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The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  17,322 Ratings  ·  504 Reviews
Alternate cover version ISBN 1865159697

When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published 2004 by Hinkler Books (first published 1939)
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Rebekah I think that both younger children and older children would enjoy this book, so personally, i would read it to a child as young as 6. Theres nothing…moreI think that both younger children and older children would enjoy this book, so personally, i would read it to a child as young as 6. Theres nothing offensive in them, so likely you might want to go lower w the age! ;-)(less)
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Feb 11, 2017 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Enchanted Wood has been censored by an anonymous politically correct brigade, which is unfortunate. More of that later. The concept of the Faraway Tree was brilliant. 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.

Jo, Bessie and Fanny are three kids who move from the town to the countryside that borders on a mysterious wood. They discover brownies (not of the confectionery type) pixies and elves. Their ad
Feb 08, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. That being said, 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 extremely hard to complete their chores around the house and are subsequently rewarded with ...more

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.
Mark Lawrence
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
Srishti Lal
Mar 16, 2013 Srishti Lal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.


“They unl
Ruth Turner
Jul 14, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childs-play

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 them more politically correct!

Honestly, how stupid are some people to want to change perfectly delightful b
Rati Mehrotra
May 07, 2013 Rati Mehrotra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
I really missed out on a gem with this series; I know I would have loved this when I was younger. I still enjoyed it very much though. I decided to actually listen to this on audiobook and loved it! Narrated by Kate Winslet she did an absolutely amazing job with it. :)
David Sarkies
Mar 09, 2012 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and parents
Recommended to David by: My Dad
Shelves: childrens
The discovery of the faraway tree
10 March 2012

Enid Blyton turns out (according to Wikipedia) to be a rather strange woman and not somebody who one would expect to the a very successful author of children's books. However, the views of Wikipedia, and some of those who wrote about her, do tend to be somewhat tainted. This does not mean that Blyton was necessarily a person of high moral standing. It appears that she had two marriages, and at one stage, allegedly, was quite promiscuous. It also app
May 03, 2014 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm so disappointed that the publishers thought it was a good idea to Americanise, and make a classic story politically correct. Shame. Shame. Shame.
This book was literally one of my all time favourite children's books ever, so I jumped at the chance to purchase the series again but as audiobooks instead. I was so excited at the chance to have such a classic read to me and by none other than Kate Winslet at that. My only worry was that I wouldn't enjoy the books now that I am an adult, along with worrying that my brain had perhaps overhyped these books a little too much in my head. I needn't have worried however, this book made me so unbelie ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, one of my absolute childhood favourites. I consider it a privielige that I get to read it to both my own child (5 years old) and my class (NZ yr 3, so 7 turning 8). And it appears that the appeal has not diminished with time.

I do have some bugbears, mostly that the 'pc-ifying' has seen it necessary to change some of the character names. Frankly I do not care if Fanny means something in one country that it doesn't mean in another - look at all the different meanings that we discovered 'Suri'
Jan 05, 2013 Cleffairy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To read this book as a child was pure joy. To read this book as an adult, now that's pure escapism from the cruel world. I really love this book and I'm pleased to say that re-reading this as an adult made me rediscover the simple joy of imagining about the wonderful world around me. It is such a misfortune that we no longer get these kinds of books in the market. Such a shame that our children's and YA genre is infested with vampire, werewolves and whatnot. Back then, we just had pure, unadulte ...more
Julie Lovisa
Mar 30, 2010 Julie Lovisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This has to be one of the most fantastic childrens' books I've ever read. I discovered it existed while reading a magazine article about the top book picks of certain authors. It is published only in the UK, but is so worth searching out.

The tale revolves around three children who live next to the Enchanted Wood, which houses the Faraway Tree. The Faraway tree is home to many wonderful people -- Mister Whatizname, Dame Washalot, Silky the Fairy, Moon Face, and eventually The Saucepan Man -- but
Apr 14, 2015 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favourite series when I was a kid. I have been waiting years until my kids were old enough to read it to them. Their grandparents gave them a copy for Christmas. It's not quite the same with Beth, Frannie and Jo instead of Bessie, Fannie and Joe, but still a great tale.

**Interview with my 6 year old son**

Me: What did you think of the book?
Him: It was really awesome!

Me: Which bit did you like the best?
Him: My favourite bit was when they found the secret forest. And my other favourite
Colleen Stone
Dec 07, 2012 Colleen Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Yep, this is the one. This is the book that started me reading big time. My big regret was that I could only get hold of the two last volumes in my school library and I didn't find the final volume for years (in our house, money was an object ... and lack of it a real frustration to a would be book collector). I was also pissed off that there were not more books in the series.

