Peter Pan (1)
Wendy, John and Michael Darling live in a lovely house in London. They have got a big, sunny nursery. There are colourful pictures and a big clock on the wall. There are toys here and there. The Darlings are a happy family. Mr Darling and Mrs Darling love their children very much. Wendy is the first child, John is the second and Michael is the third.
The children's nanny is called Nana and she is a big Newfoundland dog! Her kennel is in the nursery and she is a wonderful nanny. She loves the children and the children love her.
One evening Mr and Mrs Darling want to go to a dinner party. They have their best clothes on.
'Nana, it's time to put the children to bed,' says Mrs Darling.
Nana goes to the bathroom. She turns on the hot water for Michael's bath. She puts her paw in the water to check the temperature. It's perfect!
'I don't want to have a bath!' says little Michael.
But Nana is a firm nanny and Michael has his bath.
Then Nana gives the children their pyjamas. Now they are ready for bed.
Mrs Darling comes into the nursery and smiles. 'Good work, Nana! I see the children are ready for bed.' Nana wags her big tail.
Suddenly there is a noise. Mrs Darling sees a young boy outside the nursery window. She is very surprised. Nana barks and shuts the window quickly. The boy's shadow falls on the floor. The young boy flies away. 'Who's there?' asks Mrs Darling. She opens the window and looks outside, but she sees nothing. Then she sees the boy's shadow on the floor and says, 'Poor boy, this is his shadow. Let's put it in the drawer.'
The children are in bed. Mr Darling takes Nana to the garden. Then he goes to the sitting room and waits for Mrs Darling.
Mrs Darling sings to the children and kisses them. She is a perfect mother. Soon the three children are sleeping. Mr and Mrs Darling go to their bedroom. They put on their coats and go to the dinner party.
The children are sleeping and dreaming. Suddenly the window opens. A small ball of light enters the nursery and flies around. It is a lovely fairy called Tinker Bell. She is looking for something. After a moment a young boy enters the nursery and says, 'Tink, where are you? Please find my shadow.'
Tinker Bell finds his shadow in the drawer and gives it to him. 'Now I can stick the shadow to my feet with some soap,' he thinks. He tries and tries again, but he can't. He is very confused and starts crying.
Wendy wakes up and sees the boy but she is not afraid. His clothes are made of leaves. 'Little boy, why are you crying?' Wendy asks.
The boy takes off his cap and asks, 'What's your name?'
'Wendy Moira Angela Darling. What's yours?'
'Is that all?'
'Yes!' says Peter. Then he thinks, 'My name is very, very short.'
Wendy looks at his shadow and asks, 'Can I help you with your shadow?'
'Yes, please!' says Peter.
Wendy gets her sewing basket and sews on Peter's shadow.
After a few minutes she says, 'Finished! Now you have your shadow again.'
Peter looks at the floor and sees his shadow. He is very happy and dances around the room.
'Oh, Wendy, you are wonderful!' says Peter.
'Do you really think so?' asks Wendy.
'Yes,' says Peter.
Wendy smiles and gives Peter a kiss on the cheek.
'Oh!' says Peter. 'How nice!'
'How old are you, Peter?' asks Wendy.
'I don't know, but I am young. I don't want to grow up. I always want to be a boy and have fun.'
Peter looks around the room for his fairy. He hears a noise and looks in a drawer. Tinker Bell flies out. Wendy is delighted to see a fairy, but Tinker Bell is afraid. She hides behind the big clock.
'Where do you live, Peter?' asks Wendy.
'I live in Neverland with the Lost Boys,' says Peter.
'Neverland? The Lost Boys? Who are they?' asks Wendy.
'The Lost Boys haven't got a mother or father. They are alone in the world and they live in Neverland. I am their Captain. In Neverland we fight the pirates. We also swim in the lagoon with the beautiful mermaids. Fairies live in the trees in the forest. The fairies are my friends,' says Peter.
'Oh, what fun!' says Wendy.
'I must go back now. I must tell the Lost Boys a story. They love stories,' says Peter.
'Don't go away! I know a lot of stories,' says Wendy.
'Then come with me, Wendy. You can tell us stories. We all want a mother. Please come,' says Peter.
'But I can't fly,' says Wendy.
'I can teach you to fly,' says Peter.
'Can you teach John and Michael to fly too?'
'Yes, of course,' says Peter.
'John! Michael! Wake up! This is Peter Pan. He's from Neverland. It's a beautiful place,' says Wendy.
John and Michael are very surprised.
'We can go there with him. But first we must learn to fly,' Wendy says.
Wendy, John and Michael are very excited. They try to fly but fall on the beds and on the floor.
'No, no,' says Peter. 'Here is some fairy dust.' He puts some fairy dust on their shoulders.
'Now try again,' says Peter.
'Look, I can fly!' says Wendy.
'I can too,' says John.
'Me too,' says little Michael.
'Tink, show us the way to Neverland,' says Peter.
They follow Tinker Bell and fly out of the nursery window. In the garden Nana looks at the sky and barks.
Mr and Mrs Darling return from the dinner party. They go into the nursery, but it is empty!
Wendy, John and Michael fly over cities, towns, mountains, forests and seas.
Finally they see an island in the sea below them.
