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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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A booklist for: The Lincoln, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Production dates: July 24 – August 2, 2015

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a live stage adaptation (by Joseph Robinette) of C.S. Lewis’ 1950 classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Explore beyond the wardrobe by stopping by any Lincoln City Libraries location or click the hotlinks in this online booklist to place holds on these recommendations.

Beyond the Books

The World of King Arthur and His Court: People, Places, Legend and Lore
by Kevin Crossley-Holland [942.014 Cro]

Surveys the known history of King Arthur, the legends and lore surrounding him, his treatment in literature, and the possible historical background of his associates and stories.


A Field Guide to Griffins, Unicorns and other Mythical Beasts
by A.J. Sautter [j398.245 Sau]

What should you do if you meet a unicorn or a phoenix? Where would you look if you want to see a griffin or a hippogriff? How do you defend yourself if a minotaur or harpy attacks you? These mythical beasts may not be real, but what if they were? This handy field guide gives you everything you need to understand these fantastic creatures of the imagination.


The Complete Tolkien Companion
by J.E.A. Tyler [823 TolYt 2004]

For all those who journey to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, here is the complete guide to its lands, legends, histories, languages, and people. The Tolkien Companion explains, translates, and links every single reference – names, dates, places, facts, famous weapons, even food and drink – to be found in Tolkien’s world, which includes not only The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but also The Simarillion and many other posthumously published works. A detailed explanation of the various Elvish writing systems, together with maps, charts, and genealogical tables, bring the remarkable genius of Tolkien and the unforgettable world and wonder of Middle Earth to life with focus and accuracy. Presented in alphabetical order for quick and easy reference, this is an indispensable accompaniment for anyone who embarks on the reading journey of a lifetime. First published in 1976, this edition has been fully revised and updated for a new century of Tolkien lovers.


C.S. Lewis

The Land of Narnia
by Brian Sibley [j823 Lew Ys]

Narnia fans of all ages will enjoy this introduction and companion to the magical world created by C.S. Lewis. Sibley introduces Lewis, describes how he came to write [The Chronicles], imparts interesting insights about [their] deeper meaning, and summarizes each of the seven stories and their characters. Marvelously illustrated with maps, drawings and colorplates by [the illustrator] for the original Narnia books.


Into the Region of the Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis
by David C. Downing [823 LewYd]

C. S. Lewis is generally thought of as a commonsense Christian, one who offers theology that is understandable and morality that is practical. And yet, when writing about Narnia to a class of fifth graders who asked if it were possible to visit Aslan’s country, Lewis replied that the only way he knew of was through death but then added this curious qualifier: “Perhaps some very good people get just a tiny glimpse before then.” This simple sentence suggests a side of Lewis that most commentators have overlooked.If one takes another look at Lewis, one can find a sense of the mystical all through his writings, from his memoir Surprised by Joy to Perelandra, from his nonfiction essays to his Narnia stories. In this book David C. Downing explores the breadth of Lewis’s writing, introducing us to Christian mysticism as Lewis knew it and to the contemplative writers who most influenced him.Though he showed a lifelong interest in mysticism, Lewis was not an uncritical admirer. As Downing highlights, Lewis had areas of concern and points of departure with some mystical thought. Lewis’s comments about misguided forms mysticism are especially pertinent in our own era of faddish or eclectic religious thought. Exploring Lewis’s sense of the mystical can help us safeguard ourselves from false mysticisms even as it opens the way to a deep and full experience of God’s very presence with us. In the end we too may find ourselves drawn–as Lewis put it–“into the region of awe.”.


Beyond the Wardrobe: The Official Guide to Narnia
by E.J. Kirk [j823 Lew Yk]

Beyond the Wardrobe is the first official full-color guide to C. S. Lewis’s best-selling fantasy classics that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia. This extravagant companion is perfect for established fans and newcomers to the books as well as for those who have seen the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Take an exciting tour through the series that has been heralded as the standard by which all fantasy realms must be measured.


The Essential C.S. Lewis
by C.S. Lewis [828 Lew]

An introduction to C.S. Lewis’s works.

This volume includes a biographical note by the editor, a complete bibliography of C.S. Lewis’s works, three entire works—Perelandra, The Abolition of Man, and The Lion—and selections from some of Lewis’s other popular works.


A Book of Narnians: The Lion, the Witch and the Others
by C.S. Lewis [j823 Lew]

Introduces, in text and illustrations, the various characters that inhabit the world of Narnia and sets them in the context of the Narnia stories. Also includes an outline of Narnian history.


Fantasy Novels

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien [Tolkien and j Tolkien]

J.R.R. Tolkien’s own description for the original edition: “If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) — if you do not already know all about these things — much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.”.


The Sword of Shannara
by Terry Brooks [Brooks]

Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara–Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him…


A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle [j L’Engle]

Madeleine L’Engle’s ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time , winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.


The Wonderful World of Oz
by L. Frank Baum [j Baum]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz remains one of the world’s most beloved and widely read books. Throughout a century of remarkable change, the popularity of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale has endured and grown, embraced by generation after generation of children and the young at heart. After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas.


Peter Pan
by J.M. Barrie [j Barrie]

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.


Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch July 2015 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl