J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was born 150 years ago this year. One of his famous quotes is, "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." And, oh what a pity he never got the chance to meet Jane Yolen. Because, I think had he read her tribute to him in Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan, he would have sprinkled her with a handful of pixie dust and thanked her for bringing sunshine into our lives through her own gifts and talents as a writer!
Jane has the incredible knack to bring us closer to worlds, both real and imagined, with her words. And, this latest book is no exception. Coupled with illustrations by Steve Adams, Ms. Yolen once again transports us into her writing with beauty and depth. We get to know J. M. Barrie on a level that makes his life so real. We've all heard the story of J. M. Barrie, but not like this before!
Barrie once said, "Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?" And, I think we should make a new rule for today... purchase your copy of this book as soon as possible. I loved reading about Ms. Yolen's writing of this book on her website. It's another grand addition to a collection of books that is driving me out of house and classroom!
"So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!" Thank you, Jane, for making the childhoods of our children rich, thoughtful, and full of beauty! Thank you for sharing a little of J. M. Barrie with us.