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A Pilgrim's Progress (Classic Stories) [Paperback]

Geraldine Mccaughrean , Jason Cockroft
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19 April 2001 Classic Stories
'I had a dream last night... large enough to fill the rest of my life.' This retelling of John Bunyan's classic story is filled with drama, excitement and adventure. On his journey of a life-time to the City of Gold, Christian meets an extraordinary cast of characters, such as the terrible Giant Despair and the monster Apollyon. Together with Hopeful, his steadfast companion, he survives the snipers and mantraps, the Great Bog, Vanity Fair, Lucre Hill and Castle Doubting. But will he find the courage to cross the final river to the City of Gold and his salvation?

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340844108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340844106
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 35 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I found out how writing let me step outside my little, everyday world and go wherever I chose - way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. Not that all my books are an easy ride. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that's what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 160 books now, there are all manner of books in among that number - gorgeously illustrated picture books, easy readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels.
The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for as Englishwoman, was the most amazing, startling thrill.
Then there was Peter Pan in Scarlet - official sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. I can't say I expected that when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and getting a book published one day.
These days I have a husband (good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. But she's an actor. So, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!)
My Mum told me, "Never boil your cabbages twice, dear," which was her way of saying, "Don't repeat yourself." So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You'll find all my novels quite different from one another. The only way you can find out which ones you like and which you don't is to read them, I'm afraid.
I have also done lots of retellings of myth, legend, folk and fairy tales, and adapted indigestible classics such as El Cid, the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Shakespeare and the Pilgrim's Progress.
Something for everyone, you see, my dear young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader.
All they have in common is that they all contain words. If you are allergic to words, you'd best not open the covers.

Geraldine McCaughrean has written 167 books and plays for both adults and children. The books include Peter Pan in Scarlet, one of the most talked about and successful children's titles of 2006.

Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep Forever Award. She has also had more titles short-listed (six, including one winner and one Highly Commended) for the Carnegie Medal, than any other author, the latest being The Death Defying Pepper Roux.

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Award-winning author Geraldine Mccaughrean tackles John Bunyon's classic story with a charm and poise that successfully breathe life into the ancient chronicle of a young man called Christian as he undertakes the journey of a lifetime to the City of Gold.

As a revered and well-worn tale, A Pilgrim's Progress may seem at odds with the modernity of current children's writing, but it has in fact all the elements that make a child really sit up and take notice--drama, excitement and adventure.

Partnered by Jason Cockcroft, whose startling contemporary illustrations contrast with the age-old fable and bring an added poignancy to the story of a youth with a mission in life. McCaughrean neatly draws the drama out, gradually allowing the reader to conclude that Christian is not so different from latter day heroes after all.

A stunning, complex retelling of a classic story, this exciting and unusual version of The Pilgrim's Progress is both comprehensive and remarkable as it brings a centuries-old yarn bang up to date for the thoroughly modern reader without losing any of the spirit of Bunyan's original work. (Age 10 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


beautifully and imaginatively written (Ian Hislop, Private Eye editor (on the judging pan)

Charming, beautifully illustrated retelling (Bournemouth Daily Echo, 3rd February 2001) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pilgrim's Progress 23 Feb 2001
An 18th century Christian classic by John Bunyan, born 1628, who was a poor tinker and later a soldier with Cromwell's Parliamentarian army. He married a poor girl whose dowry was two books, 'The Plain Man's Guide to Pathway to Heaven' and 'Practice of Piety'. Reading these books transformed Bunyan's life and he became a lay preacher at a time when it was illegal for the laity to preach in Britain. Whilst in prison for the second time he wrote 'Pilgrim's Progress'.
This version, abridged by Geraldine McCaughrean, won the first Blue Peter overall Book of the Year award (December 2000). It is a highly enjoyable retelling of the story, with some simplifications in language for the younger reader. Some of the names are altered, for example, the most lugubrious 'Slough of Despond' is called 'The Great Bog Misery' - which is good, if not quite the same. And one word, which might be outside the scope of the average young person - 'donjon', the central tower or keep of a castle - sent me to the dictionary, but overall the effect is marvellous. The book is richly illustrated with very good colour and black and white illustrations by Jason Cockcroft. An ideal gift and a great introduction to the full work.
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This book will grab the attention of any inquisitive child or grown up. The well-known story is re-told so that any child can understand and relate to it and the vivid pictures bring the whole epic to life. As was Bunyan's intention, all of life's battles are encapsulated within the story and the lessons spelt out clearly. The story unravels the mysteries surrounding God, the crucifiction, the resurrection and heaven so that a child can understand it. It will also help any adult looking into Christianity to deepen their understanding in a clear and enjoyable way. This book is a must for any God parents to give to their God children from 7 upwards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book but be careful... 20 Mar 2010
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Great book, but be careful I thought this was the one with the fabulous illustrations... IT IS NOT.... its a much SMALLER black and white book that disappointed me because I have the original sized one with the colours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 26 Jun 2014
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I have already bought many copies of this excellent book, so knew what it was like. I expect to buy yet more in the future
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim's Progress 23 Feb 2014
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I read this and enjoyed it - however I bought it to read in school and found that it was quite wordy and that the children lost interest quite quickly. More suited to a Year 5/ 6 age group.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An 'old' story refreshed. 31 Oct 2013
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John Bunyan was inspired to write his Pilgrim's Progress about Christian & his journey to the Golden City.

This book 'refreshes' the story which is still relevant & vital today, drawing attention to the wiles of the evil one.

Good for children of 12 upwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I could manage to read this version. 22 Aug 2013
By colette
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I did try to read the original years ago but it was too much like hard work and I gave up. Give me the children's one and I can understand it! I know names have been changed and things left out but all in all for people who find the original difficult this is a good solution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, a modern re-telling 19 Aug 2012
I came across this book by accident: drawn to it by its beautiful illustrations, and then as I read it aloud to my grandson, gripped by the re-telling of the story.
Geraldine McCaughrean has found a marvellous way to tell the story without reducing the original to anything less than it was: she is a genius to tell, like a born storyteller, this most engrossing story.
My grandson was 7 when we first read it, but the age-range is wider: and older children reading to themselves, would revel in the story and its lively illustrations. Over-tens would see more deeply into the story...
As ever, Bunyan showed us the pitfalls that await, the glories that beckon, and the very human inability not to be tempted 'off-track' which we all share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to read
Very easy to read, perfect for those who want the story without the hard work of wading through the language of the original.
Published 1 day ago by Frances Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a chapter before bedtime
A Pilgrim's Progress is a wonderful classic, and to be able to find this simplified version for children is very special. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by Mrs. V. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pilgrim's Progress (Classic Stories)
A Pilgrim's Progress (Classic Stories)]. Brilliant book & very effective. My 9 year old son started the 'original' book but we faltered and stopped - just too difficult. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Colebrook
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This is one of the loveliest and most thought-provoking books that speaks deep truths to children (and adults!). I can't wait to read it to me next kid when they are old enough. Read more
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Both my 10 year old son and I enjoyed this book. When I asked him questions to see if he understood the meanings behind the book he showed suprising insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Honestly, the best looking and most faithful (considering it is abridged for children) to the text. a beautiful presentation of a timeless story. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by Rev. Ian R. Field
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down

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