Sunday, January 1, 2012

Chance At A Free Give Away: Narnia Contest!


Happy 2012 
to my faithful readers!



HAPPILY EVER TALES 
FIRST FREE GIVEAWAY 
ENTRIES START TODAY!

In this new year of 2012 I'm excited to announce my first official free giveaway on Happily Ever Tales!  I will be starting a new book review series on C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles Of Narnia.  Every review will have a quiz.  You can do the quiz or help your kids complete the quiz for each book and at the end of the series of reviews I'll give away a set of The Chronicles of Narnia paperpack edition to a winner picked from amongst the contestants who do the quizzes (you can do each quiz once and be entered all seven times, upping your chance at winning the set).

Leave a comment on this page that you've completed The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe quiz so that you can be entered in the drawing once all seven quizzes are through.  You may be entered for each quiz you take (and leave comments for).  Good luck!

 Take the quiz by clicking on
the illustration above!


Novel Review 
Name of Book: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
Author/Illustrator: Written by C.S. Lewis and Illustrated by Pauline Baynes (cover above re-illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg).
What's It All About: This is the first written story (second chronologically) of a land called Narnia and the people and creatures who inhabit it and who visit it.  The seven novels follow various unlikely and likely heroes but this one starts out with four children: Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund.
     Lucy discovers a land at the back of an old wardrobe in a large house she and her three siblings have come to live in in the countryside, having had to leave their home in London because of the air raids.  In the snowy land inside the wardrobe Lucy finds a faun named Mr. Tumnus who invites her to tea.  When Lucy returns to our world she is shocked to find no time has passed.  As you can imagine Lucy has trouble convincing her siblings to come to the world in the wardrobe but eventually they go too and discover that they are long awaited "sons of Adam and daughters of Eve" who will take the thrones at a castle called Cair Paravel in this enchanted land called Narnia.
     In the world of Narnia the children quickly discover that they have disrupted the reign of a White Witch who thinks she can rule the land forever, though the true Narnians await the return of the true king, Aslan the lion.  Peter, Lucy, Susan, and Edmund, must help the Narnians in their battle against the White Witch's army.  No one can defeat the Witch except for Aslan himself.  Will Aslan save Narnia and the children from our world?
My Favorite Bit: It's hard to have a favorite part of a novel, less still when it is a story from your childhood that you love.  I believe I like little things in this story the most.  For those of us who've read these stories many times, we love to say things like, "Aslan's on the move" or "further in, further up".  There is heart to this tale and we feel it well.    
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is one of those stories that can be read to the young and read by the older.  I would say a five year old could hear and grasp this story but a nine year old reading it themselves will have a fabulous time.  
A Little About How Narnia Came About:(found on wikipedia and excerpts from It All Began With A Picture)
Lewis described the origin of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in an essay entitled It All Began with a Picture: The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood.  This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen.  Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: 'Let's try to make a story about it.' 
It All Began With A Picture Excerpt: At first I had very little idea how the story would go.  But then suddenly Aslan came bounding into it.  I think I had been having a good many dreams of lions about that time.  Apart from that, I don't know where the Lon came from or why he came.  But once he was there, he pulled the whole story together, and soon he pulled the six other Narnian stories in after him.
The manuscript for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was complete by the end of March 1949.