The Faraway Tree Stories (The Faraway Tree #1-3)
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The Faraway Tree Stories (The Faraway Tree #1-3)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  8,960 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Paperback, 583 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Egmont Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1991)
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Manny
I never much liked Enid Blyton when I was a kid, but this one got read out to us aloud sometime in second grade so I had no choice. I don't remember very much of it (I fear I may not really have been paying attention), but there is one incident that stuck in my memory. The kids have found this magical ice-cream vendor who can give you absolutely any flavour you want. All but one of them do the sensible thing and just request their favourite kind. But the smart-ass in the group decides to test th...more
Ash
I find it hard to find an aspect of the Faraway Tree Stories that I can hate or dislike, these were the stories I begun reading for myself at the age of nine, and ever since I have made a habit of returning to them at least once a year never wanting to forget the magic of the stories and how they became such a large part of my childhood. Who could forget the Land of Spells or the Land of Do-As-You-Please or The Land of Take-What-You-Want? Those being just a few of my most loved lands atop the ma...more
Caren
When I read that Enid Blyton was one the favorite childhood authors of the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stieg Larsson, and when a British exchange student at my daughter's college exclaimed in surprise when she heard that her American friends had never heard of Enid Blyton, my curiosity was aroused. It turns out, Blyton is the 4th most translated author (after Shakespeare), wrote 700 books for children, and last year (2009) was voted favorite British author in one poll (beating out J.K. Rowling).
Why...more
Naseem
Jun 09, 2012 Naseem added it
In this novel we are introduced to the lives of a family with 3 young children, Jo, Bessie and Fanny.

Due to financial circumstances the family move to a small cottage close to a large forest.

One day they discover a tree which seems larger than the others and decide to climb it, uncovering a host of magical people and creatures that actually live in between the branches in cosy little homes.

Over time the children become good friends with them, namely Moon-face and Silky. They are also to discove...more
Rikke
This was simply just delightful. Nothing less or nothing more; as light as a feather, and as sweet as a treasured childhood memory, these stories almost melted on my tongue with a sugary flavour. My only regret is just that I didn't read these as a child. It is such a shame, because I would have loved them.

'The Magic Faraway Tree' is childhood imagination at its best. I can easily imagine a younger version of me, squealing with delight at the mere thought of a land of toys or a tea party land....more
Paul Stevenson
My partner read these 3 books as a bedtime story to our 5 year old daughter, with some slick online editing to remove the gender stereotyping present in the book. I found myself looking forward to the bedtime routine, and once the books were all finished there seemed to be a void. I should say my daughter loved them too.
Harriet Moar-smith
I have never met anyone in person who has read even so much as the most famous book in this trilogy 'the faraway tree' these books are amazing and I want more people to read their amazingness. The characters visit so many strange and wonderful lands and I just love it when they take new people up the tree for the first time and they get to meet everyone. This is by far Enid Blyton's best work. I read a lot of the famous five and it just doesn't compare. This is full of imagination and adventure...more
Paul Foley
This is an excellent collection and one that I remember reading as a child. The story of the book revolves around three children who have discovered the Magic Faraway Tree. Every day a different land appears at the top of the tree eg. The Land of Spells or The Land of Topsy Turvy. I think this would be an excellent book for home reading as it is very imaginative and also includes a number of illustrations to aid weaker readers to understand the story. There are also some moral lessons in the boo...more
Ross Williams
A classic book from an underappreciated author, who is the 5th best selling author world wide, selling over 400 million books. Enid Blyton was writing fantasy stories in the 1940s/50s whilst keeping the morals of the day and without a trace of violence. Where would many of today’s authors be without her? How many of today’s writers were influenced by her as children. An author everyone should become familiar with. Why not make her books bedtime reading with your kids, they won’t miss the violenc...more
Fiona
My favourite series as a kid, I adored them. It's a pity really learning about what kind of a hypocrite Enid was concerning her own family and the lies she made up about them. (That her mother died when she hadn't, that her dog was still alive when it died etc) but her books are still very good for young children. They're simple and fun - they take you into a world you WANT to be in. Not just an interesting story - but they take you into this fantastic magical world and really inspire imaginatio...more
AngelBlueInATrenchcoat
My grandma used to read these books to me when I was a little girl, and they were my absolute favourites. They were the books that really got me into reading I think, and they've stuck with me all this time. I think they're a big part of why I love books so much - they're definitely partly responsible for my avid reading habits. I still remember them so fondly, and I'm definitely going to buy new copies and read them again now.

They're timeless classics to be enjoyed by anyone who loves a bit of...more
Lee Pritchett
This book is brilliant. Children's fantasy at its' best. I loved listening to the audio tape of this when i was a small child and i love it just as much now. It's just so quirky, fun and magical. Moonface, the saucepan man, silky the fairy, the magical worlds in the cloud at the top of the tree. It's all so enchanting. I think the faraway tree stories are fantastically good fun.
Umang
It's like dreaming while you're awake. Maybe at an adult stage, it won't be that enjoyable but read it to your kids or your little sister/brother or just any youngster and you'll be able to understand why they will fall in love with it. It's a great book and it leaves you with nothing but happy thoughts which every child deserves. It's innocent and lovely. It's a dream.
Torry Rose
I discovered the Faraway Tree Collection on the suggestion of my husband; they were his favorite books growing up. I read them to our children and what a hit they were. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories as well.

