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Five On A Treasure Island: Book 1 (Famous Five) Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Mar 1997
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The prize must go to the adventures of George and co. Listed as one of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) (The Daily Telegraph)
One of the 50 books every child should read by Age 16 (essexbaby.co.uk)
Famous Five books are essential for all children's bookshelves (MADEFORMUMS.COM)
I thought this series was wonderful. It struck me as a great injustice that they were having adventures and I wasn't (Alexander McCall Smith The Sunday Telegraph)
Dangerous criminals are no match for children and a dog. Adults are useless (Country Life)
Always popular, always a favourite. And ALWAYS full of adventure (Dan Smith The Big Issue)
This book is so exciting you'll want to play detective yourself (The Week Junior)
As the first set of 'grown-up' books I ever discovered I could read on my own, the Famous Five have a very special place in my heart. I still remember running through to my parents' room to tell them I could read well enough to go adventuring with the Five without their help. And with 21 books in the series, I had plenty of escapades to look forward to! (The List (Glasgow & Edinburgh))
I loved so much of Enid Blyton ... the Famous Five were my favourites of all, so much so that I demanded to be called George for most of my early childhood (East Anglian Daily Times)
Pacey and passionate, this truly exceptional book tells a tale that truly needs to be heard (Lovereading4kids)
Classic editions of the timeless adventure stories where there's always a mystery to solve for Julian, Dick, Anne George and Timmy!See all Product description
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Julia, Dick and Anne go and spend their holiday with George and get to experience her Kirrin Island where her ancestors built a castle. Here a shipwreck is thrown up by the storm, and the legend of the gold ingots that were onboard lead the five to find out if it was true. Some others also have this idea and when George's father Quentin sells the island it becomes a race as to who will find the ingots first.
There is much debate about Blyton's writing and style. I chose to reread the original story and not the ones that have been `updated' to appeal to a more modern politically correct audience. Just in case we offend anyone! I think books should be read in their original format, language and all. I implore any new readers to read the original to experience the true Blyton.
None of it offended me when I was a child all I was interested in was the stories and characters. I do not think it has made me a bad person or made me view the world and the people in it differently because I have read Blyton. I have read the first few pages of the up to date Five on Treasure Island and abandoned it very quickly for fear of being offended by the politically correct madness of it!
My daughter found it breathtakingly exciting. Far more exciting than I did reading it at the same age. (I was more into Trixie Belden Mysteries, myself.....) She's a 21st century city child, and she's hearing about children only a little older than herself who get to go out on boats and beaches and islands without any grown-ups around AT ALL, and spend the night outdoors in castle ruins, and climb down wells on old bits of rope, and roam around subterranean tunnels, and climb about on wet, slippery wrecked ships that have just been thrown up by the sea, and a whole lot of other things that would have the health and safety people from the council in meltdown today. She would like to know why all the bossy grown-ups have put a stop to this! (What can I say?)
Blyton is not the greatest writer in the world, her characterisations can be saccharine, and the whole business with the "Georgina" note is contrived and weak. But tomboy George is a fearless, resourceful heroine (how many other young girls were smashing up motor boat engines with an axe to stop the villains in 1940s literature?), and reading it out loud, I could appreciate that she does tell a rattlingly good adventure story. My daughter was hooked.
At one point they came home for a tea of homemade scones and ginger cake, and my daughter promptly said: "Can we do that?" So yes - we're having a Famous Five tea this weekend.
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I chose this book as a book club read after nearly a 25 year gap. It was like returning home. Such a way with words and transports you to a time when everything seemed brilliant. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Harnious
Excellent seller, purchase completed without any problems whatsoever and extremely promptly, would certainly buy from them again.Published 12 months ago by juncker-badges
Why DICK thise who know who know what it means it does not sound good for children or a group book i would be sure my class would go nuts when theyh hear the word DICK. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Claire O'Donovan