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Title: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Wendy and her brothers go on a fantastic adventure with Peter Pan, a boy who lives in the Neverland and never grows up. They encounter mermaids, fairies and the infamous Captain Hook. Though they go on many adventures, eventually Wendy and the boys must return home to grow up.
My son and I read Peter Pan together for our homeschooling and I must say that it surprised me quite a bit. I grew up watching Disney’s Peter Pan, so I was expecting a tame and mostly innocent story. Let me tell you, the original Peter Pan is not all fluff.
Captain Hook and the Lost Boys do plenty of killing and maiming in their fights, though at least it isn’t described graphically. Even innocent little Michael ends up killing a pirate in the final fight scene.
The Disney version got the story line mostly correct, but the book’s delivery is much more wordy and old-fashioned in its language. I enjoyed it, but I could tell that my son’s attention was flagging at times because of the side tangents and complexity of the language. For that reason I’d say this book is best suited to older elementary and up — unless your child has a great attention span. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it will be a one-time read for me.
I recommend Peter Pan to those who enjoy classic childhood adventure stories.
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…