If you enjoyed Prince Caspian the movie and want to bring it to young readers, or if young readers have watched the movie and want to use the story as they practice learning to read, then this book is a good choice. If your stance on C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia is that of a purist, then this book is a poor one. Here, Jennifer Frantz focuses on one element of the story: Lucy's ability to believe in Aslan and to seek him out when others do not think to do so. As she and her siblings prepare to help the Narnians battle the invading Telmarines, Lucy feels certain that she can find Aslan and that he will help them win the battle. Setting out on her own to find him requires enormous courage, but in the process Lucy discovers that she has the heart of a lion. This book is likely to hold the interest of emergent readers. Full-color photographs from the movie light up every page. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include, The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity. Visit the C.S. Lewis website at www.cslewis.com.