Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie

Synopsis: One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…

 

Violence

Skirmishes with pirates throughout the book, as well as mock battles between the boys. Killing and death is quite casually remarked about throughout the book. The kids are captured by pirates…

 

Romance

Wendy kisses Peter, and the two pretend to be parents to the lost boys.

 

Alcohol/Substance

Wendy pretends to give the boys medicine (it’s really just water.)

 

Language

Tinker Bell’s typical insult would include the word as*, sometimes paired with silly, sometimes not.

 

Religion

n/a.

Overall feel: A bittersweet, timeless tale of the boy who never grew up, and the girl who loved him. The story is fun, with pirates and skirmishes and a world full of imagination. However, the story is also a little sad, contrasting childhood and growing up; emphasizing the value of a mother’s love. Saying goodbye can be hard, and yet it is sometimes truly necessary.

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