My life changed when I had my first child. I loved being a mother and wanted my son to experience everything wonderful about my own childhood. I have fond memories of being read to and then later, reading Enid Blyton books. Her characters were always so independent and clever, I used to wish I was a character in one of the many adventures.
So when my precious George was 4 months old, I started looking for Enid Blyton books- hey you are never too young for a chapter book right? A lot of the books actually found me. My mother gave me her old ones ( I love her childish handwriting in the inside cover of the book) some popped up at fairs and some I bought off trademe. One family I bought several books off, had them at their holiday house in the Marlborough Sounds. “Pick up” in this remote location is pretty tricky. The sellers were such lovely, kind people who didn’t charge me
postage. They even let me work out a way to get my friends parents to meet up and collect the books, and they threw in more Enid Blyton books too. The bonus when buying from them, was that several of the books were first editions.
I love the way they look in my children’s bedroom. Sitting together on a shelf. As a fan of tangible books that you can hold, turn the page with and smell the old musty smell that goes with a book you can hold. I am enjoying reading them to my children. The covers are just beautiful. Colourful, interesting, my three year old loves to look at them.
I thought I knew a bit about Enid Blyton. Born in England in 1897, author, had an alias of Mary Pollock. What I didn’t know was that she wrote 7500 stories! Mention her name to other people and the term “Blyton Ban” appears. This was due to two reasons. The BBC thought Enid Blyton had no “literary value” and being “such very small beer”. Her stories weren’t broadcasted from 1930-1950. Libraries were also discouraged from buying her books. Is there still a “Blyton Ban” occurring? In our politically correct world, the language of early days time are shunned. And fair enough too. But the stories are enjoyed and it is easy to change the words for your children.
Anyway, Enid has enough fans, websites and books still selling to keep her legacy going. Have a look at the following websites if you want to know any more. http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/ www.enidblyton.net/