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Peter Pan

Peter Pan

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by J. M. Barrie

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Come Away! Come Away!

The Darling children are tucked up in bed when Peter Pan bursts in to their nursery. Peter and his mischievous fairy Tinker Bell entice Wendy and her brothers to fly away with them to a magical world called Neverland. There you can swim with mermaids and play all day with the Lost Boys. But you must watch out for pirates, especially


Come Away! Come Away!

The Darling children are tucked up in bed when Peter Pan bursts in to their nursery. Peter and his mischievous fairy Tinker Bell entice Wendy and her brothers to fly away with them to a magical world called Neverland. There you can swim with mermaids and play all day with the Lost Boys. But you must watch out for pirates, especially Captain Hook. And how do you find Neverland? Second to the right and straight on till morning of course...

BACKSTORY: Create your own Peter Pan costume and try building a Wendy House!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For those who want to revisit Neverland via J.M. Barrie's original tale, two new recorded editions of Peter Pan are just the ticket. Tim Curry, fresh from narrating the sequel Peter Pan in Scarlet (reviewed above) reads the original for Simon & Schuster Audio, and Jim Dale, the much-lauded voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks, takes on the title for Listening Library. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Darling children, while drifting off to sleep, have often spoken to their mother of Peter Pan but she never quite understands. That is, until the night that the mischievous imp and his companion fairy, Tinker Bell, return to the Darling house to find his lost shadow. It is here that the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, receive their first flying lesson, and the first of many other adventures as they are whisked away to Peter's fanciful island of Neverland. This version of Barrie's classic tale is accompanied by the playful illustrations of the highly talented Trina Schart Hyman. Her full-page acrylic paintings particularly depict waif-like characters captured in subtle earthy tones. Her illustrations are done with such careful detail that one cannot help stop reading to study the pictures. Even so, they do not detract from the story itself;they simply add another dimension to the dreamlike quality of Neverland itself. This wonderful version of Peter Pan surely belongs in any home dedicated to the reading of quality literature. 2001, Scribner/Simon & Schuster, $25.00. Ages 7 up. Reviewer:Trina Heidt
Children's Literature - Jody Little
This classic children's novel is reissued with a forward by Tony DiTerlizzi, author of the "Spiderwick Chronicles." The tale begins in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darling and their three children, Wendy, John, and Michael. One night, the window in the children's nursery is left open and Peter Pan enters, entranced by Mrs. Darling's nighttime stories. When trying to escape, Peter's shadow is grabbed by Nana, the children's nanny, a Newfoundland dog. Peter returns to the nursery with his fairy, Tinkerbell, to retrieve his shadow when Wendy sees him. Peter takes an instant liking to Wendy, and he asks her to come away with him to Neverland. Peter Pan shows the children how to fly, and off they travel to Neverland, the home of the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his pirates, the mermaid lagoon, and the fierce Redskins. Peter and the Lost Boys take Wendy, John, and Michael to their home underground, where Wendy becomes their honorary mother. Many adventures follow, including the kidnapping of Wendy by Captain Hook which leads to Peter's daring rescue and duel with the nasty pirate. Eventually, the Darling children return to the nursery and, unlike Peter Pan, eventually grow old. First published in 1911, this book has an old-fashioned storytelling point of view, which readers today may find distracting. Gender and cultural stereotypes, as well as the theme of growing old, make for good discussion topics in classrooms. This edition includes information on the author, a "who's who" guide, discussion questions, and project ideas. Reviewer: Jody Little
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
Tim Curry has a wonderful, sonorous voice. He draws the listener into this unabridged recording of the classic children's story, Peter Pan. With his voice, Mrs. Darling is tender and gay; and her husband, a bit stodgy and humorless. Wendy is carefree, yet responsible; Peter, the boy who won't grow up, is an adventurer—impulsive, petulant, and loyal. Mr. Curry does an excellent job of making Captain Hook fierce and menacing. And he does justice to all of the other characters, John and Michael, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, the Redskins, and the pirates. They come to life through Mr. Curry's skillful and talented inflections. But, because the recording is unabridged, there are many places where the story loses its momentum. When the narrator goes on and on explaining or describing things between action scenes, children may lose interest or let their minds wander. This happens early on with the author's prose setting the stage for the arrival of Peter Pan. When it becomes clear that the Darling children are game for an adventure with Peter Pan, the pace picks up. Curry does his best to hold the listener's interest, and for older children, more familiar with some of the sophisticated vocabulary, it will be easier to stick with the whole story. In this fantasy, the Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, have a nanny, who also happens to be a dog. The narrator explains that the family is poor, and so cannot afford another nanny. But Nana the dog turns out to be a very competent caretaker. Listeners also learn that Mrs. Darling, like other mothers, "rummage" through their children's minds each night when they are asleep—this being done to put things in order. This is howMrs. Darling first learns about Peter Pan. She actually sees him one night. When Peter, who has all his baby teeth, sees that Mrs. Darling is a grown up, he flees—but not before Nana catches his shadow. Of course, Peter must return for his shadow, and on that occasion, convinces Wendy, who convinces John and Michael, to fly with him to Neverland. A little bit of fairy dust, and they fly out of the window, up into the sky and over to Neverland. One million "golden arrows," courtesy of the sun, point the way as the children get close to the much anticipated island, where