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review 2016-11-11 23:16
Peter Pan
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan is a classic, and one of my favorite stories.  I always loved the thought of flying with Peter Pan to Neverland and staying a child forever.  Students in the 5th and 6th grades would be the best audience for this book.  Peter Pan would work well in fiction lessons.  I would read the book over the course of a few weeks and have students identify story elements,  and practice creative writing by having students write a story from their perspective if they were "lost boys."

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review 2016-11-10 20:27
Peter Pan
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

I plan on decorating my room as a Peter Pan theme. So I think this would be a good story to read on the first day of school or even the first week of school. 

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review 2016-08-11 19:26
Peter Pan / J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

Welcome to Neverland!  For three lucky children living in London, nothing could seem better than a faraway world where you were free to play all day. In this magical world, there would be no school. And no parents to tell you to brush your teeth. Or to sit up straight, or to eat your vegetables. Best of all, in this make-believe world no one would ever grow up..

Children would remain children forever.  As Wendy, John, and Michael and are about to discover, this far away land is not so very faraway after all. In fact, it is but a short dream away. On a world within a cloud called Neverland. It truly is a dream come true!

But no dream lasts forever.

Every child has to grow up eventually. Unless, of course, that child is named Peter Pan.

 

***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***

I remember my mother reading this aloud to my two younger sisters. I was fancying myself to be “too old” for such tales, but found myself doing something or other, close enough that I could listen in. I think it must have been a Disney-fied version of the tale, because there were several aspects to the story which startled me this time around.

I was surprised at how shark-like Peter actually was, both in his toothiness and his lurking, waiting for an advantage over the adults in the book. Also surprising was the level of violence when dealing with the pirates. I can’t remember if the Redskins featured in my childhood version (I don’t think so), so I found that whole aspect to be unexpected.

Tinker Bell isn’t quite such a sweet little Disney character in the original, is she? Rather more vindictive and jealous than I would have previously thought. And apparently she lounges in a negligée in her cubby hole, as Peter threatens at one point to open the curtain and display her to all the boys that way.

The female characters (Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Tiger Lily) are all set up to be rivals for Peter’s attention. Wendy sort of wins the competition by being willing to play mother, although it’s pretty obvious that none of them are completely sold on that particular role. But if it’s the only gig going, what choice is there? I was surprised at all the sexual undercurrents that seemed to swirl under the surface of the story, although I think I caught a whiff of that during my mother’s reading.

I wonder if Peter Pan is what got William Golding’s mind working towards Lord of the Flies? It’s got me thinking that I want to finally read that classic as well.

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review 2016-06-28 20:52
Peter Pan truly is magical :)
Peter Pan (Open Road) - J.M. Barrie,Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

The Peter Pan in the original is different from the one I knew from other people's various interpretations; he's more self-centered and domineering than I recall though he does have a strong sense of fair play and at least a fleeting sense of compassion despite his best efforts not to. Tinkerbell, usually presented as jealous and a bit ill tempered, is actually a foul mouthed, full busted little temptress with a truly dark side. Hook, on the other hand, is about what I expected--a suave, debonair villain of the aristocratic type.

 

I didn't expect so much violence from a children's book, but then again, this was written long before people needed safe spaces, and when the captain wants to use his hook to rip out someone's throat for a minor offense, that's exactly what he does. Literally. "Redskins" walk around with the scalps of little boys tied around their necks, and the female of the group is an amorous coquette who staves off marriage with a hatchet. My mind could not be more blown. But at the same time, I can picture little kids squealing with squeamish glee at the description of Smee wiggling his weapons in the wounds of conquered foe, or being devilishly delighted at the thought of the croc loving the flavor of Hook's arm so much that it followed Hook to the far corners of the world, licking his lips all the while, desirous of more of the same. Kids like being grossed out, so it's no wonder this book became an instant classic.

 

Peter Pan is full of adventure and danger and suspense at every turn, with bits of humor spread throughout, and I'm glad I finally took the time to get to know this classic for myself. Other people's interpretations are good, but nothing beats the original. The moments of heart tenderness and sweetness gladden the ol' heart and serve to remind of us of the value of a family and the place we each call home.

 

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review 2016-05-27 13:01
Peter Pan
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

 

 

I kind of regret not reading this when I was younger. It pretty much has everything I loved when I was a kid: pirates, sword fights, flying. Reading this as an adult, it doesn't seem nearly as wonderful. Every time I got caught up in the story I would get thrown out by some racist or sexist comment. And I really couldn't stand Peter Pan. I wish I had left this one on the shelf.

 

 

 

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