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The Enchanted Wood: 1 (The Magic Faraway Tree)

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Yes, he wears saucepans and kettles because he sells them for a living and instead of owning a little barrow or stall he has chosen to live a very uncomfortable life indeed with all his wares strung round his body but presumably he takes them off when he goes to bed. I also loved getting re-aquainted with all my favourite old characters, even the ones I had forgotten about. Their parents hardly ever let them have five minutes free of chores, but when they do they're happy to let the kids (as young as 7) stay out to midnight in the woods in the company of old men they haven't met. The context that we can place this in though is that we are still in the Great Depression (there were not many jobs around) and the world was on the brink of war.

I’m pretty sure Millie would like us to work through the whole series, so maybe it will grow on me, I’m certainly happy to give it a chance. Do these PC editors really think a set of books will entirely change the way a kid speaks when modern English surrounds them every other waking minute? A magical tree where magical beings live was a great idea, but having various lands come to the top of the tree was a stroke of genius. In the middle of the wood is the Magic Faraway Tree, a tree that grows right up to the clouds and from the top of the tree you can travel to magical worlds.And you never know if the land through the clouds is nice or nasty – but you’re guaranteed an adventure! Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. He has been awarded two silver medals from the Society of Illustration in New York, two Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts, and has received the Overall Professional Award for 2013 from the Association of Illustrators. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and loved dogs, gardening and the countryside.

Other aspects of the book I enjoyed were the idyllic country setting (cool woods, chattering brooks, honeysuckle-laden cottages), and the appealing innocence of a bygone era conveyed by the children’s behaviour and actions. Otherwise, everything in the novel, as it is only fantasy, is a great reading adventure for all young readers. I was so engrossed into the story that even as a kid, I sometimes lost track of what was happening around me and almost became a part of the story. The poet William Blake once said that the one way to achieve innocence is to look at life through the eyes of a child. The second thing to note is that if you read this book as a child then all four children in the modern edition will have changed their names!The main characters are 3 siblings, 1 boy and 2 girls who move to the country side and uncover an enchanted forest. First of all, Jo is now Joe, which makes sense as this small spelling change has brought the spelling of the name into the modern day. They befriend many of the residents and have adventures in magical lands that visit the top of the tree.

Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ trilogy has captivated readers for more than 80 years and this landmark new Folio series will ensure that legacy continues.Suffice it to say that things like Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, and Willy Wonker's whole meal in a single strip of chewing gum may well have their root in the Faraway Tree's . To mark Folio’s 75th anniversary, Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story is published as a magical new edition, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Marie-Alice Harel and bursting with exquisite design details. The titles in the series are The Enchanted Wood (1939), The Magic Faraway Tree (1943), The Folk of the Faraway Tree (1946) and Up the Faraway Tree (1951).

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