The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe book cover
C.S. Lewis
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Apr 19, 2024

“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.”

A classic for a reason, the first book published in the famous Narnia series follows the Pevensie siblings, when they tumble through a magic opening at the back of a wardrobe and are introduced to the fantastical world of Narnia, so different from the war-torn London they come from. While it might be the basic opinion, it is still the true one- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the best book in the Narnia series. It sucks you into a world unlike you’ve ever known and introduces the four protagonists of several of the future books (don’t ask me why they are each only featured in some of the books, it happens to be my main bone to pick with the series). I loved this book as a child, I took my battered edition with me in my backpack to school, and had my mother read it to me so often I could quote parts of it verbatim. While I certainly don’t adore it now as much as I did then, I credit this book for my love of reading which I still hold today. An excellent book to get children into reading.

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