The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeLucy and her older siblings, Peter, Susan, and Edmond, have been sent to the England countryside during the war. It is not safe in London with the bombing. They are now living with an eccentric relative, the Professor, in his historical home.
One day Lucy hides in a wardrobe (a coat closet to us Americans). As she moves to the back of the closet instead she finds herself outside in a cold winter land that is not the summer England she left. Then she meets Mr. Tumnus, a faun. Soon she finds herself sipping tea at his warm fireside. When she returns to the wardrobe and comes out, none of her siblings believe her.
Lucy has discovered Narnia. Eventually all four children travel to this magic land where it is always winter but never Christmas. The White Witch rules the land. She is afraid of human children and wants to capture them. Edmund is bewitched by her promises. The others are befriended by the residents of Narnia. They discover they are part of the breaking of the spell that keeps the country in perpetual winter.
This is an excellent fantasy. It was originally written for a young girl, and is a children’s book. Don’t let that stop you no matter what age. This is a marvelous fantasy, and one of my top all time favorite books. I try to reread the complete series every few years. The message of hope and championship is strong. The Christian analogy is there in Aslan, yet does not overtake the story if those themes scare a reader off. It is fun. It is an absolute must-read in my opinion.
If you like fantasy, don’t miss The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.