Tuesday, December 21, 2010

character books

There is something about an old book. It has character, it has history, it smells great, the pages are yellow and if you are lucky you will even know the name of the person who once owned it. I read a lot of Enid Blyton as a child and I could not think of buying my children better books.

In about a year Keely will be reading herself, but for now I love having her curled up in my lap and listening to me read.

To Wendy from Jane, 1976


  1. You know, it's so strange you mentioned this! I wandered through the Coorparoo Markets in Brisbane last weekend and came across an old book stall. I was delighted to discover an entire bookshelf full of Enid Blytons. I grew up reading about the Faraway Tree, The Naughtiest Girl in the School and The Wishing Chair - so did my mother and grandmother. I regret giving all of those lovely books away when I became a teenager and not keeping them for my own children. So I was thrilled, to say the least, when I walked away from that book stall armed with a bag full of these old treasures - some editions that dated back to the 50's. I can't wait to read them to my own kiddies one day!

  2. Enid Blyton is most absolute most favourite author! I loved her books when i was little!
    And when i see any of her books at the Op Shops, I HAVE to have them!!
    My husbands Grandma gave one of our girls "The Magic Treacle Jug" for her birthday and i almost screamed with delight!!



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