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General topic / Children Still Love Peter Pan!
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:06:33 PM »
I have a grandson who just recently turned four years old.  He, like most children in the USA is a big fan of Disney movies and cartoons.  His parents bought a few movies for him just in the last two weeks, one of them being the Disney cartoon version of Peter Pan.  For his third birthday, my husband and I bought him two ships, The Jolly Roger, and a ship named "Bucky" from the Disney cartoon "Jake and the Neverland Pirates".  He also recently picked out for himself a toy, and chose a sword so he could play "Captain Hook". :)  Though it seems I am rattling on and on, my point is this...children STILL love Peter Pan!  I sometimes sit and think about the fact that all of his fun, and his wonderful play time stems from the imagination of Mr. Barrie so many years ago!  How wonderful that is!  I think Mr. Barrie would be very proud that he is still bringing happiness to children everywhere... and even more proud that he is still fueling their imaginations!
General topic / Peter and Wendy
« on: June 15, 2010, 05:50:18 PM »
I have just recently finished reading Peter and Wendy for the first time, and I loved it.  There are so many times he uses references to the Llewelyn Davies family, of course no one would realize it that didn't know their history.  It's fascinating, and a little scary.  I thought it a little too scary at times for children to read. But, knowing what we know  about the wonderful Mr. Barrie, it was such a treat!  I just can't seem to get enough, and my family thinks I'm nuts!! Only those of us who know how sad and wonderful this story is could understand.
Davies Family / Peter and Michael's Dreams
« on: March 28, 2010, 02:33:44 AM »
When reading Peter and Wendy, during the part where Peter was sleeping and Hook was contemplating putting poison in his medicine, did anyone notice the resembelence in the description of Peter's dreams and Michael's nightmares?  I found that pretty interesting.
Peter Pan / Peter and Wendy
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:02:57 AM »
Having recently been reading Peter and Wendy for the first time, several things have come to light.  First of all, this book is not for children! All the talk about killing pirates,  and the image of Mr. & Mrs. Darling seeing four figures flying about in the children's room...this is a little too scary I think.  And Tootles shooting Wendy with an arrow...even though she was protected by Peter's "kiss".  Another thing I find interesting is you must always read carefully if you want to be sure what you are reading is real or imaginary. All in all, it's wonderful!! Mr. Barrie was so very talented, and so far ahead of his time. It's no wonder he was so respected and known as a genius.  Can't wait to read tonight to see what happens Neverland.
General topic / George de Maurier's statement
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:40:08 PM »
Andrew, on page 53 of your book, there is a quote that George de Maurier said to his son Gerald a few days before he died while Gerald was visiting him in the hospital.  What does it mean?
JMBarrie / Mr. Barrie's dedication
« on: October 10, 2009, 03:30:32 PM »
I read once again this morning Mr. Barrie's dedication "to the five".  It never ceases to amaze me the amount of emotion he pours into that dedication.  I think those days with the boys when they were very young must have been the happiest of his entire life.  All of us remember days of childhood when we played from dawn until dusk, (I myself have eleven brothers and sisters so I have experienced it), the endless hours of fun and not even knowing that there was a big bad world out there that we would someday have to face in adulthood.  Mr. Barrie in a sense had two childhoods, his own, and the childhood of those wonderful children by having the ability to see through their eyes and feel their excitement.  What an awfully big adventure it must have been!
Peter Pan / Mrs. Darling's Kiss
« on: September 24, 2009, 03:35:00 PM »
Reading over the first part of Peter Pan this morning, I was once again fascinated by the kiss that no one could ever get from Mrs. Darling.  Each time I read it, for some reason I think of Sylvia's "crooked smile" that Barrie so admired.  It's like there was something very small that Sylvia always kept back from everyone, almost in a teasing way.  Does that make sense to anyone?
Boy Castaways / Mistake
« on: August 15, 2009, 04:47:09 PM »
Sorry for the location of my last post regarding Peter's letters to Mary H in this area.  Meant to go to Davies Family. 
Boy Castaways / Peter's letters to Mary H.
« on: August 15, 2009, 02:01:35 PM »
I have been re-reading Peter's letters to Mary H. after the website included all pages of the letters, and I find them to be very sad.  It amazes me that she raised those boys and couldn't find it in her heart to spend any time with them after they were grown.  I know about her treatment of Jack's wife Gerrie, but in a way she was the only mother they knew after the death of their own.  She certainly spent more time with them than any grandparents, aunts, uncles... especially Michael and Nico.

I can just about feel how much Peter wanted to see her and have her be a part of their lives.  This is such a sad and sweet story.
General topic / Finding Neverland
« on: July 27, 2009, 03:48:55 PM »
I have read many comments on the website regarding the movie Finding Neverland some good, some bad, but I have a comment of my own.  I have watched FN several times as well as The Lost Boys, and love both of them.  Even though TLB is much, much more historically accurate, FN was the first thing that got me interested in this wonderful story.  Of the two, TLB is by far my favorite, I have been guilty of watching it over and over, but I must say, you can never go wrong by having Johnny Depp in anything, and I thought he portrayed Mr. Barrie with more sensitivity and elegance than anyone else could have. Freddie Highmore as Peter was more than excellent. Accurate or not, I loved it and I thought it brought a great deal of attention to Mr. Barrie and the Davies as well as Peter Pan. 
Davies Family / Cudlow House
« on: May 16, 2009, 06:00:51 PM »
At what time did the Llewelyn Davies and/or Mr. Barrie live at Cudlow House?  I cannot seem to find it in Andrew's book.  I must be overlooking it because there are plenty of pictures of them on the lawn in the database.
Davies Family / The Lost Boys movie
« on: April 16, 2009, 03:07:51 PM »
For anyone who is interested, I just purchased The Lost Boys mini series by Mr. Birkin/BBC from  I must say, I haven't enjoyed anything that much in a long time. You should make time to watch all of it at one time if possible; that's the way I did it, and it was fabulous!  I have also read Mr. Birkin's book, and this movie is just like it, with a few very minor changes.  If you share my interest in the Llewelyn Davies family and Mr. Barrie, treat yourself to this movie.  It is truly a treasure.

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