Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
Evan’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 9 out of 10
Content = G (Name Calling, Scurvy Pirates, Hook-like Appendages)
“She loved to give them medicine, and undoubtedly gave them too much. Of course it was only water, but it was out of a bottle, and she always shook the bottle and counted the drops, which gave it a certain medicinal quality”
Why: Doesn’t the mere thought of Neverland, the Darling children, and Mermaids’ Lagoon bring a smile to your face? Peter Pan is a classic among classics. The little green elf-like boy with more happy thoughts that 2 dozen circus clowns on Prozac has inspired so many contemporary authors it’s not even funny (seriously, we’re not laughing).
For those of you who don’t know the history, Peter Pan first appeared for public consumption in the form of a play titled The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Seven years later J.M. Barrie’s story was released in book form although the first U.S. Edition was titled Peter and Wendy. Inspiration for the story involves the Davies family and their 5 boys, however we don’t have the attention span or the budget to provide any additional research at this time… (For additional insights, watch the movie Finding Neverland staring Captain Jack Sparrow and the girl from Titanic).
There’s no point in rehashing the plot because everyone already knows about Pan, Hook, and Tink. We ask that you read the book though. Read it to your children. Read it to your Pets. Read it to your Plants. Read it to your… just read it. You’ll find it funny, heartwarming and surprisingly intelligent, and it might even bring you back to your own childhood. And if you don’t have time to read it, we highly recommend the audio book, which is read by Jim Dale, who happens to be the crème de la crème of audio narration.
Editor’s Note: You know the drill. J.M. Barrie = James Mathew Barrie. Now you know.