Thursday, February 4, 2010

Amaranthine Review: Peter Pan

The boy who refuses to grow up teaches Wendy and her younger brothers how to fly. Then it's off to magical Neverneverland for adventures with mermaids, Indians, and wicked Captain Hook and his pirate crew in this illustrated, easy-reading adaptation of the classic fantasy.
 [from Goodreads]
 





Rating: 3.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: The young at heart, the imaginative, anyone who never wants to grow up
High point:  The conflict and characters
Low point:  Best for younger readers
Reader maturity:  7+
Favorite quotes:  "All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust."
"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning."

Peter Pan is a classic novel about childhood and not wanting to grow up, a desire that comes to most children at one time or another. The main character, Peter Pan, entices the Darling children to come with him to Neverland so that the eldest child, Wendy, may be a mother to the Lost Boys, a gang of parentless youngsters.

Peter Pan is filled with the rebellious ideas and imaginative tangents of childhood. Along with a desire never to grow up, the children in the novel also fight pirates and befriend mermaids and pow-wow with the Neverland natives. As if the action were not enough, jealous fairy Tinkerbell tries to stir up trouble, lending some drama to the story.

This is a classic book of childhood, full of hopes and dreams and tales of adventure, and loved by many a child. The writing is simple enough for young readers, but the story appeals to the child in people of all ages. Peter Pan bridges the awkward gap between childhood innocence and adult concerns while entertaining generations.

Title:  Peter Pan
Author:  J. M. Barrie
Genre:  Children's Fiction and Literature, Fantasy
Year:  1911
Book Source:  Purchased

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