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Another FRIDAY! I’m so glad. It means tomorrow is Saturday and there is more time to relax. As you know I have been working very hard. Well, you’re gonna havta catch my on Tuesdays to learn what I”ve been doing. Here’s my choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday. This is a great retelling in picture book form.
Title: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe based on the original book by C. S. Lewis
Author/ Illustrator: Retold by Hiawyn Orwan/ illustrated by Tudor Humphries
Publishing info: HarperCollins Publishing, 2004, fantasy
Ages appropriate for: All ages
Themes: A retelling, Chronicles of Narnia, classic,
Sources for discussion:
First Three Sentences: “Once there was – and probably still is – a magic wardrobe. It was made from the wood of a magic apple tree, and you could, if you would, climb through the back…to a magical land called Narnia. But now that world was ruled by an icy White Witch, whose wand could turn you to stone and whose power could be broken only with the help of four children.”
Summary from publisher: “Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has covered the land with eternal winter.”
Why I love it: A retelling of the classic book by C. S. Lewis, it had all the wonderful parts I remember ; the magical enchanted Turkish Delight and the change that came over Edmund, and my favorite, Lucy, with her direct honesty of bad mouthing the White Witch by saying, “I’m not leaving until that witch has had her wand smashed and her wickedness stamped out.” In any retelling the hardest part is what to take out and what to leave in and I think Hiawyn Orwan solved that dilemma well.
The illustrations are done so well I poured over the spreads of the wicked White Witch where icicles
rose from her arms, shoulders and hair. The beauty of Aslan and the spring he brought was also a feast for my eyes.
And what Patricia Tilton says in her blog Children’s Books Heal:
Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books
with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.
Hugs and kisses!
See you on Tuesday. © 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn