Oh What a glory this book is! I read this Series as a child and loved it as much on a revisit 50 years later, as I did then. Having the books in the order C S Lewis intended them to be is the best way to introduce the whole Narnian World to new readers. The words all run so well and the expressions, even though a little dated maybe, are still engaging for all ages and still hit home for children on their own perhaps, those who have lost a parent, or just those of us who revel in the pleasure of another world (without the gory bits of more modern fiction). The illustrations are so deeply etched into my memory, they are like really old friends. I am extremely grateful to have found them again. I make a habit of covering all my jacketed books with Library plastic to make them more resilient for sharing.