My Childhood Was Shaped By Enid Blyton

NOTE:Β I know you all must be confused as to why I am posting old posts now? Well, these are posts from my erstwhile blog (sounds so royal) and I have had people read them last year. But to my new readers, these are fresh posts and I don’t want them to miss out on any book related posts πŸ™‚ So I will be re-posting random blogs, which some of you might have already read.

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The day I started blogging on WordPress, I have been meaning to write about Enid Blyton. The famous English children’s author was introduced to be by a dear friend. She gifted me a book of stories and then the Enchanted Wood – the first book in the Faraway Tree series. Two books were not enough to satiate the budding reader in me. I yearned for more and more. I borrowed them from friends, libraries, bought them and did whatever it took to absorb the finesse with which she used to write the books.

My British vocabulary developed rapidly and I was always confused as to why people around me did not speak in the same English as to what I readΒ in the books! Why Dinner was not SupperΒ  and how come little kids were packed Tea for picnic!! Also, whyΒ Cross was a word used instead of Angry? Why why why?Β It was quite a hilarious affair, now that I look back at it πŸ˜€

I loved to read her St.Clare’s and Malory Tower series. Based on boarding schools, these books made me value my friends, school and teachers even more. I laughed with the books and I was immensely inspired to work hard like the girls did, to come up with good grades year after year. I also loved her Five Find Outers series more than the cliched Famous Five or Secret Seven!

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Even now, when I visit bookstores, I discreetly comb through the kids section to check out some of her work and give a quite hi5 to the child in me πŸ˜€ It is really soothing to touch the spines of books in person although the new editions make me cringe!

I am really sorry for the children who miss out on her epic collection and stay afar from the joy of reading one of the purest forms of children’s literature. I am sure that there are parents, uncles and aunts and even teachers, who keep the tradition alive by introducing her work to kids. But on a large scale, many of them have no clue as to who she was.

To me, she will always be one of my first English teachers – albeit, virtually πŸ™‚

Here is a guest post by Adi talking about her love for the author and her books.

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50 thoughts on “My Childhood Was Shaped By Enid Blyton

  1. Enid Blyton will always be the prolific writer that she is! Fatty & George were my all time favourite characters/ inconspicuous friends! I couldnt help but imagine myself to be a part of the gang, always. Sums up my growing up period! πŸ™‚

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  2. Enid Blyton captured the imagination of many many children in years gone by. Like you say, it is a pity she has fallen out of favour. But people who grew up with her, like myself, will read these tales to their kids, and hopefully keep the stories alive πŸ™‚

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  3. My first real ‘book’ was famous five’a five go off in a caravan which was gifted by dad…The reason I wanted to go off to live in a hostel was because of Malory Towers and St. Clare which I enjoy to this day…!

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    • Same here…the hostel thing. I thought that hostel life is all about pranks and midnight fests πŸ˜€ I think I have read Five go off in a caravan. Don’t remember much because I was never much into Famous Five πŸ™‚

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  4. i managed to grab St. Clairs on a boring summer afternoon from a cousine of mine who is 8 years younger than me. Initially it seemed like a girlish book with all girls school and stuff… but as i continued with the vstory, it seemed unputdownble… And mind it.. I was in no way a kid then..

    I have not read any of her other works, but definitely i will rank her as one of the best authors.. and I am ready for another doze of her creativity any time..

    May be its time to get a copy of The Faraway Tree πŸ˜›

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  6. yessss!!! fatty from the five find outers, and secret seven, oh and mister meddle and amelia jane too, amongst the wonderful worlds above the faraway tree . . . . my kids love enid blyton and mr twiddle is a great favorite πŸ™‚ my husband, being american, had no clue as to what these books were at first but having heard them read out loud is now an enid blyton reader himself . . . .noddy and big ears are his thing . . .. glad to have found this post, it has made me smile a smile as wide as the moon πŸ™‚

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    • I am glad I found someone knows about Five Find Outers πŸ˜€ Fatty and his disguises! Clear-Orf πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ Hi 5 to you πŸ™‚ Truly, these books will never age!

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  7. I loved the Famous Five series as a child, but her writing was frowned upon by schoolteachers and many parents. When I won a prize at school, I was asked which book I would like and I said one by Enid Blyton – I got The Legends of Greece and Rome! I’m afraid she wasn’t the nicest person, according to biographies, and not an ideal mother either, but she has delighted millions of children and brought them to books.

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  8. I love this!!! I grew up reading famous five and secret seven, oh how badly I longed for a friend who had a cottage in an island and then we could go solving mysteries!! πŸ˜€
    Same with Nancy Drew too! and of course who can forget scooby dooby doo!!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

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  9. I still read Enid Blyton books, and not even discreetly. πŸ˜›
    What I do when I go in bookstores is recommend Enid Blyton books to young kids’ parents.
    I tell them all how Enid Blyton is the way to go, if they want their child to start reading.
    And if I see kids reading Enid Blyton, I can’t help but smile at them πŸ™‚
    I once talked to a little girl who was reading Harry Potter, I can’t even tell you how good that made me feel.
    Okay I just went horribly off topic, but what I mean to say is, thank you for writing this post! It was so much fun to read πŸ˜€

    P.S. I agree with you about the new edition covers!

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  10. I still read an occasional Enid Blyton. πŸ™‚ So strong was Enid Blyton’s influence on me that the first thing that I did when I visited UK for the first time in my 20s was to go in search of scones and ginger ale. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ This is not counting the time when I bugged my mom who was in Canada on a post-doc assignment to get me a sewing basket complete with thimbles et al.

    Oh for simpler times…..

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