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  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reissue edition (March 1 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553211781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553211788
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All children, except one, grow up." Thus begins a great classic of children's literature that we all remember as magical. What we tend to forget, because the tale of Peter Pan and Neverland has been so relentlessly boiled down, hashed up, and coated in saccharine, is that J.M. Barrie's original version is also witty, sophisticated, and delightfully odd. The Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, live a very proper middle-class life in Edwardian London, but they also happen to have a Newfoundland for a nurse. The text is full of such throwaway gems as "Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter Pan when she was tidying up her children's minds," and is peppered with deliberately obscure vocabulary including "embonpoint," "quietus," and "pluperfect." Lest we forget, it was written in 1904, a relatively innocent age in which a plot about abducted children must have seemed more safely fanciful. Also, perhaps, it was an age that expected more of its children's books, for Peter Pan has a suppleness, lightness, and intelligence that are "literary" in the best sense. In a typical exchange with the dastardly Captain Hook, Peter Pan describes himself as "youth... joy... a little bird that has broken out of the egg," and the author interjects: "This, of course, was nonsense; but it was proof to the unhappy Hook that Peter did not know in the least who or what he was, which is the very pinnacle of good form." A book for adult readers-aloud to revel in--and it just might teach young listeners to fly. (Ages 5 and older) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 3-7-- A pleasure to view, read, and hold, this new edition of an old favorite deserves space in every collection. From jacket painting, to cover (with Tinker Bell embossed in gold), to endpapers (dark maps of Neverland), Gustafson's artwork opens doors to glimpses of old friends and to new interpretations. Fifty oil paintings reveal expressive, changing characters. Peter Pan is dewy-cheeked, spry, wicked. Maternal Wendy is tender, then stoic. Even Hook is at times downcast. The Indians, proud and handsome, avoid stereotype. Masterly composition and use of light create dramatic full-page illustrations, accompanied by cameos of ordinary objects (kite, bear, tea kettle). Compared to Hague's illustrations for Peter Pan (Holt, 1987), which were dark and surreal, these are light and vital. Handsome bookmaking, Barrie's text, and Gustafson's pictures combine to breathe new life into Peter Pan's old shadow. --Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 7 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was an interesting book, full of adventure but also has a more serious side about the need to grow up and grow in wisdom. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends.

The questions it left unanswered for me were:
-What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk?
-The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels?
-Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming

A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out 'Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth' by J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8 2004
Format: Paperback
Check out the amazing book that inspires the imagination and touches your heart. This is the universal and timeless classic that spawned countless adaptations... and there's a reason: It's a lovely book! Who doesn't know Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling or any of the other classic- even iconic- characters? Written about childhood with children in mind it appeals to the adolescent in all of us- simpler, idealistic, and let's face it: selfish. It's a beautiful book that has been around a hundred years and will be around a hundred more, because even as we grow up, Peter Pan never does!
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Peter Pan is the timeless classic everyone has grown up to. It has been passed down from generation to generation but it all started with one man, J. M. Barrie. When anyone tells the story of Peter Pan most adults don't think it is suitable for them. They think that it is simply a children's story and always will be. However, Barrie made sure that this story would be appropriate for all ages. Some of the language might be a bit difficult for the youngest range but the context helps to figure out a funny word or two. It appeals to the older range because of the layers it conceals. Behind each game they play is a message. Hidden under each smile Wendy gives to Peter is her hidden kiss. However, this story relates mostly to teenagers as they are going through the stage of growing up. Just days before I read Peter Pan I thought of how nice it would be to be free of homework and school. I thought how wonderful it would be to grow up and be independent. After reading this story, and seeing it exactly how Barrie told it, I don't want to grow up as much as Peter Pan and Wendy don't want to. I first heard the story, from seeing the movie, at a very young age, probably around the time I was 2 or 3. Disney tried hard to incorporate everything from the book but they didn't get every meaning or all the symbolism. For example, Mrs. Darling and Wendy Darling both have a hidden kiss. This kiss is hidden under the right hand corner of their mouths and only their true love can find it. Because Mr. Darling can't find Mrs. Darling's kiss, perhaps Barrie is trying to say that although she loves Mr. Darling dearly, he isn't her true love. Barrie fills his book with the perfect amount of detail and color. Children don't get bored because there is too much and adults don't need any more.Read more ›
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By A Customer on May 2 2004
Format: Paperback
Anyone who hasn't read this yet is crazy, because it is an amazing book. It's one of those kinds where you can read it over and over again without getting tired of it. There is so much detail and imagination that you get sucked into the story, and in a short amount of time you feel like you are actually in the book. What I especially liked about this story is how it is suitable for both children and adults. Some children may find it a little confusing because of the old language but they will still enjoy it.
Everyone has a first impression of this story; it seems like it's only meant for kids. Except they don't understand that it really isn't. There are so many layers to the story and lessons/morals are hidden throughout the book. Peter Pan has different qualities to it also. There's drama, action, and adventure. I think that kids will especially like the action and adventure while the adults will enjoy the drama more. Even though the story has mainly child characters they act like adults sometimes. Especially Wendy.
I recommend this book for everyone, but mostly girls and boys who are going from the transition from child to adult. Even though everyone will like it anyways teenagers will really be able to relate the what's happening. I found myself relating to Wendy so much that sometimes I felt like I was her! So if you haven't read this book you really should...it will be a classic forever and you should experience the magic it has.
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Anyone who hasn't read this yet is crazy, because it is an amazing book. It's one of those kinds where you can read it over and over again without getting tired of it. There is so much detail and imagination that you get sucked into the story, and in a short amount of time you feel like you are actually in the book. What I especially liked about this story is how it is suitable for both children and adults. Some children may find it a little confusing because of the old language but they will still enjoy it.
Everyone has a first impression of this story; it seems like it's only meant for kids. Except they don't understand that it really isn't. There are so many layers to the story and lessons/morals are hidden throughout the book. Peter Pan has different qualities to it also. There's drama, action, and adventure. I think that kids will especially like the action and adventure while the adults will enjoy the drama more. Even though the story has mainly child characters they act like adults sometimes. Especially Wendy.
I recommend this book for everyone, but mostly girls and boys who are going from the transition from child to adult. Even though everyone will like it anyways teenagers will really be able to relate the what's happening. I found myself relating to Wendy so much that sometimes I felt like I was her! So if you haven't read this book you really should...it will be a classic forever and you should experience the magic it has.
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