Saturday, January 07, 2006

Pilgrim’s Progress for Children

Often times renditions of classic books for children are disappointing. However, we have found two renditions of Pilgrim’s Progress which we have really enjoyed.

The first one came across and used is The Evergreen Wood, by Alan and Linda Parry. In this book the Parry’s retell the story with all animal characters. For example, Christian becomes Christopher Mouse. He is fleeing the Dark Wood and journeying to the Evergreen Wood. The transformation is nicely done. The sense of adventure and the gospel lessons come through clearly. My children at ages four and five loved this book! We read it repeatedly and I was glad to be able to set before them the basic story and message of this book at an early age.

The second book, which we introduced a little later, is Dangerous Journey. This book tells the story with out so much adaptation, but with really nice illustration (interestingly, the illustrations are by Alan Parry). This one is still quite readable but contains more text and information than The Evergreen Wood. We used this one with our boys at about ages six and seven. This was too has become a regular favorite.
I commend both of these to you.


At 7:17 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

I was just wondering what your opinion is of the version by Tim Dowley, Illustrated by Steve Smallman. My husband and I picked it up at a conference and I have read it several time to our children.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...

Thanks for visiting, Diane. I have not read the Tim Dowley edition. Sorry.


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