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The first thing to note about the Faraway Tree is that it s not far away at all, it s actually very close to where our heroes live If it wasn t a tree the whole thing would be a lie They often harp on about how lucky they are that the Enchanted Wood starts across the lane from their house.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 Dick and Fanny are now Rick and Franny.Jo is Joe And Bessie is Bet The first thing to note about the Faraway Tree is that it s not far away at all, it s actually very close to where our heroes live If it wasn t a tree the whole thing would be a lie They often harp on about how lucky they are that the Enchanted Wood starts across the lane from their house.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 Dick and Fanny are now Rick and Franny.Jo is Joe And Bessie is Beth.Did they change Jo and Bessie so it wasn t so obvious why they changed Dick and Fanny Who knowsAdditionally Dame Slap is now Dame Snap, and disciplines the children in her school by scolding them rather than slapping them If you pay attention reading this book published 1939 you will see a good number of ideas re used later by authors such as Roald Dahl and JK Rowling Whether Enid Blyton was copying them in turn from some earlier writer I can t say 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 roots.It s an odd book The children have a deeply unconvincing home life and never appear to go to school 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 mechanics of the Faraway Tree are a mystery It seems incredibly easy to climb and in all the rushing about nobody every seems in danger of falling off The branches appear to be twenty feet wide and flat There s a ladder up into the clouds at the top of it and this leads to ever changing magic lands that swing into position one after the next.The tree is populated by a good number of folk, though only a few are ever named There appears to be no water supply or sanitation, and yet Dame Washalot is endlessly tipping dirty water down the tree Being soaked by this water offers endless amusement to all but the soakee.Another repeated again and again and again and again gag is where the Old Saucepan Man miss hears every second thing said to him Can I have that A rat you say Where I don t see a rat And on it goes How we laughed The mechanics are further stressed in the final chapter where a pony comes down the ladderAnyway I was reading it a second time to my daughter Celyn without snarky commentary a great effort I can tell you The excitement comes from the adventures in the magic lands, and the short chapters offer a great number of them, including the land of ice and snow, the land of toys, the land of take what you want, the land of birthdays, the rocking land not music related , and the land of the red goblins It s all imaginative wish fulfillment stuff and Celyn liked it very much.While I m wondering why in the land of take what you want they took 7 chickens for their financially struggling mother rather than the gold ingots lying around Celyn is enjoying the description of the chickens antics So it s all good There s no over arching plot, just a series of chapters thator less stand alone You can dip into it, skip ahead, go away and come back in a year, makes no difference.Have fun Interesting to note that this review is actually a highly effective stupid magnet You wouldn t believe the earnest, scolding comments I ve deleted Hilarious Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes. [[ Free Epub ]] ☙ The Enchanted Wood ☠ Jo, Bessie and Fanny move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep In the magic Faraway Tree live the magical characters that soon become their new friends Moon Face, Silky the fairy, and Saucepan Man Together they visit the strange lands the Roundabout Land, the Land of Ice and Snow, Toyland and the Land of Take What You Want atop the tree and have the most exciting adventures and narrow escapes Rather than this being a review of the book, I m going to use this space mainly to rant and get out all my angry feels about the updating of Enid Blyton s books I ve loved this book for nearly 18 years now and I encourage anyone, adult or child to try and find an original unedited Enid Blyton book to read As a general review, this book is about three very close knit siblings that work hard to complete their chores around the house and are subsequently rewarded with free time and adventures w Rather than this being a review of the book, I m going to use this space mainly to rant and get out all my angry feels about the updating of Enid Blyton s books I ve loved this book for nearly 18 years now and I encourage anyone, adult or child to try and find an original unedited Enid Blyton book to read As a general review, this book is about three very close knit siblings that work hard to complete their chores around the house and are subsequently rewarded with free time and adventures with magical folk The ideal life, really.There have been many times when I ve visited the local library and eventually ended up in the children s section of the library I find their section extremely exciting and I m always filled with happy nostalgia going through the shelves This happy nostalgia is usually shot through the face when I go through the Blyton section of the library though I cannot seem to convince myself that it is ok that Enid Blyton s books have been changed to be politically correct or whatever I first listened to my library teacher read this to the class back in 1996 and I loved every moment of it Sure my friends and I got a bit of a snigger out of the names the first time we heard