Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)

jstallcup at jstallcup at
Wed Feb 12 14:18:44 EST 2003

This is very interesting--I also always start my children's literature
courses with getting the students to name their favorite childhood books,
and I don't think that Blyton has ever come up.    

Dahl only comes up very rarely (often, when my students are exposed to
Dahl as adults, they're horrified by him.)  

I often get the following (authors as well as books, obviously):  Judy
Blume, Beverly Cleary, Dr. Suess, Where the Wild Things Are, Rainbow Fish
(erg), Love You Forever (double bleagh), Guess How Much I Love You,
various fairy tales (Cinderella most often), and lots of different animal
stories that I can't remember off the top of my head.  When we look at
the list on the board, that's usually the first common element that
someone notices--lots of animals.  

But I'm intrigued by Blyton coming up for you.  Remind me where you
teach?  I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority of my students have
never even heard of Blyton.  My mother, however, loved Blyton's books
when she was growing up here in the 40s and 50s.  (I teach in Southern

Jackie S.

On Wed, 12 Feb 2003 04:31:38 -0800 (PST) Jon Noble
<jon_p_noble at> writes:
> --- Charles Butler
> <hannibal at> wrote:
> > Ros:
> > > Enid Blyton, The Noddy books when I was very
> > young, then the The Faraway
> > > Tree books (a teacher read them aloud to us and
> > then I borrowed them)
> > 
> > When I teach CL I usually get my students to name
> > their favourite book from
> > childhood as a way of breaking the ice in the first
> > seminar. There's always
> > a lot of Roahl Dahl, but the runaway winner over the
> > years has been Blyton's
> > Magic Faraway Tree. (These are students born, on
> > average, between 1980 and
> > 1985). Whenever one person mentions that book the
> > eyes of all the rest glaze
> > over in nostalgic stupefaction...
> >
> I mentioned this as one I'd liked as a kid, although I
> never knew what the book was until I read it to my own
> children (born 79 and 81) and realised this was the
> book i had loved. I'm sure they'd both list it too.
> Jon
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