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The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)

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Published 2010 by Dean (first published 1939)
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Clouds

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....more
Ruth Turner

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...more
Srishti Lal
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 into Joe, Bessie and Fannie's tale of the enchanted woods so much that I just COULD no keep this book down.

My love for this 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.

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Bonnie
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. :)
Joyce
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
Kylie
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'...more
Rati Mehrotra
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
Cleffairy
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
Sarah
So lovely to read this again with Alexander. One of my favourites as a kid and it's certainly capturing his imagination.
Shilpi Goel
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...more
Jaina
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...more
Colleen Stone
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...more
Julie Lovisa
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...more
Max
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME x20087,884,537638.
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....more
Emma Hoare
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
Imma
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.
Maitha Mayed
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.
Victoria
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.
Kavita
I love this book. Always have, always will. It's a childhood classic of the type only Blyton can do. Look forward to re-reading the next two books in the series!
Rebecca
I have read this book regularly to my children over the years and read it several times during my childhood as well. A wonderful magical tale for all the family. <3
Lynley
Well Enid, you’ve still got it.

I recently had a breakthrough by successfully reading The Magic Faraway Tree to the five-year-old, and she listened the entire way through – like mother, like daughter, The Magic Faraway Tree has become her very first chapter book. I had tried to start with The Enchanted Wood, but for some reason I can’t quite explain, it failed to draw her in. Now I can guess that it’s because The Enchanted Wood takes a few chapters to set up – the children move from the city to t...more
An Odd1
Usual Blyton children meet magic, learn lessons - part darling, part sickly sweet, (slightly mischevious, mostly obedient youngsters), part too simple (vocabulary and Goldilocks Three Bears retold), part dreams (Utopia). When the family moves to the country, Joe, Beth and Frannie ignore the elves' warnings, climb the Faraway Tree, find magical new worlds each with a danger and deus ex machina rescue, suffer not a bruise, scratch, or parental punishment. The branches give edible fruits cherries,...more
Pulkit Kriplani
It is among the first books of Enid Blyton that I read, and certainly one of her best works. Unusually, she comes up with an original story and not just the different-characters-same-story routine she follows in about eighty-five percent of her books that I've read. It's about some kids who move to some new place and there, wandering in the woods (the enchanted wood, yeah), come across a fantastic tree whose top can take them to different lands at different times. Also, there reside many a folk...more
Cass
The Faraway tree series is a really amazing set of books. They are about three children who work incredibly hard helping their mother and when they can some time to themselves they free-range into the enchanted wood.

From a free-range kids perspective, I love the way the kids are allowed to roam free, and I love how they think about safety (eg, in the excerpt below Jo talks about getting to know the woods before roaming too far into them). I love the way the mother sends them off with baskets of...more
David Sarkies
Enid Blyton turns out (according to Wikipedia) to be a rather strange woman, 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, though 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 appeared that after her divorce, she pretty m...more
Arianna
This is the first Enid Blyton book I have read, and I received this book as a gift from a very special friend of mine. Given these facts, I will alert you to the more-likely-than-not probability that this book is not available in the United States. You may be able to find it at the library, but you will most likely have to get The Enchanted Wood from Canada, India, or the United Kingdom (try their respective Amazon sites, or better yet, try Alibris and Abebooks online, both of which specialize i...more
Bookworm Smith
This book was a hit in our house! The five year old love it, and the thirty plus old couldn't put it down. The begs for 'just one more chapter' were frequently given into and reading would go late into the night...sometimes past 8pm! As I've eluded to, this book is so well written it appeals to everyone. Although aimed at kids the imaginative world that Blyton creates is just so interesting and magical that I found I was just excited for bedtime story time as my daughter.

The general story is abo...more
Sue
This was one of my very favourite childhood books when I was about six. I re-read it in my teens. I read it to my sons when they were small. Just recently, I read it aloud to a five-year-old friend. Unfortunately I've lost my original hardback version, but picked up a paperback edition at a charity shop some years ago.

Jo, Bessie and Fanny are three children from a fairly poor family who move to the country with their parents, and discover the magical Faraway Tree with its unusual inhabitants, a...more
Jayne
I am currently re-reading this old favourite of mine...and enjoying it immensely ;) I can remember having this book read to me when I was about the age of six. My Aunt bought it for me as a present and my Mother proceeded to read it to me as a bed-time story - as she did with many other Enid Blyton books. I can remember being utterly enthralled by the magic, mystery and adventures had by these three children in the Enchanted Wood, up the Faraway Tree, so much so that it inspired me to write my...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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