I hate to get flowery, but what the hell! My mind was drawn out of my narrow and all too real world and deposited in a p
Shilpi Goel
Feb 06, 2014 Shilpi Goel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Out of the huge list of books that Goodreads says I ought to read, this book caught my eye. What Goodreads doesn't know is that I'd already read this one, and now, all the memories have come flooding back.

I remember so much about this book --- I read it almost two decades ago. I remember Silky, Moon-Face, and the Saucepan Man. I remember how I begged my dad to build a tree house for me as a poor substitute for my very own magic faraway tree (he never did, but I love him all the same). I remember
James Hartley
Sep 01, 2016 James Hartley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in which Blyton introduces the wood and the tree and still a fantastic read. One of the great British imaginations, a fantastic communicator. I still remember reading this one as a child and loving it and have just finished reading an abridged, cleaned-up, politically neutered version with my kids and have seen the same shock and excitement in their eyes as the story twisted and turned like the trunk of the great tree itself. Moon Face, Silky and the lands are wonderful achievemen ...more
This book was awesome!

I loved every part,every minute, every character in it.It was totally unexpected in a good way and that to me is why I loved it.
There was humour as well. I just couldn't help laughing. The author's imagination came to play right in this book and I liked though the saucepan man was pretty much annoying. Anyway there are always annoying characters in every book so that was okay.

Overall, great book.I loved it!
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Oh would you look at this.....!! I had this read TO ME by my Mummy because I was 2 and couldn't even read. But I think it still counts! Don't you?!!
Jan 24, 2014 Jaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
The Enchanted Wood was absolutely one of my favorite books when I was younger. I haven't read it in a while, but I just noticed it on my shelf and thought I'd go for it and review them. Who wouldn't want to find a magic tree that has a magic land at the top which switches periodically? I could practically quote large sections of this book from memory, and I have to say that to this day, if I could pick anywhere to have a birthday party, I would pick Birthday Land. No question.

When I was at the p
Siva Nachiappan
Jul 17, 2015 Siva Nachiappan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe, Beth, and Frannie move from the busy city to the peaceful countryside, just across from the enchanted wood. A place full of magic and spells, silly creatures and a mysterious white cloud at the top of the faraway tree, the tallest tree in the wood, a place where every day new lands come and go, from the land of birthdays to the land take what you want, every land with something good or very bad. Climbing up the faraway tree for the first time, they meet moon face, saucepan man and silky the ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, one of the "trilogy", is utter amazing. Enid Blyton is an author all about morals and there are lots of morals in this book. The writing style is perhaps familiar to other old writers, but it is completely unlike any other. It is pure delight- a book you not only read once, but over and over again.
The whole story is so lively and magical- I wanted to go into the woods myself just to occur a tree like the magic faraway tree.
I love this book! It is the very same book that shaped my imagination throughout my childhood. Due to it, I written and painted well (or so I was told by my teachers then). I remembered vividly that very day my parents purchased the hard cover edition; within it contains the most colorful and beautiful illustrations; from wizards & witches, Mr. Saucepan, Madame Wash-a-Lot, mysterious forest, beautiful fairies, parties, the tree leaves going ‘wisha-wisha-wiisshaaa’…. etc. You name it; any ima ...more
Emma Hoare
Jan 25, 2014 Emma Hoare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite word in the English language is "enchanted" and this book is probably the reason why. The world of this book confirmed for me all the things I knew to be truths when I was a child, that the world is only limited by imagination. I was a child who truly believed that there was a fairy train under the fuschia in our backyard. Moonface, The Saucepan Man, Silky and Dame Washalot were absolute winners as far as characters go and the idea that different worlds moved above the tree prompted ...more
Maitha Mayed
Apr 22, 2013 Maitha Mayed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is great for children as well as for adults they will enjoy reading it as I did. It's really a nice book I liked it even if it is for children. It also made me excited to know what will happen next in the story. If there is a second book which complete this I will be the first who buy it because I like these kind of stories which is for children.
This book is slightly nuts! I loved Enid Blyton books when I was s kid & I now remember why. Adventures, imagination & lovable characters. I read this to my P3 class & they loved it. Any time we had a spare 5 minutes they wanted to read another chapter. Highly recommended for kids.
I just finished reading this book to my son, Mika. It's his first chapter book he's loved. Mika said his favorite land is the land of take-what-you-want lol. This is the third time I've read this book. It was one of my favorites when I was younger.
Jul 11, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So lovely to read this again with Alexander. One of my favourites as a kid and it's certainly capturing his imagination.
Kimberley doruyter
fun and adventure, a perfect bedtime read for the kids.
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Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to edito
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