Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it. And don’t talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open” – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
First Impressions: I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was in the fourth grade. Since then, I have read all seven books in the series at least twice.
The story begins during the second world war in England. Four siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) are sent away into the countryside to be protected from air-raids in London. One day, the children decide to explore their surroundings through a game of hide-and-go-seek. During their game, Lucy (the youngest sibling) decides to hide in the spare room that consists only of a large wardrobe. Lucy decides to hide in the wardrobe, and suddenly she finds herself in the magical wintery land of Narnia. Narnia is a land full of magical creatures, talking animals, and a tyrannical witch who keeps the land permanently frozen in ice and snow.
Lucy returns through the wardrobe after being in Narnia for hours. In her world, it has only been a few minutes. When Lucy tries to tell her siblings about Narnia, no one believes her. One day, all four children decide to hide in the wardrobe and they all stumble into the land of Narnia. But, the land of Narnia isn’t all what it seems, and they discover that they just might be Narnia’s only hope to defeat the evil White Witch.
About the Book
Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (book #2)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia (book 2/7)
Genres: children’s fiction, fantasy, magic, adventure
Year Published: 1950
The entire Chronicles of Narnia series is a perfect series for any child to read on their own or with their parents. The second book in the series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was the first Chronicles of Narnia book that I had ever read. Even though it is the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, it is usually counted as the first book because it was the first book written in the series. Also, it is not necessary to read the first book: The Magician’s Nephew before reading this one.
C.S. Lewis is a profession at writing fantasy novels. The tone he uses is simplistic enough for a child to read on their own, yet he still manages to make the world of Narnia feel like a real place. This book is proof that you don’t have to have many descriptive paragraphs that will go on and on for pages and pages for a picture to form in your mind.
The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the seagulls! Have you ever heard it? Can you remember?” – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Even though this book was published in 1950 it is still a favorite children’s novel for many people even today. When I took a course on children’s literature, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was one of the books that I studied during the term. One of the things that I realized while reading this book for the third or fourth time, the storyline and its characters is what makes this book timeless. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are typical young children who escape into a fantasy world while surrounded by the bleakness of war. The world of Narnia reflects the turmoil around them. In the real world, they are powerless children who are waiting to rejoin their family. But in Narnia, they have complete control over their situation. They have the power to fight the Witch face to face and save the people of Narnia. The Chronicles of Narnia is essentially a celebration of a child’s imagination, and the power that it holds.
This book is also a good book to read over the winter holidays. The wintery descriptions will make you feel as if there is a Narnia waiting right outside your doorstep.
Final rating: A
Until next time,