Thursday, February 4, 2010

Just Another One of My Obsessions

I love Pilgrim's Progress. I was given this comic book version when I was 13 and have loved the story since.
It's a story I want them to know so well, they quote it while I read it the same way they quote Julie Andrews when they're watching Mary Poppins for the 34th time. So, when they were in 1st grade, I read this version to them:
And the next year, we read this fabulous picture book version:

Well, when it was time to introduce the real deal, I started talking to friends about it. Not having received a rich literary education myself, I was nervous about reading something so "hard". Nevermind that I'd already seen my kids sit through original Shakespeare plays, all while telling me what was going on in the story.

My homeschooling mentor (Lori dear, that's you) strongly recommended that I get the audio drama that Vision Forum sells. Now, you have to know Lori to understand what I mean when I say she strongly recommended it. Lori has very strong opinions about books (thus the website dedicated to all her precious paper friends). She went on and on about how much she and her kids loved this audiobook. So, naturally, I had to have it.

Lori was right. My kids were riveted.

So t h e n when I saw this DVD at a friend's house, I was curious.

We borrowed it and were watching it when I was in early labor with Julia. I must say, I was impressed. It was a great way to cement the story in the minds of my little ones. It was so great to hear them saying: Oh, this is when Christian's gonna get stuck in the mud! and etc.

And for once, we weren't disappointed with the movie after reading the book! I highly recommend it.


MommaofMany said...

We recently saw the movie, too. My kids gave it a hearty 16 thumbs up.

Chas said...

We watched the movie also... We loved it. A favorite around here now. :)

Kidcraze said...

We, too, are huge fans of Pilgrim's Progress and I was right with you up to the point of the movie. We haven't seen it yet. I was told that some of the scenes (like with Apollyon) were a bit too much for our younger kids. How did Lydia and Daniel handle it? Was it scary at all? Mine are a bit prone to nightmares, so I just haven't "gone there" yet. But, we love the audio version!

Dakota said...

Where did you get your copy of the Little Pilgrim's Progress? Amazon wants an arm and a leg for it.

Robin said...

Thanks! I just ordered Little Pilgrim's Progress on paperbackbookswap. Can't wait to get it and read it.

MamaMahnken said...

Ok, the link to your friend Lori? Not working any more. Or for me. But she was the one with the really cool book website right? Is there another link you can hook me up with? Help a fellow bookaholic out!