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Peter Pan and Wendy

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Barrie created Peter Pan in stories he told to the sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, with whom he had forged a special relationship. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies' death from cancer came within a few years after the death of her husband. Barrie was named as co-guardian of the boys and unofficially adopted them.
The character's name comes from two sources: Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the boys, and Pan, the mischievous Greek god of the woodlands. It has also been suggested that ...
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Barrie created Peter Pan in stories he told to the sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, with whom he had forged a special relationship. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies' death from cancer came within a few years after the death of her husband. Barrie was named as co-guardian of the boys and unofficially adopted them.
The character's name comes from two sources: Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the boys, and Pan, the mischievous Greek god of the woodlands. It has also been suggested that the inspiration for the character was Barrie's elder brother David, whose death in a skating accident at the age of fourteen deeply affected their mother. According to Andrew Birkin, author of J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys, the death was "a catastrophe beyond belief, and one from which she never fully recovered. If Margaret Ogilvy [Barrie's mother as the heroine of his 1896 novel of that title] drew a measure of comfort from the notion that David, in dying a boy, would remain a boy for ever, Barrie drew inspiration."
The Author was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. 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 magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland.

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Although Barrie's original story is replete with visual images, once readers enjoy the Carruth-Johnstone picture book, they will forever envision the characters from these pages. Condensed chapters mirror the original with memorable quotes, as well as the entire cast of famous and infamous characters who lie hidden in the pages of Barrie's timeless version. Each spread is graced with elegant paintings depicting flight, tragedy, triumph, security, danger, and always, adventure. This volume offers the perfect size pages for sharing aloud and introducing a wide-eyed audience to Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his evil looking crew, and the sinister crocodile.
Children's Literature
This classic was first performed on stage in 1904 and reissued in novel form in 1911. Even today, or especially, it has never been better! Put away the Disney version (sadly, the only one that many children associate with Peter Pan), and settle in for a rich and wonderful ride with the only child who will never grow up! Visually mesmerizing, the illustrations in this newly released version will captivate even the most skeptical reader. The watercolor and pen drawings invite the reader to participate in flying over Neverland with Peter, Wendy, John and Michael, to sleep head to toe with the Lost Boys, to hear Captain Hook's body rushing down to the water (actually, to the waiting crocodile). A short yet incredibly fact filled foreword is written by one of Barrie's closest surviving relatives. Barrie never had children, a fact that had nothing to do with the countless children he continues to touch with his work. This book would make a cherished addition to any library. Highly recommended. 2004, Orchard Books/Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-This classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up, his earthly friends, and their adventures in Neverland is a popular subject for illustrators. This anniversary edition contains the "original unabridged text," but offers nothing unique or fresh. The abundant small illustrations and full-page spreads decorate, rather than enliven, the story. Ingpen's artwork is a combination of line drawings and pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings. Waiflike portrayals of the children and muted, hazy colors create a nostalgic "days gone by" aura. The colors and shading also emphasize the sense of fantasy. Unfortunately, they also create emotional distance. Both the story and characters lack visual energy. Neither the playful whimsy nor the lurking dangers of Neverland come through in the art. The depiction of the battle between Captain Hook's pirates and the Indians is laden with stereotypical images. Libraries needing another version of Peter Pan have plenty of choices, including editions illustrated by Michael Hague, Michael Foreman, Trina Schart Hyman, and Arthur Rackham. This one won't be missed.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"With evident delight, Shirley Hughes has reillustrated Peter Pan and Wendy. With her dark-haired Wendy, elfin, androgynous Peter and menacing Hook, Hughes reminds us how much black and white drawings can enhance a story."  —Sunday Times

"Shirley Hughes' black pen and ink illustrations take us back to the story's Edwardian origins while the conversational, personal narrative makes this a perfect family book to read aloud over the holidays."  —Cork Evening Echo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940849058
  • Publisher: Murine Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 259,349
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

J. M. Barrie (1860–1937) had no children of his own but was the guardian of five boys for whom he created the tale of Peter Pan, first written as a play. Shirley Hughes has written more than 200 books, creating enduring characters like Alfie and Dogger, who have thrilled children and adults alike with their tales of growing up and everyday discovery. Her many awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal and the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for her services to children's literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    Fantastically Whimsical

    Peter Pan is a book I'm sure you've all heard of-- or at least you've heard of the movie. But the book is a whole second realm of wonders and oddities. I highly recommend trying it out.
    PS (and it's free).

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    I relly like this book

    If u are looking for a good book this is the one!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Greatest Children's Tale Ever Told

    The tale of Peter Pan may be the greatest children's tale ever, appealing to children of all ages. Peter Pan and Wendy is the book J. M. Barrie wrote based upon his successful play. It portrays the boundlessness of imagination, childrens' struggles with adults over independence and identity, and the inevitable loss of innocence as one grows up. The volume I purchased for my 2-year old daughter has beautiful illustrations throughout and is printed on thick paper, to help perserve it through (I'm sure) many readings. The only problems I had with the story was probably due to its age: the author's early-20th-Century English prose is a little thick for young minds, and of course some of the comments about the tribe of Redskins may be viewed as derogatory. Still, I recommend this book for those with children, or those of us who never really grew up.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Could be better

    I found it very annoying how the title kept cropping up in the text. It made it very confusing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Click to see report

    Confusing at first, but, after a few pages, it is really fun and engaging. But, there are HORRIBLE typos. And also very confusing and strangly placed headlined. But other then that it is a very charming classic. Try it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Lm???!!!!!e*&gc&&%%:*aaai$4$$##uceeenlbhr365%4213688766544345789043

    Okay decent

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Peter pan has always been a great classic, but

    Peter pan has always been a great classic, but this book is more for younger readers, ages 7-10.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    read

    It is hard to read w/ the title keep poping up

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Good! Good!

    Its a good classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great!

    I absolutely recommend this timeless classic

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Perfect for kids

    This book is perfect for kids

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Okay

    It did have typoys that were really annoying that said things like PETER AND WENDY but it was a cool story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    For all those who hates unrelated

    Why do you tell all your personal life on a review? Book was good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Peter pan

    I love this book sooooo much!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Peter Pan is stuck-up

    I reccomend the movie though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Some one text me fyi my name is kattlyn just say what up kattlyn

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Page numbers

    How many pages i really want to down load it but if it is onley a 100 page book i probaly wont because i am the kind of girl who will read a 400 page book in 5-6 days please respond

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Read this tap it

    I thought this would be better but it isn't very good. I recomend the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    i hate peter pan...

    Thisbook is BORING....

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    We've all heard of the popular Disney "Peter Pan" but

    We've all heard of the popular Disney "Peter Pan" but have you considered reading the book? "Peter Pan and Wendy" was written by
    J.M Barrie back in 1911.This book tells the story of the little boy Peter who didn't want to grow up and the adventures he experienced in 
    Neverland with Wendy and her brothers, the lost boys, and you can't forget, Tinkerbell! Barrie puts a greater perspective on all the
    characters introduced in the book and what it's really like to be in the little island of Neverland. You are put into Peter's shoes
    when you read this book and you can see a much more deeper side to his personality than you may have thought. As a reader, you feel
     like you are in Neverland itself because of the amazing detailed imagery. J.M Barrie makes children's imaginations seem realistic
     allowing you to open up to your inner self and feel like a little kid again. The only thing I did not like about this book was the authors
    old fashioned diction. Since the book was written in 1911, the word choice is very old making it hard to understand for younger minds.
     If you're up for an amazing journey through Neverland and can deal with old English then I would definitely recommend this book.
    J.M Barrie is a great author who really know how to make you nostalgic.

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