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The Folk of the Faraway Tree

(The Faraway Tree #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  16,107 ratings  ·  269 reviews
"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
Paperback, 185 pages
Published November 5th 1997 by Egmont (first published 1946)
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Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 of The Faraway Tree was a step down from the first book, but it was as good as book 2, and the ratings on Goodreads is pretty high. Very high in fact, considering that it's a half forgotten book.

The person who visits Jo, Bessie, and Fanny is their mother's friend's child. The author loved not only to name stuff naughtily, she liked to write up naughty characters. Connie Haynes is one such example.

The magic lands that visit the top of the Faraway Tree are on thin ice, because obviously the
Mark Lawrence
Dec 02, 2015 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
Dannii Elle
Rereading a childhood favourite can sometimes prove hazardous. Often, what so appealed to our younger selves we later find riddled with plot holes, become distanced from the young protagonists, or find them just generally unsuited for an adult readership. For this reason I had stayed away from my once beloved Enid Blyton, for so long.

The Faraway Tree series were particular favourites of mine however, and I had been hankering to revisit them for some time. I knew I was taking the risk of marring
Nov 26, 2012 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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book isn't objectively better than the previous one, I enjoy it more. I'm not clear why -- perhaps it just boils down to nostalgia. I still find the first to be the best, though I think a large part of that is because these books follow a formula, which is less magical the more it continues. Even with slightly higher stakes than usual in the last few chapters, nothing feels particularly unexpected. I do love the bonkers yet undeniably fun concept of a magical tree with consta
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
This was the first of the Faraway Tree books I ever read (though it is the last in the series) and still remains my favourite. Cousin Connie comes to stay with Jo, Bessie, and Fanny and they of course take her to visit the faraway tree folk, among them the friendly Moonface, pretty Silky, and eccentric but loveable Saucepan Man. Despite the children's advice, Connie insists on wearing her best clothes which bear the brunt of the Angry Pixie's ink, Dame Washalot's water, and the slippery slip, wh ...more
Oct 30, 2007 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. ...more
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
“You see, the Enchanted Wood is quite near here. And in the middle of it is the biggest, tallest tree in the world - very magic. It’s called the Faraway Tree"

Nostalgia is in itself, magic. The stories that we loved as children live on in us. Sometimes those stories fade over time, lose a little of their definition. But should you revisit fond childhood stories? That’s the question I asked myself as I began to re-read The Folk of the Faraway Tree, one of my most beloved childhood stories.

"It’s ca
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
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone with a young heart
Recommended to Aimei 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
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2012 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. ...more
Jul 28, 2013 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. ...more
Potterhead Aanya
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reread it again because i loved it soooo much
Enid Blyton will always be my first fav author!!
Thank goodness connie is gets cured, and gets her voice back, she is soo stuck, more stuck up than me
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has always been my favourite of the trilogy. I always really liked Curious Connie. Even though she was rude, spoilt and sulky in the beginning? But then she didn't really seem that spoilt? Who wouldn't want to make a good first impression on meeting new people and wearing a nice dress? And who wouldn't be sulky after getting stained with ink and dumped with washing water. Sure she deserved the first one, she was told not to peek in on the Angry Pixie but I don't know. It feels like she was ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third and final book of The Faraway Tree series, The Folk of the Faraway Tree has a new guest staying with the three children - their cousin, Connie. Connie is curious about everything and this obviously leads to several adventures. The girl also obviously disbelieves the tales about the magic wood and the tree, which annoy the others. But really, who would believe such things without first experiencing them?!

This book has several interesting lands like the Land of Nursery Rhymes and the Lan
Tanaya Deshmukh
I am so glad I read this series, it was an absolute joy revisiting my childhood favourite! The land of treats was my favourite in this part! 🧁🍦😍
Padmaja (thebookishtales)
Always good to revisit childhood favorites ♥️
Danni The Girl
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reading
The excitement of the Magic Faraway Tree just keeps growing! So magical and I love it!
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The third one felt a little slapdash in the admittedly erratic plotting style established. Rick/Dick is gone, instead we have Connie, a spoilt girl who is constantly (and increasingly unfairly) picked on and chastised by the others and reminded what a horrid little girl she is. Even at the end, when she's pretty much redeemed herself. Harsh. In fact, one of her biggest 'sins' is her curiosity. Apparently a negative personality trait in the female form! Sadly, I'm not sure much has changed.

Nick Costa
It’s taken years to read this trilogy to my children and tonight we have finished the final volume. They loved the adventures of the children and the Folk of the Faraway Tree. Given that my father read it to his children, and now I’ve read it to mine, I can safely say that it’s stood the test of time!

Some of the vocabulary is a little outdated but it hasn’t been a problem. If nothing else, it has helped my children to learn new words. The characters are quite static and predictable, and most ch
Compared to the first two in the series, this was a bit of a dud. Well, a real dud, to be totally honest. It lacked the charm & whimsy of the first two, and the (yeah, yeah, for it's time) rampant sexism was blatantly obvious, even to the Spider. Neither of us enjoyed it very much - no wonder it took us so long to get through it. ...more
mrs l m attfield
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hi girl I love your books and sometimes I read your books and I love reading them so much
Kid 2 home reading.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series, loved it as a child, loved it as a teen, love it as an adult.
Heather Ascroft
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Reading Rush Day 1 book: read a book with purple on the cover (at least, my edition has purple)
Izzy Smith
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A few kids a tree a whole world of adventures!

I've read a lot of Blyton books but one of my favourite has to be the Faraway Tree!
I thought the characters were good and really exciting.
The story was good but a little strange.
It was a funny tale of kids, elves, pixes and a lot more!
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think we listened to this all the way through at least four times as Jake was constantly requesting it - does that up my 'Read' count for this year's challenge total? :) :) ...more
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
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enid-blyton
Just loved these books all children should read them 😊
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Ένιντ Μπλάιτον (Greek)
Enida Blaitona (Latvian)
Энид Блайтон (Russian)
Inid Blajton (Serbian)

Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, 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

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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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