The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia Series #5)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia Series #5)

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by C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes
     
 

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A mass-market paperback of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior illustrations by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands.

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A mass-market paperback of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior illustrations by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world's end is only the beginning.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, a series that has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to continue to the journey, read The Silver Chair, the sixth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Editorial Reviews

Barnesandnoble.com
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the third Narnia book written by Lewis. Chronologically, it takes place between the event discribed in Prince Caspian and The Silver Chair.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In the third book in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia (but the fifth installment in Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre production), Edmund and Lucy Pevensy along with their bratty cousin, Eustace, are transported through a painting into Narnia where they join Prince Caspian on a voyage to the west. The children are tested on this voyage, and visit strange lands and encounter unusual creatures. Eustace is turned into a dragon, and then helped to return to human form by Aslan, the lion god. This outstanding full-cast dramatization adheres closely to the book's text. Recorded in London, actor Paul Scofield is the storyteller, and other parts are dramatically read by other British actors. The production features sound effects and background music, which sometimes becomes obtrusive. While adults might find the story a little dated at times and the religious elements somewhat heavy handed, children will not notice and will enjoy the story. This is a more complete version of the story than the excellent BBC production available from Bantam Audiobooks (1998).-Louise Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064471077
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Chronicles of Narnia Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
51,514
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Chapter Eight

Two Narrow Escapes

Everyone was cheerful as the Dawn Treader sailed from Dragon Island. They had fair winds as soon as they were out of the bay and came early the next morning to the unknown land which some of them had seen when flying over the mountains while Eustace was still a dragon. It was a low green island inhabited by nothing but rabbits and a few goats, but from the ruins of stone huts, and from blackened places where fires had been, they judged that it had been peopled not long before. There were also some bones and broken weapons.

"Pirates' work," said Caspian.

"Or the dragon's," said Edmund.

The only other thing they found there was a little skin boat, or coracle, on the sands. It was made of hide stretched over a wicker framework. It was a tiny boat, barely four feet long, and the paddle which still lay in it was in proportion. They thought that either it had been made for a child or else that the people of that country had been dwarfs. Reepicheep decided to keep it, as it was just the right size for him; so it was taken on board. They called that land Burnt Island, and sailed away before the noon.

For some five days they ran before a south-south-east wind, out of sight of all lands and seeing neither fish nor gull. Then they had a day when it rained hard till the afternoon. Eustace lost two games of chess to Reepicheep and began to get like his old and disagreeable self again, and Edmund said he wished they could have gone to America with Susan. Then Lucy looked out of the stern windows and said:

"Hullo! I do believe it's stopping. And what's that?"

They all tumbledup to the poop at this and found that the rain had stopped and that Drinian, who was on watch, was also staring hard at something astern. Or rather, at several things. They looked a little like smooth rounded rocks, a whole line of them with intervals of about forty feet in between.

"But they can't be rocks," Drinian was saying, "because they weren't there five minutes ago."

"And one's just disappeared," said Lucy.

"Yes, and there's another one coming up," said Edmund.

"And nearer," said Eustace.

"Hang it!" said Caspian. "The whole thing is moving this way."

"And moving a great deal quicker than we can sail, Sire," said Drinian. "It'll be up with us in a minute."

They all held their breath, for it is not at all nice to be pursued by an unknown something either on land or sea. But what it turned out to be was far worse than anyone had suspected. Suddenly, only about the length of a cricket pitch from their port side, an appalling head reared itself out of the sea. It was all greens and vermilions with purple blotches -- except where shellfish clung to it -- and shaped rather like a horse's, though without ears. It had enormous eyes, eyes made for staring through the dark depths of the ocean, and a gaping mouth filled with double rows of sharp fish-like teeth. It came up on what they first took to be a huge neck, but as more and more of it emerged, everyone knew that this was not its neck but its body and that at last they were seeing what so many people have foolishly wanted to see -- the great Sea Serpent. The folds of its gigantic tail could be seen far away, rising at intervals from the surface. And now its head was towering up higher than the mast.

Every man rushed to his weapon, but there was nothing to be done, the monster was out of reach. "Shoot! Shoot!" cried the Master Bowman, and several obeyed, but the arrows glanced off the Sea Serpent's hide as if it were iron-plated. Then, for a dreadful minute, everyone was still, staring up at its eyes and mouth and wondering where it would pounce.

But it didn't pounce. It shot its head forward across the ship on a level with the yard of the mast. Now its head was just beside the fighting top. Still it stretched and stretched till its head was over the starboard bulwark. Then down it began to come -- not onto the crowded deck but into the water, so that the whole ship was under an arch of serpent. And almost at once that arch began to get smaller -- indeed on the starboard the Sea Serpent was now almost touching the Dawn Treader's side.

Eustace (who had really been trying very hard to behave well, till the rain and the chess put him back) now did the first brave thing he had ever done. He was wearing a sword that Caspian had lent him. As soon as the serpent's body was near enough on the starboard side he jumped onto the bulwark and began hacking at it with all his might. It is true that he accomplished nothing beyond breaking Caspian's second-best sword into bits, but it was a fine thing for a beginner to have done.

