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Aslan (The World of Narnia Series) Paperback – May 7, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006443527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064435277
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,517,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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 Mere Christianity, 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 one hundred 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.



Deborah Maze is the illustrator of the first five World of Narnia picture books, all adapted from the original novels by C. S. Lewis. She lives with her family in Capistrano Beach, California.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
...with the negative reviews of these books. For one thing, the illustrations, while many and large, really aren't that great, and don't remotely hold a candle to Pauline Baynes' original illos *or* the Dillons' covers for the late releases of the books. (I'm a professional graphic artist who started out doing children's illustration, and I have a 6 year old daughter and 7 year old son, and I still hold an interest and look at quite a bit of it.)
I was a little angry the first time I saw these in a bookstore, but mostly, I was just sad. Like others, here, and many of my generation, I had "the Narnia books" read to me, all of them in a row, before I could read, when I was four-five and my sister two-three. Neither of us was bored by them, nor were we confused, and nearly thirty years later, we're still in love with the books and have read them umpteen times.
In addition, I have to agree with the customer from Georgia, about the obvious editorial bias shown in these "adaptations." I'm not a Christian myself, but why on earth would you want to read Narnia with all of Lewis' deep, sincere (and however you feel about the particulars, pretty reasonable) faith leeched from it, the very thing that gives it its lasting power? Aslan-as-Christ, the heart of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, is so glossed over in the picture books that it isn't surprising "Georgia" just plain missed it. In that sense, and in a small way, these books remind of of that attempt at sanitizing Huckleberry Finn in the mid-eighties. (As if one of the most powerful and lasting anti-racist works of a shamfully racist period *needed* sanitizing...)
I have kids of my own, now, and I've observed other parents, and...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
While I eagerly anticipate the day when my 2nd grade children can read the "originals" themselves, these books offer an educated alternative to Pokemon and similar cartoon-based book series on the shelves these days. They enjoy the stories, study the illustrations and have developed a keen interest in the characters of Narnia.
I am not opposed to them reading a "Happy Meal version" of a classic at this age because in school they are encouraged to read to themselves, not listen while I read to them. They return to this series often because they enjoy it and I can't think of a better reason for a child to read a book. There is plenty of time for them to read the full series, and I'd rather they read it when they can absorb all of Lewis' symbolism. All of the books in this new series are a terrific introduction to C.S. Lewis' classic epic. I recommend them.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Sons on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
My five and seven year olds sat mesmerized on either side of me as I read all seven of the original books to them within a four week period. They weren't bored, didn't miss the pictures and seemed to "get" much more of it than I'd thought they would. The videos are wonderful, but I wouldn't let them see them until they had finished all the books, because what they came up with in their imaginations was infinitely superior even to those. No, they didn't understand it the way a teenager or a 47 year old would (I was thrilled to read the series for the first time myself) but they now have something real on which to build, something to which they can return in their imaginations, and something to demonstrate to them what "real" writing is. Please don't cheat your children...or yourselves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you love Narnia and all the symbolism it embodies, you will hate this representation of Aslan. I suppose Mize was trying to make it a story for small children, but lets face it, its not. The critical part of the story is Aslan's substitutionary death for Edward. That isn't even in this sanitized version. Lewis predicted long before his death that people would misinterpret his writing and he has proven himself a prophet. Harper as a publisher seems very happy to drain the meaning from these works and distribute the saccharine leftovers. If all you want is a simple story with adventure in a mythical setting by all means choose this. The illustrations are lovely. if, however, you want your children to treasure the story as you do, wait until they can read it and enjoy the WHOLE story.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I cannot understand why people feel the need to water down wonderful things. How arrogant are adults to assume that children must be given something "easier to swallow?!" I was by no means an extraordianry child, but my father read the chronicles, the complete chronicles, to me when I was three. Of course I dodn't understnad some of it the first time, but if father had read less challenging things to me, I am sure I would not developed as completely in the areas of imagination, intellectual, and emotion development. Please don't spend your money on this lushly illustrated insult to literature.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 3 children (ages 3 through 6) absolutely love the four books in this series. What a wonderful introduction to Narnia for younger children.
I must disagree with the reader from Georgia's objection. Aslan's substitutionary death for Edmund is given a large role in the story and is explictly explained in the text.
4 stars because 5 stars are given out much too easily by reviewers on Amazon.
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