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The Little White Bird, published in 1902, ranging in tone from fantasy and whimsy to social comedy with dark aggressive undertones. The book attained prominence and longevity due to several chapters written in a softer tone than the rest of the book, in which it introduced the character and mythology of Peter Pan. Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wen The Little White Bird, published in 1902, ranging in tone from fantasy and whimsy to social comedy with dark aggressive undertones. The book attained prominence and longevity due to several chapters written in a softer tone than the rest of the book, in which it introduced the character and mythology of Peter Pan. Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel, respectively. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook. The play and novel were inspired by Barrie's friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut; the novel reflects one version of the story. The Adventures of Peter Pan collection includes: • The Little White Bird [Adventures In Kensington Gardens](1902) • Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens(1906) • Peter Pan [Peter And Wendy] (1911 ) Features: • Active TOC: You can navigate through the entire collection via a main table of contents as well as each book's individual chapter contents. • 48 classic illustrated by F. D. Bedford , Arthur Rackham and other illustrated decoration • Re-arranged texts for the best display on kindle, PC and every reader. Bonus: Free Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy Audiobook link for download (which can be downloaded separately using a PC/Mac)


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The Little White Bird, published in 1902, ranging in tone from fantasy and whimsy to social comedy with dark aggressive undertones. The book attained prominence and longevity due to several chapters written in a softer tone than the rest of the book, in which it introduced the character and mythology of Peter Pan. Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wen The Little White Bird, published in 1902, ranging in tone from fantasy and whimsy to social comedy with dark aggressive undertones. The book attained prominence and longevity due to several chapters written in a softer tone than the rest of the book, in which it introduced the character and mythology of Peter Pan. Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel, respectively. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook. The play and novel were inspired by Barrie's friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut; the novel reflects one version of the story. The Adventures of Peter Pan collection includes: • The Little White Bird [Adventures In Kensington Gardens](1902) • Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens(1906) • Peter Pan [Peter And Wendy] (1911 ) Features: • Active TOC: You can navigate through the entire collection via a main table of contents as well as each book's individual chapter contents. • 48 classic illustrated by F. D. Bedford , Arthur Rackham and other illustrated decoration • Re-arranged texts for the best display on kindle, PC and every reader. Bonus: Free Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy Audiobook link for download (which can be downloaded separately using a PC/Mac)

30 review for The Complete Adventures of Peter Pan:3 Books in 1 (Illustrated Edition and Free Audiobook Link)

  1. 5 out of 5

    MK

    =============================================== From the description: Content: 1. The Little White Bird (1902) 2. Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (1904)- The Play 3. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) 4. When Wendy Grew Up (1908) 5. Peter and Wendy (1911)- The Novel 6. The Peter Pan alphabet (1907) by Oliver Herford 7. The Story of Peter Pan Retold from the Fairy Play (1915) by Daniel O'connor =============================================== Reviews: 5. Peter and Wendy (1911)- The Nov =============================================== From the description: Content: 1. The Little White Bird (1902) 2. Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (1904)- The Play 3. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) 4. When Wendy Grew Up (1908) 5. Peter and Wendy (1911)- The Novel 6. The Peter Pan alphabet (1907) by Oliver Herford 7. The Story of Peter Pan Retold from the Fairy Play (1915) by Daniel O'connor =============================================== Reviews: 5. Peter and Wendy (1911)- The Novel (book: ****; audible: *****) (Read from 10/14/18 - 12/02/18; review posted at this book, read that edition, not the novel included in this collection ... ) My review, and notes prior to reading, are located with my Kindle edition review. BUT, the narration by Karen Cass is flat out wonderful, and deserves a word, and an extra star!, of its own. I replayed the audible multiple times, just because I enjoyed her narration so very much. I'm sure I'll listen to it again. It's that good :). 2. Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (1904) - The Play (book: ****) (Read from 12/19/18 - 12/21/18; review posted at this book, to keep track of individual books read ... ) The story was different in some parts from the story in the book Peter and Wendy, which Barrie wrote later, fleshing out the story in the play a bit more. But he also changed some parts, like whether or not Peter was wounded during the fight with Hook in the lagoon (yes in the story, imaginary wounded in the play), and a few other things. The most interesting parts of the the play, were the author's notes in the 'Dedication to the Five', at the front of the book, and at the beginning of each Act, describing and detailing what he recalled about the writing of the play, and how the character Peter Pan was born, and developed. One funny note was about the fairy dust needed to make flight possible :D. Barrie said he had to add that to the play at the request of several parents (I think he said mothers), because children were injuring themselves trying to fly out of bed. lol ... =============================================== Still to Read: 1. The Little White Bird (1902) 3. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) 4. When Wendy Grew Up (1908) 6. The Peter Pan alphabet (1907) by Oliver Herford 7. The Story of Peter Pan Retold from the Fairy Play (1915) by Daniel O'connor ===============================================

