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Overview

"I'll teach you how to jump
on the wind's back,
and then away we go. . . ."

Meet Peter Pan, the magical boy who refuses to grow up. One night, while looking for his shadow, Peter and Tinker Bell fly into the home of the Darling family. In no time, Peter has the Darling children soaring through the air, out the window, and off to Neverland, an island where mermaids swim, the lost boys roam, and the evil pirate, Captain Hook, plots his revenge.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
First a play, then a book, the story of the boy who never grew up, children who could fly, and the colony of Lost Boys with no mothers has fed the fancy of all ages since 1911. The simplified text of this adaptation invites young readers to discover for themselves that "when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies." These and other quotable lines from the original are interspersed so that early readers have glimpses of the beauty of Barrie's language. All of the main characters are included, as well as familiar adventures, rivalries, and rescues. This small novel offers a first-hand knowledge of characters and the plot from an icon of children's literature in easy vocabulary and brief chapters, providing an excellent introduction to a timeless story. This edition also brings a necklace with Tinker Bell as the adorning figure; it is part of the "My First Classics" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060791490
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: My First Classics Series
  • Edition description: BK&ACCES
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet 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.
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Peter Pan My First Classics


By J. Barrie

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 J. Barrie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060791497

Chapter One

Peter Breaks Through

Except for one child named Peter Pan, all children grow up. Children understand that everyone grows up eventually, and so did Wendy.

Wendy lived in London with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darling, and her two brothers, John and Michael. After Wendy was born, Mr. and Mrs. Darling were worried about being able to feed another mouth. But then John arrived, and then Michael. And the family managed to get along quite well.

Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so. And Mr. Darling wanted to be exactly like their neighbors, so they had a nurse for their children like everyone else in the neighborhood.

Since they did not have extra money to spend, their nurse was a Newfoundland dog called Nana. She proved to be a treasure of a nurse. She was quite thorough at bath time and got up in the middle of the night whenever one of the children made the slightest cry. Of course, her kennel was in the nursery so she could be close to the children.

It was a wonder to watch Nana walk the children to school. She would walk slowly by their sides if they were well behaved. But she would nudge them back into line if they strayed. When there was a chance of rain, she carried an umbrella in her mouth. Nana was always well prepared.

No children's nurse, dog or human, could have done a better job, and Mr. Darling knew it. Yet sometimes he was concerned that the neighbors were talking about his family behind their backs.

However, there was not a happier family than the Darlings. They had such fun dancing in the nursery together. Nana would dance around the room in her maid's cap, and Mrs. Darling would twirl and pirouette wildly. Until Peter Pan arrived, all was well.

Mrs. Darling had first heard of Peter Pan in her childhood. There were odd stories about Peter, and she had heard that he lived with fairies. Mrs. Darling had believed in Peter when she was young, but now that she was married and grown-up, she doubted there had been any such person.

One day when Wendy and Mrs. Darling were talking, the subject of Peter Pan came up.

"Well," Mrs. Darling said, "he would be grown-up now."

"Oh, no, he isn't," said Wendy. "He is just my size."

Mrs. Darling was alarmed and spoke to Mr. Darling about it.

"Peter Pan is just some nonsense Nana has put in their heads. It will blow over soon," Mr. Darling told his wife.

But it did not blow over. A little while later, the troublesome Peter Pan gave Mrs. Darling quite a shock.

One morning, Mrs. Darling made a discovery: some leaves were found on the nursery floor, and they had not been there when the children had gone to bed the night before. Mrs. Darling was puzzling over the leaves when Wendy entered the room.

"I guess it is that Peter Pan again!" Wendy said with a smile.

"What do you mean, dear?" Mrs. Darling asked.

Her daughter explained casually that she thought Peter sometimes came to the nursery at night, sat on the foot of her bed, and played his pipes. Unfortunately, Wendy said, she never woke up, so she didn't know how she knew this. She just did.

"Nonsense! No one can get into the house without knocking," Mrs. Darling said quite nervously.

"I think he comes in the window," said Wendy calmly.

"But it's three floors up," Mrs. Darling declared.

"Weren't the leaves in front of the window?" Wendy asked.

It was true. They had been found right there. Mrs. Darling did not know what to think. It all seemed so natural to Wendy.

"My child," said Mrs. Darling, "why didn't you tell me this before?"

"I forgot," Wendy said lightly. She hurried downstairs to breakfast.

Mrs. Darling looked carefully at the leaves again. She was sure they did not come from any tree in England. She so wished her daughter had been dreaming. But the very next night proved that Wendy had not been dreaming. For that was when the extraordinary adventures of the Darling children began.

On that night, all the children were safely in bed. It was Nana's evening off of work, so Mrs. Darling had given the children a bath and put them to bed. She sang to them until one by one they drifted off to sleep.

As she sat down by the fire to sew, Mrs. Darling felt safe and cozy looking at her children. The nursery was dimly lit by three night-lights. As Mrs. Darling sewed, her head drooped, and she fell asleep.

