The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2004 - Children's stories - 48 pages
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This stunningly beautiful picture book brings the magic and enchantment of C. S. Lewis's classic tale of Narnia to a younger audience. With the story retold by well-known children's writer Hiawyn Oram, and superbly illustrated by renowned artist Tudor Humphries, this is a book destined to be loved and treasured by children and adults alike. C. S. Lewis's thrilling tale of how four children enter the snow-covered land of Narnia and, with the help of a host of talking animals, walking trees, giants, dwarfs and centaurs, rescue it from the spell of the evil White Witch, is a classic of children's literature. Here the story is retold for younger readers with charm and wit, bringing all the enchantment and excitement of the original spell-binding tale to a new audience.

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About the author (2004)

Hiawyn Oram has been writing children’s books for more than 20 years, with more than 60 books published to date, including picture books, poetry, plays, young fiction, story collections, and the book and lyrics for two musicals. Hiawyn has also wriiten for children’s television. She has been the recepient of many prizes and awards for her work, including being shortlisted for the UK Smarties Prize for her book, The Second Princess. She has recently published new Narnia picture books.

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time Lewis considered himself an atheist, he soon became fascinated with religion. He is probably best known for his books for young adults, such as his Chronicles of Narnia series. This fantasy series, as well as such works as The Screwtape Letters (a collection of letters written by the devil), is typical of the author's interest in mixing religion and mythology, evident in both his fictional works and nonfiction articles. Lewis served with the Somerset Light Infantry in World War I; for nearly 30 years he served as Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College at Oxford University. Later, he became Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C.S. Lewis married late in life, in 1957, and his wife, writer Joy Davidman, died of cancer in 1960. He remained at Cambridge until his death on November 22, 1963.

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