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a secret treasure,
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I doubt whether Enid Blyton books are read much these days, or are even marketed. Shame because Secret Island is one of the best books ever written for children. The Famous Five, the Secret Seven, go down in history as Blyton's legacy, yet this book and the series it lead to, is largely forgotten.
Adventure, self suffiency, independence are all developed to the fore; you are there, you feel, it's a summer holiday that means something. It's a simple tale of four kids and a cow (!) running away from wicked guardian aunts and uncles to a deserted lake island and fashioning their own survival - there's a few survival tips thrown in for good measure too.
Yes maybe it's a little dated now, but aren't most of the greatest children's books ever written? For sure it retains an absolute charm and a resonance that chimes. Perhaps children's tastes are much more sophisticated in the 21st century but Blyton still has the touch to teach the Potter fans about the real world beyond fantasy.
As for where you find the Blyton books outside of the aforementioned more "famous" series, you'll be hard pushed to find any high street bookseller that chooses to grace their shelves with the Secret series. So here's your chance.
8 -14? Give it a go. Older? Buy it for your kids and then remind yourself.
A great story from the most inspired writer of her time.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2008 09:29:38 BDT
Charlotte Bronte says:
It is really helpful when in a review, someone puts the age range that the bood is appropriate for, I too loved enid blyton books as a child and I just started reading the first one 'mountain of adventure' to my dyslexic child, for the first time he was begging for more, and tried himself as he was so hooked on the story! The language is a little old, but who cares, it is teaching him perfect grammar at the same time.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2011 20:22:10 GMT
Agree with Mrs W - it's more than useful, it's pretty much essential to know the suitable age-range for a 'children's book', and it's annoying that it can be as hard as it is to find out for a given book that might be okay but then again might not. Apart from that, this was a helpful review and in the best tradition of Amazon reviewing and the purpose it is supposed to serve, I've ordered a copy as a direct result. Thanks monlibu.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011 18:45:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2011 18:55:57 GMT
Thanks OEJ, it's good to see you here. Thanks too Elaine; Mountain of Adventure is definitely the best way to start that series.
I'm really glad to help promote this Blyton book, in a small way. It remains one of the best Blyton's and still one of my all time favourite books. I hope others enjoy it just as much.
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