Like many children I saw the Disney version of Peter Pan. I don’t remember having strong feelings toward the movie one way or the other, but lately I’ve been curious about reading children’s classics so I picked up Peter Pan. Most of us probably know the story by now. Peter is a boy who never wants to grow up. He enters the house of Mr. and Mrs. Darling and whisks their three children, Wendy, John, and Michael, away to Neverland. Neverland is a haven for the imagination complete with pirates, mermaids, and natives.
Though it is not the deepest fantasy adventure it is a charming little story. I wish Neverland was fleshed out a little more and the novel could have been a little longer. Many times hints are dropped about Peter’s other adventures, but they are not included in the narrative in favor of staying on the main plot line. The language and writing of the novel shows its age, but I believe it can still be easily understood by young people today. I wish I would have read this book when I was younger. Reading it as an adult made me very nostalgic for childhood and I actually teared up a little near the end. I am curious about how the book would have affected me at an earlier time in my life.
The Disney-fied versions of this novel are easier to digest, but I think that this is a children’s classic that both young and old audiences can still enjoy today.