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The Folk of the Faraway Tree (Enid Blyton's Enchanted Tales #3)

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"A land at the top of a tree!" said Connie. "I don't believe a word of it."

Jo, Bessie and Fanny are fed up when Connie comes to stay - she's so stuck-up and bossy. But they don't let her stop them having fun with their tree-friends, Silky, Moon-Face and the Saucepan Man. Together they climb through the cloud at the top of the Faraway Tree and visit the wonderful places the
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Paperback, 185 pages
Published November 5th 1997 by Egmont (first published 1946)
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Kirsti
Nov 27, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
I was seven years old when I was shepherded into Mrs Hazard's class, deemed stupid and unwilling to learn by my teachers of the previous years. I had spent kindergarten a scared, confused child, who couldn't focus on the words on the board in front of me. Year One had been the same; why was everyone else reading and writing and I couldn't grasp it? But here was a gentle woman, who smiled down on us and said that we were going to read a story. I was bored. I knew I wouldn't be able to follow the ...more
Mark Lawrence
Feb 13, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it liked it
Celyn and I have completed our marathon re-read of the Faraway trilogy. The third book is, like the second, simply a collection of tree-related episodes, each fairly self-contained. This time the new child to be introduced to the tree and improved by the experience is Connie, daughter of a friend of the mother.

Connie's fault is being curious. This is in itself curious. Part of it is the use of the word 'curious' in place of nosy. Though I suppose if that was the extent of it Blyton could have b
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Robin Doll
Oct 30, 2007 Robin Doll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: juvie
I was lucky enough to read my sisters' copy that wasn't americanized. I hate it that in the newer versions, Dame Slap was scaled down to pracically nothing! They should have left the kids' names alone too. What is wrong with having a girl named Fanny? There ought to be a law against these things.
Kirsty
This is the third book in this series and while you can read them out of order and everything will make sense, I highly recommend you read the titles in the order the author intended.

This book has always been my least favourite of the original three books in this series, though that said, it is still very much a five star read.

I used to read this series over and over again as a child and I can see why. I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook and I loved Kate's impression of Connie. Connie, i
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Aimi
Jul 30, 2013 Aimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone with a young heart
Recommended to Aimi by: Dad
This is one of my most favourite/cherished books of all time. My dad read this to me when he tucked me into bed. Fortunately my Dad is from England so I don't have the lousy American version. I couldn't find the cover of it on here! How sad! Anyway, this book is full of enchantment and wonders. It's about this village that exists in a tree and all of the weird creatures that live there. Some near by children befriend them and join them on their many adventures. I always thought that was the cool ...more
Marilee
Mar 04, 2012 Marilee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bbc-list
Good times. I just finished reading this to my boys. I can't count how many times we laughed out loud. We love the characters, and they have wormed their way into our everyday language - like if someone doesn't hear something right, we call them Saucepan Man. I can see why the Faraway Tree is so loved. I want to try pop cakes and google buns, I want to ride down the slippery slip on a cushy pillow and I want to knit the red squirrel a sweater. Fun book.
Renee
Jul 07, 2015 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, favourites
This is the third book in The Magic Faraway Tree trilogy. This series was my favourite when I was young and I was so excited to share it with my children for the first time, but not for the last. We will definitely read them all again.

**Interviews with my 4 and 6 year old kids**

Me: What did you think of the story?
Mr 6: It was awesome and not a bit stupid. It was just awesome and no stupid at all.
Miss 4: I like it.

Me: Which bit did you like the best?
Mr 6: I liked it when they saved the Faraway Tr
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Lynley
May 24, 2014 Lynley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Having this yearread the first two in the series and dishing out five stars, I have to admit to myself that despite everything – the imagination, the perfect pacing, the innate sense of what will appeal to children – this series has not dated well, and that this book,the third in the series, has aged the worst.

