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Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress Hardcover – Abridged, July 10, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books For Young Readers (July 10, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802836194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802836199
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up A beautifully produced, large-format version of Bunyan's classic. Although all aspects of the book are skillfully handled, the illustrations are the real key to its effectiveness. Intricately detailed and constructed in a fluid, energetic, well-balanced style, they sweep across the pages dramatically. Some are small, but most are full- or double-page spreads with the text in a large, elegant typeface arranged in a variety of patterns around them. The good people are handsome, suitably heroic and rather bland, but the villains are sharply and wittily portrayed. They brim with a sly, evil, vulgar vitality. The costume and setting of 17th-Century England are faithfully detailed. Gloomy dungeons, dark forests, black rivers and gray-clouded skies sustain the mood of danger and hardship. Rhythmic and stately, the prose is appropriate to the original without being obscure, and it reads aloud well. This religious allegory makes a rousing adventure story, an interesting historical commentary and an amusing satire on church and society. The multiple levels make it useful for a variety of ages, provided the picture book format is not a barrier. Although libraries may already have good versions of Pilgrim's Progress such as the one retold by Mary Godolphin and illustrated by Robert Lawson (Lippincott, 1939; o.p.) or Christian's Journey (Abingdon, 1980; o.p.) by Rhoda Couldridge, this one should be considered. Pat Pearl, First Presbyterian Church Library, Martinsville, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I read it myself many years ago and purchased it to read to my 5 year old.
T. J. Ward
The great attraction of this book, however, are the gorgeous illustrations, which dramatize the fantastical elements of the story in a vivid, compelling way.
Shanna A. Gonzalez
I highly recommend this book for parents to introduce their children to Bunyan's, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, to help them understand the need for salvation.
Nancy Harris

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By J. Redding on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read Pilgrim's Progress for the first time about a year ago, and "Dangerous Journey" really stays true to Bunyon's wonderful story. My boys--ages 5, 3 and 2--all love this book, but for different reasons. My 5 year old loves the action and excitement. My 3 year old (for whatever reason) loves the fact this whole thing is a dream--he often says, "I had a dream last night. . ." and then launches into some hilarious and imaginitive story. And my 2 year old loves the huge and vivid illustrations.

One of the things that sets this book apart from other children's books or videos (like Veggie Tales) is that the book refuses to soft-pedal the scary situations and frightening enemies that Christian encounters. The giants in this book are not overgrown pickles wearing boxing gloves, but enormous monsters with hairy warts and clubs the size of trees. The dialogue and illustrations can be shocking to 21st century parents in this politically correct age--and kids absolutely love it! (FYI--my kids have never had nightmares about any of this. We constantly remind them that God is in control of everything that Christian and his companions encounter.)

By reading this story to your kids, you can teach them about the sinfulness of man, the rage and power (but ultimate destruction) of the devil, and the overwhelming holiness, love and sovereignty of God. It's also a great way to express the idea that life is a journey, and although this is our Father's world, our true home is in that heavenly country across the River Jordan where our loving Savior is waiting to welcome us.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite book growing up, the illistrations are great and the story keeps you on your toes. Great bedtime story book as something is always happening (beware you can't finish in night though). Dragons, demons, giants, dark woods, and angels. A good introduction to the Christian walk in a way a small child can enjoy and still savor as an adult.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathy F. Cannata on October 24, 2004
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Ok, that title sounds like a cheesy Rex Reed movie review. But this book really did grab me. The illustrations are generously sized and very detailed. No matter how many times you have read Pilgrim's Progress you will be challenged to see things in a new light. And your kids will be drawn into the timeless story.

In a day when Western culture has lost its Biblical morrings and no longer sees life as a pilgrimage, a jounrey to Heaven, this book draws us out. It pulls us from the search for inner self-fulfilment and directs us outward to get on the road. This metaphor for the Christian life is just so gripping.

A must have for parents and their kids.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
John Bunyan has created a story that will, regardless of your religious affiliation, profoundly move your heart. The author has created settings and characters that boldly reflect the best and worst of all things experienced within a lifetime, for all time. Bunyan's book is as relevant and necessary today as at any point since being written in 1676. If you read only one version of Pilgrim's Progress, make sure that "Dangerous Journey," is it. The poetic flow and wonderful illustrations grab and hold onto to you at word one and never let go.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Keene on April 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dangerous Journey is an exciting abbreviation of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress -- perhaps most exciting to me is that it uses the original words of John Bunyan, selected to offer children a digestable version of the story.

The exciting illustrations were teriffically gruesome for my 3 and 4 year old children (Christian being tackled by a very fearsome dragon, piles of men's bones, and very monstrous monsters) -- and they begged excitedly to read another chapter from the book each night. I was initially hesitant about showing them some of the pictures, because I thought they might be too scary for pre-schoolers -- but the story does a wonderful job of constantly reminding the reader that the Lord reigns over everything that happens to Christian. We haven't had any nightmares or scary dreams about these villians.

Just as the original author intended, this adaptation personifies so many of the devil's schemes, and makes it easier to talk with children about avoiding pitfalls in their own lives -- because they can associate words like despair and vanity with places and images rather than abstract ideas that may be harder to grasp.

My one disappointment was that several of the characters and items were truncated too much in the abbreviation. They were so underdeveloped that they were not very helpful to the storyline. This, of course, wasn't any disappointment to my children, who excitedly met a new character on each page and had little concern when one was passed too quickly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is the favorite book of my 2 and 5 year old sons. The pictures are gorgeous and hold their attention while I read the story of Christian. Each chapter is the perfect length for reading before bedtime. Most of the time though my sons want me to read the WHOLE book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1998
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I found the book to be very good 12 years ago. I read it to my children when they were able to understand it. I also found the illustrations to be extrodinary and helped explain the story very well. I am going to purchase this book again today for my daughter.
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