Artifact of the Week: The Peter Pan Picture Book

By Hope Harwood

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Every child at some point wishes they never have to grow up. That’s where this tale comes in. Peter Pan is a classic tale of a little boy who wished to be young forever and he found a place where he could do that and live out his wildest dreams. He is perhaps one of the most recognized characters to have been created. But where did his story begin?

This week’s artifact is a copy of The Peter Pan Picture Book by Alice B. Woodward and Daniel O’Connor. The book was published in 1907 with permission from J. M. Barrie who wrote the original play Peter Pan. The storybook was created due to high demand for a book based off of Barrie’s play. Woodard and O’Connor wanted the children to have a book keepsake to take home after the play.This also was a consolation to those who did not get the chance to watch the play in the theatre.
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The Peter Pan Picture Book has 28 illustrations all done by Alice B. Woodward and a simplified storyline to that of the play that was written by Daniel O’Connor. It tells the story that everyone had an understanding of with pirates, lost boys, mermaids and more.

The book is split into 6 simple parts: Early Days, The Never-Never-Never-Land, The Mermaids’ Lagoon, The Underground Home, The Pirate Ship and finally, Home, Sweet Home. It includes all the characters everyone can remember such as Wendy, Peter, Michael and of course Peter’s enemy Captain Hook.

Come see this book and many more on display in The Study here at Hillary House!