We are reading "Peter Pan," the real Peter Pan, to the boys right now. It's more challenging than I remember it; the pacing of the sentences is old-fashioned, so it takes getting used to, and the vocabulary is well-above most modern children's books. But the boys have surprised me by sticking with it and laughing at the appropriate times. It helps that Tinker Bell is even feistier -- and also foul-mouthed -- in the book. Both kiddos thought it was hilarious when she called Peter a silly ass.
It also helps that they've seen the Disney versions, so they know Capt. Hook is bad and Peter has a sword and Tinker Bell is a fairy. Disney movies, as we all know, stick with kids. I was reminded just how much tonight.
Before we read, I always do a quick recap of the last night's pages. The Lad still is just soaking things up, but sometimes I ask questions to see if The Boy remembers.
"Who's Wendy flying with?"
"Umm, Tinker Bell."
"Is that good? Does Tink like Wendy."
"NO!" The Boy grinned, remembering the pinches Tink had given Wendy.
"And, where were they all going? Where are Peter and Wendy and the boys flying to?"
"Um. Um. Uh. .... DISNEY!"
Yeah, not really.
And let me just remind you: my children have never been to Disney.