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The One that got away.

Before Peter Pan met Wendy, his heart belonged to Tiger Lily, the dark-haired maiden whose spirit was as wild and fierce as his own.

The unlikely narrator of this tale is Tinker Bell.  She revealed how Tik-Tok, the shaman of the Sky Eater tribe, adopted Tiger Lily when he found her under a Tiger Lily plant. She was only a baby then.  She grew to hunt as well as the boys and didn’t seem to be frightened of anything.  The tribe viewed her as odd, and a little scary.

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Dave-F. See Acknowledgements and Attributions.

A coming of age story in a place of eternal youth.

Time could stop for you on that enchanted island.  But Neverland was a dangerous place, too.  Crocodiles waited for prey and mermaids were vicious animals that drowned men and collected their bones.  Danger bred adventure, and Tiger Lily found herself sneaking away from her village to visit Peter and the Lost Boys.

Then Wendy arrived in Neverland. She appealed to Peter in ways Tiger Lily was not capable of.  Wendy charmed him with her chatter and bubbly personality.  She smiled and laughed. She was the picture of fragility with her ivory skin and blond hair.

Tiger Lily didn’t know how to be encouraging.  And I hated that Wendy did, and Peter seemed to relax beside her.

Tiger Lily was quiet and “guarded herself like a secret.”  Once upon a time, her sinewy strength and feral allure fit into Peter’s world.  But no longer.  As a child, Tiger Lily’s differences isolated her from her tribe. Now these same characteristics made her undesirable in Peter’s eyes. Tiger Lily wondered if she belonged anywhere.

Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park, London. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Cait Loper’s Photography.) See Attributions and Acknowledgements.

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did.  One of the most touching moments is when Tiger Lily discovers that she is loved exactly for who she is.

The story of Peter and Tiger Lily is a dark and touching tale of first love, and how, despite the passage of time, you realize that your first love never truly leaves you.

Attributions and Acknowledgements

The photo “Swing Time” is courtesy of Flickr user, Dave-F and licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

The photo of the Peter Pan statute at Hyde Park London is courtesy of Flickr user Cait Loper’s Photography and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)