them, but if my own experience is anything to go by, most likely children will get over the connotations in the names because they reinterested in the adventures the characters have If a kid now days asks why the characters have names that are slang for genitalia, would it actually be that hard to tell them that these names were popular back when the book was written, and such names didn t have those connotations then The whole avoidance technique with changing the names and actions of characters like Dame Slap in Enid Blyton s books just bubble wraps kids now and suggests to me that adults really fear children coming into contact with anything controversial , or reading anything that might require adults to sit down, talk and spend time with their kids, rather than shoving an electronic device at them and telling them to go and do whatever What exactly is the matter with reading outdated English to a child 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 For me, even as a kid, reading Enid Blyton was a way for me to learn about the attitudes of that time, how people spoke just a few decades ago, and how it has progressed Not only did reading The Enchanted Woodand many others of Enid Blyton s books creatively stimulate my mind, but it was also a learning experience for me, and one that I m very glad I got before adults got all touchy and concerned about children being too damn delicate to be faced with anything different.My dismay at not finding an unedited copy of Enid Blyton s books had me go to Ebay and buy my top four favourite Enid Blyton books that I didn t have already, all of which were published in the 70s and 80s The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair Four different sellers, four different prices, some with a shipping fee, some without Altogether I had to spend 44.95 and to some that might be a bit costly, but I don t regret spending my money on these four books at all My version of The Wishing Chair Again might not be an original Dean Sons cover but the 1998 version of the story still follows Blyton s original text These books remind me of a happy childhood, where I spent a good portion of it learning and reading in the library I am definitely not a child any, but I admit that I partially bought these books in hopes that one day I can read these original editions to children and hope they enjoy Jo, Bessie and Fanny s adventures in the Enchanted Wood they way Enid Blyton intended them to be as much as I still do end rant Read this as part of 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge, Category A book you were supposed to read in school but haven t yetIt s called the Enchanted Wood, said their father People don t go there if they can help it It s funny to hear things like this nowadays, and I don t expect there is really anything strange about the wood But just be careful not to go too far into it, in case you get lostI picked this book up as it was recommended to me as an excellent read and as part Read this as part of 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge, Category A book you were supposed to read in school but haven t yetIt s called the Enchanted Wood, said their father People don t go there if they can help it It s funny to hear things like this nowadays, and I don t expect there is really anything strange about the wood But just be careful not to go too far into it, in case you get lostI picked this book up as it was recommended to me as an excellent read and as part of the challenge I had to read a book that I was supposed to read in school but haven t and here we are.When I started reading this, I felt I have read this already but then parts of it I couldn t remember There is a character called Moonface which I was sure I have read about somewhere but then again I was equally sure I haven t in fact read this book And finally I figured out why this story and characters felt a bit familiarIt s because I have watched Enchanted Lands which is based on this book series.This book is absolutely fun and a page turner There are different lands that we visit as part of this book, each land has a special nature to it I immensely enjoyed reading about each and every land and looked forward to what would come next.This book is a fantasy and there is an innocence to it which I adored All the characters are likable even though Jo can sometimes be a bratDefinitely readingof this series Rereading a childhood favourite can sometimes prove hazardous Often, what so appealed to our younger selves we later find riddled with plot holes, become distanced from the young protagonists, or find them just generally unsuited for an adult readership For this reason I had stayed away from my once beloved Enid Blyton, for so long.The Faraway Tree series were particular favourites of mine however, and I had been hankering to revisit them for some time I knew I was taking the risk of marring Rereading a childhood favourite can sometimes prove hazardous Often, what so appealed to our younger selves we later find riddled with plot holes, become distanced from the young protagonists, or find them just generally unsuited for an adult readership For this reason I had stayed away from my once beloved Enid Blyton, for so long.The Faraway Tree series were particular favourites of mine however, and I had been hankering to revisit them for some time I knew I was taking the risk of marring my rose tinted memories of this series but decided to proceed, regardless.It was with much relief that I found the joy and awe so often felt on early readings, as soon as I opened the very first page This series is just an absolute joy to behold Of course there is an element of predictability to the events