Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Title:  Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Series:  Chronicles of Narnia
Author:  C. S. Lewis
Approximate reading level:  7th grade

Lucy and Edmund are again called to Narnia, this time with their cousin Eustace rather than Peter and Susan. They enter through a picture into the ocean and are pulled aboard King Caspian's best ship, the Dawn Treader. King Caspian and his shipmates are traveling east from Narnia, seeking the seven lords who were lost when sent exploring under King Miraz's reign. Some of the seven lords have died, and some have been enchanted. As always when in Narnia, the children have many adventures and meet many new and wondrous creatures. Before the children reach the end of the world and return to England, Eustace is profoundly changed by his part in the adventures.

There are fewer battle scenes in this book than in the other Chronicles of Narnia, but there are still some scenes that may worry some children. Eustace's hard-learned lesson about his bad attitude may be quite helpful for some children. Like the other books in the Narnia series, I think this book is good to read to young children who are unable to read it alone as well as for older children (or adults) to read on their own.
**** 4 stars

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