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grace Turner

    I feel like it doesn't matter whether you know all about Peter Pan or not, or if you prefer the play over the book or the book over the movie adaptation. I had not read this since I was 11 but I was still surprised over and over, by Barrie's unbelievable style and way with words, and by the darkness that soaks the lines at times, reflecting Barrie's personal life and demons. I think this is my favorite children's book ever, first and foremost because it strikes a cord with me regarding family ti I feel like it doesn't matter whether you know all about Peter Pan or not, or if you prefer the play over the book or the book over the movie adaptation. I had not read this since I was 11 but I was still surprised over and over, by Barrie's unbelievable style and way with words, and by the darkness that soaks the lines at times, reflecting Barrie's personal life and demons. I think this is my favorite children's book ever, first and foremost because it strikes a cord with me regarding family ties and family dynamics. And the ending, that ending... I cry every time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nyssa

    I'm just not enjoying this at all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hudson Christmas

    Childhood only happens once. And it is a time of sweet innocence, vast imagination, and a constant curiosity. This book channels that completely. The copy I read contained Peter Pan (aka Peter and Wendy) and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Both are good but Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is a weaker albeit shorter story than Peter Pan. What makes Peter Pan so memorable and good? It's childlike approach to life and adventure. From the constant fourth wall breaks by the author to the explanation Childhood only happens once. And it is a time of sweet innocence, vast imagination, and a constant curiosity. This book channels that completely. The copy I read contained Peter Pan (aka Peter and Wendy) and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Both are good but Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is a weaker albeit shorter story than Peter Pan. What makes Peter Pan so memorable and good? It's childlike approach to life and adventure. From the constant fourth wall breaks by the author to the explanations of life that would only make sense to a child, Peter Pan reminds me of a time where the pool was a mighty ocean and the yard was an Amazonian jungle. It's two greatest strengths are it's imaginative look at the world and its quick and witty plot. While Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens leans much more heavily on the imaginative look at the world rather than the plot (which proves to be its greatest weakness) both stories are still so pure and fun that they are worth reading. Peter Pan himself is an interesting character to say the least. One moment he can't get enough of an activity, and the next moment he's forgotten everything about it. While at some points he is portrayed as a cold, uncaring individual, overall he is seen as a good-natured child who never grows up. All in all, this book was a delight to read. Rarely do I spend some time reading something that is made to dazzle the minds of children. It was refreshing to see the world in a perspective that is so pure and innocent and fun-loving. If I ever have children this will be a book I will read to them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lolle

