Now you can experience the exciting adventures of Narnia in these new World of Narnia Picture Book paperback editions. In Lucy Steps Through the Wardrobe, Lucy wanders into a magical wardrobe and finds herself in the mysterious land know as Narnia. There, she meets Mr. Tumnus the Faun, who invites her to tea in his cave and tells her all about Narnia and the wicked White Witch, who has cast spell over the land making it always winter but never Christmas.
C. S. Lewis
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This is an excellent introduction to the Narnia books for very young children. These are abridgements, so you're getting C.S. Lewis' writings, but not the full text. A lot of the original text is edited out and each of these books can be read loud in about 15 minutes or less. Each of these (there are 3 or 4 total and there's a hardback collection option) are geared to children who still need beautiful illustrations to capture their attention and need much shorter sittings that are more plot focused and less focused on verbal abstractions. So, if you're buying for children in preschool or for young elementary aged children without as much of an attention span, this series is a great place to start with Narnia. It does that job excellently, but it's just a starting point. It's not a substitute for the real thing, so be sure to follow up when they're older with the original text. Also, be sure your children reread the originals at various stages of childhood and in early adulthood...
I ran across this book while researching childrens literature for a university class I am taking. When I first pulled it out I thought that the title sounded familiar.I used to watch The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe every fall on tv, and I loved it. When I found this book I couldn't believe it. I checked it out and read it then ,because I loved it so, I read it to my three children ages 2,4,and 6. They loved it so much that I went to the University Library and checked out every one of the Chronicles of Narnia books that they had( which was all but 2). I read the entire The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe book to them and they enjoyed the entire thing. They asked very good questions about things in the book which showed me that they were processing it all. Needless to say I read the rest of the series except the 2 that I couldn't find. I also read the adaptation "Lucy steps through the wardrobe" in a read aloud to a class of Kindergarteners, one of 1st graders...
If you've never read the chronicles, choose any one of the original 7 and then make an INFORMED choice on whether to buy this book. I first discovered this picture-book while looking for Books 5 & 6 at the library to continue our family read-aloud of the Chronicles. At first blush, I was delighted someone had made pre-school versions of these books, so we could now share Narnia with my young niece, give her something more satisfying than those vapid Disney heroines. However, upon closer inspection, I was disappointed. The lovely illustrations just don't seem true to the spirit of the line drawings in the original books, nor even to the original text's descriptions. Modernizing and over-glamourizing (to say nothing of parsing) this series robs our kids of the rich experience the chronicles are AS IS, either read alone or aloud. C.S. Lewis' wonderful command of the English language alone is enough reason to give your kids only the 'real' thing. Yes, the...
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