adventures await them. Peter takes Wendy to the Lost Boys, who live underground to hide from the pirates. The lost boys plead with Wendy to be their "mother." She takes her new role very seriously, reading bedtime stories to the boys, and giving them their "medicine" (only water). Wendy is content, but John and Michael long for adventure. Soon they learn about Captain Hook, and how he lost his arm. During a fight, Peter threw his arm to the crocodile in the lagoon. This crocodile, which terrifies the captain, once swallowed a clock and so "tick tocks" its presence wherever it swims. Hook hates Peter for his cockiness and vows revenge. There is also Tiger Lily, the beautiful "Redskin" who is captured by the Pirates when she is caught trying to board their ship with a knife in her mouth. Peter saves her with his bravery and cunning. When the pirates discover the home of the lost boys, they hatch a plot to kidnap the boys and make them walk the plank and to steal Wendy to be their own mother. Before the pirates put this plan into action, Wendy decides it is time to go home—she misses her own mother. She convinces her brother and the lost boys to return with her. Wendy assures the lost boys that her mother will adopt them. She pleads with Peter to come also: he asks her if he will have to go to school, if he will have to "grow up" essentially. When she tells him yes, he refuses. As the children prepare to go home, the pirates ambush them and take them to the ship. Hook leaves poison for Peter. As he is about to drink it, Tinkerbell grabs it and drinks it herself so that Peter will not be poisoned. Listeners are told that Tinkerbell, who has been very jealous of Wendy, can only be saved if children believe in fairies. Alas, she is saved and Peter heads for the pirate ship to save his friends. The ensuing fight will engage listeners, as they hope that Peter will emerge the victor. Listeners will not be disappointed. After Peter wages his successful battle, Wendy and the children return home to find that their parents and Nana have missed them terribly. The Disney version of Peter Pan is very entertaining and, likely, the version with which many children are most familiar. The original story has many appealing parts, but also contains paragraphs that seem superfluous and detour from the main themes. This unabridged version may be suitable for long car trips and children with long attention spans. One thing to note about the vocabulary is its sometimes outmoded phrases: the book uses the term "Redskins" to describe the island natives, and also refers to them as "noble savages."
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up-In this timeless classic by J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan teaches Wendy, John, and Michael to fly and takes them to his home in Neverland where they meet the Lost Boys. They have many adventures involving Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily, Indians, mermaids, and Captain Hook. Actor Jim Dale provides an engaging telling of the tale, using tone and pacing to weave a story full of suspense and excitement. His captivating style infuses each character with a distinct voice. This retelling will appeal to adults and children alike and is perfectly suited for family listening. Pair this with Dale's readings of Peter and the Starcatchers (Brilliance Audio, 2004) and Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Brilliance Audio, 2006). A must have for public and school libraries.-Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Barrie wrote his fantasy of childhood, added another figure to our enduring literature, and thereby undoubtedly made one of the boldest bids for immortality of any writer. . . . It is a masterpiece.”
“Just like all the genius designs they created for the Potter films...Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima have truly outdone themselves in creating a book that is not only gorgeous but also uniquely fun.”
“Unique and imaginative in their style, MinaLima has created a Peter Pan that will become a beloved attention to any library. Hook a copy now!”
“Seriously, the new Peter Pan volume is just a delight. Not only is it a beautifully bound hardcover, but every page looks just stunning.”
Geek Dad
“This lovely hardcover of Peter Pan is designed to look like something from an earlier era, with off-white paper and a limited color palette of mostly orange and green for the illustrations.”
The Guardian
“Take a tour through the magical story of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan with gorgeous maps, fairy clap charts, crocodiles, mermaids and fairy dust galore via these stunning illustrations by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima—AKA Minalima—from their beautiful new illustrated version of the classic tale.”
Children's Literature - Deborah Steinig
This serviceable, if uninspired, adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic faithfully renders the plot of Peter Pan while simplifying and shortening the language for younger readers. As in the original, three siblings named Wendy, John and Michael Darling meet Peter Pan, the boy who won't grow up, and fly with him to Neverland. To the consternation of the jealous fairy Tinker Bell, Wendy agrees to become mother to Peter Pan's crew of Lost Boys. Eventually the Darling children return home, but not before being kidnapped by the pirate Captain Hook. Since this adaptation retains even the most minor plot points, the abridgement happens in the descriptions. As a result, the exuberant plot of the original seems merely busy here. The pace and tone are unvaried, and transitions can be choppy or downright confusing. For example, Peter Pan is introduced one night while the children sleep and Mrs. Darling, cleaning the nursery, finds the name Peter. In the original, this followed a lengthy, whimsical explanation of how mothers tidy clutter not only in rooms, but also in their sleeping children's minds. In the adaptation, the reader is simply left to wonder what it means to find a name. Without Barrie's brilliant language, fanciful observations, and satirical edge—the traits that made Peter Pan a classic—we're left with a tolerable pirate story for six- to nine-year-olds. Adventure fans may enjoy this early chapter book. It is doubtful, however, that readers will return to this one again and again. Unless a young child has a burning desire to independently read a Peter Pan story, I would recommend they either wait a few years to read Barrie's original or share the original as a read-aloud with an adult (who will appreciate the parts that go over the child's head). Part of the "Calico Illustrated Classics" series. Reviewer: Deborah Steinig

