The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Literature Unit

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Overview

Each book in this series is a guide for using a well-known piece of literature in the classroom. Included are sample plans, author information, vocabulary-building ideas, and cross-curricular activities. At the Intermediate and Challenging levels, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and ideas for culminating and extending the novel are also included.

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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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.
Gale Research
In this opening volume, Lewis "presents a world corrupted with powerful evil, full of dangerous temptations; humanity is seen as often weak and prone to erring ways," David L. Russell explained, "but with the capacity for devotion and even heroism if guided by the unconditional love of the godhead."
New York Times
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is, in turn, beautiful, frightening, wise.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Published nearly five decades ago, Lewis' fantasy (which is part of The Chronicles of Narnia) has recently been reissued with new full color plates by the original illustrator. The deluxe edition with its large type on cream color pages will introduce kids to the captivating story of Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund who step through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. There, they battle against the evil White Witch and her minions and free Narnia from everlasting winter. The world with its talking creatures is entirely believable, as are the siblings who must overcome their own failings to become the heroes and heroines of Narnia. The color plates in muted tones, along with inset black and white illustrations throughout the text, make this book a real keepsake.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557344090
  • Publisher: Teacher Created Resources, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: The Chronicles of Narnia Series
  • Edition description: Teachers G
  • Edition number: 409
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 344,218
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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 like Mother," said Edmund. "And whoare 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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First Chapter

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 like Mother," said Edmund. "Andwho 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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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

    The lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, is a great read for anyone, any age. I really loved the creativity in the writing by C.S. Lewis. He really killed it on this one. There are 4 kids that went to live with Professor Kirke during "The Blitz". They moved from London to the English Countryside. Inside of Professor's Kirke house is a magical wardrobe, filled with many adventures that the kids go on. Read more to find out more about this. I loved it, and I guarantee you will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

    My book is the second book Narnia series. It is The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe, the character are Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy. They go to the professor because the Nazi are bombing London. In the professor house Lucy finds the wardrobe

    The beginning Lucy finds the wardrobe in the professor's house that goes to Narnia the other children don't believe her, and Edmund finds Narnia and told the White Witch that there's other children and the witch told him to bring them to her. Another point is when the mighty Aslan was sacrifice for Edmund and all the White Witch's army watched Aslan get stabbed by the White Witch. But Aslan comes back because of dark magic.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    General Facts and Review

    .<BR/>Genre: Fantasy<BR/>Pages: 186 (1970 printing)<BR/>Reading Level: 4th grade (just my opinion)<BR/>Profanity: none<BR/>Questionable Topics: Some might be uncomfortable with the allegory of Christ<BR/><BR/>This book is a fun, easy-to-read book for all ages. Little children will like it because of the colorful landscapes and creatures while adults will enjoy it for its deeper messages and meanings. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a story that they can loose themselves in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

    This series is great!

    I love all of the Narnia books, but this one is the best. I can't wait to bring my kids to see the new Narnia movie and read them the book, again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    This book is awesome.

    The Chronicles of Narnia the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Is about these four children who are brothers and sisters. Their names are Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter. Lucy goes into a wardrobe and finds Mr.Tumnus. The children try to stop the witch from taking over Narnia .The Lion was the helper to the children. But if you want to learn more read the book you might like it. And also it is a series of books. I would recommend this book to any body who has a mind of fantasy or who loves mysteries. I would rate this with 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    second favortie

    the begining was not bad at all. It was interesting and fun i think i read this book two or threr times. i like how peter was stubern and a little mean. and lucy sounds so sweet. this is a perfect story for kids any age. I love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    A Book You Should Have Read

