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Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Disney Peter Pan) (Little Golden Book) Hardcover – January 23, 2007
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- John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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If you're more interested in Barrie's modus operandi, his development of the Peter Pan mythos from his relationship with Llewelyn Davies family and their boys, "The Little White Bird" is an essential source. "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" is Peter Pan with much of the autobiographical sentimentality scissored out. While this eliminates some maudlin overtones, it also removes interesting details such as Pilkington, the prototype of Captain Hook, whose "shadow was all over the gardens."
The only edition I have for comparison's sake is the Weathervane facsimile, published in 1975. Dover's edition is big improvement as far as readability is concerned. All the color plates have page references, and are inserted in close proximity to the related text. Overall reproduction of the plates is a trifle smaller and a bit darker than the Weathervane edition, but usually richer in color values and with a bit more clarity. One plate, "Butter is got from the roots of old trees," has come off a little too dark and obscured, but overall, Dover has done a fine job.
For the reader who wants to read more about Peter Pan from the hand of his creator, or who wants to give a child an introduction to the character sans all the commercial and sometimes revisionist ballast that's been added since Barrie's day, this edition is highly recommended.
J.M. Barrie uses his story to attack certain English pretensions and inane formalities at the beginning of the twentieth century, life by rote being one, but "Peter Pan" is primarily about the mind and world of a child. The adults in the story are childhood concepts, as are the animals, water, earth, weather and sky. Childhood has no chronological border even though concentrated at the beginning of our lives, for it is perfectly capable of coming back now and again. Mine does. I hope yours does too, for if childhood never comes back the result might be insanity. And if it never leaves that too might bring madness.
I think that the most important lesson of "Peter Pan" is the final description of Captain Hook near the end of the story, not of his physicality, but of his character. It might very well be a reading child's first realization that we are good and we are bad, at the same time, every damn one of us, and that our sharing of such disparate qualities is cause for love and compassion.
"James Hook, thou not wholly unheroic figure, farewell."
That night Peter cries in his sleep.Read more ›
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Would definitely recommend. Everyone has seen the movies and heard the story of Peter Pan, but reading this book offers another layer. Get this book and give it a read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It was a good book but at some points there was just too much detail and it got confusing. But overall the book was very goodPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a cool book. Every movie adaptation leaves out how creepy/psychopathic Peter is. This is a Fun read with a lot of memorable quotes.Published 8 days ago by Lescroft
Great Classic tale of Peter Pan!! I purchased several of these copies for my daughters Elementary School.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This copy is terrible. Pretty sure it is not a legal copt of the book. The cover is pixilated. The writing inside the book as not paragraph indentations. Read morePublished 14 days ago by brett murphy
I love the book but not the particular copy I got. I bought the book because of the artist. When I was growing up I had two books I got for Christmas illustrated by the artist... Read morePublished 27 days ago by marykarenhill