The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
This is my last E-Bay Enid Blyton post for a while as shopping was becoming a bit of an addiction if I'm honest. E-Bay is fab! And no, this isn't an advert for E-Bay, but just an appreciation of being re-united with some of the much loved books of my childhood.
Having read the Magic Faraway Tree, of course I then had to read the Enchanted Wood. This book is the first book in the Magic Faraway Series. Three children leave the city to move to a little cottage in the country. Whilst there they go exploring in the magical Enchanted Wood and encounter a huge tree in the middle of the Wood. Climbing the tree they encounter a whole range of magical folk and discover a land at the top of the tree. Each week there is a different land - some fun, some not so fun and the children go on to have lots of fun adventures with their new found friends.
I adore these books and I think is a testimony to how many children have enjoyed these books that the Magic Faraway Tree appeared at number 66 on the BBC Big Read as voted for by the public. I am currently watching the Great British Menu, in which chefs are creating dishes inspired by their favourite children's books, there have been quite a number of Magic Faraway Tree themed dishes demonstrating these are still very much loved.
The beauty of these books is the magic for me. When I read them I feel like I am 6 years old again. I was lucky enough to grow up in the country and would often pretend I was in the Enchanted Wood seeing magical things everywhere. The lands were always exciting and the books always end on a very fun land. The writing may seem a little dated now, I have the version I read as a child but I do know that rightly the text has been updated to reflect the times we are in.
These are marvellous books to either read to young children or for developing readers to read by themselves. They really fire a child's imagination. I have loved re-reading these and have enjoyed the trip down memory lane. It's wonderful to think that they are being passed on to new generations of children.