The Little White Bird

The Little White Bird

The Little White Bird is a series of short episodes with tones ranging from fantasy and whimsy to social comedy with dark aggressive undertonesm. It accounts the narrator's day to day activities in London of its day, and fanciful tales set in Kensington Gardens and elsewhere. This book also includes the very first appearance of Peter Pan.

Excerpt:
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 sometimes forgets your name and calls you Mildred, which is your mother's name. Still, she could hardly forget such an important thing as the goat. Therefore there was no goat when your grandmother was a little girl. This shows that, in telling the story of Peter Pan, to begin with the goat (as most people do) is as silly as to put on your jacket before your vest.

Title:The Little White Bird
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781905432349

    The Little White Bird Reviews

  • Andrada

    I decided to read The Little White Bird because I happen to currently live near Kensington Gardens and regularly walk around them. On one of these occasions, I came across the famous statue of Peter P...

  • Hannah

    "The Little White Bird" was a charming, mystifying novel full of pretty ideas and bittersweet reflections. Its mainly about a lonely old bachelor. It coincidentally contains the first passges Barrie ...

  • Jim Brule

    This is the first occurrence of the character of Peter Pan in the author's works: Peter's story appears as a story told by the protagonist to a young boy.The protagonist is one of the most intriguing ...

  • Andy Lamen

    GreatJM Barrie is a fascinating author.with his ability to make you feel like a child as well as to interact with the story is remarkable...

  • Heidi Schulz

    This may be my all time favorite book. I particularly love the descriptions of David's mother....

  • ??? ??????

    I was really afraid to read this book since it is so old and I knew the language would be tedious for me, but what I didn't expect that I would enjoy Captin W and David's adventure in Kesington Garden...

  • Julie

    I picked this up after reading the Peter and the Starcatchers series and then reading the original Peter and Wendy by Barrie and enjoying it. This is supposed to be the introduction of Peter Pan in a ...

  • Banaticus

    [[This book is also the origin of the Peter Pan mythos, although that story is rather a diversion from the main story, just as The Three Musketeers was a diversion from Dumas' main story.]]A fun littl...

  • Brian Schiebout

    The Little White Bird by James Barrie is a fanciful story about childhood. The main character is an older man who in a way represents Barrie himself and his relationship with another family. The story...

  • V.

    J. M. Barrie, of course, is the author of Peter and Wendy, the book upon which is based many incarnations of the "Peter Pan" tale. What is curious to learn, however, is that Peter Pan made his first a...