Peter Pan

Peter Pan Story Book Cover

Peter Pan History

About The Author --- A lot of people ask, "Who wrote The Peter Pan Story?" Most fairy tales come from old folklore and have been handed down from generation to generation. The first mention of this story was in 1902. This story is a fairy tale because it has a fairy named Tinkerbell as one of the main characters. It was created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860–1937).

"The Little White Bird" - The first mention of Peter by the author was in the earlier book "The Little White Bird" published by J. M. Barrie in 1902.  The story is about an older ex-soldier that befriends a boy named Peter. The middle chapters were later  published as "Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens". Fairies and other fantasy creatures are mentioned in these chapters.

In 1904, the story as we know it, opened as a very successful stage play named "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up". The play was later adapted to a novel and published in 1911 titled "Peter and Wendy". The title of the novel was later changed when Pan was added. Still later Wendy was taken out of the title.

Peter In The Movies

In 1924 Paramount Pictures released a silent adventure movie adapted from the play "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie.

The movie is about Peter, a magical boy that can fly and refuses to grow up. He convinces the Darling children John, Michael and Wendy to come with him to  Neverland . There they meet Captain Hook and his crew. This is just the start of the adventure. 

Read the book to find out what happens..

 Later, the children feel homesick and wish to go home. Wendy invites Peter and the Lost Boys to come with them so they can be adopted. The Lost Boys are eager to do so, but Peter refuses because he does not wish to grow up. Wendy and her brothers and the Lost Boys are captured by the pirates, but rescued by Peter, who forces Captain Hook to walk the plank and be eaten by the crocodile who once ate his hand. Wendy and the boys return to the Darling home, where Mrs. Darling meets Peter for the first time and offers to adopt him, but he refuses for the same reason that he refused to go back with Wendy and the boys - he has no intention of growing up. Peter asks Wendy to return to Neverland with him, and Mrs. Darling agrees to allow Wendy to go back once a year to help Peter with his spring cleaning.