and any amount of stairs and passages in between."

"What's that noise?" said Lucy suddenly. It was a far larger house than she had ever been in before and the thought of all those long passages and rows of doors leading into empty rooms was beginning to make her feel a little creepy.

"It's only a bird, silly," said Edmund.

"It's an owl," said Peter. "This is going to be a wonderful place for birds. I shall go to bed now. I say, let's go and explore tomorrow. You might find anything in a place like this. Did you see those mountains as we came along? And the woods? There might be eagles. There might be stags. There'll be hawks."

"Badgers!" said Lucy.

"Foxes!" said Edmund.

"Rabbits!" said Susan.

But when the next morning came there was a steady rain falling, so thick that when you looked out of the window you could see neither the mountains nor the woods nor even the stream in the garden.

"Of course it would be raining!" said Edmund. They had just finished their breakfast with the Professor and were upstairs in the room he had set apart for them -- a long, low room with two windows looking out in one direction and two in another.

"Do stop grumbling, Ed," said Susan. "Ten to one it'll clear up in an hour or so. And in the meantime we're pretty well off. There's a wireless and lots of books."

"Not for me," said Peter; "I'm going to explore in the house."

Everyone agreed to this and that was how the adventures began. It was the sort of house that you never seem to come to the end of, and it was full of unexpected places. The first few doors they tried led only into spare bedrooms, as everyone had expected that they would; but soon they came to a very long room full of pictures, and there they found a suit of armour; and after that was a room all hung with green, with a harp in one corner; and then came three steps down and five steps up, and then a kind of little upstairs hall and a door that led out on to a balcony, and then a whole series of rooms that led into each other and were lined with books -- most of them very old books and some bigger than a Bible in a church. And shortly after that they looked into a room that was quite empty except for one big wardrobe; the sort that has a looking-glass in the door. There was nothing else in the room at all except a dead bluebottle on the window-sill.

"Nothing there!" said Peter, and they all trooped out again -- all except Lucy. She stayed behind because she thought it would be worthwhile trying the door of the wardrobe, even though she felt almost sure that it would be locked. To her surprise it opened quite easily, and two mothballs dropped out.

