“Do you know,” Peter asked, “why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)
I realized a while back that I’ve never actually read Peter Pan. I loved the Mary Martin movie/play when I was a little girl and I’ve found some Peter Pan quotes in my search for good quotes. But, I confess, I had never read the book. So I went to the public library and there found a beautiful 100th Anniversary Edition illustrated by Michael Hague and published by Henry Holt and Co. (After I publish this post, I am heading over to Amazon.com to add the book to my wish list–the illustrations are truly lovely.)
I’ve been reading it to Benjamin for the past couple of evenings and have found so many worthwhile quotes that I’ve had to re-read the same chapters with a pen and a sheet of paper after he goes to sleep. Great book. Wonderful read-aloud, charming read-alone, exceeding all expectations.
I expected to find the themes of adventure and courage, magic and play. But I did not expect to find one of my very favorite things of all–the love of story. Peter and the Lost Boys crave stories like all children and all adults who have grown up in the necessaries but not the essentials. Read it. I know you’ll love it.