Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

by J. M. Barrie


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507614938
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2015
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 - 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents.

Barrie was made a baronet by George V in 1913, and a member of the Order of Merit in 1922. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them.

Table of Contents

1Peter Breaks Through1
2The Shadow14
3Come Away, Come Away!28
4The Flight49
5The Island Come True64
6The Little House81
7The Home Under the Ground95
8The Mermaids' Lagoon105
9The Never Bird124
10The Happy Home130
11Wendy's Story140
12The Children Are Carried Off152
13Do You Believe in Fairies?160
14The Pirate Ship173
15"Hook or Me This Time"184
16The Return Home199
17When Wendy Grew Up212

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Peter Pan: Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Snakeshands on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Like the best children's books, especially children's fantasies (meant in its most expansive definition), much darker and thornier than the versions everyone remembers. The novel is even a couple steps darker and more poignant than the play, with a would-be murderous Tinker Bell (two words, okay?!), Wendy getting seriously confused over whether she's a child or adult, the constant description of youth as "gay, innocent and heartless", the mass death of most of the Indians, and the incredible callousness of Peter as time starts to pass. Barrie knew that the passage into adulthood was necessarily tragic -- but not doing so would be heartbreaking in its own right -- and he didn't downplay that for one second.Not to say this is unremittingly dark; it's constantly witty and the narrator is friendly, sometimes the consequences you expect are hilariously smaller and more like pretend-play than you might have been waiting for, and there's some great parody of other "Boys' Books" material in there.If anything, though, it's an amazing companion to The Neverending Story: a really cool look at the way imagination works on the mechanical level, and why we should bother, and what about it we should keep an eye on. And in the meantime giving us characters we can hope and fear and cry for.
chocolattepi on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I found that Barrie had a very different voice than I had imagined. I had always loved the story of Peter Pan when I was younger, and at 17, I finally decided to buy it and read it properly. Barrie's voice is actually quite cynical, and I really enjoyed it. It was laced with the slightly crude British humour that I've always adored from any author that can do it right. I also discovered that Peter Pan (Specifically Peter in Kensington Gardens) was much more morbid than I'd first thought. It is actually, on a deep level, a much darker story than it seems, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And there were times when I truly found myself growing emotional over the view of childhood, and the loss of it. Very well done - I'm really happy that I picked up the book to read it!
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WillyTO1 More than 1 year ago
I am used to the Peter Pan movie, like most people. I never read the book as a child. Reading it as an adult, I'm not surprised to learn that the book is quite different than other forms of Peter Pan. Peter is a self-centered brat who only (mostly?) thinks of himself. And Tinker Bell has a mad-on throughout the book, calling Peter 'you silly ass' at several points. My political correctness would prevent me from reading this story to children or recommending that they read it. While the adventures are fun to read, the characters of Peter and Tink would be difficult to explain. I'm slowly making my way thru the classics and am glad I finally read the original story.