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“Barrie wrote his fantasy of childhood, added another figure to our enduring literature, and thereby undoubtedly made one of the boldest bids for immortality of any writer. . . . It is a masterpiece.”

Meet the Author

James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland in 1860. Peter Pan was inspired by the author's friendship with the Llewelyn-Davies family. Barrie would tell George and Jack Llewyllen-Davies - the original lost boys - stories about Neverland. He originally wrote the story as a play and its first performance in 1904was a hit. Barrie then adapted the play into the 1911 novel Peter Pan and Wendy. He was made a baronet in 1913 and awarded the Order of Merit in 1922. J.M. Barrie died on June 19, 1937. Proceeds from every copy will go to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital

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Charlotte_Isabella More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
healingmercy More than 1 year ago
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.
Biscuit1KL More than 1 year ago
This is a most delightful story.....easy to read and quite enjoyable.......all ages could and should indulge in some make believe!!
Fanya More than 1 year ago
Peter Pan
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.
If you enjoyed this book you can also read a book about fantasy written by Lewis Carroll called Alice in Wonderland.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
LightSaberChels More than 1 year ago
One of the most wonderful bits of fiction ever written. Truly timeless.
OctoberHoliday More than 1 year ago
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.
star12 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever drempt about flying? If yes, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful fairytale, full of adventure. Definitely a classic which can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is simply magical. I got sucked into it. I couldn't stop reading it! A true classic. I love how it is written. You can really understand it. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, action, or anything like that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Pan has been illustrated many, many times by various illustrators. However, I don't find any of the previous attempts as outstanding as Scott Gustafson's edition. Gustafson is a master illustrator who vividly and imaginatively brings J. M. Barrie's endearing text to life. He has taken great care to illustrate this timeless story, paying great attention to detail and accuracy. We get to see the Darling family, the Lost Boys, and all the denizens of Neverland. Some of the illustrations found in this appealing edition are Peter and Tinkerbelle entering the Darling nursery, a breath-taking double page spread of the Lost Boys surveying the Neverland, and under water in the luscious Mermaids' Lagoon where a group of mermaids are playing with hundreds of rainbow-colored bubbles. There are fifty oil paintings; some are vignettes, some are full page, and others are double page. Gustafson's illustrations nicely complement the classic text. And if you have never read this story, this would be the edition to purchase. If you have children, then Gustafson's illustrations will surely please and enchant them. However, I consider this book to be more of a coffee table book than a book to be placed on a child's bedroom shelf. This edition of Peter Pan is a pleasure for both reading the text and viewing the paintings!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I love it. Awesome. Love it!!! The end is kinda sad, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the midst of stressful, difficult days at work, miserable weather, and sleepless nights; it was delightful to be reminded of what it is to be childlike. Disney has it's place; but this original offers so much more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of people get lost into reading a great book because they have already heard the story so many times or they have seen the movie but this book is not a book to miss. It is an amazing fairytale that is for adults as much as it is for children. So beautifully written and overall is a surprising difference in what you expect from the knowledge basic people know about peter pan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you like fantasy! It brings kids dreams to life! The end is sad though ! Tinkerbell says a bad word but the book is so good i would give it 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing and the story in Peter Pan are both wonderful, and the hardcover edition with the Gustafson illustrations is absolutely beautiful--I highly recommend it. The illustrations are just wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the Disney version of Peter Pan when I was young, but never got around to reading the classic. I'm glad that I did! Not only did it bring back all the excitement, adventure and fun that I remember from the Disney version, but there was enough substance to make interesting reading as an adult. I picked this up yesterday on a whim. I really enjoyed the movie Neverland, and all the while I was reading this today, I couldn't help but imagine Barrie holding his young audience spellbound.