Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: C.S. Lewis
Illustrator: Pauline Baynes
Publisher: Harper Trophy
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are mysteriously pulled back to Narnia while waiting for the train back to school. They discover the ruins of their former castle since hundreds of years have passed in Narnia, even though only a year has passed since they returned to our world. They meet a dwarf named Trumpkin, who tells them they were summoned by Prince Caspian at the Stone Table. Caspian is a Telemarine prince, and rightful king of Narnia. He was usurped by his uncle, and now fights with the last remnants of the true Narnians, such as dwarfs and talking animals. They are fighting a losing battle, and blew the horn of Susan for help, which called the old kings and queens back. Peter and Edmund go to help win the battle while Susan and Lucy go with Aslan. Eventually, the battle is won with the help of the tree spirits. The Telemarines are told that they must live with Narnians as equals, or go through a door to their original world from where they came from, which is the same world as the children. A few go, but others stay and a new era of Narnia begins. Peter and Susan tell Edmund and Lucy that they must go as well, but this is their last time. Only Edmund and Lucy will return someday.
Prince Caspian is the fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. This story is a classic of the Narnia series. The four children return, but as they spend more time in Narnia, they become more and more of the kings and queens they used to be. However they remain as children who still have much to learn. In this story, Susan is the disbeliever, the parallel to doubting Thomas of the New Testament. Only Lucy is able to see Aslan. Susan insists that Lucy is dreaming and being a silly little girl. Eventually, Aslan reveals himself to everyone after they follow Lucy, and Susan must be confronted by her own mistakes. This can teach children to have faith, whether in religion, or just in each other. The story focuses a lot on non believers, such as Nikabrik, who decides that he believes more in evil, and places his trust in the White Witch. As always, the story focuses on the battle of good vs. evil, and evil is overcome in the end. The only downside to this story is that the title character, Prince Caspian, has less character development than the rest. While there are a few chapters telling his story and his belief in the magic of old Narnia, he is less present in the rest of the story, since the main focus is the original characters. This, however, makes the story more true to the original book.
*Contains mild violence, and mild language.