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The Faraway Tree Stories: Three Books in One Paperback – 1 Jul 2002


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405201711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405201711
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enid Blyton Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved children’s authors. The characters in her stories have been enjoyed for generations and she is consistently voted number one in children's favourite author polls. She has over 600 children's books to her credit, including series such as Malory Towers, St Clare’s, The Faraway Tree, The Wishing-Chair and Famous Five.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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200 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Richard A on 12 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a previous reviewer mentioned, the hardcover Egmont Books edition (ISBN 0603560733) of the "Faraway Tree Collection" has been heavily abridged. However, after comparing this edition with the newer "Politically correct" edition, it is not only the last 6 chapters of the "Faraway Tree" that got chopped but several middle chapters of the "Enchanted Wood" as well. The 20th chapter was also heavily cut to mask the gaps in the storyline caused by the editing.

Egmont, why bother to reproduce these books with the original language, pictures and atmosphere if you end up abridging the contents? Waste of effort in my opinion. This one's going back.

Disappointed.
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Henley on 10 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
My wife found the book she had in the loft (the first of this series of three) and my 4 year old daughter loved it. She liked the excitement of a story with ups and downs rather than the short attention span nonsense we read small children these days.

I was dissapointed to find however that this book, the combined trilogy has been Americanised. OK it's not quite Idaho but even still the quant 1940's middle class English language is emasculated and the hatchet of political correctness has fallen. The names are different with Bessie becoming Beth and Fannie becoming Frannie (couldn't have an American having to face that the English language differs around the world and it doesn't mean backside everwhere?) A cousin comes to stay called called Rick, might he have been called Dick? The word queer has also miraculously vanished.

Is this a book for sniggering teenagers or 4 year olds for goodness sake. To do this sort of PC editing robs children of the ability to see that words change their meaning and that the word queer wasn't invented as a term for 'people who love people of the same gender' but has been misappropriated.

Do yourself a favour and buy a second hand copy. This deserves 5 stars.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Clare VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
I read the magic faraway tree as a child and when browsing found this book and just had to buy it! This is of course a childrens book but, I feel the book is like an original JK Rowling.. the stories throughout the book are so magical, so beautifully written and you just have to keep on reading to see what land appears at the top of the magic tree next.
The book is like a magical escapism from your day to day life and who wouldn't want to live in this tree and go to a different land at the top every day, the characters are so lovely and friendly and you can't help but, simply adore them especially Silky the fairy, what child wouldn't just adore her to be their best friend?
I was disappointed when I came to the end of the book I would have loved to read more & more. This is a book I will treasure and pass on to my own children.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Phillips on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read the majority of her books when I was little. Now 34 I still read them to my children (and husband!). It is like reliving my excitement when they beg me to read another chapter (just one more tonight please!!!). Having read the other reviews, I bought my son the 3 volume hard back version a couple of years ago, but will be checking my "originals" to see how many stories were removed or "edited". Also a major major fan of the Famous 5, Malory Towers, The St. Clare twins,the Adventure series, Mr Pink Whistle and countless others. I now live in Canada and have already started preaching the good wholesome fun of these books to my children's friends! Every child should have at least 10 or more of her books. An absolute must! Liz Phillips
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138 of 146 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The Magic Faraway Tree has been slightly abridged", this is the comment on the chapter page. Having contacted the publishers I found that 6 chapters have been ommitted. "Slightly" is an underestimate if ever there was one. I am very dissapointed and will be returning this volume. I intend to try and purchase originals with full text which will carry the full import of the original story which I remember from Primary School, very kindly read to us by Miss Hall at Mount Carmel in Redditch in the mid to late 50's. What a wonderful trip this was, all the way to the magic lands of the Faraway Tree.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
As a child, I loved these books. My friend and I read them numerous times, and spent a lot of time writing stories about magical lands and playing Faraway Tree games. My favourite chapters were the ones about the land of birthdays, and about the characters' adventures with the nasty Dame Slap. These books could hardly be described as great literature, but they contain everything an imaginative child could want. The chapters are fairly short and each book contains several distinct storylines, making it ideal for reading aloud. I read The Enchanted Wood to my son when he was three, and was delighted to discover that the books have been republished in an omnibus edition, so that my children and I can share all these stories again.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My five year old daughter loves having stories read to her so I decided to buy the Far Away Tree stories for her. Prior to this I had never come across the stories before and I wasn't quite sure what to expect...

What we got was a series of Magical stories charting the adventures of Jo, Bessie and Fanny as they go up the Faraway Tree met to inhabitants of the tree and go to the lands that the trees top most branches reach up to.

As one of the other reviewer mentions the language is a bit old fashioned and the characters are a bit stereotyped BUT there is good old fashioned adventure, magic and excitment here!

The highest praise I can give this book is that my wife and I fought each other to take my daughter to bed whilst we were reading this book as we were also entraced by the stories.

Buy it and read it out aloud, it's well worth the effort 10/10
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