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Peter Pan

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[ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: NONE ] [ Edition: reprint ] Publisher: Smithmark+publishers Inc Pub Date: 11/1/1987 Binding: Hardcover Pages: 95 reprint edition. Bookseller Inventory # 4687397

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Title: Peter Pan

Binding: Hardcover

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Peter Pan, the boy determined never to grow up. Peter lives in a mythical world where he can always be a boy. He has adventures with the evil pirates, the beautiful mermaids, and the mysterious Indians. His adventures are never alone. Peter has a band of lost boys and leads them on exciting adventures. Peter also brings Wendy and her two brothers to Neverland, but will they be safe from the pirates? Will Captain Hook defeat Peter Pan? J.M Barrie was a successful playwright even before the creation of Peter Pan. However, he is now known solely as the creator of Peter Pan. He was inspired by local boys; whom he later adopted when they became orphans. Barrie received royal honors for his works in 1913 and 1922. In his will, he asked that any proceeds from his sales go to a local children’s hospital, Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children. They still receive funds from his estate to this 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 Farr

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