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

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  12,263 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
Paperback, 583 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Egmont Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1991)
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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
Aug 19, 2016 Warwick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I adored the Faraway Tree stories when I was a kid – and still do, but caveat emptor, make sure you check the version you're buying. This particular edition has been bowdlerised to pieces. The episode where the children land in Dame Slap's school – which terrified and thrilled me as a wee 'un – is now unrecognisable. Here's how Dame Slap originally dealt with her pupils:

She frowned. ‘Twinkle, come here!’ she said. A small pixie walked up to her.

‘Haven't I told you to brush your hair properly for
Sep 22, 2009 Ash rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2010 Caren rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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).
Jul 15, 2016 Fatima rated it it was amazing
I love Enid blyton books and even today when I re-read all of her stories, it takes me back to my childhood days <3 which is the only reason re-read them at time. This book in particular was what I borrowed from my school library on purpose so that I could read it at night and when I did, it was as if I was taken back in time back to my sweet carefree childhood days. Loved the stories! Especially moon face and the three kids.
Dec 23, 2012 Umang rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 22, 2011 Sandra rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2014 EA rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fae
This is a fantastic series to read aloud to young children or to be read independently by early primary readers. The chapters are short (great for limited attention span), the writing is well done, the adventures are a good mix of tremendous fun (the Land of Birthdays!) and mildly perilous (but never very scary), and it's all very innocent. I also highly recommend the audiobooks read by Kate Winslet. My kids love to listen as they drift off to sleep. Enid Blyton is much beloved in our home.

J (5y
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
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.
Torry Rose
Aug 13, 2014 Torry Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!”

Paul Stevenson
Feb 16, 2014 Paul Stevenson rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 21, 2012 Harriet Moar-smith rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2011 Paul Foley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2009 Fiona rated it really liked it
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
Zinnia Rose
Apr 22, 2012 Zinnia Rose rated it it was amazing
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
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Feb 03, 2016 Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I came across a tatty copy of this in a secondhand shop many years ago and still have and still read and still love it. I must have been in my late 30s, which would mean that my longsuffering spouse to whom I read much of it aloud, would have been in his 50s--and even though he has little patience with being read to in English, he liked it and listened and wanted more! If I had found it as a kid, my goodness. It would have been my favourite-ever wish fulfillment read. Deep it is not, but fun it ...more
May 11, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book in the WORLD.

I love these stories, I want a Faraway Tree. I want weird coloured chickens and exploding toffee.

This time round though... In the first book Joe and Co go up the tree and Joe is a bit mean. Nasty streak in that boy.

Didn't care for him much, Frannie cries all the time and middle child Beth is the best of the lot.

Should never be made into a film unless Tim Burton directs.
Lee Pritchett
Jan 06, 2011 Lee Pritchett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
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.
Apr 18, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
Everything you'd expect from an old book: old language, some sexism & child abuse... But I'm making it sound scary & dark, which it is, but only if you're five years old. It's actually a very sweet, creative, fun book that my kids (ages 5 & 7) loved. It made bedtime easier because they could hardly wait to hear "moon-face" as we called it. The book has 3 young children who live in the country near an enchanted forest. In the forest is a magical tree with many interesting & endear ...more
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
Amina Hayat
Mar 28, 2014 Amina Hayat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this collection two times, it is an amazing story about the most enchanted tree, named far away tree. Many pixies, wizards n people live there and it has a ladder at the top whith different lands on its top.
Sep 07, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read The a Magic Faraway Tree as a young child, I think I was in my early teens the first time I read it, so I can't personally comment on its suitability for its age group, but I can say that I think that some children in the 9+ range may find it a bit young for them, I'd definitely say that this is for a younger audience than say, the Famous Five. I can see it being read to children quite a few years younger at bedtime. I also have never read an 'original' text, this version being the ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Eimear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
I'm quite sad I've finished this book because I've been reading it slowly for so many years. I love it and will miss it
Dec 03, 2007 Stacy rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa Brady
Dec 31, 2007 Lisa Brady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when i was a child! I think without it i wouldnt have such a magic craving personality..
Sep 23, 2012 Shanti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Loved it when I was a child, love it now, will love it forever.

(You could buy a duckling for 2p akjdfhak)
Grace Chan
May 07, 2014 Grace Chan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Charlotte G
Jun 14, 2016 Charlotte G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because of the author's descriptive language, Enid put a picture in my mind, especially when describing the scenery. For example, on page 8 it reads, "They ran across a field where pink clover was full of bees. They paddled in a small brown stream that chattered away to itself under the willow trees in the sunshine," this is one of my favorite passages from the book because of the picture put in my mind. I would recommend this book to anyone of the ages 6- ...more
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(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)

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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