on 4 January 2004
This being a child’s book, one would expect this review to be written by a child – however, it is not! The fascination this book exerted on me when I was a child has not worn off and I have read and re-read this book (and its sequel – Six Cousins Again) innumerable times. Enid Blyton was my favourite author when I was a child and I devoured her different series – Five Find-Outers and Dog, Mallory Towers, etc. and yet these two remain among my favourite books.
Three well-off city-bred children have to live with their country-bred and relatively poor cousins. This results in predictable friction between them. How they get their corners knocked-off and settle down, with each other and their circumstances, forms the core of this book. The city children have to cope with a difficult life and the way they adapt to their new life is superbly described. The country cousins also have lessons to learn from their city cousins and this makes for interesting reading. An idyllic description of country life and its unique characters make this book a joy to read. Any person who has an interest in country life will find this book irresistible. Being an Enid Blyton book one would expect that there would be a mystery somewhere in it – and one would be correct! However, the mystery is secondary and is not the focus of the book.
This book (and its sequel) are among the must have – and not necessarily for children!!
on 14 October 2013
Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm is Enid Blyton at her very best. She melds her gifts for story-telling and nature (she started off as a nature writer) into a paean of praise for the countryside and childhood. The characters are drawn well enough to come to life (not something she always took pains with in some of her later, better known books) and the adventure / mystery element is skilfully interweaved into a tale of six children who learn to get along together. She never quite managed to repeat the feat - "Six Cousins Again" lacks the joy and compelling storyline of the original.