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The Peter Pan Alphabet

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(not to be confused with The Peter Pan Alphabet Painting Book published by Prang)
cover of The Peter Pan Alphabet
cover of The Peter Pan Alphabet

The Peter Pan Alphabet is an A-B-C book by Oliver Herford. It was published by Charles Scriber's Sons in New York in 1907, taking advantage of the popularity of the play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. It followed the pattern of a page of verse referring to items starting with each letter, accompanied by an illustration on the opposite page. For example, A is for actress (Maude) Adams, B is for Boys, C is for Crocodile, etc. Some of them are a bit of a stretch, such as L for Lion... which I don't recall being anywhere in the story, but it's presented as something Peter Pan is not afraid of. Some are even worse: G is for Old Glory, claiming that Peter raised the U.S. flag after defeating Hook, which makes no sense at all, and smells of jingoistic nationalism.

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