Thursday, January 21, 2010
A Budding Blyton Fan
The other day on a whim I pulled out the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton from my bookshelf and read a few chapters to my four-year-old son. I wasn't sure he was ready for a chapter book but I was surprised to see his reaction. He loved it and he totally got it! (Believe me, I quizzed him after every chapter) He always begs for one chapter more and so between his dad and me we've gone through eight chapters in the last few days. He hides behind the pillows during the more exciting parts and screams out instructions to the kids. "Don't do it! Don't do it....it won't work," he yelled when the children in the book were about to try a potion to make brooms fly. He laughs at the funny situations and longs to eat a pop cake or a google bun which (you'll love this) is a bun with a large raisin in the middle that's filled with sherbet. Yum! It's fun to see this budding Blyton fan enjoying this wonderful book. I'm more amazed than ever at Enid Blyton's power to weave a magical spell on children.
The Faraway Tree is the sequel to the Enchanted Wood. However, it obviously doesn't matter which one you read first. Joe, Beth and Frannie and their cousin Rick climb up the Faraway Tree and up to the clouds where a different land appears each day. Among them, the land of topsy-turvy, the land of spells and the land of presents. The children get down using the slippery-slip, a slide found inside the trunk of the tree. The characters who live there are Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky the Fairy. It's quite easy for a child to picture these hilarious cast and there are a few illustrations in the book to fuel their imagination. I've caught my son a few times curled up on the couch staring at the cover and gently turning each page. He can't read yet but he's already a bookworm.