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Do you have what it takes to be our TOP ENID BLYTON AMBASSADOR?

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be Our TOP ENID BLYTON AMBASSADOR?

Share your story to WIN THIS ENID BLYTON LIBRARY STAND for the school, library or home of your choice.

How to Enter

Simply tell us about your Enid Blyton memories, your favourite Enid stories and characters, or what Enid Blyton means to you in 400 words or less.

Send your story and a picture to childrens.books@hachette.com.au.

What You’ll Win

All entries will receive either their choice of Enid Blyton Summer Stories or The Famous Five 2016 Annual.

The overall winner will receive: – The Famous Five Colour Reads series (8 books) – The Famous Five Classic Edition series (21 books) – The Famous Five Modern series (21 books) – The Secret Seven series (15 books) – The Naughtiest Girl series (10 books) – Various other Enid Blyton titles (up to 30 books) – Enid Blyton display stand

TOTAL VALUE OVER $2000

Entries close 16 Nov 2015. Winner announced 11 Dec.

All valid entries submitted will be displayed on the ambassador page

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Enid Blyton has been a major foundation stone in my life.

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Enid Blyton has been a major foundation stone in my life. As an only child, I found great adventure within the pages of her stories and filled many hours losing myself in my imagination – often found up a tree, wishing I had my own Hollow Treehouse! When I was ten years old I decided it would be my mission to collect every book she had written. Then I discovered there were over 700 titles! This great love has stuck with me into my mid 20s now, and to this point I have 434 of her books. Picking a favourite has always been a difficult task, but I do have a soft spot for the Wishing Chair series. The prize of my collection is a book bound specially for Enid herself by England’s finest bookbinders. It is truly a treasure, and it’s an honour to own it. My collecting has brought me so many wonderful memories with my family and my partner, all of whom also enjoy helping me hunt for titles I don’t have yet, and I cannot wait to someday share my love of Enid with my children when they come along – they’ll need their own new collection, of course!

Many thanks for your time,

Stephanie

Thank-you Enid Blyton for keeping my kids occupied

My introduction to Enid Blyton occurred as I foraged for suitable books for my eldest child to read. I was looking for books that were well-written, with engaging story lines, and no sass. A few friends recommended The Magic Faraway Tree as it was their favourite book from childhood. Surprisingly, I had never read any Enid Blyton as a young child. Neither had my mother! I started reading The Magic Faraway Tree series and the kids loved it. Especially the land of Sweets. We then read the Wishing Chair Series and enjoyed it immensely. The kids began ‘flying to school’ on numerous objects and visiting different imaginary ‘lands’. Excellent, I thought. These books are ticking all my boxes, and nurturing creativity as a bonus. My 7 year old always has her head in a Famous Five or Secret Seven book and would beg me to take her to Kirrin Island if it was real, and my 5 year old pours over the colour versions picking out his magic sight-words (I find these books hidden under his bed). The kids now call themselves the Famous Five, although they have to be content with a pet mealworm named Silky after The Magic Faraway fairy instead of the charming, intelligent, super-dog Timmy. Thank-you Enid Blyton for keeping my kids occupied in a way that sparks their imaginations and encourages them to read and create their own adventures, and allows me to cook dinner in relative peace.

Naomi

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A bibliophagist who is currently lost in the city of books

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A few years ago, I was browsing in a local bookstore. Wandering around aimlessly in the bookstore and nothing really caught my eye, everything seemed dull and boring. Frustrated and about to give up, I was ready to walk out of the bookstore but stopped in the children’s books section as something caught my eye. On the shelf there were a few Enid Blyton books, the range was quiet limited and very sad looking. I immediately brought The Faraway Tree series and The Wishing Chair series, vaguely remembering reading these books as a kid. For the rest of the day I eagerly looked forward to reading theses books in bed with a cup of coffee. I devoured them and looked forward to getting my hands on more books, but unfortunately I could not find many books and was bitterly disappointed. Over the years I keep my eyes peeled for these little gems anywhere and everywhere I go and have slowly expanded my collection. I love how Enid Blyton is in vogue and her range is being expanded in bookstores.

Whenever I find anything Blyton and I don’t have it in my collection I squeal with delight. Sure I get weird looks from others, but I don’t care. Just yesterday I brought five Enid Blyton books, the titles and stories I have never heard of before or am very unfamiliar with.

I find that reading Enid Blyton at the end of a hectic day filled with adult problems and worries. I can temporary shut off from the world for a little while and be transported to a bygone era when everything was simplier.