Writer Enid Blyton created such a magical world for her characters Joe, Frannie and Beth to live in. There is a scene in the book where the children first see their new home:

“Roses hung from the walls—red and white and pink—and honeysuckle was all around the front door. It was lovely!”

Who...more
Sandra
I know Enid is no longer de rigueur.......but without this author my childhood would have been a sad and lonely place, from her stories for young children the wishing chair and come to the circus, to the fabulous famous five, St. clares, and Mallory towers series, this woman encouraged my love of reading which I continue today
Jacqueline Carvell
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Faraway Tree Stories always has and I believe always will be my absolute favourite book. Not just my favourite children’s book, but top all time book. My love of this book began when my Nanna used to read it to me when I was a small child and as I grew old enough to read it myself I read it over and over again. This book holds a very special place in my heart. It reminds me of the bond between my Nan and myself and even looking...more
Stacy
Dec 03, 2007 Stacy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children ages 4-7
Shelves: read-kids-older
Among my family's favorite stories. We still talk about the Saucepan Man. Whimsical, full of magic and innocence.
Rebecca Carter
Loved these series as a child. My Dad used to read them to me as a bedtime story along with Brer Rabbit. As I got a bit older I used to love reading her other series-The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, The Twins of St Clair's, The Secret Seven, The Children of Cherry Tree Farm and my favourite back then, The Famous Five. Enid Blyton inspired me to read as a young child and to this day I suspect is the reason I love to read.
I found a copy of the Magic Faraway Tree in a hotel library and read it i...more
Lisa Brady
I loved this book when i was a child! I think without it i wouldnt have such a magic craving personality..
Shanti
Loved it when I was a child, love it now, will love it forever.

(You could buy a duckling for 2p akjdfhak)
Grace Chan
I thought that these books were cleverly thought of and are very good bed time stories. Enid Blyton is able to make me forget where I am and travel with Beth, Frannie and Joe to faraway places. I loved being able to imagine new wonderful lands or creatures. My favourite character is either Silky the generous fairy or Moon-face the kind and helpful 'guide'. I found the Saucepan man very funny with all his pots hanging around. The magic Faraway Tree is a great book and I highly recommend it for re...more
Millie Duckenfield
When I was you younger I completely adored the far away tree stories, they were perfect in every way. They had such imagination in them and at the time had everything I could possibly want for in a book, each chapter a new thrilling and interesting adventure. You fell in love with all the characters and back then as a child I used to hate reading but this book completely changed my view on books, I would recommend this book for any child or even young teenager, this will always be one of a favor...more
Kimberly
Jan 28, 2010 Kimberly marked it as to-read
I've been in search of interesting vintage kids' books in recent months, and came across the name of Enid Blyton. I don't know if I'd even heard of her before. She's a British author who died in 1968 after a very prolific writing career (about 800 volumes, I think!). Her books have sold more than 600 million copies, and she is the 5th most translated author in the world (after Shakespeare). As I've done some reading about Blyton, her work, according to its critics, was "mediocre" and "second-rat...more
Victoria
I find it difficult to rate childrens books in that I don't consider it a 4* now, but as a child I would have.

I adored this book as a child - the characters were so different and Enid Blyton managed to create so many weird and wonderful worlds for the children to find themselves in.

I actually forgot about this book for a while until it came up in conversation with some friends. I remembered how much I loved it as a child and went out the next day to buy a copy! I re-read it and obviously it wa...more
Francine
I remember my 8th birthday, when I got a slew of Enid Blyton books, starting with The Faraway Tree series. I was instantly and completely hooked. I think I spent the rest of the year devouring everything I could find by her, making endless trips to the library almost every other day, spending hours deciding which book I wanted next. I remember I was horribly upset about 15 years ago, when a pipe burst in my apartment and soaked through several boxes containing my childhood books. Unfortunately,...more
!Lauryn! !Kirwan!
this book is about three kids who move house to the country. one day they all decide to go for a walk in the woods beside their house. Before long, they discover it is an enchanted wood with all sorts of mythical creatures living there! but thats not all , theres all so a magic tree called you`ve guessed it the magic faraway tree. the children met loads of strange elf-like people there and soon make loads of new friends. then they get into all sorts of trouble together. like, getting stuck in wh...more
Jaina
I'm just going to rate them all together, because I feel like it. Huh. Sorry, I've been reading too much Septimus Heap lately, I think Silas is rubbing off on me!

Anyway . . . The Faraway Tree was absolutely one of my favorite books when I was younger. I haven't read them in a while, but I just noticed them on my shelf and thought I'd come over 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 sect...more
Rachel  Owen
This book was just what you need in a childhood. The whole book made me smile, the adventures that those kids had, I JUST WISHED I WAS THERE WITH THEM! But the whole thing, just made me feel like I was on their adventures as well. Everyone should read this book and bring out the real fun of feeling like a kid again (if you're old enough to say that). I read it in my 5th grade or so after my friend recommended it to me on our library class. I still thank her for recommending it to me.
Meg
No matter how many times I re-read this book (I've lost count how many times I've re-read this) it will always and forever get 5 stars from me. When I was 8 years old, I picked up a book from my school library to read out loud to my teacher that ended up being terrible. During a rare show of sympathy (this teacher was an awful woman), she allowed me to go back to the library and pick something else. I picked up the second book in The Faraway Tree Stories, 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. I went home af...more
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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 editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had tw...more
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