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The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton
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The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton
Date: 22/10/09, updated on 22/10/09 (139 review reads)
I adored Enid Blyton books as a child - and years later they are still going strong . With a daughter of my own now, I've taken to picking up Enid Blyton books second hand from the local charity shops so I can share some of my favourite stories with her -and one of my absolute favourites is 'The Enchanted Wood' , the first in the Faraway Tree series .
Jo, Bess and Fanny (snigger) move to the countryside, near to a large forest . Exploring the forest, they soon discover that it is home to a whole host of magical and wonderful creatures - but the most wonderful and magical place of all is the Faraway Tree ,a tree so tall that it's top actually comes up far above the clouds .
The children decide to climb this tree and explore it , meeting along the way all the characters that have their homes inside the tree trunk , and discovering that at the top are magical lands that shift from day to day - lands where they can have all kinds of adventures, and meet all manner of new people .
I love Enid Blyton books, because the stories never date . The character names however do - Jo is more commonly a girls name abbreviation, but in this book is a boy, and Fanny is a name that hopefully no child today is saddled with . Even my six year old gets a good giggle over that name !
Some of the vocabulary has also become a little dated, due to modern usage of the English language . Oh, for the days when 'gay' was simply a word used to describe a general stae of happiness and well being . Jo, Bess, and Fanny are forever being 'gay', and sadly, even to my six year old, that word doesn't mean the same thing it used to many years ago .
The characters though are wonderful - Ignore the children, they are, for the most part, distinctly average children who just happen to have some wonderful adventures . But the inhabitants of the tree are very amusing . Dame Washalot for example, who is always washing clothes and tipping the dirty water down the tree causing the children to slip and fall, or the Angry Pixie, who is exactly as his name suggests. Then we have Silky the fairy, with her lovely golden hair and equally lovely nature, and the ever friendly Moon -Face (whose face, funnily enough, looks like a moon!) forever providing drinks and snack, and having the wonderful 'slippery slip' in his house , a huge slide that takes the children quickly back down to ground level .
Then we have the various lands, that revolve around at the top of the tree - The Land of Ice and Snow, The Land of take what you want, Toyland - all these lands have their own adventures, sometimes wonderful, sometimes scary, but always fun to read about .
This book is wonderful , I'm currently reading it aloud to my daughter and she is really enjoying it . Yes, some parts of it are dated in a way which changes the meaning somewhat, and yes, there is plenty of giggling over Fanny (poor kid), but the story itself is magical and wonderfully inventive, and for a book first published in the 30s, it has stood the test of time !