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Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Garden (Collector's Library) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library; Main Market Ed. edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905716400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905716401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (499 customer reviews)
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A remarkable artist and author whose picture books should be on every child's shelf. (The Times)<br \><br \>Shirley Hughes is the doyenne of the picture book world. (TES)<br \><br \>Christmas is the time for beautiful new editions of classics. With evident delight, Shirley Hughes has reillustrated Peter Pan and Wendy. With her dark-haired Wendy, elfin, androgynous Peter and menacing Hook, Hughes reminds us how much black and white drawings can enhance a story (The Sunday Times)<br \><br \>It combines the magic of dreams and the stuff of nightmares making it perfect bedtime reading!... a splendid present... (Carousel)<br \><br \>delightful line drawings... This book is an exuberance of delight. (School Librarian) --None

In this edition, the magic story is accompanied by the equally classic drawings of award winning and much loved illustrator Shilrey Hughes. (Books for Keeps) --None

Shirley Hughes' black pen and ink illustrations take us back to the story's Edwardian origins while the conversational, personal narrative makes this a perfect family book to read aloud over the holidays. (Cork Evening Echo) --None --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classic gift book of J. M Barrie's favourite tale illustrated by award-winning Shirley Hughes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Firstly the quality of this book is unreal, so much attention has been spent on the details.

I only ever thought there was one Peter Pan story ie. Disneys, but found the book has within its pages several versions of the classic tale with Disney's only being one of them.

Hidden amongst the pages are treats for the imagination in the form of little fold out maps, pull tabs and picture wheels not to mention the old school library card within the first few pages.

This would make a great bedtime story book, it looks great on the shelf and I can only see it go up in value over the years to come.

Enjoy
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I'm really bad at remembering to leave reviews for things but i just had to for this book. I bought it as a 1st birthday keepsake present for my son. I couldn't be happier its is beautifully illustrated and contains interactive pages making it such a special book to have. I literally couldn't be more pleased with it and got a bit emotional writing our message to our son in it. i just hope he treasures it as much as i already do.
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(WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS)

Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens is the prequel to Peter & Wendy, it is about a seven day old baby boy called Peter who fly's out of his nursery window to the bird island in Kensington Gardens, to be with the birds because he still remembers being a bird himself. Peter then decides he wants to leave the island to go and play with the other children in the gardens, but he can't cross the river because he can no longer fly as he has realised he is a boy not a bird. The birds make him a nest that floats on the water that Peter uses as a boat. While in the gardens Peter visits the fairies who give him two wishes. He use his first wish to visit his mother, so he fly's back to his nursery to find that it hasn't changed, his crib is still where he left it and his clothes are still in the drawers as they had always been. His mother is asleep on the bed in the nursery, she is still exactly the same as he remembered her. He then returns to the fairies, keeping his other wish until he ready to use it, he tells them he is going to stay with them for a while before returning to his mother for good. A few months later when Peter decides it is time for him to return home, the fairies grant his final wish an he fly's back to his nursery only to find bars on the window and another little boy in his mothers arms. So he returns to the garden angry and full of hatred for his mother.

I thought that this book was quite good, it gives us a good insight of why Peter Pan doesn't have a mother, and why he seems to dislike the idea of mother's in general. Although it didn't explain how he gets to Neverland, which was a bit disappointing, it was still a good introduction to Peter's world.
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I decided to read this as I have been watching the TV series Once Upon a Time, and was curious to see how the original resembles the TV show. This is a childrens' book so I will treat it as such and not point out weak writing where I feel that choice was in the best interest of the child.

While the themes were kept simple, as was the writing I found it fascinating to imagine children 100 years ago having the patience to sit and listen to te old style writing of this book. I cannot imagine being able to do that with children today.

Overall I found it a strange, but compelling tale with a sweet ending. I'm glad I persevered through some patches that seemed condescending and read it.
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When I say "Peter Pan", do you think of the carefree, adventurous Disney character who lives in Neverland, an island with rainbows, mermaids, and sparkling lakes? If so, this book might be a surprise. This original, by J.M. Barrie, depicts the young hero as arrogant and ignorant.
Despite the fact that some of the language in this book is difficult to understand, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in reading the book that inspired the movies.
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What an exciting pop up book the best I've ever read..This was a book for my friends little girl aged 4 and she squealed with delight when she saw it. I think my 10 yr granddaughter wud have liked one for herself but while the books are great value the exchange rate of sterling against Euro (Ireland) make them very expensive.The sound brought it all together a really impressive book..well done!!
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A great little introduction to the world of Peter Pan, I would recommend reading this before reading 'Peter and Wendy', JM Barrie's main book about Peter Pan.

One thing that I would say (hence the 4-star review) is that JM Barrie's writing style is much more akin to a story teller, rather than describing events impartially, which broke suspension of disbelief a few times for me. It's not a huge issue, but did reduce my enjoyment slightly.
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A 'must have' for young and old. My wife and I took our great-grandchildren to see Peter Pan as a Christmas play and I thought I should read the story before we went. ....... Absolutely fascinating and really great writing! Both stories in this book come to you as stimulating and enjoyable experiences, recreating a little of the wonderful world of childhood and 'imagination' for 'young people' of any age..
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