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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468149822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468149821
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've got the kindle version of this recently and while the book seems to be in its original form as far as I can tell, there is a terrible editing problem. Every couple of page turns there is (pg 2) break in the sentences (pg 3) telling us that we are on a new page in whatever (pg 4) text document they put the book in. Add into that that there isn't proper chapter breaks in the book and the title of the next chapter just shows up instead of starting on a fresh page like proper kindle books do and that is enough to bring this down from a five star rating to the four I gave it.
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While the story is fine, this edition is just not worth it.

This edition seems like someone 'cut and pasted' and then photocopied the results. You can even see the lines on the page where the copying was done.

Although it claims to be illustrated, there is not a single picture in the book. The review says this refers to another print edition, but you'd think there would be some accuracy.

And while there is not a single page number in this book, there are odd page numbers referred to in the text that seem to refer to some other edition or where there were supposed to be pictures or something. Really strange.

For example, in chapter 8, at random points there are references in brackets to pages 126 and 127 between paragraphs and to pages 129 and 130 in brackets in the middle of paragraphs. I'd list what pages these were on, but as I said before - there are no page numbers on the actual book pages.

Not sure if this is a print of a version meant for pre-publication review, galley proof, or something. But I should have ordered a 'regular' book.

The story itself does not seem to be impacted. This book was bought for my daughter and I hope she won't find the random insertion of page numbers to be annoying. I know I would hate it.

(and yes, I used the "Look inside" feature. The problems were not noticable as I scrolled the first few pages.)
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Like most people, my first introduction to the story of Peter Pan was through the Disney movie. And for the most part, the book and the movie are pretty similar. Some may disagree and point to all of the details that Disney misses or alters, but considering how many liberties Disney takes in its storytelling for most of its movies (consider The Little Mermaid), Disney's Peter Pan is surprisingly close to its source.

I became curious about this book as an adult because I read that J.M. Barrie's inspiration for "the boy who never grew up" was in fact a child who died just a day shy of turning 14. This child was the author's older brother - a child who could never be replaced in his mother's heart. As a mother myself, reading about that dark origins of Peter Pan touched my heart and made me incredibly sad. I had never thought about it before, but yes, a dead boy is indeed a boy who never grows up because he can't.

Ostensibly, this book is about a boy who comes to whisk three English children away for fun adventures with pirates, mermaids, and Indians, but dig a little deeper and actually this book is really a book about mothers. Over and over again, the author comments on the unconditional love of mothers, the importance of mothers, the role of mothers, and the poor children without mothers. Peter Pan brings Wendy to Neverland where she becomes a mother to him and the lost boys. As Wendy plays the role of a mother, she also keeps faith in her own mother's love and fervently believes that her mother would keep the window open for them. At one point, in a rare moment of darkness, Peter Pan reveals that he doesn't share Wendy's faith in a mother's love.
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I've read and enjoyed the story of Peter Pan several times over the years, getting something new from it each time. On the Look Inside feature, the free Kindle edition of Peter and Wendy sometimes shows hot links to illustrations (and sometimes it doesn't). The free version I downloaded has the hot links, but they dead end: there are no illustrations.
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Beautifully written, lines that I could not dream of putting to paper, but can picture exactly what Barrie writes. He is able to draw back to his childhood somehow, of whimsy, innocence, childlike honesty and wild, but the. Not so far off, imagination. Never a bad time to pick this up again, you can pretty much pick any page out of the book and be drawn in by the captivating writing, regardless of where you find yourself in the story. You are merely a spectator, but you find yourself happy enough being so. Love.
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This edition looks like someone printed by their home. You can see the cover that there are pixels in it and there are no extra features in the book. The quality of the pictures are bad. Do not recommend buying this edition of the book. Terrible!!! This is not a legit publisher. I am telling you this is print on demand one.
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A classic, but this printing's cover is made from what looks like a blown up (and thus blurry) PDF of an older green leather-bound version. That having been said the printing is good, lettering legible, and it's light and thin enough to carry around for those of us who do a lot of reading on public transportation.

If you're looking for a pretty book to stick on a shelf or keep for display in your library, get another edition. If you want something you won't feel bad about carrying everywhere and possibly abusing, this is it.
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