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Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim's Progress

Fall 2008 Fiction
Ages: 10 - 14 yrs.
Author: Gary Schmidt
Illustrator: Barry Moser
Publisher: Eerdmans
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5346-2
Hardcover Price: $16.50
Review:
John Bunyan's original Puritan allegorical tale of the journey of faith was written from his jail cell in 1675, when he was imprisoned for preaching opposition to England's church establishment. Christian is a man living in the city of Destruction, who carries a great burden, and cannot remove it from his back. Upon the urging of the character Evangelist, Christian leaves his family and embarks on a journey to the Shining Gate, and past that to the Celestial City. Schmidt stays true to Bunyan's names of characters and places: Faithful, Obstinate, Pliable, Mr. Worldly-Wise, Charity, Discretion, Vanity Fair, the Cliff of Error. Moser's skilled and dramatic watercolor illustrations blend the old Puritan characters with the modern. Christian wears a baseball cap and jeans, yet Discretion, Prudence, Piety and Charity give him armor and knightly weapons for his travels to the Celestial City. This retelling is faithful to the original in idea and scope, but is much more accessible in terms of minor adjustments in language and the number of episodes.
Karen Ball   ©2008 Parents' Choice


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