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Famous Five: The Famous Five's Survival Guide: includes the NEW Unsolved Mystery Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340970839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340970836
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.6 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Royal Dragon of Siam is a treasure lost when a ship sinks off the Isles of Scilly. This is the only mystery never solved by the Famous Five - and here's the opportunity for readers everywhere to solve it themselves, using all the information presented for them by the Five - with lots of useful information on surviving outdoors, too.

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The Famous Five series (21 titles) is Enid Blyton's best-known and bestselling series of books, still selling half a million copies in the UK alone, more than 60 years after the first title was published.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By R. Houghton on 3 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book for fans and collectors of the Famous Five, whatever their age. It is a handsome book, carefully and artistically produced. It is a thick hard-backed volume, 253 pages long, in full colour, and seemingly assembled with much love and respect as well as affection towards both Enid Blyton and the Famous Five.

The book is not only packed with plenty of articles on how to survive various situations, such as shipwrecks, being lost, crossing rivers, cracking codes,climbing rocks,spotting a liar, etc, but also contains a full-length new Famous Five story about a long lost treasure. The story portion of the book is excellently illustrated in full colour, in a style very reminiscent of the original 'Fives' illustrator, Eileen Soper.

Where this book really comes into its own, however, is the fact that the narrative isnt written by an author trying to emulate the style of Enid Blyton, so the style is never uncomfortably compared to that of the originals. It is supposedly a joint effort from the four human members of the Five themselves(now grown to adulthood) who experienced this mystery/adventure way back in 1959 but, unlike their other adventures, were unable to solve it at the time.

This clever ploy on behalf of the publishers fits in perfectly with the fact that Blyton never actually produced a 'Five' book in 1959 (the only year, between 1942 and 1963 that she failed to do so)

The 'Five' offer the reader a chance to solve the mystery for themselves, supplying them with all of the clues they collected as children: maps, plans, diary extracts etc, in order to do so. There are letters to read, codes to decipher, plans and maps to follow.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Clinical Hypnotherapist on 25 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this to read to my class of Year 4s. We are all thoroughly enjoying the story and the varied information. Several children have bought it since we started reading it in school. It has all the literary ingredients of the original Enid Blyton books that I grew up with combined with how modern youngsters would tackle similar adventures today. The inclusion of extracts from the Famous Five's diaries and letters is really clever and captures how I imagined the characters to be. We haven't finished it yet and I have to be very disciplined not to bring it home and finish it first! An excellent buy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs L Field on 1 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 8 year old son loves this book! There is a famous five mystery to solve throughout the text, and there are great sections on everything from solving cypher codes to first aid, and escaping from quick sand to how to conduct an effective interview. We are all learning useful facts that have real life significance as well as having great fun actively solving the clues rather than just reading a story. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 10 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
With it's theme being Famous five, this Survival guide is a must-have for all kids who also love camping and exploring the natural world. My daughter has put aside her Secret seven novels for a short while and takes it everywhere with her. If a child ever frowns at receiving a book as a gift, this will change their minds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. Laycock on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book for my nephew for his ninth birthday and he thinks its wonderful. Lots of interesting things to do and good diagrams. Definately worth buying for any young adventurer
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By Jennifer Barker on 27 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Survival Guide was a book I hadn't seen before and I have to admit it's fascinating even for an adult. How I lived without it as a child I shall never know. There is so much content and variety and I can't recommend the book highly enough. Our 7-year-old grand-daughter won't go to bed at night without reading some of the Guide book. Thank you Amazon for introducing us to it.
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I was given this book as a gift and really enjoyed working out the puzzles and at the end the mystery! At the end it says to check your answer at 'www.famousfive.co.uk' and haven't been able to verify my answer as I can't find the site. That's the only reason I gave this book 4 stars. (I wanted to give it 4 and a half stars, but that wasn't possible.)
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My daughter has been asking for this book for ages and as I couldn't find a new copy to buy, I decided to purchase a second-hand copy. It arrived in perfect condition, you wouldn't know that it's been loved before! She will be very pleased.
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