I’m not sure how many millennials would have even heard about Enid Blyton but my journey into reading started when my mother put the “5 O’Clock Tales” in my 6 year old hands. Enid Blyton was the only author my mom trusted her young children with reading and thus between the ages of 6-10 years, I primarily read all her novels. One can imagine her popularity, considering she was hugely popular in the late 90s almost 30 years after her demise.
I started slow with the “O’Clock” series. I then went on to read every single Famous Five and Secret Seven novel written. It amazes me that the novels written by her in the 1940s were still so captivating for a 90s child. I couldn’t stop imagining myself as a child mystery solver running around with a bunch of friends solving crimes. “The Enchanted Wood”, “The Magic Faraway Tree”, “The Five Find Outers” series were all books I voraciously read throughout my childhood. This came as a surprise to me but even the popular cartoon character “Noddy” was written by Enid Blyton.
By the time I was 12, I had moved on to other books such as Sweet Valley Series (please don’t judge me!), classic novels by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and ofcourse, the hugely famous Harry Potter series. But then I stumbled upon “The Mallory Towers” series by Enid Blyton and I was hooked. I was studying in an all girls school and reading about the all girls boarding school felt so relatable. I finished all the novels in that series too!
For all young parents reading this, start off your child’s reading journey with Enid Blyton. I’m not sure how relevant a lot of kids would find them but as a young 6 year old, her words painted this magical world that I badly wanted to be a part of. Whenever in the future I do have children, I am definitely going to make them give Enid’s books a chance before they get hooked to Netflix!
Keep reading & stay safe!
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