Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens Paperback
Part of the Wordsworth Children's Classics series
The magical Peter Pan comes to the night nursery of the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael.
He teaches them to fly, then takes them through the sky to Never-Never Land, where they find Red Indians, wolves, Mermaids and...
Pirates. The leader of the pirates is the sinister Captain Hook.
His hand was bitten off by a crocodile, who, as Captain Hook explains 'liked me arm so much that he has followed me ever since, licking his lips for the rest of me'.
After lots of adventures, the story reaches its exciting climax as Peter, Wendy and the children do battle with Captain Hook and his band. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is the magical tale that first introduces Peter Pan, the little boy who never grows any older.
He escapes his human form and flies to Kensington Gardens, where all his happy memories are, and meets the fairies, the thrushes, and Old Caw the crow.
The fairies think he is too human to be allowed to stay in after Lock-out time, so he flies off to an island which divides the Gardens from the more grown-up Hyde Park - Peter's adventures, and how he eventually meets Mamie and the goat, are delightfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/10/1993
- ISBN: 9781853261206
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Review by gcamp
This book contains both the classic story "Peter Pan" and the story "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens." Though I have read "Peter Pan" before and thoroughly enjoyed it, for some reason in this reading, I came away with a sense of sadness at the end of the story. This may be due to the fact that Peter Pan does not stay with Wendy, and often times forgets to come back to visit her, but also to the fact that we are reminded that we must all grow up and lose our innocence. I feel that many of us often look back on our childhood and think about how much simpler it was, and wish we could go back to that time. But we grow up, and life goes on. The characters in "Peter Pan" are so unforgettable. Who can ever forget the sassy little Tinker Bell, the conniving Captain Hook, or the simple Smee? Even though they have their faults, you find yourself sympathizing with them and liking them. I did not find the second story, "Peter in Kensington Gardens" nearly as interesting as "Peter Pan." It is a story about Peter when he is just a toddler, and how he came to live in Kensington Gardens, and learns how to survive from the birds and the fairies. It starts out with Peter flying away from home, but then he forgets how to fly. Perhaps that is why in "Peter Pan" he tells Wendy that we all know how to fly, but we forget how because we "are no longer gay and innocent." One line that really stood out for me in this story was: "There is almost nothing that has such a keen sense of fun as a fallen leaf." When you think about a leaf in autumn and how it sails about and tumbles along, you can almost feel the fun. Maybe we should all sometimes just pretend to be a fallen leaf.
Review by Eilantha_Le_Fay
When I started reading this book I thought I would love it. It turned out to bore me a lot.I thought neverland would be a magical place where you'd want to go back again and again. But London seemed rather cozier and less deadly (children killing pirates?).Peter isn't a hero, he's just very selfish boy.This book made me believe that Peter Pan is only famous because of Disney. It's very well written and full of creative sillyness, but the fights against the pirates are long and boring and got me sleeping a couple of times.
Review by PolymathicMonkey