While she slept, Mrs. Darling had a dream. She dreamed that Neverland, the land of children's dreams, had come too close and a strange boy had broken through from it. As she was dreaming, the nursery window blew open and a boy dropped onto the floor.

With the boy was a strange light no bigger than a fist. The light darted about the room like a living thing. It was the light that awakened Mrs. Darling.

When she saw the boy, Mrs. Darling jumped with a cry. Somehow she knew it was Peter Pan. He was dressed in leaves, and she could see that he had all his baby teeth.

When Peter saw that there was a grown-up in the room, he gnashed his pearly teeth at Mrs. Darling.

Continues...


Excerpted from Peter Pan My First Classics by J. Barrie Copyright © 2006 by J. Barrie. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    Surprisingly Heartbreaking...

    This is not your typical Disney version of Peter Pan. This version is actually very heart wrenching. It tells the story of Peter Pan, Tiger Lily, and the Lost Boys of course, but the Disney version only sugar coats the story where everyone lives happily ever after. This is not the case in this original tale of a boy who never grows up while everyone in the real world does. Heart breaking. Love this version, though. Everyone who is a fan of the movie, or who never wants to grow up should read this. I guarantee you wont after reading.

    27 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    An incredible look into an old-fashioned adventure!

    In a world full of weak, sappy and utterly meaningless books, sometimes it's nice to sit back with a cup of tea on a rainy day and crack open your grandfather's worn copy of Peter Pan. With its whimsical heroes and frightening villians, this book is more than just a thoughtful, exciting adventure. It's a look into the Victorian world through a child's eyes. Get past the mousiness of Wendy, the arrogance of Peter and the carefree exterior of the Lost Boys and you'll find a hauntingly beautiful tale about love and how precious a life is, no matter how short it may be. I highly recommend this book!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Worth every minute!

    Peter Pan may be a children's book but I recommend it highly to anyone who feels like they need to get in touch with their imagination. Trust me, there is truth that lies in it for all ages.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    Peter Pan

    arrie, J.M. (2003). Peter Pan. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks.

    0689866917


    It seems with several movie versions, Hook, Finding Neverland, and the actual play, nobody could escape knowing something of the story of Peter Pan. However, it seems that only a small number of people actually read the book these days. Those that do, will discover a shockingly complicated and difficult text. Jumps in time and point of view, numerous metaphors, images, cultural and historic references and an interrupting narrator will make this a challenging read for many young readers.

    Plus Peter is really forgetful and potentially annoying.

    Nonetheless, there are uses for this book and exercises that may be completed. Just don't do them with too young of a crowd. If I were to use this book in the classroom it would be with high school students. Since there are so many rich themes and metaphors and since most students are probably familiar with some version of the narrative this book could be of good use in introducing analysis and literary theory.

    It is undeniable that Barrie captured a sense of magic, fun, and childhood that most children's writers cannot help but desire to equal. And because of this, there are great fun exercises that can be done, such as having children create or draw their own maps of Neverland. Since the book is also a play, it lends itself to being reenacted. This could help with visualization.

    Also, a special note if teachers use the edition of the book forwarded by author Susan Cooper-Her comments would influence anyone's reading of the text. For me, most striking is the delicate description of Barrie as "yearning for little-boy love" (p. XVI).


    Activities to do with the book:

    Have students create their own Neverlands, analyze the book's literary themes, enact scenes, research Barrie's life, discuss the imagination and separation between reality and fantasy, consider issues of power and the conditions of motherhood, the construction of masculinity and femininity etc.

    Students could also discuss the many reinterpretations and sequels to the narrative.

    Favorite Quotes:

    "All children, except one, grow up" (p. 1).

    "To die will be an awfully big adventure" (p. 123).

    "I'm youth, I'm joy" (p. 195).

    FOR MORE OF MY CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS SEE http://sjkessel.blogspot.com/

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

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    A Fantasy Trip

    Peter Pan<BR/> I read a book called Peter Pan by the author named James Matthew Barrie. This book in an amazing book to dive in for an adventure. The book is full of magic and fantasy. You will get swept of your feet while reading this book. This book is set during the early 1900¿s with a family named The Darling¿s. In the story the family members are Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Wendy, John and Michael. Another character that is important in the book is Peter pan of course, he can be categorized the main character of the whole story. This book was inspired by author¿s older brother dying when he was only fourteen year old. The author¿s mother said that since he never got the chance to grow he will always remain a boy. The story of Peter Pan is mostly set in Neverland where Peter lives. Neverland is a magical world where fairies exist and many of your dreams may come true. The book only has 197 pages to read so it¿s not too long but it¿s not too short.<BR/>If you enjoyed this book you can also read a book about fantasy written by Lewis Carroll called Alice in Wonderland.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    SO Good!

    I loved this book! After I read it, I felt like going out and having a adventure! It really makes you think about how your living life. I recommend not reading the last chapter though-it's sad.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Highly recommended for all ages!

