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The Fairy Kingdom as Childrens Domain

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However, the writers that produce truly memorable stories that are enjoyable for both child and adult tend to blur these distinctions somewhat, allowing the child to explore new boundaries and the adult to enter in to a world they are usually too busy to notice while still providing some clear edges as a means of pointing to more abstract distinctions.&nbsp. Both Peter Pan and Mary Poppins present the fairyland as a place of natural beauty and power that is only accessible to the young at heart while the world of reality is characterized by practicality and dignified attitudes even as they blur the distinctions between the two.

Peter Pan, for instance, is a story about a little boy who comes from the land of fairy and talks three children of London into joining him for a nice long game of make-believe.&nbsp. A clear distinction is made between the world of reality and the world of fantasy as the children undertake a very long journey, presumably over water most of the way and presumably requiring several days of travel, to reach the fantasy world from their own.&nbsp. When they finally arrive, it is because the island was looking for them, not because they were seeking it.&nbsp. “It is only thus that any one may sight those magic shores” (Barrie, 2003: 58).&nbsp. Looking down upon the island also makes it clear that this is no ordinary place as “a million golden arrows were pointing out the island to the children” (Barrie, 2003: 58).&nbsp. While the island seems to have plenty of food and building materials on it, the boys live in a hole in the ground as a means of escaping the detection of the evil Captain Hook or the ever-hunting redskins.&nbsp. They spend their days in play and make-believe, perhaps a little better taken care of with Wendy playing the part of the mother than they had been under Peter’s leadership, who simply pretended anything he didn’t have, such as dinner.&nbsp. “Make-believe was so real to him that during a meal of it you could see him getting rounder” (Barrie, 2003: 97).&nbsp.