Peter Pan: The Original Story
Revisit enchanted Neverland with
J. M. Barrie's timeless tale
Join Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they follow Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, to a world where fairies live and children can fly. But beware -- danger abounds in this magical land of mermaids, Indians, and fairy dust. Captain Hook and his pirate crew want all children to walk the plank, especially Peter Pan.
There is always an adventure to be had in Neverland. So come along with the Darling children as they soar into the night sky -- second to the right and straight on till morning!
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ISBN 0785395393 - As I read through piles of childrens' books, I'm always wary of the multitudes of re-tellings of classics because they vary so much. I've previously reviewed ISBN 0307001040 Peter Pan (Little Golden Book), which I think is a better version than this one. I'm also stealing a chunk of that review for this review, since the story is the same.
Wendy, John and Michael Darling are in the nursery on the eve of Wendy's growing up when Peter Pan appears, looking for his shadow. When he hears that Wendy will be leaving the nursery to grow up tomorrow, he offers to whisk them away to Never Land. The children go with Peter and enjoy themselves until Peter sees that Captain Hook has kidnapped Tiger Lily. He rescues her, but Hook then captures Tinkerbell, forcing her to tell him where Peter and the Lost Boys can be found. Hook captures all of them, including the Darlings, and it's up to Peter and Tinkerbell to save them!
Adapter Kate Hannigan does an okay job with this story, although the tick-tock of the crocodile doesn't get explained until nearly the end, which was just a little annoying. It's the attempt to pack so much into so few pages that makes the story feel very rushed and less entertaining. Not bad, just average. The illustrations are standard Disney.
PETER BREAKS THROUGH
COME AWAY COME AWAY
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