    "Take the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!" - Peter Pan I have always been somewhat amazed by the story of the boy who would never grow up and I have watched several movies based on J.M. Barrie's magnus opus and seen the Broadway musical "Neverland" twice, but I had not - until this day - sat down to read the original fairytale. Having done so now, I can without hesitation say that it was worth my while. What I found most fascinating about "Peter Pan" was that it has such a w "Take the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!" - Peter Pan I have always been somewhat amazed by the story of the boy who would never grow up and I have watched several movies based on J.M. Barrie's magnus opus and seen the Broadway musical "Neverland" twice, but I had not - until this day - sat down to read the original fairytale. Having done so now, I can without hesitation say that it was worth my while. What I found most fascinating about "Peter Pan" was that it has such a widespread audience - it's equally suitable and lovable for children as well as adults. Finding myself somewhere between those categories, I absolutely adored being a part of Peter's, Wendy's and The Lost Boys' "extraordinarily big adventure" in Neverland. In other words; I was completely HOOK-ed ;)

  6. 5 out of 5

    SHARLENE (MyBookishBehaviour)

    audible version 5/5 stars 💭 This is a classic and a reread for me. This time I thought I'd try out the audible version and I'm glad I did. 🎧🐊 Even though I know all the details to this story by heart now, choosing to listen to the audio book version added an element of newness (that's not a word but you know what I mean😂)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gizzard

    This is for the first story only. Couldn't find it on goodreads. 😕 interesting fantasy with some satire thrown in. Another classic read through the Serial Reader app. (That app gets 5 stars.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barb Middleton

    A third grade student came up to me this morning, "Do you have books on dragons? Mine, ran away this morning." "It did? What's its name?" I asked. "I don't know. It ran away. It's invisible and only I can see it. It's a bronze dragon." J.M. Barrie's book is a nostalgic look at childhood imagination that I get to interact with everyday in a school working with young kids. However, Barrie's Victorian narrator of "Peter Pan," has a satirical adult tone that contrasts with the play of children. "On A third grade student came up to me this morning, "Do you have books on dragons? Mine, ran away this morning." "It did? What's its name?" I asked. "I don't know. It ran away. It's invisible and only I can see it. It's a bronze dragon." J.M. Barrie's book is a nostalgic look at childhood imagination that I get to interact with everyday in a school working with young kids. However, Barrie's Victorian narrator of "Peter Pan," has a satirical adult tone that contrasts with the play of children. "On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more." The beginning of the novel shows that the Darlings are poor and Mr. Darling absurdly cares more about keeping up with his neighbors and maintaining appearances - to the point that he hires a dog for a nurse rather than not have one. Mrs. Darling loves her children and as the "custom of every good mother" she puts them to bed and replaces their naughty thoughts with good ones. Peter Pan enjoys secretly flying to the Darlings' window and listening to Mrs. Darling tell stories to her three children, Wendy, Michael, and Jon. He decides he wants a mother and sprinkles fairy dust on the three Darling kids so Wendy can fulfill the roll in Neverland. Tinkerbell, a fairy, likes Peter Pan and is jealous of his fascination with Wendy. She tries to get the lost boys to shoot Wendy with arrows as she arrives in the magical place of Neverland. Wendy lives and pretends to be a mom to the boys tucking them in at night and reading stories. Meanwhile, the evil but buffoonish Captain Hook is bent on kidnapping Wendy for himself and his crew of pirates. He wants a mother too. He succeeds until Peter Pan rescues Wendy and battles Captain Hook. Wendy and her brothers return to their parents and she returns to Neverland to do spring cleaning for Peter Pan until he forgets about her. In a scene where George is being hypocritical toward his son that doesn't want to take medicine, he takes it out on Nana by refusing to let her sleep in the kids room. Nana spends the nights in the three kids bedroom because Mrs. Darling knows that it protects them from Peter Pan. When Wendy hugs Nana to prevent him from putting her in the doghouse, George yells about not getting any attention. George "craves admiration" and wants to be known. In an ironic twist, George eventually gets media attention when he decides to sleep in Nana's doghouse until the missing children are found. I found the Victorian narrator slowed down the pace and was irritating, but it is what gives the satirical tone. Peter Pan represents Romanticism and Barrie's desire for a simple past. Peter Pan is cocky and selfish, who doesn't want to grow up nor have responsibilities. Wendy is in love with him but he is incapable of loving anyone but himself. His pretend world is his reality where "lovely thoughts" are the impetus for flying. He is asexual and refuses to constrain his imagination, getting whatever he wants, and not connected to any love for other people or fairies. In this context Barrie subverts the notion of childhood as a way to attack common adult values and conventions. Peter Pan is a happy uncivilized anarchist and paradoxically admired and good. I like the odd Victorian writers, but this was not a favorite mainly because of the narrator. You'll have to decide for yourself. By the way, Artur Rackham's gorgeous illustrations are in this edition.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Felicity Terry

