Enid Blyton's Summer Stories by Enid Blyton
  

Enid Blyton's Summer Stories

Written by Enid Blyton
Part of the Bumper Short Story Collections Series

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The summer holidays are made for reading Enid Blyton; no writer better understands the sheer pleasure of being out of school with empty days stretching ahead. There are all sorts of stories in this collection, lots of pixies and magic, but stories of ordinary life too, most often featuring kind, generous children getting their reward. Delicious food, of course, features in nearly every one! Children devour Blyton’s stories today with as much delight as they ever have, and this bright, attractive book is perfect summer reading. ~ Andrea Reece

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Enid Blyton's Summer Stories by Enid Blyton

A wonderful selection of 27 holiday stories to read and share by one of the world's best-loved children's authors, Enid Blyton. School's out! So go on a picnic, visit the seaside or throw coconuts at the fair in this
enchanting collection of stories perfect for summer holidays. Enid Blyton has been delighting readers for more than seventy years with her endless summers of magic, fun and adventure. Enid's best-loved characters include Noddy the wooden boy, Timmy the dog from The Famous Five and the mischievous twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan from the much-loved boarding school series St Clare's!

The stories previously appeared in magazines and anthologies from the 40s and 60s. This collection contains the original texts and is unillustrated.

This collection contains the original stories dating back to the 1940s: The Fish That Got Away; The Enchanted Toadstool; Jimmy and the Elephant Man; The Little Button Elves; The Girl Who Was Left Behind; A Story of Magic Strawberries; The Marvellous Pink Vase; When Mollie Missed the Bus; A Bit of Good Luck; The Surprising Buns; Pretty-Star the Pony; The Stolen Shadow; On Jimmy's Birthday; Bonzo Gets Into Trouble; The Roundabout Man; The Fairies' Shoemaker; Something Funny Going On; The Little Toy-Maker; Billy's Bicycle; That Girl Next Door!; The Boy Who Never Put Things Back; Policeman Billy; Think Hard, Boatman; The Wishing Spells; The Girl Who Had Hiccups; C hristina's Kite; The Galloping Seahorse

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A nostalgic celebration of the simple pleasures in life - what could be more delightful than a trip to the seaside? * Little London * This wonderful selection of stories is published in time for the holiday season. Blyton's stories are more than 70 years old and still appeal to children today who love going to the seaside, on picnics or to summer fairs. * Dorset Echo * A lovely collection of timeless stories * TheSchoolrun.com * A new collection of charmingly old-fashioned short stories complete with picnics, elves, fairies and enchanted toadstools * Daily Express *

About the Author

Enid Blyton

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 by children throughout the world.

Soon after Enid Blyton was born in 1897, she fell gravely ill with whooping cough. Her father, Thomas Blyton stayed up with her night after night until her cough subsided and she recovered. From that time on, Enid followed her father wherever he went, and it was through her father that she developed a love of nature and animals – an enthusiasm which stayed with her throughout her life. It was also her father who instilled in Enid her love of books, and she would often be seen sneaking into her father’s library and borrowing a pile of books.

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, though her passion for writing never dwindled. In 1922, a collection of poems by Enid was published - it was her first step toward her dream of becoming an author.

At 27 years old, 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 remarried Kenneth Waters in 1943.

Throughout the 40 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…her writing knew no bounds!

Apart from breaks to play golf and spend time with her children, Enid’s working week was consumed with writing new stories, correcting proofs and answering the hundreds of letters she was, by now, receiving weekly. She explained that her characters evolved organically and her stories seemed to naturally form, she described herself as “merely a sightseer, a reporter, and interpreter.”

Enid fell ill with Alzheimer’s disease in her old age (a disease that affects people’s memory) 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.

If you are interested in more about Enid Blyton you may like to visit The Enid Blyton Society

Author photo reproduced with permission of Hachette.

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Paperback
360 pages

Author

Enid Blyton
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

30th June 2016

ISBN

9781444931228

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