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The Little White Bird is a novel from J.M. Barrie that was published in 1902. It ranged from fantasy and whimsy to social comedy and dark aggressive undertones. It mostly achieved fame from several chapters that was written in a softer tone than the rest of the book, which introduce the character and mythology of Peter Pan. The chapters were later published as Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens as a children's book. The Peter Pan story started as a chapter of a longer work in the four years that Barrie worked on the book prior to publication that grew to an "elaborate book-within-a-book" of over a hundred pages.
The book was completed and published under the title The Little White Bird, Or Adventures In Kensington Gardens. Project Gutenburg has digitized the full text of the book for no-cost download availability in the United States, where the book is in the public domain.
Plot Introduction[edit | edit source]
The Little White Bird is a series of short stories, events according to the narrator's day to day activities in London in it's day, and fanciful tales set in Kensington Gardens and anywhere else
Plot Summary[edit | edit source]
The story is set in several locations; the earlier chapters are set in the town of London, contemporaneous to the time of Barrie's writing, and involving some time travel of a few years, and other fantasy elements, while remaining within the London setting. The middle chapters that later became Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens are set in London's famous , introduced by the statement that "All lead to Kensington Gardens".
The Kensington Gardens chapters include detailed descriptions of the features of the Gardens, along with fantasy names given to the locations by the story's characters, especially after "Lock-Out Time", described by Barrie as the time at the end of the day when the park gates are closed to the public, and the and other magical inhabitants of the park can move about more freely than during the daylight, when they must hide from ordinary people.
The third section of the book, following the Kensington Gardens chapters, are again set generally in London, though there are some short returns to the Gardens that are not part of the Peter Pan stories. In a two-page diversion in chapter 24, Barrie brings the story to Patagonia, and a journey by ship returning to England at the "white cliffs of Albion".
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- full text of The Little White Bird at Neverpedia