    Comprising not just the story of 'Peter and Wendy' in their adventures in Neverland with which many of us will be familiar but also the story of Peter as a baby in 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens'. This Alma addition also includes the script of the original play ('Peter Pan OR The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up') along with bonus material for young readers which includes information on the author, the characters, other literary characters who can fly, a quiz and a glossary. Of course like generations Comprising not just the story of 'Peter and Wendy' in their adventures in Neverland with which many of us will be familiar but also the story of Peter as a baby in 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens'. This Alma addition also includes the script of the original play ('Peter Pan OR The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up') along with bonus material for young readers which includes information on the author, the characters, other literary characters who can fly, a quiz and a glossary. Of course like generations of people I've seen the various movie adaptations, I've even read several of the spin-off books that have resulted from them but it is only now that I've come to know the original 1911 story by J.M. Barrie and I have to say its one of my favourite reads of 2015. A nanny who just so happens to be a dog, children who can fly, imaginary foods, mermaids, pirates, a crocodile AND fairies. This really is the sort of story that no matter what your age is magical. A timeless classic that feeds the imagination. The sort of story that as a child is wonderfully adventure filled and yet the sort of story that as an adult leaves you feeling nostalgic, reminding you of what it is to be young and living life to the utmost. Funny and yet incredibly sad. Despite being familiar with the ending to read Barrie's actual words moved me in a way that no other version, be it book or film, ever has. But what of the story of the seven-day-old Peter in Kensington Gardens? Published in 1906 though it was in fact published as part of larger book for adults before the 1904 play. Whilst interesting to read the less well known Peter In Kensington Gardens which did go some way to explaining the school-age Peter Pan of Peter And Wendy I'm afraid for me it didn't hold the same magical appeal as the story set in Neverland and at times seemed a bit, well patchy - perhaps as a result of it originally being part of a larger book? As is usually the case far better than any movie adaptation (and that includes my personal favourite, Hook starring Robin Williams) this is a story that will appeal not only to children but also the child in all of us. Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper. Disclaimer: Read and reviewed on behalf of the publishers, Alma Books, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I expect that most of us are familiar with the story of Peter Pan, I know that I discovered the Disney version way before I actually read the book! I'm not a huge classics reader, but I do love some of the children's classics and Peter Pan is a favourite. This newly published edition is just beautiful and has the added bonus of stories that I'd not come across before. We find the tiny baby Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, it's really lovely to read and sets the background for the more famous st I expect that most of us are familiar with the story of Peter Pan, I know that I discovered the Disney version way before I actually read the book! I'm not a huge classics reader, but I do love some of the children's classics and Peter Pan is a favourite. This newly published edition is just beautiful and has the added bonus of stories that I'd not come across before. We find the tiny baby Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, it's really lovely to read and sets the background for the more famous story in Neverland. This lovely book would make a fabulous Christmas present and also has extra information for young readers, as well as the stage version.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Afiqah Azhar

    This story will always, always, always breaks me. Always. 'Peter Pan' itself broke me a few years ago when I first read it. This time around, I decided to try and read the play version by Barrie. It honestly didn't give me a strong impact as it did with the novel version (because I feel that the latter has more depth in terms of the characters and plot), but I still cried like a baby at the end of this play. When Wendy has grown up and Peter forgets her but for a moment there was that feeling aga This story will always, always, always breaks me. Always. 'Peter Pan' itself broke me a few years ago when I first read it. This time around, I decided to try and read the play version by Barrie. It honestly didn't give me a strong impact as it did with the novel version (because I feel that the latter has more depth in terms of the characters and plot), but I still cried like a baby at the end of this play. When Wendy has grown up and Peter forgets her but for a moment there was that feeling again towards each other that never really goes away, ugh I can literally hear my heart breaks into tiny glasses. The ending part will always be implanted as a significant scene in my mind, forever.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ag