and the safety of the characters is continually ensured, but the whimsical beauty of the setting, the hilarious anecdotes from the characters, the soaring feats of bravery, the fantastically odd beings, and the wonderful and sometimes not so lands visited, all made this an utterly charming read and escape from reality for my my pre teen, my teenage, and my now adult self I have revisited this book at least once a year since first reading it when I was eight years old If I have ever told any of you what my all time favourite book was, know that I was LYING about it It s really the cute, chaotic piece of art that is The Enchanted Wood.Please could you tell me the way to the Three Bears House Moon Face asked a blue teddy bear politely The bear pressed himself in the middle and answered in a nice growly voice, Up the lane and down the lane and around the I have revisited this book at least once a year since first reading it when I was eight years old If I have ever told any of you what my all time favourite book was, know that I was LYING about it It s really the cute, chaotic piece of art that is The Enchanted Wood.Please could you tell me the way to the Three Bears House Moon Face asked a blue teddy bear politely The bear pressed himself in the middle and answered in a nice growly voice, Up the lane and down the lane and around the lane Thank you, said Moon Face F ck critical thinking I m letting nostalgia cloud my judgement for this Everything in this story is so wholesome and cute and brings back so many memoriesTwo pigs for the pigsty,Two shoes for the horse,Two hats for the tigers,Pink ones, of course Five stars Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my BEDTIME STORIES list.I have a little boy and love reading to him, so this reading list will cover the classic and new children s stories we re enjoying together.My wife, Millie, and I are taking it in turns to pick bed time stories for our baby boy, Fi Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my BEDTIME STORIES list.I have a little boy and love reading to him, so this reading list will cover the classic and new children s stories we re enjoying together.My wife, Millie, and I are taking it in turns to pick bed time stories for our baby boy, Fin Winnie the Pooh was my choice and then to follow it, for her pick, we ve just had The Enchanted Wood I ve already picked The Wind in the Willows to follow Enid Blyton is a very familiar name to me, I must have read most of both the Famous Five and the Secret Seven stories as a child, but somehow The Faraway Tree series passed me by completely I don t think I d ever heard of it before Millie began telling me about it.The premise is simple enough a family from the city with three children a boy and two girls move out to the countryside The children are told of an enchanted wood nearby and in that wood they discover a magic tree Many magical folk live in the woods and up the tree, but at the very top of the tree is a ladder through the clouds to a magical land The question is, which magical land will be through the clouds today For it changes, quite regularly, you see And you never know if the land through the clouds is nice or nasty but you re guaranteed an adventure We picked up a copy of this book from a second hand book store in the Cardiff arcades and it was a modern re print I was only a few pages in when she started complaining that it wasn t how she remembered it two of the children s names were different She stole the book from me and started flicking through it she s called Dame Slap, not Dame Snap she muttered Having never read the stories before I was none the wiser, but apparently at some point the books have been amended by the Politically Correct Brigade Determined that we stay true to her childhood nostalgia, Millie picked up her original copies of the series from her Grandmother s house I think this PC editing is all a bit over the top They changed the little girls, Bessie and Fanny to Beth and Frannie why bother and the evil schoolmistress, Dame Slap who slaps naughty children to Dame Snap I m sure there are other changes too having now read the original book there are gollywog dolls and a pony called Blackie I doubt those survived the editor s scalpel All of which, while quite interesting, is an odd subplot for a widely beloved children s book and quite apart from the magic of the story itself Reading a book aloud gives you a different outlook on a writer s style, its rhythm and meter, vocabulary and narrative flourishes Blyton s work is an absolute pleasure to read aloud, with a wonderful flow and even though dated, the language is infectious I found myself using Blyton esque phrases in regular conversation, oh, how absolutely tremendous , that s a simply marvellous idea , etc.Some of the magical lands at the top of the tree were playful and imaginative and will stick with me The Rocking Land, The Land of Take What You Want and The Land of Birthdays But some others seemed rather uninspired and forgettable The Roundabout Land, The Land of Ice and Snow, The Land of the Saucepan Man, etc Likewise, the characters who inhabit the enchanted wood and the faraway tree were a bit hit and miss for me Moon face a bit weird Silky lovely Mister Whatzisname and Dame Washalot one note wonders The Red Squirrel cute The Old Sacepan Man annoying As for the three children I never developed different voices for them with my read aloud as I did with the characters of Winnie the Pooh because quite frankly they all spoke exactly the same way and had near identical characters They re all idealised clone kids, good, kind, considerate, hardworking, respectful, etc Considering how many of these identikit kids