Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy Birthday ENID BLYTON!






She was the reason I bothered with books in the first place,
And then became an addict.

She was the reason I tried my hand at writing,
And then fell in love with it.

She showed me a world of adventure -
Where castles hid treasures waiting to be discovered,
Princes' were held hostage in the house-next-door,
An island could be owned by a girl and her dog,
    Secret passages existed right under your nose.

    She showed me a world of enchantment -
    Where trees took you to magical lands,
    Wishing chairs traveled far and wide,
    Moonface, Silky, Saucepan Man and Dame Washalot
    could be your friends,
    And swish you away to the
    Land of Take-What-You-Want,
    Or the Land of Birthdays,
    Right according to your wish.

      She took me to exciting boarding schools,
      To Malory Towers, St Clare's and Whyteleaf school,
      To midnight snacks and sneak-outs and circus mayhem,
      Befriending artsy scatterbrains and brainy pranksters,
      Who dabbled in stink pellets and invisible chalk.

       She taught me life's lessons,
       Amidst nabbing smugglers,
       And finding tunnels behind bookshelves,
       And fairy folk inside your neighbour's basket.

    She made me believe that,
    Toys could talk,
    Trees could dance,
    And chairs could grant my wishes.

    Kidhood couldn't have been more fun!
    And it all I owe to her.





10 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Beautiful post. I don't believe I've ever read anything by this author...as far as I remember at least.

I also wanted to let you know about something I thought you might be interested, as I saw your comment over at Gay YA:

http://letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com/2011/05/living-beyond-tolerance-scholarship.html

Lauren

Aleeza said...

so i feel pretty terrible for saying this but i don't actually like enid blyton much.

i mean to say, i really appreciate the fact that so many people have been encouraged to read after having read her stories as a child, but i only read them when i was a tween/teen and wasn't too fazed by them.

regardless, i loved the impact she had on you! :) for me it was lots and lots of different authors, not just one...so yeah.

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Cheyanne said...

A very touching post! I think I'll get some of these books for my daughter :)

Have a good weekend!

Lydia K said...

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read any of her books! But I know that feeling of being so inspired by a children's author. It's wonderful.

Nomes said...

i love this post

i adored enid blyton too

even though as a kid i thought enid was the ugliest name ever

Rachel Brooks said...

What a lovely tribute post! Happy Tuesday!

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Jennie Bailey said...

Happy Birthday indeed! Belated, though it is to her! I loved that you said "she's the reason I bothered with books in the first place" - such a great line and what a compliment!

Nicola Marsh said...

I credit Enid Blyton with my love of books and reading.

Wonder if I'd be an author today if not for her?

Adored her books.
The Magic Faraway Tree was my favourite as a kid :)

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