In the previous book cousin Dick came to stay – a greedy, hapless but lovable boy – my daughter enjoyed Dick'scharacter more than the others. This time we have ‘Curious Connie’, a ‘spoilt
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David Sarkies
The final Faraway Tree book
18 March 2012

It seems that some of Blyton's books caused a lot of controversy, to the point that some libraries were inclined not to have them on the shelves. One of the issues was her use of vocabulary, or lack of, but these are children's books so I do not understand why people would be so critical of a restricted vocab. In a way children are not expected to understand words like eclectic and in a way having a limited vocabulary, I believe, can be a useful tool in e
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Emily
Aug 25, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
What an exciting read for big imaginations!

The Folk of the Faraway Tree is an Enid Blyton tale, following the adventures of four children in a magical woods. At the heart of the woods is an enchanted tree which is the home of some intriguing characters and mysterious lands. The children soon explore the tree and it's inhabitants and adventure quickly unfolds.

It appears clear that the author intended to captivate the imaginations of young children with this book. As I child, I can remember read
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Jamieson
I've read this book a million times, honestly. I think I read it once a week without fail as a kid. The story of Connie, Joe, beth, Frannie, Moonface, Silky and the Saucepan Man captivated me. Moonface and Saucepan Man were my favourite characters ever . I love Enid Blyton.
Kimberley doruyter
Feb 12, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it really liked it
the most lovely thing about these books is that it's several shorter story's in one.
Alana
Sep 11, 2012 Alana rated it it was amazing
So according to others' reviews this is the dumb American version. I grew up reading and loving the original amazing English version. My Baba would read it to me and my sister every night before bed, and each time we got to the end we'd start over again. I've carried it around with me since my childhood as a relic of my past. This weekend was my first time revisiting it as an adult, and I swear I remember there being more pictures, but I guess I just had a very active imagination. This book is f ...more
Kirstin Kemppainen
This was my absolute favorite book when I was a child. My dad was forced to read it to me at least once a week. It's an enchanting story of four kids who climb a magical tree to find all of the nursery rhyme characters. It is quite a long picture book, with several chapters. But it is worth the read and I will definitely be sharing this story with my future classroom.
Portia S
May 14, 2012 Portia S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: female-authors
The last installment to the Faraway series! I loved it, absolutely, one of the childhood favourites of mine when I was eight. I gobbled this up so quickly! I remember wanting to climb trees in England be able to find a world of my own sigh. :) I loved how we had a non-believer among us in this book, and how she got what was coming to her pompous ass.
Tracey King
Having read 'The Magic Faraway Tree' I was interested to find out what other adventures the children could get into. Me and my daughter enjoyed reading about the different lands that arrive at the top of the tree. It made me think what land it would be next?
A very enjoyable book and lovely to read to a child.
Marcy
Aug 21, 2013 Marcy rated it did not like it
At least now I know what Enid Blyton's writing is like. I'm still not clear why she's so popular. Sure she is imaginative and fun, but there are so many other writers who I think execute imagination and excellent prose at the same time.
Deepti
Feb 02, 2012 Deepti rated it it was amazing
Probably my most favourite childhood book ever, from my favourite Enid Blyton series (apart from Noddy). I plan to get my own child to read this series one day. No kid of mine is growing up without Enid Blyton!
Karthik
Feb 11, 2015 Karthik rated it liked it
This is the third book of the series. It has this new character Connie, an annoying one for a change. The general plot line follows the usual script - adventures in different lands that come on top of the tree. Somehow this book did not have so much new stuff happening. The lands were not detailed out so much - the visits were brief. There was repeat of the land of Dame Snap. The Land of Nursery Rhymes was the most promising one but it could have been explored further. The land of know it all wa ...more
Laura
May 15, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
I own two copies of this book as the first became so worn out I had to replace it. This is something that every child should read or have read to them.
Dianeh
Aug 27, 2015 Dianeh rated it it was amazing
I finally got to read one of Enid Blyton's books! I had heard a lot about them. I was told they were lots of fun. Everything I heard was true. This story was delightful. The Enchanted Wood and Faraway Tree are wonderful. But what I liked most was that the children and their unusual friends told Connie exactly what they didn't like about her. When she did things she shouldn't and got in trouble, they were very annoyed with her. However, they still helped her out of her trouble. Gradually, she imp ...more
Jess Saddington
Jan 29, 2016 Jess Saddington rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough for my mother to own one of the original versions of this book which both of her sisters had also read and then passed down to her. She gave it to me when i was around 7 or 8 years old and even now aged 15 i can still remember nearly every character, a couple of my favourite quotes and nearly all of the storyline - i even replay the bits and pieces i remember in my head! One of my all time favourite books on this planet and one i will tell everyone i come across to read - espe ...more
Annee Book
Nov 15, 2015 Annee Book rated it it was amazing
better than I remember from childhood I want the other two now
crashqueen73
Dec 13, 2014 crashqueen73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-keepers
My mum read this to me as a child (I am 41 now) but I LOVED this book. I think it was the one that made me decide I wanted to read more than anything. The pure escapism that reading is. This one was so fantastical and wonderful with all the delightful characters and all the awesome and exciting places the children got to visit at the top of the tree. I would recommend this for 6-8 year old age group and it is a great read aloud too. I must remember to read this to my three year old once she gets ...more
Wanda
Jan 05, 2013 Wanda rated it really liked it
One of my favorite genres is Children's literature. More precisely, I do so enjoy the classic authors from the past. Enid Blyton was a British author who wrote over 800(yes, 800) children's books in her career that spanned the 1940's-1960's. Books written in this time era are not only delightful stories but are also a window to the world of children at that time.

