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School Library Journal Review
Gr 3-6-This classic tale celebrates its 50th anniversary with a delightful audio rendition. Actor Michael York's reading is a perfect match for this story. The narration is clear and distinct, and York's soft and soothing British accent adds the right touch. Listeners will fall under the spell of this master storyteller as they join Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan on their travels. Beginning with Chapter One when Lucy looks into the wardrobe and discovers Narnia and the faun, readers will find that this timeless story can still work the magic that C.S. Lewis intended. In this action packed tale, the four children take part in several adventures as they travel through Narnia on their quest to rid the country of the Witch and her followers. Narnia fans will want to listen to this story over and over again, and new fans will be created as they listen for the first time.-Ginny Harrell, William McGarrah Elementary School, Morrow, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
C. S. Lewis' beloved tale about four London children sent to a country estate during World War I, who slip through a closet into a fantasy world peopled by magical creatures and ruled over by a wicked queen, is pleasingly retold in this beautifully appointed adaptation. While the dialogue generally remains faithful to the books, some scenes are lengthened here for dramatic tension. Portrayals of the spunky children, the understanding professor, the faun, and the White Witch are memorable, far overshadowing some of the supporting cast, whose costumes somewhat distract from their characterizations. Nonetheless, good camera work, wonderful acting by the children, and flowing editing make this lengthy dramatization, sampled from a three-part series (including Prince Caspian/The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair), an involving version of a children's classic. Ages 8-13. ~--Nancy McCray
Horn Book Review
Illustrated with attractive artwork in an impressionistic style, this skillful adaptation of the classic novel retains both the plot and flavor of Lewis's original story, which was first published fifty years ago. This lengthy picture book provides an introduction for children too young for the full novel--but why not wait until readers can appreciate the unabridged book on their own? From HORN BOOK Spring 2001, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.