    Charming story. I just don't know if my favourite version is the novel or the play. 4/11/2017 I decided to re-read this to remember some details because I'll soon go see it as a play. I think I like the book slightly better, but if the play I am going to see is accurately adapted, I cannot wait for it ^^

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Not my cup of tea. I pitied the Darling kids through most of it. Pan is an ass at best, and a much vilier creature than what has been popularized.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Really lovely edition of a story I have adored for as long as I can remember.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl DeFranceschi

    I really loved reading this- I can't believe it took me 56 years to do so.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah Johnson

    I've been a fan of Peter Pan for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching the Disney cartoon and an adaptation of the play we had recorded on VHS. I don't know why I never thought to read this book until now. There are three stories in the collection. (Apparently other versions have more, but this is the Kindle edition I have.) The first, Peter & Wendy, is what we all know as Peter Pan. The action is far more brutal than any adaptation I've seen, Michael even kills pirates. Peter's character I've been a fan of Peter Pan for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching the Disney cartoon and an adaptation of the play we had recorded on VHS. I don't know why I never thought to read this book until now. There are three stories in the collection. (Apparently other versions have more, but this is the Kindle edition I have.) The first, Peter & Wendy, is what we all know as Peter Pan. The action is far more brutal than any adaptation I've seen, Michael even kills pirates. Peter's character is a lot more shallow than he is in later works also. I think it makes sense for someone that never grows up, but I do like the progression of his character we get outside this book. There were little parts in the movie Hook that I always thought were out of place. After reading this, I can see that they were very true to the original source material which made me appreciate that movie even more. Overall, this was a fun read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 5 stars. The second store is Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. I don't know why this is included separate since it just an excerpt from the final story. That said, I really struggled with this one. I felt that the author was high and writing stream of conscious thoughts. It was very hard to follow and didn't add anything worthwhile to the mythos of Peter. 2 stars. The final story is The Little White Bird. This was a train wreck of epic proportions. We start off not having a clue who or what is being talked about. Then we slowly realize that the narrator in the story is a stalker, bigot, and possible pedophile. This guy would be arrested in a heartbeat in this day and age, and rightly so. If the character is loosely based on Barrie himself, then Barrie was not a good person. He is completely pompous and full of himself, and there is absolutely nothing redeeming about him. The writing in this novel was incredibly hard to follow at times. There is also nothing at all about Peter Pan in it except for the six chapters that were taken out for the Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens story. I don't feel it should have been included in this collection unless the collection was a complete works of J.M. Barrie instead of the complete Peter Pan. 1 star.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Micah Lewter

