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Peter Pan: The Original Story

Peter Pan: The Original Story

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by J. M. Barrie
     
 

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Revisit enchanted Neverland with
J. M. Barrie's timeless tale

Join Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they follow Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, to a world where fairies live and children can fly. But beware — danger abounds in this magical land of mermaids, Indians, and fairy dust. Captain Hook and his pirate crew want all children to walk the

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Revisit enchanted Neverland with
J. M. Barrie's timeless tale

Join Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they follow Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, to a world where fairies live and children can fly. But beware — danger abounds in this magical land of mermaids, Indians, and fairy dust. Captain Hook and his pirate crew want all children to walk the plank, especially Peter Pan.

There is always an adventure to be had in Neverland. So come along with the Darling children as they soar into the night sky — second to the right and straight on till morning!


About the Author
James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) was born in Scotland and moved to England to pursue a literary career. He earned the reputation of a fine playwright and Peter Pan was first performed on stage in 1904. In 1911 Barrie turned this story into a book, which was originally entitled Peter and Wendy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This children's classic by Scottish writer. J. M. Barrie, has been republished in its original form. First published in 1911, the story and its themes have become deeply rooted in the consciousness of English-speaking people. Peter Pan, who is a narcissistic, underdeveloped boy who never wants to grow up, has become the prototype for all those men and boys who prefer to remain in an infantile state rather than accepting the responsibilities of adulthood. Barrie's story, like all great classics, embodies darkness and light, good and evil. However, in 1953, the Disney movie based on this book emerged, trivializing and romanticizing the story. Since it is the Disney truncated version that most people know, I recommend that people read the story in Barrie's skilled prose in order to capture all of the innuendos and greatness of the language that he uses. However, as a woman reading the story with today's social awareness, I can't help but bristle at the sex-role stereotypes, especially regarding Wendy. She is the embodiment of all that is stereotypically feminine—the mother who tucks the children in bed, the frail woman who must be respected, the mother of daughters who will serve as cleaning women for Peter generation after generation. I would recommend this book for children who are mature enough to enjoy the greatness of the writing and who can also deal with its anachronisms. 2003 (orig. 1911), HarperCollins, Ages 9 to 12.
— Kathy Egner, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060563073
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/11/2003
Series:
Peter Pan Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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