'Look, that's Neverland,' says Peter.
'Neverland!' say the children.
In Neverland the Lost Boys live in the forest in a secret underground home. There are six Lost Boys: Slightly Soiled, Tootles, Nibs, Curly and the Twins. They are waiting for Peter.
Suddenly they hear the voices of the pirates. Nibs is very brave. He goes out, hides behind a tree and looks around him. He sees the horrible pirates. They are walking in the forest. They are big and ugly. Their pirate ship is the Jolly Roger.
The pirates' captain is James Hook. He is a cruel pirate and a very bad man. He's got black eyes, black hair and a black beard. He hates Peter Pan. He's only got one arm. The other is a hook! In the past Peter Pan cut off Captain Hook's right arm during a fight. A crocodile ate the arm. Now the crocodile follows Captain Hook everywhere because he wants to eat him. The crocodile has an alarm clock in its stomach! Captain Hook can always hear it.
'I know the Lost Boys live in this forest. We must find them and Peter Pan!' says Captain Hook.
'Tick, tock, tick, tock!' Captain Hook hears the alarm clock.
'Oh, no, the crocodile is coming to eat me!' says Captain Hook. He runs away and the pirates follow him.
Soon some Indians arrive in the forest. They are looking for the pirates. The pirates are their enemy. Tiger Lily is their leader. She is the beautiful daughter of the Indian chief. She loves Peter Pan. Tinker Bell and Wendy love him too. The Indians go away and the Lost Boys return to play in the forest.
Then Nibs looks at the sky and says, 'Look, there is a lovely white bird in the sky.'
'Is it really a bird?' the Lost Boys ask.
Tinker Bell says, 'Yes, yes, it's a bird. It's a Wendy bird. You must shoot it!' Sometimes Tink is a bad fairy. She knows it is Wendy, but she doesn't like her.
Nibs takes his bow and arrow and shoots Wendy. Poor Wendy falls to the ground. The Lost Boys see Wendy and say, 'She's not a bird! She's a lovely girl.'
Peter flies down with John and Michael and asks, 'Where is Wendy?'
Tootles says, 'Here she is.'
Peter goes over to her and asks, 'Wendy, are you all right?' Wendy slowly opens her eyes and smiles. 'Yes, but I'm very tired,' she says.
The Lost Boys are sorry. They decide to build her a little house.
When the house is ready Wendy says, 'What a lovely little house! Thank you.'
'Can you be our mother now? Can you tell us bedtime stories before we go to bed?' asks Nibs.
'Of course,' says Wendy. 'Come in and I can tell you the story of Cinderella.'
They enter, sit down and listen to Wendy's story. It is a wonderful story.
Peter Pan is outside the house with his sword. He wants to protect Wendy and the Lost Boys.
The Mermaid's Lagoon
One summer evening Peter, Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys go to the Mermaid's Lagoon. Beautiful mermaids live here and they are Peter's friends. They swim and play in the blue lagoon. Then they sit on Marooner's Rock to comb their long hair. They sit in the sun and laugh.
The children like the mermaids and John says, 'I want to catch one!' He tries, but the mermaid jumps into the water.
Peter says, 'It is very difficult to catch a mermaid.'
Suddenly someone says, 'Look, the pirates are coming!'
A small boat with two pirates is coming to the lagoon. John, Michael and the Lost Boys jump off the rock and swim away. But Wendy stays with Peter. They hide behind the rock. Peter sees Tiger Lily. She is sitting in the small boat. Poor Tiger Lily is a prisoner of the pirates.
'Let's leave her on this rock. When the sea rises, she will die!' says Smee. The two pirates laugh. It is already night and it is very dark.
Peter wants to save Tiger Lily and thinks of something intelligent. He imitates Captain Hook's voice and says, 'Cut the ropes and let her go! Do as I say, you idiots! Let her go!' The two pirates are amazed.
'Can you hear Hook's voice?' asks Smee.
'Yes, but what do we do?' asks Starkey.
'We must obey him and cut the ropes,' says Smee.
They cut the ropes and Tiger Lily is free. She quickly jumps into the water and swims away.
Captain Hook sees everything and he is furious.
'That horrid Peter Pan! This time I must attack him,' he says.
He swims to the rock and fights with Peter. It is a long fight.
The Captain hurts Peter with his hook, but Peter fights courageously. At last, Peter wins the fight and Hook swims back to the Jolly Roger. Peter is now alone on the rock with Wendy.
'The sea is rising and we are in great danger here. We must leave this rock,' says Peter.
'Oh, Peter, I am very tired and I cannot swim or fly.'
He sees a big kite with a long tail. It is flying slowly over the lagoon. He takes the tail of the kite and says, 'Wendy, hold on to this tail and fly away with the kite.' Wendy flies away.
'The sea is rising. I must fly away,' Peter thinks. When he gets home everyone is happy to see him especially Wendy.
The Underground Home
The Underground Home is a secret place. No one knows where it is. It is a happy, warm place. There is only one room with a big fireplace. Tinker Bell has her tiny room too.
Wendy is a perfect mother. She cooks and sews for everyone. She also tells beautiful bedtime stories. The Lost Boys are happy because they finally have a mother. John and Michael are happy because there is a new adventure every day.