Regards,

Joanna A bibliophagist who is currently lost in the city of books

Lauren is 13 years old and loves Enid Blyton books.

A Childhood with Enid Blyton Can Never Be Forgotten By Lauren Brown

No can forget the first memories of your parents snuggling into your bed before going to sleep to read you a couple of pages of the Magic Faraway Tree or The Adventures of the Wishing Chair where your imagination can run to “the Land of Goodness Knows Where” while in the comfort of your bed and in the company of your loving parents. I certainly remember all those times very clearly. Although thoroughly enjoying every night with Enid Blyton’s stories, one story is the most memorable. My dad and I were laying on mum and dad’s bed when we began reading “Molly and the Growing Ointment” from “The Wishing Chair Again.” “And suddenly she left Mollie’s knee and flew – yes, flew – round the playroom. She flew near Peter and he felt the wind of her little wings. He looked up – and his eyes almost popped out of his head as he saw Rosebud flying gaily around the room!” My dad and I almost cried with laughter after reading this paragraph. Even now, after several years, we still have a giggle at the mention of this section of the book. After that night, I demanded (being the wonderful child I am) to read that chapter again and again. I don’t think we read a different chapter for at least a fortnight!

Lauren Brown

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I still love my Enid Blyton stories….

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I still love my Enid Blyton stories….

My whole family grew up reading Enid Blyton. When I was young, my Mum purchased the entire set of the Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair picture books for me and from then on, I was hooked on reading and all things magic and fantasy! From there, my collection grew and when I got older, I still continued reading Enid Blyton books but in the big girl version with little to no pictures! I would often head to the library in search of Enid Blyton books to borrow. My imagination went wild and how I badly wished I had a big tall tree to climb up and visit my ‘friends’ and the other magical lands above.

Now that I am a mother, I have managed to scour through all those old books in my parents home and reclaim some of my Enid Blyton books that are still in a good shape, despite having handed it down to all my 3 siblings to enjoy. I would love my children to fall in love with Enid Blyton books the way I did, and to open their minds to a whole new world of magic and faraway places!

Karina Lee

Hi my favorite was the naughtiest girl.

Hi my favorite was the naughtiest girl. My dad bought it for my birthday and at the time I was a bit annoyed because according to my parents I was a naughty child and was always told so.

Anyway in my disappointment of having a crappy birthday present, I still started to read as this was before internet and “smart” everything.

Once I started I did not put the book down. I was in love with Liz. I could resonate with her so much. I read all her books and always thought wow… if she can go from being the naughtiest girl in school to being a prefect, than anything can happen for me too.

The Faraway Tree was also another magical book that I read so many times. The adventure you got to experience in every chapter was just amazing.

Her books really did bring magic into my childhood. It is also what got me into books. I did an essay on her in yr 11. I’m completely in love with her books.

I hope I’m lucky in this competition. 😊

Evelyn Ali

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dreamed of one day going to boarding school

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Growing up my sister and I were lucky enough to have a big Enid Blyton collection which belonged to our Mother when she was younger. Pretty much all my knowledge of England to this very day has been gleaned from Enid Blyton stories.

As a child I, like so many others, of course dreamed of one day going to boarding school just like the Naughtiest Girl in school. To some extent I saw that dream come true when I attended a high school that did have boarding students, even though I wasn’t one of them.

My sister on the other hand has always been a Famous Five Fan. Despite the fact she could easily purchase the entire series online she enjoys collecting all the books in the series by searching markets, op shops, garage sales, and of course second hand bookstores to complete her collection.

However, the Faraway Tree books was our favourite series to read together, because who doesn’t love to believe and read about magical worlds existing right alongside our everyday lives.

I currently work in a Junior School library and it makes me so happy to see a renewed popularity for Enid Blyton books amongst today’s children. I love being able to discuss and share with them characters and stories that I’ve loved for years that they are now enjoying for the very first time.

Jess and Michelle Zintschenko

Thank you, Enid, for the fond memories :)

The picture is my original “Hanni und Nanni” book :) I grew up in Germany and I was absolutely addicted to this series which I believe is called “the twins of st clare’s” in English :) I had every single book.

Although my memories aren’t funny or romantic but rather sad I actually have very fond memories of the books. My dad died very young when I was 11. It was such a sad and lonely time and back then these books were my refuge. They took me to a different world, I could forget my troubles for a while and imagine that I lived with the twins in St Clare’s. They were such an integral part of my childhood that as soon as my oldest son started reading I bought him a Famous Five book – and he was hooked as well :) it’s amazing what an important part a children’s book can play in your life! The twins inspired me to never take myself too serious and that there is always tomorrow.