    Interesting to read the original This volume is a three-in-one collection that includes three Peter Pan stories, sort of. The first book, “The Little White Bird” is the first novel to mention Peter Pan. It’s not a children’s novel; it’s a novel hard to describe.  The second book, “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,” is a useless novel. It’s only most of the chapters in the first book recollected as its own novel. I say “most” of the chapters because it leaves one of the chapters out. Beyond the remo Interesting to read the original This volume is a three-in-one collection that includes three Peter Pan stories, sort of. The first book, “The Little White Bird” is the first novel to mention Peter Pan. It’s not a children’s novel; it’s a novel hard to describe.  The second book, “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,” is a useless novel. It’s only most of the chapters in the first book recollected as its own novel. I say “most” of the chapters because it leaves one of the chapters out. Beyond the removal of the final Pan chapter in “White Bird,” there is a reordering of the chapters. Perhaps you only notice the change if you read “Bird,” but it does affect the flow. It also leaves in references to one of the main characters of the first novel, but does not explain his role. Thus, if you never read the first one, you would be at a loss for this character’s name.  The third novel, “Peter Pan and Wendy” is a novelized version of the author’s play, and it contains the familiar Peter Pan story that was made into a Disney animated movie. Captain Hook, Wendy, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the ticking crocodile, and the canine nanny all make their appearance. As far as I remember the Disney movie, it follows the story pretty well. But the novel is more violent, and Tinker Bell is a bit foul-mouthed. If you’ve seen the movie “Hook,” the Tinker Bell in that movie echoes this novel with her words to the adult Peter in one scene.  Of the three, the first one is my favorite. “Bird” is hard to describe. It’s not a child’s novel, as the third one is. It’s a difficult novel to describe. It follows a single man who develops a fixation on a young couple from their courtship through the birth of two children, but always from a distance. Intermixed between the overall story are several short stories, of which Peter’s narrative is one. The narrator has an ironic voice, often following an insult with a good gesture. In a culture familiar with Law & Order: SVU, the story is a bit unsettling, but there is no hint of sexual predation. Overall, the collection is good. I’m not sure the second one is really worth reading, unless you read it on its own. But given the missing chapter, it doesn’t stand on its own well. 

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark NP

    It's difficult to interpret Peter Pan as anything but a tragic character: a boy so doomed as to remain a child forever, and yet one who will never understand why this makes the others around him so sad. The darker subtexts of this story are compelling. Peter's inability to love the women in his life is intricately bound with his own mother's rejection of him. The cruelty of grown men is inversely mirrored by the callousness of the lost boys and Peter himself. And the strangeness of the symbolism It's difficult to interpret Peter Pan as anything but a tragic character: a boy so doomed as to remain a child forever, and yet one who will never understand why this makes the others around him so sad. The darker subtexts of this story are compelling. Peter's inability to love the women in his life is intricately bound with his own mother's rejection of him. The cruelty of grown men is inversely mirrored by the callousness of the lost boys and Peter himself. And the strangeness of the symbolism! Thimbles, fairies, and shadows all take on meanings far greater than the objects themselves suggest, and allow the careful reader to peer into the fantastical mind of the author, J.M. Barrie. Of course, one could read the stories about Neverland as mere adventures and take as much pleasure as an in-depth analysis yields. Indeed, for younger readers, this is probably the best way to go about enjoying a book ostensibly about pirates, Indians, and mermaids. They can spend time pulling the text apart once they get a bit older. For the reader interested in Barrie's complete works, this edition also contains his novel The Little White Bird, which first introduced the character of Peter Pan in the context of a story he tells to his favorite young friend, David. The Little White Bird is not a story for children. It is about the narrator's detached longings to become part of a family too late in life, and aside from the mention of Peter Pan it would not hold the interest of a young audience for long. Instead, this book provides fodder for someone who is looking for insight into the author's unique perspectives on the nature of friendships, relationships, and the fear of growing old.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    The Complete Peter Pan edition contains the novel Peter and Wendy, the six chapters from The Little White Bird that go under the title of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the 1904 play Peter Pan; and, let me say, the whole thing was painfully boring. I despised everything of it: the plot, the characters and not the least Barrie's style; his upper-middle-class use of the language is irritating to unimaginable degrees and, at times, it is just unnecessarily wordy and complex. I only managed to f The Complete Peter Pan edition contains the novel Peter and Wendy, the six chapters from The Little White Bird that go under the title of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the 1904 play Peter Pan; and, let me say, the whole thing was painfully boring. I despised everything of it: the plot, the characters and not the least Barrie's style; his upper-middle-class use of the language is irritating to unimaginable degrees and, at times, it is just unnecessarily wordy and complex. I only managed to finish this book because I was dragged on from page to page by a free youtube audiobook version: if someone else hadn't done the reading for me, I would have soon dropped the book (no wonder it took me two years to finish it!). Thumb down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Szabo

