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All children, except one, grow up. <!-- source --> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) was born in Scotland and was the ninth of ten children. Barrie worked as a journalist and wrote plays, an opera, and several other novels, including The Little White Bird (1902), the first story to ever feature the character Peter Pan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Malachite Quills Publishing (October 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623750296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623750299
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on June 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Why can't you fly now mother?"
"Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way."
"Why do they forget the way?"
"Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly."
Wendy to her daughter Jane
If you think this is simply a children's book, and that as an adult you should just ignore it, well, then you're absolutely crazy. This is one of the few books that have ever made me cry. Yes, I actually cried when I read this book, because the story is just that good.
It is beautifully written by Barrie, with all the different characters that can be found in Neverland and throughout the great galaxy, even the stars are friends with Peter, well except when he tries to sneak up behind them and blow them out. There's mermaids and Indians and Pirates in Neverland, all the ingredients for a wonderful adventure for Peter and the lost boys.
If you've seen the Disney movie don't let that stop you from reading this. Disney's version is for kids. Barrie's version is for adults. I believe I've actually read somewhere that Barrie wrote this book for adults not children, and I do believe that adults will get so much more out of it then children will. Not that it won't be a good entertaining read for them, but an adult will be left with so much more afterwards.
The part of this book that really cinched the fact that it's perhaps one of the best books ever written is the final chapter, which is absolutely heart breaking and had me in tears. After the adventures the Darlings return home with all the Lost boys. All the boys grow up eventually forgetting the adventures they had, and become engineers and office workers never remembering what they had done already.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trixie on September 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've always liked Peter Pan, so I was excited to get a copy of this book. It was definitely enjoyable and the illustrations were beautiful. Also, I don't know if someone got a better copy than I did but in my book the pictures are NOT in color. While the story is also a "children's classic" I don't know if many children today would understand the anachronistic language used in this book. It uses a lot of outdated references, words and expressions that would fly over kids' heads today. Older English jargon aside, the language is also rather advanced for a children's book. But as an adult this is an endearing story that reminds everyone of the innocence and fantasy world we all wish we had as a child.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
It doesn't surprise me particularly that the book "Peter Pan" (or, as it was originally titled, "Peter Pan and Wendy") is not read very often by children. Today kids have their Peter Pan animated movies, live action movies, television shows (of which the less said the better), musicals, stage plays, and what have you. There are a million different versions of the story out there, so it's no wonder the children feel that they don't need to read the original tale. I myself read it for the first time just now at the ancient age of 26, though I had been warned away from it many times. I knew about its more peculiar aspects (for example, that whole business involving Mrs. Darling's "kiss") so these didn't always shock or surprise me. They just weirded me out from time to time. What really did catch me unawares though was the wit in the book. This tale has its peculiarities, no question. But it also has amazing snatches of excellent writing. I just wish it had more of the latter and less of the former.

As every good schoolchild knows (or is liable to learn from Disney) Peter Pan is the boy who does not age. Living in Neverland, a kind of ageless fantasy-burg for kids, he is attended by the silly Tinkerbell, a fairy prone to continually shouting, "You silly ass". When Peter looses his shadow in the home of the Darling family, he meets Wendy for the first time. Wendy is entranced by Peter and with the promise of stories he agrees to take her and her brothers Michael and John with him to Neverland. While there, the kids encounter mermaids, pirates, Indians, and great swashbuckling adventures. They meet the Lost Boys and come face to face with the dreaded Captain Hook. But in the end everyone must grow up. Everyone, that is, but Peter Pan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was an interesting book, full of adventure but also has a more serious side about the need to grow up and grow in wisdom. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends.

The questions it left unanswered for me were:
-What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk?
-The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels?
-Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming

A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youthby J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By corin on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I got this book in the mail I was so happy! Online, you really can't see the true beauty of this book. It is definetly better than my other copy of Peter Pan. The story of coarse, is a classic, and I feel that it is one of those books that everyone should read in their lifetime. It is a true masterpiece! I can read it agian and agian, every time feeling like I am going to Neverland for the very first time...
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