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Peter Pan (Puffin Classics) Paperback – 28 Sep 2006
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"Peter Pan is one of those very British stories which deals with anxiety about emotion. It's about the dread of growing up - a subject about which author J.M. Barrie felt very strongly. He then turned this fear into a myth which touches everybody" (Christopher Biggins Daily Mail)
"Intensely moving as well as enchanting in its evocation of childhood, the heartlessness of youth and parental grief as children grow older" (Daily Telegraph)
"One of the classic children's stories of all time" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the most famous and best-loved stories for children, an unforgettable, magical fantasy which has been enjoyed by generationsSee all Product description
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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.
I was at first stuck with the complexity of it when the third person was being depicted a lot more than expected and eventually when i got my head round this i thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down.
I think a big part of me enjoyed feeling like a kid again and the immortal saying of the 'boy who never grows up' has been a personal mantra of myself for quite some time... Perhaps its my unwillingness and realisation of my age.
What struck me was the ending... Without spoiling it, its not quite the ending we have been led to believe from Walt Disney. Let me just say say, i felt it and my heart felt it too.
All in all i believe this book to be a great one. Its a great book to read to kids as well helping kids understand the woes and joys of growing up, life and death and also what pure belief and a bit of pixie dust can do as well
Many people associate Peter Pan with Neverland but that was a piece of real estate that Peter acquired very much later. This book concerns itself with his early days, his very early days actually, he was one week old when he first emerged into Kensington Gardens having been 'locked out' by his mother.
I have been informed elsewhere that J.M.Barrie was in fact using cot deaths as his main inspiration for this book. Whether this is true or not I cannot say, but it would be plausible and surely those children who like Peter escaped their human form were lucky considering the time. Packed with fairy 'law' and mischief all beautifully illustrated by Arthur Rackham this book is a joy and a treasure to pass down to others throughout time.
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.Read more ›
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My nieces were over the moon with this version and the condition it came in.Published 16 hours ago by Emily
loved the book so much i went to london to visit kensington gardens!Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
My child really likes it, the sound effects are really good, the drawings are quite ice too.Published 29 days ago by Edyta
What a stunning book. So much detail and wonderful coloured pages. Must purchase.Published 1 month ago by Karen williams