Rescue of Prince Caspian (The Return to Narnia)

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In this thrilling full-color picture book, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia for the first time since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to help Prince Caspian in his fight for the throne.
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In this thrilling full-color picture book, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia for the first time since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to help Prince Caspian in his fight for the throne.
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This evocative picture book retells the story of C. S. Lewis's immortal fantasy novel, Prince Caspian, about the return of the Pevensie children to Narnia after a thousand-year absence. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are drawn back to the magical realm to aid Prince Caspian in his fight for the throne.
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
It has been a year since Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy walked through the wardrobe into Narnia and a fantastic adventure. Now back in England, they sit waiting for a train when they feel magic pulling them back to Narnia. Prince Caspian is fighting his uncle Miraz for the throne and needs the help of the four children. Using Susan's horn, he has summoned them to Narnia. Under the guidance of a dwarf named Trumpkin, the children find their way to Caspian. In the forest of dancing trees, the mighty Aslan makes his presence known, and suddenly all Narnia awakes ready to follow the lion. In the meantime, the boys arrive at Caspian's camp to battle with Miraz's army, but the battle is going badly until the arrival of Aslan and all the creatures he has awakened. Caspian is hailed as King of Narnia and the four children step through a door in the air and return to the railway station. The beauty of Lewis' language and most of the fantasy and magic are missing from this watered-down version. The dialogue is stilted, suspense is lacking, and the facial expressions are lifeless. The illustrations do have a certain beauty to them and capture the essence of Aslan and recreate the land that is Narnia. Visually appealing, this picture book will be attractive to those too young to read the Chronicles or those who have only the movie as their background for these stories. Most readers will do better to wait until they can read the original books themselves or have an adult read them aloud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061131103
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Narnia Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Matthew Armstrong studied fine arts at the Visual Arts Institute in Sugarhouse, UT. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biography

C. S. Lewis was famous both as a fiction writer and as a Christian thinker, and his biographers and critics sometimes divide his personality in two: the storyteller and the moral educator, the "dreamer" and the "mentor." Yet a large part of Lewis's appeal, for both his audiences, lay in his ability to fuse imagination with instruction. "Let the pictures tell you their own moral," he once advised writers of children's stories. "But if they don't show you any moral, don't put one in. ... The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind."

Storytelling came naturally to Lewis, who spent the rainy days of his childhood in Ireland writing about an imaginary world he called Boxen. His first published novel, Out of the Silent Planet, tells the story of a journey to Mars; its hero was loosely modeled on his friend and fellow Cambridge scholar J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis enjoyed some popularity for his Space Trilogy (which continues in Perelandra and That Hideous Strength), but nothing compared to that which greeted his next imaginative journey, to an invented world of fauns, dwarfs, and talking animals -- a world now familiar to millions of readers as Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book of the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia, began as "a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood," according to Lewis. Years after that image first formed in his mind, others bubbled up to join it, producing what Kate Jackson, writing in Salon, called "a fascinating attempt to compress an almost druidic reverence for wild nature, Arthurian romance, Germanic folklore, the courtly poetry of Renaissance England and the fantastic beasts of Greek and Norse mythology into an entirely reimagined version of what's tritely called 'the greatest story ever told.'"

The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. (Narnia even crops up as a motif in Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel The Corrections). Its last volume appeared in 1955; in that same year, Lewis published a personal account of his religious conversion in Surprised by Joy. The autobiography joined his other nonfiction books, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as an exploration of faith, joy and the meaning of human existence.

Lewis's final work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, came out in 1956. Its chilly critical reception and poor early sales disappointed Lewis, but the book's reputation has slowly grown; Lionel Adey called it the "wisest and best" of Lewis's stories for adults. Lewis continued to write about Christianity, as well as literature and literary criticism, for several more years. After his death in 1963, The New Yorker opined, "If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels."

Good To Know

The imposing wardrobe Lewis and his brother played in as children is now in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Wade Center of Wheaton College, which also houses the world's largest collection of Lewis-related documents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The 1994 movie, Shadowlands, based on the play of the same name, cast Anthony Hopkins as Lewis. It tells the story of his friendship with, and then marriage to, an American divorcee named Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), who died of cancer four years after their marriage. Lewis's own book about coping with that loss, A Grief Observed, was initially published under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk.

Several poems, stories, and a novel fragment published after Lewis's death have come under scrutiny as possible forgeries. On one side of the controversy is Walter Hooper, a trustee of Lewis's estate and editor of most of his posthumous works; on the other is Kathryn Lindskoog, a Lewis scholar who began publicizing her suspicions in 1988. Scandal or kooky conspiracy theory? The verdict's still out among readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

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