Popular fantasy about Peter, the boy who won't grow up, and his companion Tinker Bell, transports young readers to Never-Never Land where together with Wendy and the other Darling children they meet Princess Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, and the nasty Captain Hook. Inexpensive, completely unabridged edition promises to enchant new generations.
Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), a Scottish, wrote this book in 1902 for an older brother, David (his mother's favorite) who died in an ice-skating accident the day before he turned 14. Thus, in his mother's mind, David always stayed as a young boy who would not grow up. J. M. Barrie, a middle-child and then only 6 years old, tried to assume David's place in his mother's heart by wearing the latter's clothes and speaking and sounding l...more
But Peter is a monstrous sort of figure when you get past the romance of Neverland. He's a wild boy, selfish and cocky. Instead of being a kind of example of innocent childhood, he almost brings to mind the...more
Reread in preparation for Neverland this coming weekend!
Oh, they enjoyed it, and I may have bred a love for the story in them that will last (which could be exactly why the story has endured -- parental readings), but no matter how much they liked Peter Pan I could not see the appeal.
Wendy drove me crazy; Peter grew increasingly annoying; Hook bored me stiff; ther...more
This book just so fully captures childhood and the problem of growing up, in a witty way. If you've never read it, really you must! The edition we own is...more
What I would give to fly away with you! And to go to Neverland.
"To die will be an awfully big adventure."
When you hear the name Peter Pan and Wendy, what does it remind you of? Happiness, childhood, innocence, flying away, love, and so much more right?
That's exactly what this book makes you feel. It is beautiful and magical.The writing is amazing and it is so easy to understand. It makes you feel like you are living in the book and you are either: the Lost Boy...more
Things that are great:
1) All of these tiny details that Barrie added in that just make everything feel really intricate.
2) Peter Pan is the most bizarre and interesting characters ever.
3) The whole concept of Neverland being fact of fiction? Fascinating.
4) The parents. WOAH SO INTERESTING.
5) I listened to an audiobook version while reading along which was read by Jim Dale and OMGSOGOOD.
6) The magic.
7) The pirates.
8) Understanding why Tinker Bell is called Tinker Bel...more
Peter Pan is the classic tale of the boy who never grew up. In essence one could take this as a metaphor for immaturity, for there is certainly a difference between any man aging physically, mentally or emotionally. In my re-reading of this novel, I found that this theme stood out to me a lot more, along with several other, more sinister themes regarding parenthood and social acceptability. The overall message conveyed by Barrie appears to be one of conformity, not one of self discovery. Yet thi...more
This book is weird and sexist. It's been ages since I saw the Disney version, so I don't remember all those sketchy parts of the story.
This is such a sweet, sad fairy tale about the pains of growing up, and at the same time it's a bittersweet love story.
I love how flight is used as a symbol for youth:
It is sad to have to say that the power to fly gradually left them. At first Nana tied their feet to the bed-posts so that they shou...more
It was cute. I was really intrigued by the way the author asserts that children are wee narcissistic sociopaths - and here he is saying it right to his (young) readers' faces, confident that it will go over their heads. And I'm sure it...more
Thus begins the most classic piece of children's literature of all-time. Written with such delicate embellishments the language is a wonder in itself, and you will find yourself sighing with delight at the stunning metaphors and fanciful explanations.
The story is naturally as immortal as Peter Pan himself, and every child should have the pleasure of taking off to Neverland along with him. Neverland is the perfect idealization of every child's imaginative dre...more
"All children, except one grow up. They soon know that they will grow up...Mrs. Darling cried,'Oh why can't you remain like this for ever!'...henceforth Wendy knew she must grow up...Two is the beginning of the end."
I can't believe how many children's books I read to myself and my daughter, but never Peter and Wendy, just the Golden Book of Peter Pan. This abridged edition of course, includes the main characters, Hook, Smee, Tinker Bell, the crocodile, etc. but it leaves...more
I soon remembered why my fifth grade self couldn't stomach finishing even Chapter Three. By that point, Peter has managed to tur...more
In 1990, my grandparents sent me Unicorn editions of Robin Hood, Pinocchio, and a Christmas Carol. All three books are clothbound, with embossed gold lettering on the covers and spine that, almost 20 years later, are only beginning to fade. The books are large, unabridged, and heavy: each book in the Unicorn series is over a foot long, almost too tall to shelve comfortably in...more
One of the most loved characters of Children's literature, Peter Pan has stood the test of time. This is because in all of us, there's a Peter, a child who never grows up, a part of our soul which yearns for adventures, and believes in the make-belief as though it was real.
This simple tale filled with pirates and fairies, mermaids and red-skins has delighted and fed the insatiable hunger that every child feels for stories, for more than a century. Yet wha...more
I got my copy of Peter Pan, sporting a beautiful cover illustration drawn by a 10-year-old, from a...more
The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has...more