I've had this boxed set for sometime and have really been meaning to read it. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is a lovely story that takes place during war time where four children are sent to live with a professor. The professor owned the perfect kind of house for exploring. Who hasn't known one of these types of houses? And it is on one rainy day that Lucy stumbles upon a wardrobe. A very special wardrobe that leads her into the world of Narnia. Through the fur lined coats and tree branches, straight into snowflakes drifting down from the sky. I can see why this book has held it's appeal since the 1950's. C.S.Lewis wrote this story for his granddaughter with the following dedication message:
"I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already to old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it....."
It's one of the qualities of the book that so appeals to me, how he wrote The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe specifically for a child. I think he captured all the magical, mysterious things that children love reading about within the pages of the book. There is the winter wonderland feeling, special Turkish Delights, danger of being turned to stone and a prophesy to complete. There is just something comfy to me in all that, I know that sounds kind of vague, but reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe leaves me with the feeling of a grandparent reading a story aloud. I hear it in a passage like "And now of course you want to know what happened to Edmund..." It will always be one of my favorite books to re-read.