Thank you, Enid, for the fond memories :)

Dominika Cahill

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Enid Blyton played a massive role in my childhood.

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Enid Blyton played a massive role in my childhood. I treasured all of her books and have them stored away for my boys to read. The books are stacked carefully in front and on top of each other as I have managed to save as many as I could. What you can’t see is the excitement and anticipation that I felt when buying a new book. I hope that my children will get to feel this too, plus the joy of re-reading old favourites. My favourites included the Faraway Tree books and Naughty Amelia Jane.

Joanne Butler

Thank you, Enid, for the fond memories :)

The picture is my original “Hanni und Nanni” book :) I grew up in Germany and I was absolutely addicted to this series which I believe is called “the twins of st clare’s” in English :) I had every single book.

Although my memories aren’t funny or romantic but rather sad I actually have very fond memories of the books. My dad died very young when I was 11. It was such a sad and lonely time and back then these books were my refuge. They took me to a different world, I could forget my troubles for a while and imagine that I lived with the twins in St Clare’s. They were such an integral part of my childhood that as soon as my oldest son started reading I bought him a Famous Five book – and he was hooked as well :) it’s amazing what an important part a children’s book can play in your life! The twins inspired me to never take myself too serious and that there is always tomorrow.

Thank you, Enid, for the fond memories :)

Dominika Cahill

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I enthused about Enid Blyton

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I attend a playgroup aimed at mothers who have toddlers, but most of us also have older or younger kids. We were talking about books that are good for young readers, and I enthused about Enid Blyton. Some of her books really suit younger readers, and then there are those that ease slightly older kids into more complex stories. The characters and stories are still relevant and exciting today, while retaining a charming innocence that means I feel safe handing any of her books to my kids. And I hand a lot to them; I kept shelves of Enid Blyton books from my childhood, and it’s been such a delight to watch my eldest, now seven, just starting to discover and devour them. The “Sapphire Storybook” was his first, but far from his last.

Lorraine Cormack

never forget those beautiful memories…

In hindsight, it was a thing of beauty.

1997 my sisters and I lay in our bunk beds at our home in Pyalong, Victoria. I was about 8 years old and we could hear fighting in the lounge room. None of us kids knew what was going on or what the fight was about, so we didn’t pay much attention to it.

Mum came in our room, like she did every single evening and started the nightly ritual of Enid Blyton stories. This time it was The Folk of the Faraway Tree. Each of us would take turns reading a page each until we had read a whole chapter. My Mum was patient, amazingly patient even if us kids had digs at each other to hurry up with their page because we wanted to hear the remainder of the chapter.

Little did we know Mum and dad were fighting about a divorce. My father had broke his marriage vows and this was the final straw. A month later my mum moved her and us kids to her hometown of Wycheproof, Victoria. We didn’t see dad for a long time – he had other interests at that point in his life.

We lived under the poverty line in Wycheproof. Mum was depressed and we barely had food most of the time. But we got through those years. Everyone came out happy.

I’m 26 now and have 4 year old twin daughters of my own. I will never forget those beautiful memories of mum reading Enid Blyton stories to us. They hold a special place in my heart and now in my daughters private library.

Our bedtime story tonight? The Folk of the Faraway Tree, of course.

Nichaud Griffin

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instil a love of reading…

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My favourite memory of Enid Blyton’s books is of climbing high up into our old wattle tree, which hung over my parents’ veggie patch at the bottom of our quarter-acre block, to read The Magic Faraway Tree and pretend I was up in a magic tree like theirs. Sometimes I would take a small plastic bucket of Honey Jumble biscuits and a juice box, which I would hang from a branch to snack on while I was out there. I can’t wait to instil a love of reading on my little boy Austin (pictured).

Shannon Beck

I still love to read The Naughtiest Girl

The Naughtiest Girl in the School series hooked me into reading and made me a lifelong Enid Blyton fan. Growing up on a cattle property in central Queensland is a long way from the exclusive boarding school of Elizabeth Allen – but I immediately connected to the characters and their story.

As a Teacher-Librarian, I still love to read The Naughtiest Girl books to my students and share other stories from the Famous Five, Magic Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair and the Secret Seven. My students, both boys and girls are just as captivated by the characters and the story lines as I was when I first discovered them.

I always tell parents that Enid Blyton books have stood the test of time…read a chapter aloud to your child and they will want to read more! Enid Blyton books are classics that children will love to read, and the stories are truly wonderful to read aloud.

