Walt Disney's Peter Pan

Tips for "Walt Disney's Peter Pan"

As You Read:

Has your child read or seen any adaptations of the story of "Peter Pan"? How do they match up with this book? Encourage your child to compare and contrast the illustrations, story and any other elements that jump out at him/her. 


Extending the Story:

Act it out! Go on  a hunt around your home and create a peter pan costume for your child. Then see if you can find some elements to put together a captain Hook costume and any other characters that you'd like in the story. Then, go for it! If your child doesn't want to play the role, you can reenact the story using stuffed animals or figurines and allow him/her to use their imagination to possibly create new story lines or characters. 

And if your child hasn't seen one of the film adaptations, have a movie night and pop it it! We absolutely love the 1953 cartoon version, so even if you have seen it together before, watch it again after having read the story and talk about it afterward.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...