"Peter Pan" is one of the most famous children's stories in which the eponymous hero leads the Darling children on a wild adventure to a magical land where they never grow up and which is peopled with fairies, pirates, redskins, mermaids and the infamous Captain Hook. "Peter Pan" was first performed as a play in 1904. Although the original idea for Peter Pan first appeared in an adult novel of Barrie's, "The Little White Bird", the children's version was not set down on paper until 1911. Jan Omerod has illustrated many picture books including "Sunshine", "Moonlight", "101 things to do with a baby" and "Rhymes around the day"
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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 FarrBook Description:
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Book Description Viking Kestrel, Harmondsworth, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Jan Ormerod (illustrator). Viking Kestrel 1988 hardback 1st printing. Unused copy in very good condition. Dust jacket unclipped and no inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 000865
Book Description Viking Kestrel, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Ormerod, Jan (illustrator). First Thus. Remainder mark. Bookseller Inventory # 8809
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 0670808628 Very Good, mylar wrapped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # IM228537
Book Description Viking Kestrel, New York, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. Jan Ormerod (illustrator). Reissue. slight spine fade else about fine. Hard Cover. Bookseller Inventory # 026981
Book Description Viking Kestrel, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Jan Ormerod (illustrator). First with Jan Ormerod's illustrations. 204pp., col. plates, b/w. illus. Very good in hardback, dustwrapper front two corners have small closed tears. Bookseller Inventory # 45665