    This is a most delightful story.....easy to read and quite enjoyable.......all ages could and should indulge in some make believe!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    One of our favorites to read and watch

    My children and I often read this book together and then watch the movie afterwards. This is the ultimate do-gooder book for any child, especially those who seem to know better than their parents.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    A book that stimulates imagination in our children

    I began reading this book to my daughter when she was just 2 years old. By the time that she was 5, we read this book together. I will never forget all of her questions and the look of awe in her eyes as she heard the chapters night after night. A true joy of a book!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Very Interesting Book.

    Peter Pan. Peter Pan is an exiting fantasy book about a young man Names Peter who finds a your girl named Wendy and her brothers named John and others who have fun adventures together. The beginning of the book was ok I particularly liked the part where they flew off into the night and to the neverlands. The book got better as it moved along like when captain hook and pan got into the fight. That by far was the climax of the story but when Pan had to catch wendy from falling off the blank that was ok. I didn¿t like the part when they were at the indians though for some reason I found it boring. Another part I found boring was when peter and Wendy got into a fight and they wouldn¿t talk to each other. I thought this book was fairly good. I thought there could be some more action in this book. I like the way the author put this book in its order because it made it easier to read. The setting is first in a urban apartment until Peter Pan came and took them away to the Neverlands. When they got there it was very wooded and they had lots of fun. The author J.M Barrie was a man who didn't want to grow up. So i¿m assuming that the reason he wrote this book is because he was very childish and wrote books in his wildest imagination. He was a nice person though. He was born on May 9, 1860 in Kirriemurir, Scotland and died on June 19,. 1937 in London, England. He had a wife named Mary Ansell '1894-1909'. He also had a son named Liewelyn Davies. He is notable for his book: ¿The Little White Bird¿ . One of the parts that was kinda boring but got kinda exiting as when they went to the indians place and they were smoking and when they got dancing it got better. Peter Pan is a very exiting book that makes you want to read more about it. I had Fun reading it and I would recommend it to people who like fantasy.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    A Beautiful Story

    I absolutely love this book and definitely recommend it. It is so beautiful and sad! You fall in love with the characters, especially with Peter with all of his cockiness and forgetfullness. You learn more about Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and Neverland in the book than in the movie. The story is also written beautifully and is intriguing with all of its adventures and characters. However, more than that, the themes of youth and growing up are the factors that make the story so wonderful. I cried at the end of the novel because it is very touching and leaves a lasting impression on your heart.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Magical and Enchanting!!!

    I have always loved the story of Peter Pan. This book was soo magical, I couldn't put it down. Anyone looking for a good book should read this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Magical Journey of LOVE and Adventure

    when the movie came out in 2003 there where so many things that i saw and said that wasn't in the original version and then came to learn that no one had done the true story of Peter Pan. It's such a good book and movie and story flat out and it doesn't matter how old you are it fills the imagination and magical part in your heart!!! I recomend this for all ages!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Poorly binded

    The cover looks beautiful, but when you turn the book to the side, the pages were bound horribly. I am very dissapointed.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    Timeless

    One of the most wonderful bits of fiction ever written. Truly timeless.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    Still My Favorite Book

    I read this book for the first time when I was 12 years old. It was so exciting to go back to Neverland, see all of the characters I grew up with and loved. J. M. Barrie created a beautiful, magical place of make-believe and pretend, and I don't doubt that each of us went there at least once as a child.

    The thing that astounded me was the great depth of the book. There were undertones and messages of mortality and acceptance. For instance, in the case of Captain James Hook, he stays in Neverland for his chance to take Peter Pan's life, but in the form of the ticking-crocodile, time is already after him and he has it on his mind, and he is frightened by it. Then there is the sadness of Peter Pan himself, the lost enigma that he is, locked forever out of a great happiness; family. There is so much hidden in the story, things that children would never quite understand.

    And that brings me to my favorite part about this story: as you grow older, reading this book as you become an adult, the story changes for you unlike anything I've ever known. As a child, I saw it as a happy adventure. As teenager, I see it as a rememberance of my own childhood slipping away, and my wanting to go back or keep that childhood inside of me. I've no idea what it'll mean to me when I'm an adult, and since I'm still a teenager I'm in no hurry to find out.

    The writing of J. M. Barrie is interesting and satirical, but also slightly childish. The world he created is magical and accessable, somewhere you can go in you imagination, a place to go away to, and for that I thank him. My only qualms with this version are the illistrations; not accurate and not fitting. Otherwise, still my favorite book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    A must read

    Have you ever drempt about flying? If yes, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is the absolute best faerie tale of all time. If you have not been acquainted with the story of the boy who will not grow up then you mustn't waist another moment. Neverland awaits.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    Good

    Peter Pan was an exquisite story. However, the side notes kind of were dragging on, on many pages. I found there were too many of them...

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    A Book Lover

    A wonderful fairytale, full of adventure. Definitely a classic which can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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