The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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Lucy and Edmond, accompanied by their peevish cousin Eustace, sail to the magic land of Narnia, where Eustace is temporarily transformed into a green dragon because of his selfish behavior and skepticism.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, 1952
ISBN: 9781442051300
Branch Call Number: J FIC Lewis C
Characteristics: 219 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Aug 14, 2018

The previous book in the series, ended with all four Pevensies’ returning home from Narnia after helping Caspian. This time, it was Peter and Susan’s last time ever coming back to Narnia, but Lucy and Edmund were to come back one more time. And that happens very soon. While the two are staying with their dreadful cousin Eustace, they are brought back to Narnia, this time on a ship. Caspian, the new king of Narnia, is brought back as a main character. He and the two Pevenies’, along with Eustace who is more unbearable than ever, are taken on an adventure. Specifically, on a ship called the Dawn Treader. Together, they navigate the waters to find seven kings who Caspian’s Uncle Miraz had sent away. They encounter many problems, but C.S. Lewis does a great job of showing optimism through those times. The book ends with Aslan, the great Lion, sending Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace back to our world. Unfortunately, that was Lucy and Edmund’s last time in Narnia, but not quite for Eustace. Reepicheep, a loyal mouse, also gets taken to Aslan’s country, which is a symbol of heaven. Rating: 5/5
- @thesoundofcolours of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

A well-written story full of adventure and strong values. It is not quite as dramatic or exciting as TLWAW or PC, but Dawn Treader is still enjoyable. Scrubb's character growth is interesting, to say the least.

Jun 03, 2017

Such a great book! It's full of adventures. There are all different types of emotions/feelings. It's a great book to read for a DEAR period or read aloud. I recommend it!

Jun 13, 2016

Wrong Cover. I liked the other cover better.

Feb 13, 2015

This book and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe tie for best book of the series in my opinion. I love that C.S. Lewis expands Narnia by taking readers to the ocean, giving Edmund some character growth and giving Lucy a slightly darker side. All very interesting. P.S. don't cry at the ending, I assure you everything will get better in the last chapter of book 7, The Last Battle. Nice religion symbolism there, hehe, 7.

Mar 31, 2014

This is the best book ever, but so sad!

AmandaVollmershausen Jan 02, 2014

I love the way this book was paced, and the relationships between the characters really shines in this instalment of the series. An excellent ending as well- I love how distinct each of the books are from one another.

Jun 20, 2013

Fascinating story. I liked how Eustace had become a better person during his adventure in Narnia.

jmoy Oct 03, 2012

One of my favorite novels in the Narnia series is “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (VDT) as it captures the sense of adventure present in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” while steering clear of any items that would have caused Narnia to become a stale series (VDT was the third book published in the heptalogy).

The character of Reepicheep is particularly lovable; I think we could all learn a bit from his valor, faith, and loyalty (and perhaps eschew his occasional rash and violent tendencies). VDT is also a great coming of age story, and of course, what better way than to tell such a story than with an extended metaphor of traveling by sea to new and exciting lands?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“A dragon has just flown over the tree-tops and lighted on the beach. Yes, I am afraid it is between us and the ship. And arrows are no use against dragons. And they're not at all afraid of fire."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“Things never happen the same way twice.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are -are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

Written between January and February 1950 and published on 15 September 1952, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ sees Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, return to Narnia. Once there, they join Caspian's voyage on the ship Dawn Treader to find the seven lords who were banished when Miraz took over the throne. This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan's country at the edge of the world.


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