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Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Disney Peter Pan) Hardcover – Jan 23 2007
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is one of the most insightful explorations of mother-son, mother-child relationships I have ever read, and transcends the Edwardian time period in which it was written. The insights are universal. It does of course, also deal with the timeless theme of growing up, and whether we would really ever not want to do that!
In a few respects, it might not seem politically correct today (the Lost Boys actually do kill pirates, and Tinker Bell regularly calls Peter Pan "a silly ass") but it is more than compensated for by its psychological depth. It's a bit like the best Hollywood animated features these days... many funny side jokes and observations in it for the parents as the basic story line is for kids.
The illustrations in this version are also lovely. This was the "best Peter Pan" illustrated version as recommended on a parenting site.
"Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way."
"Why do they forget the way?"
"Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly."
Wendy to her daughter Jane
If you think this is simply a children's book, and that as an adult you should just ignore it, well, then you're absolutely crazy. This is one of the few books that have ever made me cry. Yes, I actually cried when I read this book, because the story is just that good.
It is beautifully written by Barrie, with all the different characters that can be found in Neverland and throughout the great galaxy, even the stars are friends with Peter, well except when he tries to sneak up behind them and blow them out. There's mermaids and Indians and Pirates in Neverland, all the ingredients for a wonderful adventure for Peter and the lost boys.
If you've seen the Disney movie don't let that stop you from reading this. Disney's version is for kids. Barrie's version is for adults. I believe I've actually read somewhere that Barrie wrote this book for adults not children, and I do believe that adults will get so much more out of it then children will. Not that it won't be a good entertaining read for them, but an adult will be left with so much more afterwards.
The part of this book that really cinched the fact that it's perhaps one of the best books ever written is the final chapter, which is absolutely heart breaking and had me in tears. After the adventures the Darlings return home with all the Lost boys. All the boys grow up eventually forgetting the adventures they had, and become engineers and office workers never remembering what they had done already.Read more ›
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Charmingly written, but alarmingly sexist and racist for today's audience.Published 4 days ago by Diana Ralph
The book was in great condition, but i did not like the story, I find it was not well written.Published 1 month ago by Claudia
Beautiful edition, lovely illustration. Reading the story of Peter Pan again ❤️Published 5 months ago by Malgorzata Kaczmarska
Love the book and interactive elements. I wished more booked were like this. Highly recommended to the Peter Pan lover in your life. Would make an amazing gift.Published 6 months ago by Rabinna
This is a an absolutely beautiful book. I really hope that Minalima will create illustrate more classics, I would buy them all in a heartbeat. Read morePublished 13 months ago by 5foot4