    What to say about this children's classic that hasn't been said already? It's every bit as charming as one might expect it to be who (like this reviewer) has only encountered Disney's version of the story. Barrie's Peter is more roguish and violent than his animated likeness, but this is perhaps more consistent with a perpetually impatient and selfish pre-adolescent. PP in Kensington Gardens was a disappointment, it being an imaginative rollick seemingly without purpose (though it does tell us w What to say about this children's classic that hasn't been said already? It's every bit as charming as one might expect it to be who (like this reviewer) has only encountered Disney's version of the story. Barrie's Peter is more roguish and violent than his animated likeness, but this is perhaps more consistent with a perpetually impatient and selfish pre-adolescent. PP in Kensington Gardens was a disappointment, it being an imaginative rollick seemingly without purpose (though it does tell us why Peter gets on so well with the birds in Neverland). All but the most ardent PanFans are advised to skip it entirely.

  21. 4 out of 5

    CJ Jones

    I finally surrendered after the ninth chapter of The Little White Bird, an interminable story about how much an old man doesn't love a certain young lady and tells her six year old son the plodding story. Includes some twee folklore about how all the birds in Kensington Gardens are babies waiting to be born, and there are bars on the nursery windows to prevent them trying to fly home before they forget they were birds. Because of course everybody has a nursery, and a nanny to take the children t I finally surrendered after the ninth chapter of The Little White Bird, an interminable story about how much an old man doesn't love a certain young lady and tells her six year old son the plodding story. Includes some twee folklore about how all the birds in Kensington Gardens are babies waiting to be born, and there are bars on the nursery windows to prevent them trying to fly home before they forget they were birds. Because of course everybody has a nursery, and a nanny to take the children to the Gardens.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wilma Monica

    My copy has Peter Pan and Wendy Peter Pan in Kensington Garden Peter Pan (Play) Decided to stop reading PeterPan in Kesington Garden because it's very sad and I don't like it. That a child forcefully be separated with his mom. It's cruel and I couldn't comprehend it any more. I've already quite taken back with the real story of Peter Pan and Wendy, that I realize this "before the Wendy" story isn't my thing. So I'll just stop. Probably later on when I'm quite mature enough. Probably..

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gaby Janssen

    I loved the storytelling writing style. Ofcourse I knew all about Peter Pan thus there were no real surprises but that didn’t matter. It was funny, it was sweet, it was dark at times but always interesting and I kept wanting to read on. Just a really nice light read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gloriamarie

    This is one of my go-to comfort books. I just love the Peter Pan stories and have done so since I first read it in the third grade.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I never read this as a child. It was so fun and magical.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Troy Swinehart

