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The Faraway Tree Collection Hardcover – August 2, 2002


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Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children's publishing. With over 700 titles published, Enid Blyton's stories remain timeless classics, adored throughout the world. As a young woman Enid was faced with many choices: her father had planned a career in music for her, while she felt drawn to writing. In the end, she became a teacher. In 1922, a collection of poems by Enid was published, it was her first step towards her dream of becoming an author. Aged 27, Enid married Hugh Pollock and moved to London. Enid had two children with Hugh, and soon after wrote her first novel, The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair. Enid divorced Hugh after almost 20 years of marriage, and married Kenneth Waters in 1943. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, mysteries, magical stories, farming stories, stories for younger children, best-selling series like The Famous Five and Noddy. Enid fell ill with Alzheimer's disease and she died in 1963. Her spirit lives on in her books and she is remembered as one of the most-loved and celebrated children's authors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0603560733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0603560736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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130 of 132 people found the following review helpful By John O'sullivan on December 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There is no information indicating that the 2nd book in this collection, The Magic Faraway Tree is abridged. Inside the collection, the contents page indicates that this book is slightly abridged. What they mean by slightly abridged is 6 chapters at the end of the 2nd book have been omitted. I would not have made this purchase had I known that in advance! Disappointing.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Weis on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think the only reason I became an avid reader was because I was introduced to Enid Blyton books as a child. Born and raised in the tropics(part of the British Empire at one time), I found it hard to believe that I coudn't find them easily at bookstores here in the USA when I wanted to buy them for my daughter. I would say the first books I chose to pick up for her to read were the Wishing Chair series and the Faraway Tree series. I think they really represent what Enid Blyton's books are all about. Her books are not only imaginative and entertaining they contain good values and an appreciation of nature. The faraway tree is a magical tree that have "wee folk" living in little cottages up and down the tree. Three children find this magical tree and meet up with magical characters such as Moon Face and go on adventures to different magical lands that can be found at the top of the tree. For those children who are not ready for spine tinglers and chillers, her fairy tales create a warm, comforting setting with just the right touches of fun and humor to encourage even the most reluctant of readers to continue turning pages and asking for more. My daughter and I have since collected over 250 of her books. This year, I donated extra copies that I owned to her elementary school because I really believe that her books can reach out to any reluctant reader. My daughter said that she even found teachers reading them during their spare time. If you have spare copies of her books, please consider donating them to schools. Most school libraries are rarely able to obtain them.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmidt on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just received my copy of this book today.

I grew up with the Enid Blyton stories (in Australia) and adored the Faraway Tree collection.

My only problem with this collection is that it has been updated for "political correctness". No more Jo, Bessie and Fanny - it's Joe, Beth and Frannie. No [...] it's Rick. Saddest of all, no more Dame Slap. Nope, instead of slapping (from my quick glance at the book) she makes Rick put his hands on his head and stand in the corner. It's a bit of a shame we live in an age where people won't accept a classic story for what it is and need to change the author's own words for political correctness.
However, this being said. I think every child in America would benefit from these highly imaginitive stories from a wonderful author. To me, Enid Blyton is as good as J.K. Rowling (and I LOVE Harry Potter books too).
I'm sure my 3 daughters will love these stories as they get older, just as much as I did, and still do.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Weis on November 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think the only reason I became an avid reader was because I was introduced to Enid Blyton books as a child. Born and raised in the tropics(part of the British Empire at one time), I found it hard to believe that I coudn't find them easily at bookstores here in the USA when I wanted to buy them for my daughter. I would say the first books I chose to pick up for her to read were the Wishing Chair series and the Faraway Tree series. I think they really represent what Enid Blyton's books are all about. Her books are not only imaginative and entertaining they contain good values and an appreciation of nature. For those children who are not ready for spine tinglers and chillers, her fairy tales create a warm, comforting setting with just the right touches of fun and humor to encourage even the most reluctant of readers to continue turning pages and asking for more. My daughter and I have since collected over 250 of her books. This year, I donated extra copies that I owned to her elementary school because I really believe that her books can reach out to any reluctant reader. My daughter said that she even found teachers reading them during their spare time. If you have spare copies of her books, please consider donating them to schools. Most school libraries are rarely able to obtain them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on March 30, 2008
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I was a little hesitant after reading the review highlighting that the second book is abridged, but I decided to go ahead and purchase because I was having a hard time find the books elsewhere. I have no regrets, all the characters and magic are present and accounted for. My four year old son giggles himself to sleep thinking of the Saucepan Man's selective hearing and silly songs.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have to say that I absolutely loved the faraway tree books and look forward to reading them to my own children. I have read lots of children's books but these ones by far stand out in my mind as my favourite of all. They are imaginative and exciting and just such a joy to read. I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about them except maybe just as an example tell you that I wore the pages of these books down to the point that they became rather unrecognisable (lol) because I read them over and over again. They take you to a time when innocence still existed and exploring the woods was still a very normal source of fun for a child. Enjoy!!
(Other books linked to the characters are "the wishing chair" and "the wishing chair again"
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