Blyton uses in her stories , she must have had a production line churning them out Famous Five Secret Seven Faraway Tree Three the Fiction Factory Fifteen Overall I did enjoy the experience of reading The Enchanted Wood aloud to my son as his nightly bedtime story, but I m not convinced it ranks as an all time great 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.After this I read Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell The Enchanted Wood Series is very close to my heart This was most definitely the first novel I read when I was about 7 or 8, and I was completely mesmerized by Joe, Bessie and Fannie and their adventures in the enchanted woods so much that I just COULD no keep this book down My love for this book goes beyond words and deep inside, i guess it ll always be my favourite novel seeing that it was the first one I read Okay, now I m going to stop rambling and get right to the point Review They unl The Enchanted Wood Series is very close to my heart This was most definitely the first novel I read when I was about 7 or 8, and I was completely mesmerized by Joe, Bessie and Fannie and their adventures in the enchanted woods so much that I just COULD no keep this book down My love for this book goes beyond words and deep inside, i guess it ll always be my favourite novel seeing that it was the first one I read Okay, now I m going to stop rambling and get right to the point Review They unlatched the gate and stood in the lane they could see the trees in the wood, and hear them talking their strange tree talk Wish wisha wisha wisha The Faraway Tree Series written by the much beloved Enid Blyton was one of my favorite book series when I was a kid In fact, I d be wrong to say it was The book still is, and will always be very close to my heart.My mum bought me the first novel, The Enchanted Wood , when I was hardly 7 or 8 As I read, I discovered my love for books for the first time ever 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 I still remember all the characters vividly There was Joe, Bessie and Fannie, the three siblings and then there were the magic tree dwellers, Mr Watzisname, Moon Face, Sauce pan man and my favorite character, Silky The magic tree had all these queer characters that were somewhat funny, and accompanied the children to their adventures atop the magic faraway tree At the top of the tree, there was a ladder to enigmatic, mysterious and funny lands that all of the children would go to very often, often for a picnic or for adventure Sometimes, they would get stuck there and it would take quite a while for them to find their way back to the tree but they would manage somehow There was the land of Topsy Turvy, the Land of Take What You Want, the land of Birthdays etc and manyexciting ones that I loved the book so much for This is perhaps the only book that I will remember as my favorite book throughout my life It has the imagination and innocence present in few story books today, and that is much needed to foster the imagination in a little kid s mind I m visiting my eldest daughter and my three month old granddaughter this weekend My daughter and I got to talking about children s books and I began telling her about The Faraway Tree She interrupted me to say that I d bought them for her when she was young I d forgotten I loved those books so you can imagine how peed off I was when I discovered that the books have been edited to make thempolitically correct Honestly, how stupid are some people to want to change perfectly delightful b I m visiting my eldest daughter and my three month old granddaughter this weekend My daughter and I got to talking about children s books and I began telling her about The Faraway Tree She interrupted me to say that I d bought them for her when she was young I d forgotten I loved those books so you can imagine how peed off I was when I discovered that the books have been edited to make thempolitically correct Honestly, how stupid are some people to want to change perfectly delightful books about a magic tree and the folk that live there I spent a couple of hours today revisiting these old friends and I was quite amazed by how much I remembered afterthan fifty years.I still love them and I ll be searching for the original stories for my granddaughter and not the edited ones She is very much out of favor these days, but Enid Blyton s old fashioned adventure books are still popular in many countries like India and Australia Children still enjoy her books, while adults frown at their racism and sexism I must admit that I devoured her books as a child, and I don t think I m any the worse for it But quite the most enchanting books she has ever written have got to be The Faraway Tree series The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tr She is very much out of favor these days, but Enid Blyton s old fashioned adventure books are still popular in many countries like India and Australia Children still enjoy her books, while adults frown at their racism and sexism I must admit that I devoured her books as a child, and I don t think I m any the worse for it But quite the most enchanting books she has ever written have got to be The Faraway Tree series The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree Three children living near an enchanted wood discover an enormous tree peopled with fairy folk, at the very top of which is a ladder that leads to a different magical land every few days What s not to love I used to pretend that I was Bessie or Fanny and had been invited to eat google buns possibly the first ever use of the word google and pop biscuits by Silky and Moonface.A must read for ever kid and every adult with a kid inside