Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan

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People around the world know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, but not many know the story of his creator, J. M. Barrie. Barrie’s young childhood was marked by sorrow, but also held great adventure. His adult life and relationship with the Davies family brought about a second childhood that helped him to create his lasting triumph. Masterfully illustrated by Steve Adams and using Barrie’s own words, Jane Yolen tells the story of the author and the boys who ...

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Overview

People around the world know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, but not many know the story of his creator, J. M. Barrie. Barrie’s young childhood was marked by sorrow, but also held great adventure. His adult life and relationship with the Davies family brought about a second childhood that helped him to create his lasting triumph. Masterfully illustrated by Steve Adams and using Barrie’s own words, Jane Yolen tells the story of the author and the boys who changed his life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fittingly for the writer who would create "the boy who wouldn't grow up," this biography of J.M. Barrie is just as focused on his childhood as it is on his adult life. Before Barrie began his legendary play he first honed his writing, faced love and hardship, and met the five Llewelyn Davies boys, who changed his life forever. Excerpts from the Peter Pan tales and play draw parallels between Barrie's stories and his life experiences, while Yolen's narrative and Adams's paintings shine with the same sense of adventure that has given Barrie's creation such longevity. Ages 6-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Using a combination of prose narrative and quotable quotes from Barrie's own books, this beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of J. M. Barrie, the man who created Peter Pan and his friends and enemies. From childhood, Barrie was a storyteller, and as the various important moments in his life are presented in the picture book, there is also a well-chosen quotation from one of the Peter Pan books or play that supports that event. For example, a page noting Barrie's ability as a playwright is matched with a quotation from the book Peter and Wendy: "How clever I am" he crowed rapturously, "oh, the cleverness of me!" The illustrations are an equally important part of this text and provide a strong sense of the personalities of Barrie, his family and friends, and his many characters. Overall, this is a book that does a wonderful accounting of both aspects of Barrie's life that are probably little known as well as the more documented interactions with the Davies children who Barrie raised as guardian after the deaths of their parents. This is a lovely book to read and share with others who are interested in the back story of Peter Pan. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—By opening her biography with the magic words "Once upon a time," Yolen gives the story of J. M. Barrie's life a fairy-tale tone that perfectly suits its subject. This approach certainly does not gloss over the many tragedies he endured, such as the loss of a sibling or homesickness at boarding school. Instead, the framework is used to shed light on how Barrie used imagination and fantasy to entertain himself and others, especially during hard times. Yolen also provides a detailed account of Barrie's friendship with the Llewellyn Davies family, and how their escapades helped give birth to his masterpiece, Peter Pan. The book's illustrations and layout brilliantly capture the spirit of the text and its subject. A full-page painting faces a page of text, which also features an inset image reflecting the larger one opposite. In addition, each page of text features a quote from Barrie's own works, all of which are carefully chosen to capture the main idea or feeling of the spread. Adams's luminous, carefully composed paintings feel old-fashioned, making them perfectly suited to the text. He also uses light to indicate the key figure in a scene, much like a spotlight in Barrie's beloved theater. A beautiful tribute.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
Kirkus Reviews

A sturdy picture biography of J.M. Barrie shines light before and beyond the wild success of Peter Pan. The narrative captures Barrie's child persona through deftly chosen details: "Whenever his favorite magazine, Sunshine, didn't arrive on time, he would write stories himself. Up in the top floor of the house, he scribbled away." His mother's intense grief over the death of a favored older brother left six-year-old Jamie doubly bereft. The author disproves Barrie's characterization of an impoverished childhood, preferring her own scholarship to his romantic embroidery. She lists 13 titles as "a few of the many books" consulted, yet some quotations lack context for modern child readers. Barrie tells his young friends, "that the Peter Pan character was based on them. 'I always knew that I made Peter by rubbing the five of you violently together, as savages with two sticks produce a flame.' " Adams's distinctive acrylic-on-board pictures juxtapose full-page scenes from Barrie's life with facing spots that fancifully illustrate snippets from the books and plays. A bit opaque, yet handsome and useful. (selected works by Barrie, selected list of actresses that played Peter) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478867
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 510,757
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has been called "America's Hans Christian Andersen." She lives in Massachusetts and Scotland.

Steve Adams is an award-winning illustrator. He lives with his family in Quebec.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan by Jane Yol

    Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan by Jane Yolen follows James Matthew Barrie from his humble Scottish birth in 1860 through his death in 1937. His rise as a successful playwright and enduring fame are due in large part to his most beloved character Peter Pan. Jamie Barrie inherits his storytelling gift from his mother. He begins writing, acting out stories from the Bible and his favorite adventure books, and staging plays at a very young age. As an adult, he plays pirates, Indians, and fairies with the Llewelyn Davies boys in London’s Kensington Gardens. Those games and wild stories inspire his masterpiece, Peter Pan. This picture book, published 150 years after Barrie’s death, includes a selection of his published works and a list of famous actresses who have played Peter Pan.

    Yolen masterfully weaves Barrie’s fiction with relevant biographical facts, including quotes from his plays and novels that capture the sentiment of the events she describes. Steve Adams’ acrylic-on-wood illustrations create an almost fairy-tale effect. Every page spread includes a striking, full-page illustration of Barrie’s life and a 2 ½-inch by 5-inch window into each quote from Barrie’s own writing. The result is an extraordinarily complementary pairing of text and art.

    Yolen deals with the more difficult aspects of Barrie’s life in an honest and age-appropriate manner. These difficulties include the loss of his brother David as a child, Barrie’s troubled marriage, and the death of the Llewelyn Davies boys’ parents to cancer. As a result, this biography paints a very human picture of Barrie as an individual, yet celebrates his imagination in a way that is sure to inspire young readers’ own creativity and encourage them to explore and appreciate the actual writing of J.M. Barrie.

    Laurie A. Gray

    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XVI, No. 3, June 2012); used with permission.

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