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Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Disney Peter Pan) Hardcover – Jan 23 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden/Disney; First Edition edition (Jan. 23 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736402381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736402385
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 0.6 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,195 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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J. M. Barrie adapted his famous play, "Peter Pan," into a novel form, I suppose, for those who, for whatever reason, don't like a visual presentation of a great story. But don't be fooled, either. While the play sings more the praises of childhood and the grand use of imagination to fight Indians and pirates, the novel is less happy and rather than praising children for using imagination, seems more to chastise parents for stifling their children's use of it. Still a great story, but it is not the children's tale you might be expecting.
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By MAL on April 16 2016
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Small and low quality book. I should have spent the extra money and purchased a better quality book. Going to my local library to see and feel the different books would have told me not to buy this one.
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There is no comparison between the colourless, lame Disney rip-offs of this story and the original. The original is literature of the highest calibre, for adults too. I realized when I read it with my daughter that I had never actually read the original.

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.
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I was disappointed with the quality. The hard cover was cut a few millimeters shorter then the inside pages so a line of white paper is showing from under the cover when the book is closed. The edge of the cover doesn't look completely straight line either. It's a shame because the illustrations are so beautiful. I think I will read it to my son a few times and then use the pictures for a craft project, and look for a better one to put on his bookshelf.
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The book is good but this publication is kinda low quality. The paperback version of he cover is all pixelated and a lot of the picture details can't be made out. Margins are a bit funny, but the story is beautiful written!
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"Why can't you fly now mother?"
"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.
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I love this book, but I have to admit that I watched the newest 'Peter Pan' movie, starring Jeremy Sumpter, before I actually read the classic. Although the movie including many exact or related lines right from the novel and most of the same major scenes, I found that, in the movie, there was that 'puppy-love glow' between Peter and Wendy that just made the storyline so much more interesting and sweet. The novel does show some sense of that, but not as much as the movie. The whole idea that Peter tries to hide his feelings for Wendy yet act completely irrisistable at the same time...or at the end when Peter and Hook are fighting and Hook makes him realize that he is incomplete and so on. How the movie focuses on 'feelings' in the individual stages of childhood, youth, and adulthood are most interesting and are well demonstrating in the movie. Now, I love this book very much, but I suppose I was a little disappointed when it did not include such things.
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