I have, since the first time I read Peter Pan and watched Disney's version and then read Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, The Little White Bird, been gaga over J. M. Barrie's tale of a young boy who never grows up and the adventures he has.
When my granddaughter was small, we emerced her into the land and love of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Capt. J. T. Hook, Smee, the lost boys and others. Some of my favorite memories of her as a toddler are nights when she would join us in the hot tub and we were to all do the "parts" of the story. Of course only she could be Wendy. Sweet Man was all the other characters and I was chosen to do the sound effects....Tinks sound, the croc and all the extras.....wonderful times....shared with one who still believes in fairies, as do the adults who love her.
I have a "collection" of books related to the story as well, so when I stumbled upon this invitation to be a part of the 2nd annual Second Star to the right (please click on the sidebar button for this event to view others), well I felt like Kismet had occurred.
I thought I would not be able to "play" this year because of my health and then my grandson's surgery. But I gave it another think (as Winnie the Pooh says) and realized I had a very old and probably not well known link to the past of Peter Pan and so I will share the pictures and verse of "All About Peter Pan" published in 1924 by Cuppies & Leon Company, New York. Written by Emma Gelders Sterne, pictures by Thelma Gooch. The pictures are so sweet and innocent. The dedication reads "Dedicated to the Nicest Child in the Whole World", Gleaned from the treasure house of Sir James M. Barrie --the only grown-up to whom the fairies gave the gift of memory that he might tell us of Peter Pan.
No wonder I have such a strong belief in faeries and the magic that they exude. It called a Pan addiction.
And so the story begins: If you are not quite grown up you will remember Solomon's Island, where all babies are birds before they leave the Never-Never Land to live with their mothers and daddies. Grown-ups cannot remember the beautiful island, but they know that when they want a baby they must ask Mr. Stork to fly to the Never-Never Land and fetch them one from the Solomon's Island.......skipping a few pages......Mr. and Mrs. Pan would like a very fine baby boy today. Can you fix them up? Hum, said Solomon Caw, I think I can....and with that robin redbreast was transformed into a baby for the Pan's...
Peter is then delivered to the Pan's who loved him very much. But -- this is the exciting part, Peter was not quite a baby because his wings were still fastened on his little pink shoulders and the next day as he lay in his kiddie coop by the open window. He flew back to Never-Never land.
Well you can see he was betwixt and between not a baby in the real world and not a bird in Never-Never land.
Cute little book with a whole different take on the forever child boy.
Other selected readings for Peter Panophiles:
100th Anniversary Edition (1987) Peter Pan Illustrated by Michael Hague (gorgeous)
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (2006) The First ever authroized sequel to Peter Pan
The Adventures of a Notorious Youth -Capt. Hook by J.V. Hart, Illustrated by Brett Helquist (a bit of a twist)
Walt Disney's Peter Pan as Retold by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, pictures by Mary Blair (cheeky)
Anyone and all of the Peter Pan adventures by Barry & Pearson, a lovely series that goes into the how it could have beens, if only. Lovely reads for those who love Peta, Peta Pan.
I am so exicted to have been able to be a part of this "happening" as we used to call them in the 60's and look forward to checking out all the other lovely posts about Never-Never Land thoughts.