The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis (1950)
This title, the first in the Chronicles of Narnia series, opens as four English children, sent to live in an old country house to escape the bombings in London, explore an old wardrobe. Once they push past fur coats, they find themselves in a snowy landscape. This is the land of Narnia, a country where it is always winter and is ruled by the White Witch. The plot is a never-ending battle between good and evil. Adults will find the thrill of the battle and will also notice the religious allegory in the Christian themes of forgiveness and resurrection.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling (1997)
This is the first of British author Rowling’s seven fantasy novels. The books chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story moves smoothly from chapter to chapter. The exciting drama as the children face the challenges of the demonic Lord Voldemort is contagious. Adult readers will enjoy reading all seven of the Harry Potter novels in our collection.
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame (1908)
This novel has been referred to as “one of the best-loved children’s books of all time.” Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger are four anthropomorphized animals who live in the pastoral countryside of Edwardian England.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo (2006)
Kate DiCamillo is Minnesota’s most famous children’s author. Her novels are much loved both here and around the country as well as in the world. She has won two Newbery Awards and has been named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Our Library has five of Kate DiCamillo’s titles. This book is recommended as a special favorite. The Minnesota Opera had planned to present it to audiences in 2020 when the production was closed due to COVID-19. Edward Tulane, a large toy rabbit made almost entirely of porcelain china, was owned by a ten-year old girl named Abilene. He was also very proud. His journey begins as he is tossed overboard while at sea. As Edward is lost and found over and over, a marvelous transformation takes place. He learns that a broken heart can learn to love again. Kate DiCamillo’s theme of hope and belief in the impossible deserves to be read by readers of all ages.
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