Monday, February 25, 2013

Flying to Neverland

"Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan: A Lyrical Journey with Songs from the Broadway Musical" by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Carolyn Leigh, 2012

There are many reasons for liking this picture book about one of the most popular children's stories, based on the original work called The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up by J.M. Barrie. The narrative focuses on the arrival of Peter Pan at the home of the Darling children, teaches them to fly, and then leads them off to Never Never Land.

Using lyrics from two of the Broadway Musical songs I'm Flying! and Never Never Land, this book draws the reader in with its soft and whimsical illustrations. Moreover, unlike the full tale of Peter Pan which includes the pirate ship and Captain Hook, this book ends with them reaching Never Never Land. I find that appealing because it makes it appropriate for even the youngest children. It makes it possible for parents, grandparents or teachers to introduce Peter Pan without anything that may frighten children.

Everything in this book is pure, child-like imagination, perfect for a bedtime story meant to set children up for a night of great dreaming.

"NEVERLAND! You'll have a treasure if you stay there, more precious far than gold. For once you have found your way there, You can never, never grow old.
And that's my home where dreams are born, And time is never planned. Just think of lovely things, And your heart will fly on wings...forever in Never Never Land."

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