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A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. Childhood is the right time to introduce young minds to children’s storybooks and keep them away from electronic devices like TV and smartphones. Glossy pages and colourful pictures not only help your child learn new words but also impart morals and values. A good way to motivate your child to take up reading is by reading to her at bedtime. Slowly, she’ll start taking an interest in those stories and will want to read them all by herself!
Author for the Month of February- Enid Blyton
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
These words ring true for each of Enid Blyton’s books for children, as they are to do with adventure, fantasy and mystery.
Enid Blyton was born on 11th August 1897 in South London and was the eldest of three children. At the age of 10, she joined school and started winning prizes in poem-writing competitions. Given that she already excelled in writing, the achievements only encouraged her further. Soon, she started writing short stories for children; in 40 years, she penned down close to 800 books. Even after so many decades, they enjoy a huge readership among children. So, pick up these famous short-story books and let your child dream with her eyes open!
7 Fantasy Book Series by Enid Blyton that are Waiting to be Read
Don’t keep her away from this fantasy town where fairies live inside flowers and young boys and girls become detectives.
You might know Noddy from the TV series, but what you may not know is that he is a fictional character created by our much-loved Enid Blyton!
Noddy is a cute little boy with a blue cap who drives the toys around Toyland in his little red and yellow taxi. This 25-book series has stories about this imaginary toy town where toys live and do the same things humans do. Just like your children have best friends, Noddy has his own circle of friends – Mr Plod, Big Ears, Bumpy Dog, and Tessie Bear. Sly and Gobbo are two mischevious goblins who are always up for playing tricks, and it’s up to Noddy to save the day.
What Your Child Can Learn from Noddy
- Noddy can teach her to be kind and honest.
- That she should ask her parents for help and support
- That she should show love towards animals
2. The Wishing Chair
This series of three books narrates the adventures of Mollie, Peter and their Wishing Chair. The story starts with the siblings looking for a present for their mother’s birthday. When they come across a mysterious antique shop, their curiosity is piqued and they decide to enter the shop. There, they happen to sit upon an ordinary-looking chair – soon, they discover that it can grow wings and fly! Being the naughty children they are, Peter and Mollie carry off the chair to their playroom; and so, the adventures begin!
What Your Child Can Learn from the Wishing Chair
- That she should rescue those in trouble
- That joy shared is joy doubled
- As the siblings travel to unknown places, she will improve her imagination power and grow to love travelling.
3. The Faraway Tree
The Faraway Tree is a series of books by Enid Blyton about three children- Joe, Fran, and Beth. One day, they go for a walk in the woods and discover a tree whose branches reach up to the clouds. As they climb the branches, they meet Moon-face, Silky the Fairy, and the Saucepan Man and befriend them. At the very top of the tree, there’s a ladder that can take them to a magical land. The children are free to come and go, but they must leave before the land moves on to the next tree.
What Your Child Can Learn from the Faraway Tree
- With these stories, you can teach your little one that she should be friendly with everybody.
- These books can help her face every type of situation in life.
- If you do good to somebody, somebody else will do good to you.
4. The Five Find-Outers
The Five Find-Outers is a series of 15 mystery books written by Enid Blyton. The tales are set in the fictitious village of Peterswood. The five find-outers- Larry, Fatty, Pip, Daisy, and Bets, along with their dog Buster encounter a mystery on every boarding-school holiday. They find case-solving exciting and fun, but the unpleasant village policeman, Mr Goon becomes very cross every time the kids are out solving mysteries.
What Your Child Can Learn from the Five Find-Outers
- A young girl will understand the importance of sharing.
- These mystery stories can help develop analytical and problem-solving skills in your child.
- She may gradually develop leadership skills from one of the characters.
5. The O’Clock Tales
Enid Blyton’s O’Clock Tales is a collection of four books- Five O’Clock, Six O’Clock, Seven O’Clock and Eight O’Clock Tales. Each of the books has over forty short stories about fairies, gnomes, witches and school-going children. After reading how Lazy Kate’s bed took her to school, your child will wake up on her own on school days!
What Your Child Can Learn from O’Clock Tales
- That bad things happen to those who steal
- That anybody can become a hero if they put in some effort
- These stories allow her to dream about things that are extraordinary, in turn enhancing her creativity.
6. Mr Pink-Whistle
“It isn’t fair, it isn’t fair!” – Mr Pink-Whistle
A collection of three books, the Mr Pink-Whistle books talk about a funny little man with powers who tries his best to make things right. A half-human with pointed ears and green eyes, Mr Pink-Whistle hates everything that’s unfair and everyone who’s unkind. Although he’s a lonely individual, he develops temporary friendships with small children who take an instant liking to him.
What Your Child Can Learn from Mr Pink-Whistle
- That she should always speak up against injustice
- One of the life lessons a child learns is that she should not misuse power and authority.
- She is also taught that she should protect the weak.
7. The Secret Seven
You must have surely heard of the Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton. These are stories of a group of child detectives who solve mysteries during their school term, unlike “the Five Find-Outers” who look for evidence during their term break. Peter (the group head), Janet (Peter’s sister), Jack, Barbara, George, Pam, and Colin are the main characters. Susie and Binkie delight in playing tricks on the Secret Seven because the group won’t take them in.
What Your Child Can Learn from the Secret Seven
- She can get practical knowledge about how to handle situations.
- She may develop their fact-finding skills while solving the mysteries.
- These books can teach her the importance of team-work which will be useful in school.
There’s a quote that goes, “Children become readers on the laps of their parents.” When you read aloud to your child, they build their vocabulary and also learn pronunciations of different words. English is a tricky language to master, but a child who reads is often ahead of her schoolmates. So, what are you waiting for? Read your child these fantasy stories by Enid Blyton and give her books of her favourite authors as gifts!