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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906)



From The Little White Bird (1902)

This is one of four major literary works by Barrie featuring the widely known character, Peter Pan.

Peter Pan first appeared in a section of The Little White Bird, a 1902 novel written by J.M Barrie for adults. The character's best-known adventure first appeared on 27 December 1904, in the form of a stage play entitled Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. The play was adapted and expanded somewhat as a novel, published in 1911 as Peter and Wendy. Following the success of the 1904 play, Barrie's publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, extracted chapters 13–18 of The Little White Bird and republished them in 1906 under the title Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, which is this version.

Three young children (Wendy, John,and Michael) set off on an adventure with a boy who lives in another world where you never grow up. During their rather exciting journey the three children realize growing up is an important part of your life and you will have to grow up so they return to their parents.--Submitted by Anonymous

In this famous childhood classic, the three Darling children known as Wendy, John, and Michael meet a flying boy named Peter Pan. He is from the world of Neverland, where children don't grow old and there are adventures around every corner. Through the group's encounters with fairies, pirates, mermaids, and indians, the children learn that even though you may grow older, you never have to lose your spirit.--Submitted by Anonymous

Three Londonian children, Wendy, John and Michael, follow Peter Pan, their childhood stories' hero, to Neverland, a place where you never grow old. There they live all kinds of adventures with pirates, mermaids, indians and make new friends, the "Lost boys", until they realize that growing up is important too, they can't stay children all their lives! So they go home, flying as Peter Pan taught them.--Submitted by Flora

This is a story about the beginning of Peter Pans' life. One night, when Peter lay in his cradle in his home, he heard his mother and father talking about what he was to be when he grew up. He did not like the idea of being a man with responsibility, so he simply flew out of the window and ended up in Kensington Gardens. He was only a baby, but he learned to walk and fly. He lived in Kensington with the faeries and birds which he became very good friends with. He had many adventures and he saw many interesting things happening in the Park during the daytime. It was also in Kensington Gardens that he met Tinkerbell. These Kensington Gardens adventures only a few of all the things Peter Pan experiences; the boy who never wants to grow up, and knows how to stay young.--Submitted by Rebecca Jarrolf.

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