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The Folk of the Faraway Tree is the third and final book in the fantastic series of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree stories. This is a series that I loved reading as a young child myself so it has been a real pleasure to revisit the excitement and adventures as an adult, sharing these stories with my own three children.
Here, siblings Jo, Bessie and Fanny are joined by a family friend, Connie. Connie is, initially, at least somewhat spoilt and expresses her disbelief in the very existence of the Enchanted Wood, the Faraway Tree and the fantastic folk who live within its branches - not to mention the magical lands that appear at the top of the tree!
This book easily lives up to its predecessors. The themes themselves are familiar - with bad behaviour and personality traits always leading to trouble.
I would recommend this book to be read to children from around four years of age and upwards (although my youngest son was aged three when he first enjoyed this whilst being read to his older brother.) It could easily be tackled by a confident young reader as the vocabulary is relatively straightforward, although there are some terms and words that are a little archaic and would benefit from an adult’s presence to explain their meaning and context.
Very sensitive children might also be a little upset by the children’s expedition back to the Land of Dame Slap. It isn’t perhaps as terrifying as the name of the land suggests but, being held captive in the school for naughty elves and imps, was enough to give my then six year old son nightmares about being kidnapped that night!
Given its original publication date, this is a little dated in some areas but it is still able to capture the imagination of young children and encourage them to develop a love of reading. This still comes highly recommended by me and my boys!
The far away tree series is arguably one of the best children's books ever written. (As you'll see from my other reviews) I can't praise Blyton highly enough!
This isn't the first book in the series, but that doesn't matter - as a 5 year old I was able to get into it very quickly, and it wasn't long before i was completely absorbed by the adventure.
The book follows the adventure of Joe, Bess, and Fanny (In modern versions Joe, Beth and Frannie) who live near the Enchanted wood, where a huge tree stretches so high into the sky that it touches the clouds, and a new magical land appears up there every once in a while, just waiting to be explored. Along with their friends who live in the tree, the children try to teach their spoiled cousin, Connie, how wonderful it can be to live in the country and believe in magic, and hopefully teach her not to be so selfish and spoilt along the way.
This book is a lovely read for boys and girls in primary school (and I still like to come back and read it if I'm bored). Your kids will absolutely love it, and they'll soon be part of the adventure!