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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

J. M. Barrie

Book Overview: 

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is one of four major literary works by Barrie featuring the widely known literary character he originated, Peter Pan.

Peter is a seven-day-old infant who, "like all infants", used to be part bird. Peter has complete faith in his flying abilities, so, upon hearing a discussion of his adult life, he is able to escape out of the window of his London home and return to Kensington Gardens. Upon returning to the Gardens, Peter is shocked to learn from the crow Solomon Caw that he is not still a bird, but more like a human- Solomon says he is crossed between them as a "Betwixt-and-Between".

Unfortunately, Peter now knows he cannot fly, so he is stranded in Kensington Gardens. At first, Peter can only get around on foot, but he commissions the building of a child-sized thrush's nest that he can use as a boat to navigate the Gardens by way of the Serpentine, the large lake that divides Kensington Gardens from Hyde Park.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The saddest part of it was that the poor little chaffinch fluttered about the bushes, looking so reproachfully at us that we knew she thought we had done it; and though David tried to explain to her, it was so long since he had spoken the bird language that I fear she did not understand. He and I left the Gardens that day with our knuckles in our eyes.





II PETER PAN

If you ask your mother whether she knew about Peter Pan when she was a little girl, she will say, 'Why, of course I did, child'; and if you ask her whether he rode on a goat in those days, she will say, 'What a foolish question to ask; certainly he did.' Then if you ask your grandmother whether she knew about Peter Pan when she was a girl, she also says, 'Why, of course I did, child,' but if you ask her whether he rode on a goat in those days, she says she never heard of his having a goat. Perhaps she has forgotten, just as she s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A children's story which was in print during my childhood, but which I'm reading for the first time in an adulthood: having been one of those kids who pretty much finished the children's section in the library, this is a rare bird indeed.

I mostly, reflexively, find myself reading in the same way as

At the beginning of this book, it told me something along the lines of: to properly understand the story of Peter Pan, you need to understand Kensington Gardens.

That is a lie. You do not need to read this book to understand, enjoy, or dislike (as was in my case), Peter Pan and Wendy. Put this book

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This book had one of the best introductions, knowing so many curious facts about its author and creating his story and everything that was around him at the time he wrote it, his life and other things around the novel allow us to see The novel from another perspective. J

“He was a poet, and they are never exactly grown up.”

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens could've been marvelous. Barrie's whimsical writing is stunning as always, but unfortunately, the narrative is so confusing and sporadic that it's difficult to follow. The juxtaposition of events in the

This is one of those happy-sad books – it is achingly sad when you really think about its essence. It is heart-breaking and yet hauntingly beautiful, written with wondrous whimsical charm and childlike imagination. Childlike, and yet also very adult, it has a wisdom and definite darkness to it as we

I just love the original story of Peter Pan, and I was rather excited to learn about this prequel. Unfortunately, my excitement did not last. I found the plot to be confusing and quite frankly, all over the place! Due to this, I found I had quite a bit of trouble understanding what was actually goin

I should have read this before reading Peter Pan. This story made me cry at the end; about how Peter felt when his mother was sleeping with another baby.
However, I wanted to give 4 stars but I couldn't bring myself to do that.

"La razón por la que los pájaros vuelan y nosotros no esta en el hecho de que ellos tienen una fe ciega, por que tener fe quiere decir tener alas"

Es un verdadero placer leer cosas como estas, enserio que se disfruta a montones.
En lo personal pienso que este libro es fabuloso, por que pese a que tal

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