Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
(100th Anniversary Edition)

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What Peter Pan offers, aside from a simple adventure story, is a study into the culture, language and attitudes of late Victorian England.


Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

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About J.M. Barrie

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Sir James Mathew Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, at Kirriemuir in Scotland, the ninth of ten children of a weaver. When Barrie was six, his older brother David died in a skating accident. Barrie then became his mother’s chief comforter, while David remained in her memory a boy of thirteen who would never grow up. Barrie received his M.A. degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1882 and began working as a journalist. In 1885 he moved to London, and his writings were collected in Auld Licht Idlls (1888) and A Window in Thurns (1889), which, together with a sentimental novel, The Little Minister (1891), made him a best-selling author. In 1894 he married an actress, Mary Ansell, but the marriage was profoundly unhappy, produced no children, and was dissolved in 1910. However, a favorite Saint Bernard dog of Mary’s later became the famous Nana of Peter Pan. In 1897, with the adaptation of The Little Minister, Barrie became a successful playwright, writing the plays The Admirable Crichton (1902), What Every Woman Knows (1903), and Peter Pan (1904), which was produced in 1904 and revived in London every Christmas season thereafter. While the figure of Peter Pan first appeared in Barrie’s book The Little White Bird (1902), the story and the concept began in the tales Barrie told the sons of Mrs. Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, a woman Barrie loved. Barrie then published the story of Peter Pan in book form as Peter and Wendy (1911). The best of Barrie’s later works is Dear Brutus (1917), a haunting play that again brought the supernatural and fantasy to the London stage. Barrie died in 1937, bequeathing the copyright of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, a hospital for children.
Published January 15, 2016 by Golden Classics. 217 pages
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Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Jan 24 2013

...J.M. Barrie created a character who would even to this day continues to inspire the imagination of readers everywhere.

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Reviewed by Lynai Lamason on Apr 28 2011

More than a story about being a child, Peter Pan is also a story about growing up. It tells the difference between what is real and what is a fantasy. More than ever, it tells of the virtue of choice. Wendy chose to grow up, Peter chose to live as a carefree boy.

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on Mar 02 2014

What Peter Pan offers, aside from a simple adventure story, is a study into the culture, language and attitudes of late Victorian England.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Reviewed by Bookfool on Sep 07 2010

A fun, beautifully written and somewhat surreal classic. I particularly recommend this edition for collecting or gift-giving...

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So Many Books, So Little Time

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Reviewed by So Many Books, So Little Time on Feb 26 2014

I kind of enjoyed Peter Pan, but I also feel a little as if my childhood has been slightly beaten over the head with an umbrella. I guess I just got something that I really, really wasn’t expecting; I was brainwashed with Disney from an early age, what can I say.

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Bloggers Heart Books

on Oct 24 2012

I love the characters too, and the story in general (there's this innocence to it that is hard to find now - it talks of love and kisses and growing up but in a way that is different, sweeter, than most other stories and that's lovely), and the writing is lovely...

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Ramblings of a Daydreamer

Reviewed by Marie on Aug 16 2012

Overall, this was an amusing adventure with serious, emotional undertones that left me with mixed feelings. However, Neverland will always have a special place in my heart, as will the characters.

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Reviewed by Melissa on Feb 27 2009

I felt myself swept right up into the story, and even though I knew it wasn't meant to be, there was still a part of me that kept hoping for Wendy to stay with Peter forever.

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