Newest Review: ... than delighted, but I suppose it is fiction! Pages - 178 divided into 36 chapters. Cost - The R.R.P for this book is only £4.99 which ... more
A Magic Faraway Story
The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton
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The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton
Advantages: A great childrens book
Disadvantages: Might be too far fetched for older children
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book was first published in 1943. It is part of The Faraway Tree series of books which also includes 'The Enchanted Wood', 'The Folk of Faraway Tree' and 'Up The Faraway Tree'. What I do find a little strange is that each of these four books in the series was written a few years apart with 12 years between the first and last in the series. I suppose this is because Enid Blyton was a very busy lady with over 700 titles including many short stories for magazines.
On The Cover - The copy I picked up was a 2005 edition which is a small hard back copy with a light yellow cover and blue spine. There is a picture on the front of some children sitting in a large basket which is hanging from a try by a rope, I find the picture quite funny as I'm sure if that was most children they would look a little more terrified than delighted, but I suppose it is fiction!
Pages - 178 divided into 36 chapters.
Cost - The R.R.P for this book is only £4.99 which I think is a good price.
THE STORYLINE -
The book is about three children, Beth, Joe and Frannie, who live in the countryside with their parents. Their house overlooks the 'enchanted forest'. Their father works away a lot of the time so the children help their mother a lot with housework. In their free time they love to adventure into the forest to 'The Magic Faraway Tree'.
They find out that their cousin Rick is coming to stay with them as his mother is ill. When he arrives he tells the children how boring it seems to be in the countryside compared with the city where he lives. The children tell him how much fun he will have when they take him into the forest and to the tree.
When they get to the tree they introduce Rick to lots of their friends who live there such as Moonface and The Saucepan man, who, for some strange reason likes to dress in saucepans!
At the top of the tree is a magical land, this changes regularly so they have to make sure they leave the land before it changes or they will be stuck in that land.
The lands include the Land of Magical Medicine which they visit to pick up some medicine when their mother isn't feeling well, The Land of Topsy Turvy where everyone walks upside down and The Land ofThe Old Woman Who Lives In A Shoe where she decides she's had enough of her shoe full of children and tries to move into one of the houses down the tree.
Each land reads a bit like a short story, each containing some fun and excitement.
I enjoyed the book and imagine I would have done so even more as a child. I like the fact that it has a lot of chapters as it means if you wanted to read it with children it doesn't have to be too time consuming as there are plenty of breaks in the book.
The stories are entertaining and magical and do contain subtle messages such as how the children are very helpful and get rewarded for helping their mother. Also in one of the lands you can get whatever you like but it can't be for yourself so it teaches a little about sharing and generosity. There is also a land where they can eat as many sweets as they like and Rick ends up paying for his greed.
These little messages are included in a subtle way and don't take away from the magical story. I think if I had read this as a child I would have found the idea of a magical land very exciting so it is definitely one I would recommend for reading with younger children.
I'm don't think older children would enjoy it as much, but for those that believe in all things magical I think it's a great book!
Summary: A really enjoyable book