    Planning out the remainder of my 24 books in 2012...this will be #21. I've always wanted to read the original text. Something fun for the summer. One book of three down...quite honestly you can tell when this guy becomes interested in what he is writing about (i.e., Pan) because every other passage so far is dense and confused. I really should have counted this as 2 books but....it was my idea to read everything about Peter Pan. So my recommendation comes in two parts. Part #1: Avoid "The Little Wh Planning out the remainder of my 24 books in 2012...this will be #21. I've always wanted to read the original text. Something fun for the summer. One book of three down...quite honestly you can tell when this guy becomes interested in what he is writing about (i.e., Pan) because every other passage so far is dense and confused. I really should have counted this as 2 books but....it was my idea to read everything about Peter Pan. So my recommendation comes in two parts. Part #1: Avoid "The Little White Bird" because it I feel it was just a confusing book wrapped around "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens." Read the latter simply for the origin story of Pan. (Spoiler Alert) The Wendy Lady is not the first to give Peter an thimble. Part #2: I think everyone should read "Peter and Wendy." I loved reading it again after all these years and was very surprised at how much detail I remembered from my childhood and how true to the 1911 Novel the 1953 Disney animation actually was. So I recommend this book for all ages. And for the adults check out wikipedia for "Peter and Wendy" as it provides a background on the inspiration for both novels bu J.M. Barrie.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    NOT JUST 111 pages LONG, like description says... It is much longer. Don't get me wrong. This is a pretty good collection for Peter Pan enthusiasts. There are three parts to this collection: Peter Pan (the story we've all come to recognize, thanks to Disney), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and The Little White Bird. However, it is stated in the description that the entire collection is merely 111 pages long. Even the Table of Contents gives the impression that all three stories accumulate to 11 NOT JUST 111 pages LONG, like description says... It is much longer. Don't get me wrong. This is a pretty good collection for Peter Pan enthusiasts. There are three parts to this collection: Peter Pan (the story we've all come to recognize, thanks to Disney), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and The Little White Bird. However, it is stated in the description that the entire collection is merely 111 pages long. Even the Table of Contents gives the impression that all three stories accumulate to 111 pages. Not true. While Peter Pan and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens are both short stories, The Little White Bird is actually the novel J. M. Barrie wrote that later inspired the other two stories. So, the entire collection is closer to 350 pages than what was noted previously in the description. I didn't realize this until I was well into The Little White Bird and was curious why I had so much more to read. There was no explanation of this in a forward, so I found out through trusted Google. Once I finished the short stories, I found it cumbersome to read because it was so much longer than I expected. Also, it didn't help that I didn't much enjoy the novel (which takes up the bulk of the material). The short stories were fun and different, but the novel just drones on and on.

  28. 4 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    This book comprises three original stories written by JM Barrie that preceded the Peter Pan story as we know it. I chose to read the stories in the order that they were written rather than the arrangement in the book. The first story written in 1902 is “The Little White Bird” which I found to be the best. He writes that children are little birds before they’re born and once they grow older, they forget how to fly. Stories were written in a different style in this era and I found it very poetic a This book comprises three original stories written by JM Barrie that preceded the Peter Pan story as we know it. I chose to read the stories in the order that they were written rather than the arrangement in the book. The first story written in 1902 is “The Little White Bird” which I found to be the best. He writes that children are little birds before they’re born and once they grow older, they forget how to fly. Stories were written in a different style in this era and I found it very poetic and appealing. The second story is “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” written in 1906 and the last one is “Peter Pan” written in 1911. The last two stories were very redundant but still wonderfully imaginative. You can see the seeds of the Peter Pan story as we know it in these stories. The style is slower and the stories are beautifully written.~

  29. 4 out of 5

    SJH (A Dream of Books)

    This is the perfect edition for any Peter Pan fans' collection. A truly lovely edition which would also make the perfect Christmas stocking filler. In addition to the novel Peter and Wendy, this edition also includes Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the play Peter Pan. Plus, it features lovely illustrations by Joel Stewart. I hadn't actually read the Kensington Gardens story before so it was nice to read something new about such a classic tale. I have read Peter Pan so many times before, but This is the perfect edition for any Peter Pan fans' collection. A truly lovely edition which would also make the perfect Christmas stocking filler. In addition to the novel Peter and Wendy, this edition also includes Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the play Peter Pan. Plus, it features lovely illustrations by Joel Stewart. I hadn't actually read the Kensington Gardens story before so it was nice to read something new about such a classic tale. I have read Peter Pan so many times before, but it was super to hold such a fine edition in my hands and revisit the wonderful world of Neverland. I never tire of reading about Peter's adventures with the faithful Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys by his side and I'm sure this book will introduce many more children to such a classic tale of adventure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Veronika Christiansen

    I read the story in dansih, of course, since I'm a dane, and it was absolutely brilliant! I've only ever watched it as a child so when I came a bit closer to adulthood and heard about the book, I did not expect it to capture me at all. However, the book puts a whole new perspective on the movie. Though, I must say this - I have gone faster through other books. Therefore I cannot give it 5 stars. 4 should do it. Wonderful.

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