I chose the trilogy of the Magic Faraway Tree. In this series the three young brother and sisters and various cousins and friends beco
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Natalie Hennessy
Jan 01, 2016 Natalie Hennessy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5/5 stars. I've read the first two books a couple of times when I was younger since I had my mum's copies she had when she was a kid, and this one was different than the other two. Maybe it's because I'm reading it now instead of younger but damn, the characters are harsh. I guess in the 1940's it was okay to talk about Dame Slap who uses a cane of some sort to punish children, but I'm kind of surprised reading it now. Even the children and the Tree folk are blunt. Like, they said "You can't c ...more
Natalie
Apr 17, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
This is one of my most loved books! I adore it with so much of my heart, it was a book I read several times during my childhood and will continue to read the same worn out copy I cherish so dearly. It holds so many memories of my childhood, and if I could meet Enid Blyton I will be sure to thank her more than is possible for creating such a perfect book. I have no bad things to say about this amazing story, it holds a very special place in my heart.
Zainab
Jan 02, 2014 Zainab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(the folk of the faraway tree) is an amazing story , I had fun reading it because its really easy to read , for me , it's a really good book to teach the kids the right from the wrong, to teach them that bad habits have Consequences , friends are so important , because they are always there for you when you need them , going through hard experiences is really good , because you learn from them , and never do the same mistake you did in the first experience , actually the thing that made me buy i ...more
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The Folk of the Faraway Tree is the third book in Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series, and it sees the return of Jo, Bessie and Fanny as they introduce Connie, their mother's friend's daughter, to their friends on the Faraway Tree.

Connie is, quite frankly, annoying - for a start, she doesn't believe that the Faraway Tree exists, although she quickly changes her mind once she begins to experience the weird lands that dwell through a hole in the clouds. She's also nosy and prone to snooping, all qua
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Shahrun
Nov 01, 2014 Shahrun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I read this one as a child. Having read the first three if these books in a row, I can see the formula. But still, the magic Enid Blyton creates is inviting. I mean, who wouldn't want to explore the magical lands at the top of the Faraway Tree or try some delicious sounding Pop Cakes mmm. Not too sure I'd want the toffee shock though. And hang out with all the funny characters who live up it!
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“I don't believe in things like that - fairies or brownies or magic or anything. It's old-fashioned.'
'Well, we must be jolly old-fashioned then,' said Bessie. 'Because we not only believe in the Faraway Tree and love our funny friends there, but we go to see them too - and we visit the lands at the top of the Tree as well!”
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