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Book Review The Chronicles of Narnia is a seven book series about the magical land of Narnia. The Lion, he Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series, written by C.S. Lewis. The majority of the story takes place in the magical land of Narnia. The story begins when four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy were sent to a professor¿s house to stay safe during the war. Lucy, the youngest sibling found a wardrobe in the professors house that led to the land of Narnia. As she entered this land, she become acquainted with a friend, Tumnus, and as Edmund approached the land of Narnia, he was acquainted with what he thought was a friend, the Queen, but better known in Narnia as the White Witch. She was trying to take over the King, the Lord of Narnia, known as Aslan. The children realize what is happening with the Witch and Aslan, and defend the King of Narnia. The Witch is conquered and the children decide to stay in the land of Narnia. Many years pass and the children reappear to where they first entered Narnia, and go back through the wardrobe, and realize no time has passed since they left. The story about this land of Narnia continues on in the third book, The Horse and His Boy with reappearances from Edmund, Lucy and Susan. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Your attention is caught in the first paragraph, and it is hard for your eyes to drift from the story until you reach the end. There is action, redemption, evil, love, courage, and so much more throughout the course of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that every reader is able to enjoy this read. C.S. Lewis does a magnificent job of developing the characters. By the end of the story, you really do care about the well being of the main characters, and have a love and relationship with them. I would suggest every reader to try reading The Chronicles of Narnia, and especially the famous The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is an easy read that kids, grownups, males and females should all enjoy. It has an amazing plot with wonderful characters, and is very enjoyable and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Book Review

    The book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis follows the travels of 4 children forced to live out in the country during World War II. The names of the siblings are Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy. They are playing hide and seek in the house one day when Lucy decides to hide in the wardrobe. She moves deeper and deeper into the wardrobe until she comes out into a wooded area with snow. They all end up eventually meeting a faun named Tumnus and beavers named Mr. and Mrs. Beaver that help them on their quest. Edmund emerges in Narnia and meets the evil White Witch who gives him Turkish delight as a bribe to bring all of the children back to her this makes him essentially a traitor. To defeat the witch and become the rightful heirs to the throne of Narnia the children had to join up with Aslan, a lion. Aslan sacrifices himself to save Edmund from the witch and is murdered by the White Witch and her followers. Aslan is brought back to life because of his sacrifice on the stone table. Him and the children travel to the Witch¿s castle and free the prisoners. Aslan then kills the witch and Peter leads the army to a victory over her followers. The children now rule all of Narnia in their thrones at Cair Paravel. I have read this book several times and I like the overall messages it sends. It keeps my interest every time because it is so well written. It is hard not to compare this story to The Bible because it has so many similar events. I do think that the author manages to get his point across very well through his descriptions and other literary techniques. I would recommend this book for anybody who likes a book that deals with morals and the classic battle of good against evil. It is not a difficult read and is not extremely long so if you like a good short read with a deep story then this is the book for you, guaranteed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Outstanding...

    While exploring their new home after being sent to live with a Professor in the country, four siblings find a magical passageway to an entirely new world. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy discovered Narnia, a world ruled by the battle between good and evil by traveling through a mysterious wardrobe. Once in Narnia, the prevailing lion, Aslan rallied an army to fight the White Witch, who was turning Narnia into a frigid winter. After Aslan sacrifices himself in order to save Edmund, he is reborn, and the children decide to help Aslan and his army of creatures to combat the White Witch. As The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, written by C.S. Lewis concludes, Aslan and the children prevail over evil, and the White Which and her followers are terminated. I thought that this book was well-written and creative as well as thrilling. I enjoyed the symbolism of Aslan in the story, along with the idea of Narnia as a whole. I also thought the transitions through the text were a beneficial addition to progress of the story. I would definitely recommend this story to other readers who find magical fantasies enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    tale of a lion and four children

    What would you do if you were deceived by a witch and your only siblings are at risk? This may not be a question you ask yourself, but for Edmund its life-changing! Edmund is a young boy about twelve who, like his siblings, is sent away because of the war and is dealing with the changes.What happens one rainy day changes everything. Hide and seek is just a harmless game, right? Wrong, not when your hiding in a wardrobe tht is a portal to a new world! A world of winter and creatures of all sorts. When Lucy enters the wardrobe it's fun and magical everythings perfect until Edmund enters he wardrobe. Now things are flipped upside down. The children, Aslan, and the creatures must come togeather to save the land from the White Witch. The importance of family shines through in this tale. Through battle after battle, they stick together and watch each other's backs. I guess in the end, good always triumphs over evil. If you enjoy fantasy books, then this tale will be a thrill for you. Don't stop there, though. There are six other engaging books. They will draw you in. There is a good moral to the story, also. Bravery in a hero's eye is following your heart. Meaning if you do what you think is right then you will be a hero every time. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this tale. From kids to grandparents. I know its one of my families favorites.

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