From:

Julie Gwynne-Jones Teacher-Librarian & Festival Director Ashgrove State School

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…how awesome the famous five series were…

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Best friend and I still talk about how awesome the famous five series were, we would run off to the school library to hunt down the books during break time. All fresh in my mind after three decades, I normally can’t recall what I had for lunch yesterday.

geri

Enid Blyton Champion Reader

As a child I read as many Enid Bylton books as I could get my hands on. When my daughter was born I actively sought out in 2nd hand shops and online the exact versions of the Famous Five and Secret Seven books that I once owned and then hard cover copies of other books like the Faraway Tree.

Elsie is now 11 and to date has read about 170 Enid Bylton books – she reads about one a week now albeit on her kindle!

Her goal is to read 200!

From Ellenor, proud mum

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My name is Eloise

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My name is Eloise Age 10 My favorite book is the magic faraway tree sometimes I put my ear to a tree to hear if the trees are whispering to me. I think silky the fairy is the best I wish I had a friend like her. p.s I think moon face looks a bit like my dad.

Eloise

Runs in the family

When I was clearing out the attic of my childhood home I came across these VINTAGE editions of Enid Blyton. I am so happy these were saved because one of my first memories of the joy of discovering books was sitting on mum’s knee while she read them to me. Can’t wait to share them with my kids one day!

Caroline, Avid Reader

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…all time favourite authors.

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Enid Blyton is one of my all time favourite authors. 22 years ago I arrived in Australia, a refugee from Bosnia with no understanding of the English language. I had no friends nor siblings, I missed my family and was in a foreign land. I was 8. I loved reading and had read many many books in my young age. A dedicated teacher, who stuck by me gifted me ‘the magic faraway tree’ when I changed schools (3 months into my new Aussie life).

With my limited English and again, facing being the lonely girl with a weird accent, I read that book cover to cover, over and over. I read at night, long after my parents were asleep, huddled up with a torch in bed. I read on family outings. At recess and at lunch.. I never left the house without a book.

I was taken away to a magic place and felt comfortable there. I only had to close my eyes and picture the scenery.

Dad and I made weekly trips to our local library and I’d borrow any Enid Blyton book I could get. Famous five, secret seven…I must’ve read each book in those series a dozen times. I learned to spell and speak and write in the English language. Ms blytons work inspired a deep passion for learning.

I am now a teacher and a mother. My children and students are developing my love of books. I take my children to the library regularly; we read each day and night.

I have wanted to own all the series, the magic faraway tree, secret seven and famous five – for as long as I can remember. Enid Blyton was a master storyteller.

Sincerely Viktorija Perry

remember the first time…

We all remember the first time we fell into a book and didn’t lift our head until the end. For me it was The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. Mum gave me the book and I took it outside to the balcony with a little bit of scepticism. I didn’t really read much. I sat down upon the warm concrete in the sun and was lost in a world of adventure. I don’t know how long I sat there but I vividly remember the warmth of the sun on my face and my inability to stop turning each page. So began a lifelong love of reading and of course, Enid Blyton.

Penny Evershed, Head of Children’s Product and Communications at Hachette Australia

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Enid Blyton inspired me to…

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Be brave and go camping with a mate overnight in a nearby national park with nothing but a blanket, a tin of baked beans and a couple of potatoes. We slept in a rock cave we found, made a campfire, cooked the potatoes in their jackets and ate the beans out of tin with our fingers as we forgot to take forks. We were only 12 at the time and it seemed like a great adventure.

When I was even younger I spent my Christmas holidays with my grandparents every year and they had the complete set of Famous Five books in red clothbound HB. Every year, for many years, I started at book one and read through all the books until I was finished. I went on their adventures with them and lived vicariously through these stories. They were my movies, TV and video games all wrapped up in one.

My favourite Enid Blyton book is – The Magic Faraway Tree. It was the first chapter book I remember reading and I read it over and over until it fell apart. I then taped it back to together so I could read it some more. My sister gave me a new copy for my 21st birthday and I have now read it to my own children.

My parents/grandparent/uncle/auntie gave me my first Enid Blyton – The set of Famous Five books were my grandmothers which she had since my mother was a girl and brought out from England with her when they immigrated in the 60’s.

 

Books that inspired me – Magic Faraway Tree, Famous Five, Call of the Wild by Jack London, Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes, The Biggles Books by W. E Johns, Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs all inspired my love of reading which ultimately lead to my career choice in publishing.

Sean, Manager at Hachette Australia

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