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Silky and the Everlasting Candle (Enchanted World) Paperback – 7 Sep 2009
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Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children's publishing. With over 700 titles to her name, her stories remain timeless classics which are adored by children throughout the world. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, magical stories, farming stories many turning into bestsellers. Enid Blyton died in 1968.
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First : obviously, please note that the author is Elise Allen, not Enid Blyton, you have not discovered some lost series of books after all this time! She has based her series around the concept of the Magical wood with a Faraway tree, folk living in the tree and lands visiting the top. There are a few of the old characters in there - Silky, the Angry Pixie and a couple of others pop up. However, the main focus is around Silky and her fairy friends, rather than real children visiting the tree.
Second: this is a series and really should be read in order. This particular book is Bk 3 and if you have not read the other 2, I suggest you start with Silky and the Rainbow Feather, followed by Melody and the Magical Harp before reading this book.
The series concept: Like the original tales, the Faraway Tree is a powerful and magical tree with lots of magical folk living in it. Lands touch the top branches and creatures can both enter and leave for the brief time the lands are attached. However, Talon, an evil troll, wants to control all the lands and attempts to steal the Talismans which were kept safe below the tree. Each talisman relates to a different land and the talisman kept in the vaults of the tree keeps the land safe and allows the land to return to the tree. When Talon's plans go wrong, all the Talismans are sent whizzing back to their own land. It is a race for Silky and her friends to find each one and return them to safety before Talon steals it. In the first book, Silky had revisited her homeland and had been reunited with her longtime friends - each with different abilities, skills and personalities. Together they work as a team, vowing to keep going until all the Talismans are safely returned. Each book is based around a Talisman and one land and the exciting adventure to see who finds and captures the talisman first..
The story: this is the opening book and tells the tale of how the Talismans got put in danger and how Silky bravely rises to the challenge. It also takes the reader in Silky's own magical homeworld as she tries to track down each of her old Fairy friends. A great introduction to each of the characters, lots of fun and excitement and will get you busily ordering the next book along if you were not sensible enough to buy the lot in one go!
After only a few chapters in, this book totally captured my Faraway Tree loving 5 yr old's imagination. What I didn't realise was that her older sister had been taking the book off the shelf and reading along under the covers to catch up (has her own story with her dad in another room while I read to her younger sister). Only found this out when I overhead a very serious and heated discussion about exactly which fairy was the best Talisman hunting fairy and why! Clearly, the book is suitable for 5 yr olds and equally enjoyed by older children able to read to themselves.
While it does have a modern tone and style of writing, don't let that put you off. This is worthy of continuing on where Enid left off.