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Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition) (original 1911; edition 2003)

by J. M. Barrie

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Title:Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)
Authors:J. M. Barrie
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2003), Edition: 100 Anv, Hardcover, 176 pages
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Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (1911)


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I had of course seen the Disney movie, but it was years ago and I couldn't really remember much details about it. But when the group challenge on one of my forums requested books featuring pirates, this was the only book I could think of.

I was pleasantly surprised. I've found that quite some stories for children from the early part of the 20th century have become unreadable today (at least for children), but I didn't find Peter Pan boring. What I really liked was that it really reads as if the author was telling you the story (instead of you reading the book). I think children today might still like it.

Now that I've read this book I noticed all kind of things I hadn't when watching the movie (or at least had forgotten). Like, how terrible the children are for going away and (completely) forgetting about their parents, and what a bitch Tinker Bell is! I personally really liked the subplot with Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. I read the free (and legal) to download version from Project Gutenborg, which is without the pictures, so I can't comment on them.

One point I couldn't help but noticing though is that at times it feel sexist. I know the book is one hundred years old and not to blame, as it was common to think that way around that time. But the idea that boys couldn't clean/behave themself unless there's a girl to tell them to do so. That all females are jealous of each other, and that - of course - Wendy doesn't help in the fight, for she is just a girl. In that respect, Peter Pan has aged less well. (But then again, he wanted to stay young forever :P) ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
This is a classic. As a classic, there are things we might feel differently about than we did in 1911 when it was originally published, so honestly I don't love the way the redskins and princess Tiger Lilly are described and portrayed, but I think we have to keep it in historical perspective. I love the way this book is written as a read-aloud for adults who will enjoy it too. I had forgotten just how rotten Tinkerbell is and how pervasive the immortality/time themes are (the clock inside the crocodile lets him know where the croc is, but also will run out at some point...can we imagine a better metaphor for feeling threatened by impending death?). "The difference between him (Peter) and the other boys at such a time was that they knew it was make believe, while to him, make believe and true were exactly the same thing." ( )
  CALammert | Apr 23, 2016 |
Media: acrylic This is a great example of a children's chapter book because of the sequence that it takes the reader through, so everything in the story can be caught. I like this book because, well, it's Peter Pan.
  rwild13 | Apr 11, 2016 |
keeps me young
  frahealee | Apr 3, 2016 |
I probably don't need to say much about this one, right? Classic vintage children's fare: a charismatic yet dangerous young main character, a small army of assorted children, lots of adventures, some dubious attitudes towards women and Native Americans, a dose of tongue-in-cheek humour and plenty of magic. I actually really enjoyed it! ( )
  elliepotten | Apr 1, 2016 |
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Barrie, J. M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geist, KenEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Attwell, Mabel LucieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bedford, Francis D.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hudson, Gwynedd M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ingpen, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnstone, Anne GrahameCover illustrationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kincaid, EricIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliver, Maria AntòniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ormerod, JanIllustrationssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Unwin, Nora S.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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All children, except one, grow up.
"Now," said he, "shall I give you a kiss?" and she replied with a slight primness, "if you please." She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand; so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on a chain around her neck.
Mr and Mrs Darling and Nana rushed into the nursery too late. The birds were flown.
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Please do not combine the novel with the original play.
The original play was written by J.M. Barrie and first performed in 1904.
Peter and Wendy is the title of Barrie's 1911 novelization of it. The novel follows the play closely, but includes a final chapter not part of the original play.
The novel is now usually published under the title Peter and Wendy or simply Peter Pan.
ISBN 1897035128 is a Blue Heron Books edition of Peter Pan.
ISBN 0689866917 is an Aladdin edition of Peter Pan.
ISBN 014086847X is a Puffin edition of Peter Pan.
ISBN 1566197139 is a Barnes & Noble publication of Peter Pan.
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"All children, except one, grow up." Thus begins a great classic of children's literature that we all remember as magical. What we tend to forget, because the tale of Peter Pan and Neverland has been so relentlessly boiled down, hashed up, and coated in saccharine, is that J.M. Barrie's original version is also witty, sophisticated, and delightfully odd. The Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, live a very proper middle-class life in Edwardian London, but they also happen to have a Newfoundland for a nurse. The text is full of such throwaway gems as "Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter Pan when she was tidying up her children's minds," and is peppered with deliberately obscure vocabulary including "embonpoint," "quietus," and "pluperfect." Lest we forget, it was written in 1904, a relatively innocent age in which a plot about abducted children must have seemed more safely fanciful. Also, perhaps, it was an age that expected more of its children's books, for Peter Pan has a suppleness, lightness, and intelligence that are "literary" in the best sense. In a typical exchange with the dastardly Captain Hook, Peter Pan describes himself as "youth... joy... a little bird that has broken out of the egg," and the author interjects: "This, of course, was nonsense; but it was proof to the unhappy Hook that Peter did not know in the least who or what he was, which is the very pinnacle of good form." A book for adult readers-aloud to revel in--and it just might teach young listeners to fly. (Ages 5 and older) --Richard Farr

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The adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

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