Looking into the inside, she saw several coats hanging up -- mostly long fur coats. There was nothing Lucy liked so much as the smell and feel of fur. She immediately stepped into the wardrobe and got in among the coats and rubbed her face against them, leaving the door open, of course, because she knew that it is very foolish to shut oneself into any wardrobe. Soon she went further in and found that there was a second row of coats hanging up behind the first one. It was almost quite dark in there and she kept her arms stretched out in front of her so as not to bump her face into the back of the wardrobe. She took a step further in -- then two or three steps -- always expecting to feel woodwork against the tips of her fingers. But she could not feel it.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1205 reviews.
JimJam11 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book full of imagination. Although the first chapter is a little boring, once you read the second chapter you won't be able to put it down. This book was written by an author (C.S. Lewis) from England, so there will be a few unfamiliar words if your not from that area. This book is #2 of the series, but if you go by the order that they were written this book would be the first. There is a total of seven books in the series. These books are The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle. That was my review of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written classic that is entertaining, easy to follow, and has lovely color illustrations. I reccomend this book to everyone and especially anyone who enjoyed "Half Magic". (Also: to the person who did not have colored pictures; maybe you dont have a nook color but it worked fine for me. To the person who thought that this was abridged; I'm sure it is not, so have a please give a reason for why you think it is that way so we can understand you better.) I hope this helped, and if it did, please click the "yes" button for if this was helpful. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Chronicles of Narnia and I was THRILLED to find a version allegedly featuring color illustrations. This Nookbook does not feature color illustrations despite this claim in the synopsis: "Includes 19 new full-color plates by Pauline Baynes, the original illustrator of The Chronicles of Narnia." The traditional black-and-white illustrations are present, but no color plates. To Barnes and Noble: It is EXTREMELY frustrating to purchase a non-refundable product only to discover after the fact the product is not what was advertised. Please stop misleading ebook shoppers with inaccurate information.
Mscore23 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and did so as the second book in the series. I only later found out that The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was actually published first and that many fans recommended reading them in the order in which they were published. This would be something to consider as you decide which book to begin with. Not only is this an enjoyable read for children, as I have been reading these aloud to mine, but it is enjoyable for adults. The language and the way C.S. Lewis writes is very accessible and feels like you entering his world from the first few sentences. My children’s interest has not waned as it has with other kids books. Another attractive aspect of these books is the underlying Christian themes. They help one understand some significant events in the Bible as well as access the teachings of Jesus in a unique way that makes kids think. Due to the accessibility of the writing and the creative way teachings of the Bible have been woven in, I have found myself becoming interested in who C.S. Lewis was as a man as well as reading his other works. I would highly recommend these wonderful books written by such an interesting man.
JohnnyAppleseed0 More than 1 year ago
Out of the City and into the country to avid the bombings, the four siblings; Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, find their way through a magical wardrobe into the mystical world of Narnia. They meet the white witch, the evil ruler of Narnia and through bribery of Turkish delight wins over the heart of Edmund. They work with other mystical creatures to help bring about the downfall of the White Witch. Although the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is thought of as a children’s book, it has the magic and heart-warming story to attract people of all ages. C.S. Lewis once said "...a book worth reading ONLY in childhood is not worth reading even then." I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time as an adult and loved it. I feel that this book fits exactly what C.S. Lewis was talking about. This book is worth reading over and over again, whether an adult or child. C.S. Lewis creates an exquisite world that helps one’s imagination to take them deep into Narnia where the reader feels they are part of the adventure. This story definitely shows the author’s deep Christian beliefs. It has a classic battle between good and evil and helps children see the importance of good leaders. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age who wants a good uplifting story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that the series the chroniclas of narnia, is the best series out there. and the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe is the best book out of all of them. i also like other books for the series, such as prince caspian, and the voyage of the dawn treader. in conclusion, i think it doesnt matter if your under 10 years old, or over 50, you will enjoy this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When World War II strikes England. Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan Pevensie have to leave their mother and go to the country side of England where its more safer. Where they stay with Professor Digory Kirke. While playing Hide-and-seek, Lucy finds a wardobe and goes inside, she finds another world which has been enslaved by the evil White Witch. After, Lucy finds the place and a new friend, no one believes her. But, when Edmund find the world he meets the White Witch. The next day, all the children hid in the wardobe to find that Lucy was telling the truth. A new adventure starts. This classic i love because the author made Aslan (the lion) like Jesus. Also, the professor is Digory from the first book, all grown up. Ages 7- 100 This book can never gets old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. This edition has the original illustrations in color.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Narnia is a GREAT series to read, especially for LDS readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! It's about four kids, Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan, who when entering a wardrobe enyering a magical word. On a quest to save, their brother, Edmund, a lion named Aslan, and Narnia. I really like this book because it talks about how they try to figure out who or what to save first or how to save every thing at tha same time and whats more inportant to them because they have to save aslan, their brother, narnia, kill the white witch, and get home. Thank you for reading my reveiw. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this series with both of my kids for their school Accelerated Reading programs. They are entertaining for adults as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book full of fantasy and adventure nothing bad to say about it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so awesome I read it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its cool
Rubberband More than 1 year ago
Nice story well written. I loved the movie and loved reading the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much I did not want to put it down!!!!! This book makes you feel like you are in a whole other world!!!!! I totally reccomond this book to anyone who is looking for an AMAZING book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks
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Aslan rocks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The discripshion in his boois just great I mean that when I read this book my head just canot get my head out of this book as well as takwing me to another world.Evry day after lunch reasses I come in and my teacher reads us this book.
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Wonderful classic with beautiful writing.
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I really want u to buy it i would rate 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 stars!
Anonymous 8 months ago
One of the best works of Christian fiction I have ever read. There's magic, witches, fighting and so much more! Its a great read for all religions and all ages.