A new month means a new book to read, and April has us looking at yet another wonderful classic, Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. Walt Disney loved the story and tried to buy the rights to the adaptation in 1935. He was able to purchase them four years later from the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The animation studio began work on the film for intended release after Bambi, but World War II delayed production. The film was finally released in February 1953. Its wonderful portrait of childhood imagination caused it to become an instant favorite.
This book has a (for lack of a better term) prequel called Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens which tells the stories of Peter Pan as a baby living his life hidden in the center of London among fairies and birds. Several editions of Peter Pan and Wendy include this original story of the boy who refuses to grow up and if yours includes it, you’ll enjoy it but we’ll be looking at the familiar tale of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling; Peter Pan and the Lost Boys; Captain Hook and the pirates; and of course the incorrigible fairy, Tinker Bell.
I’m looking forward to reading about the fantasy island of Neverland along with Peter and the Darling children’s escapades there. And trust me, even though it’s classified as children’s literature, this book isn’t just for kids. You’ll love it. So just think of a wonderful thought, any happy little thought and off to Neverland we go!
Reading for week one: Peter Pan and Wendy Chapters 1-5
Where to find it:
- Don’t forget about your local library! You can request books and have them sent from other libraries in your area. Your librarians would love to help you find this classic.
- Several editions are available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble
- Several free editions available through Google Books
- Is available for download to Kindle, Sony Reader, and Nook
Contributed by: Lynnette Johnson (NDM#271) Lynnette is the DDL Book of the Month Blogger.