Others would have joined him if at that moment Reepicheep had not called out, "Don't fight! Push!" It was so unusual for the Mouse to advise anyone not to fight that, even in that terrible moment, every eye turned to him. And when he jumped up onto the bulwark, forward of the snake, and set his little furry back against its huge scaly, slimy back, and began pushing as hard as he could, quite a number of people saw what he meant and rushed to both sides of the ship to do the same. And when, a moment later, the Sea Serpent's head appeared again, this time on the port side, and this time with its back to them, then everyone understood.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers 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 Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. 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 Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 29, 1898
Date of Death:
November 22, 1963
Place of Birth:
Belfast, Nothern Ireland
Place of Death:
Headington, England
Education:
Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925
Website:
http://www.cslewisclassics.com

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Bean76 More than 1 year ago
This is a book I've been reading to my kids for the last several weeks. They were eager to start reading it after we rented the movie one night. They all liked the book very much, and even though it is different from the movie in many instances, they still found it very enjoyable in its own right. This book continues the story of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, who are staying with an aunt and uncle while the rest of their family takes a trip to America. Their cousin Eustace despises them and their stories of Narnia. One afternoon Eustace finds himself drawn with his cousins into a painting in Lucy's bedroom, and they are all whisked off to Narnia for an adventurous sea voyage. I don't think I have ever met a more offensive and whining character than Eustace. I find it so funny that Lewis named the character Eustace, because Useless Eustace describes him perfectly at the beginning of the book. Happily, Eustace goes through some miraculous transformations, physically and socially, during the children's adventures, and ends up to be a very useful boy at the end. Reepicheep, the courageous mouse, also makes this book quite memorable. He is always daring the crew of the Dawn Treader to keep sailing forward, and never seems to know the meaning of the words doubt and fear. Just like Lucy, I want to pick him up and just hug the stuffing out of him, but that would be quite disrespectful behavior towards such a gallant knight!
littlemissbookwormGW More than 1 year ago
Love narnia!!!!!!!!! Read all of the books!!!!!!!! They are brilliantly wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this to read for a second time right before the movie came out. It was this series of books that I first really found a passion for reading. This installment sees the two younger Pevensie children tossed back into Narnia with a barty cousin, and linking up again with now King Caspian aboard his ship The Dawn Treader. This was not my favorite of the series, but it certainly held my attention well enough this time as it did when I was a boy.
0593 More than 1 year ago
These are my favorite childhood books, and this one will not dissapoint!
Michelle Bennett More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, the book is just as good as the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Book Ever( bbe)
sandiek More than 1 year ago
In this, the fifth book of The Chronicles Of Narnia, Lucy and Edmund have returned to Narnia without Susan and Peter, who are now too old. Their cousin, Eustace, considered obnoxious by everyone except his parents, is brought along with them, although he is fond of telling them that Narnia and Asland do not exist and are just a figment of their imaginations. They arrive to find that King Caspian has decided to take a voyage on his royal ship, the Dawn Treader. He plans to sail to the end of the world and find out what lies there and along the way. He has pledged to determine the fate of the seven lords, friends of his father, who went on expedition when Caspian was a child and then never returned. Lucy, Edmund and Eustace accompany Caspian, along with other characters the reader has met in previous books of the Chronicles. The company encounters many strange lands and people. There is the Land Where Dreams Come True, the Land of Deathwater, the Land of the Dufflepods, and the land where three of the lords are found to have been asleep for years. The reader is drawn along on the adventure, interested to hear what will befall the company next. At the end of the book, Caspian returns to Narnia, while the children return to their world. This book is recommended for readers of all ages, and is especially recommended for families to read together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis is a great book to read if you like letting your imagination soar. It is the third book in the Chronicles of Narnia. In the book, three children are sent into a different world where they encounter many adventures as they sail the seas in an awesome ship called the Dawn Treader. I like many things about this book. First, the book is full of a diverse group of characters. These characters make the book interesting. Also, there is never a boring part in the book. The story keeps moving in a constant flow of events. I like that the setting of the book is in a strange world because it is different than what I am used to. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it could be a little longer. Overall, I loved The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend all the books of the Chronicles of Narnia. They are very inspirational, and are best read by people of all ages.
Stefanie Fuller More than 1 year ago
Great book for kids and adults!!!!,!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was amazing! It went everywhere in the ocean. To islands that turn anything to gold, to islands with retired stars, to islands with dragons, to the sea that had seawater that tasted sweet. You have got to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorite because it takes you into a wonderful but different world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. It is funny, exciting, and full of adventures that never end.You will want to read this book over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Narnia books and this one is surely the best. It is filled with so much adventure and comedy and it's just a great literary peice. C.S. Lewis can really write awesome books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Aslan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I llove this story, sea serpants, sword fights, sold into slavery, the list goes on and on! Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY FAVORITE NARNIA BOOK,(though it doesnt have peter and susan)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a good book but im sad that the mouse leaves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book inspires me to right just like him. The ideas are great. I could not have ever like him. This book is for any ages, adults to toddlers. The seven seas remind me of an tropical island. The whole series is for any ages. Ias Prince Caspian still alive. Are there dwarfs in this book. Why is the older b
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing
colemanstudent-amm More than 1 year ago
It was amazing how they entered Narnia and there whole adventure. what I didnt like was the end and how they couldnt enter back into Narnia.
A2ID More than 1 year ago
its awsome i like the way lewis c writes its like your with them
QMS More than 1 year ago
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a book that sets the standard of C.S Lewis's children stories high. The book had captivating detail on how the ship "The Dawn Trader" sailed to the end of the world. It had twisting plot details as the ship spun off and landed in Narnia with the help of Aslan. It captivated me and I had to read to the finish. Overall it is a very good read for rainy days and for people who have vivid imaginations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of the best books in Lewis's series. It's full of adventure, mystery, and fantastic places. This book is outstanding- it all takes place on a boat and nothing is what it seems! Definately a MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far my favorite of all the Chronicles of Narnia, I have loved this book since I first read it in third grade, and my love has not diminished in eight years. C.S. Lewis can truly be called one of the literary masters of the twentieth century. From Eustace's bedroom to the sea of lilies at the end of the world, you are pulled in and ever enchanted with the humor and poetry of Lewis's words. A must read for anyone who loves adventure and great works!