Five Run Away Together (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/3/19
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Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are THE FAMOUS FIVE - Enid Blyton's most popular adventure series. All 21 titles also available as audiobooks! When the Famous Five discover a mysterious trunk during a camping trip to Kirrin Island they suspect smugglers. But then they hear a child's scream in the middle of the night! Who else is on the island - and why? This edition features the original cover art and inside illustrations by Eileen Soper
Despite stiff competition from Five go to Smuggler's Top, this one has always been my favourite -- Alison Flood * theguardian.com * Despite stiff competition from Five go to Smuggler's Top, this one has always been my favourite -- Alison Flood * theguardian.com *商品の説明をすべて表示する
Famous Five series and The mystery series
Warning 1: A lot of odd old English sayings e.g. “Blow!” Or “Golly!” as exclamations and “I daresay...” or “let’s do a spot of picnicking!” I usually give my son a modern variation as well, mentioning that this is how people used to speak. He has never picked up that old fashioned language in his day-to-day talk, though I wondered if he would. It’s actually a great vocabulary-builder.
Warning 2: There are moments that are not PC. At first, I didn’t like that a character’s nickname was “fatty” in the Mystery series (his initials spell FAT). Or, in F5, that girls are supposed to be protected, weaker, or cook...But I use these as teaching moments - how people have learned to see, do and say things differently. About how people have fought hard for equality and that there is still a way to go. The parts I skip if I can is where they meet new friends (not in this particular book I’m reviewing) whose parents have died (hence they have a mean uncle/guardian who is up to no good and the F5 have to solve the mystery). However, this is no different from EVERY single Disney/Pixar movie where the protagonists’ parents die at the beginning - that bothers me much more! Most of us have already done our best at answering our kids’ questions about death, I don’t see why Hollywood wants to keep reminding them!
Anyone who hasn’t read Enid Blyton, I recommend starting with the Enchanted Wood (1st of 3) - it was magical to me as a kid, and it’s how my son started loving chapter books at age 5/6. First chapter may be difficult to get into for a few pages, so def start on a sleepy night or summarize info up to entering the magical woods.
DISCLAIMER: Enid Blyton wrote btn 1930s-1960s. In the 60s, she was accused of racism for books not mentioned here, as well as of sexism and xenophobia (it’s true that foreign people are seen as suspicious in a few stories.) I do not know enough about the accusations, but from what I’ve read (half F5 series, Enchanted Wood, Wishing Chair series, half Mystery Series), I believe the attitudes came from ignorance and a reflection of attitudes of the times, rather than maliciousness. I fight against ignorance and FOR acceptance of all people...but prejudice is still rife today, so talking to our kids about it, instead of brushing it under the carpet, while teaching compassion and understanding, can only help.
'The Famous Five' is Enid Blyton's most popular series based on the characters Julian, Dick and Anne, George and Timmy the dog. The first book, Five On A Treasure Island was written in 1942 . The last book, Five are Together Again written in 1963 completes the 21 book 'Famous Five' series.
Although, these stories are around 50 to 70 years old, they remain fresh and exciting today.
What is Blyton's evergreen book formula?
It's simple! Enid Blyton created 'believable' characters complete with faults. Young readers identified with these kids back then, and still do so today!
The 'Famous Five' are a group of British children who often stumble upon the most exciting adventures involving smugglers, spies, lost treasures, secret maps, caves, circus folk and gypsies. They holiday in quaint seaside villages or cycle, hike or caravan through the English countryside, often by themselves.
Ginger beer, ham rolls, hot buttered scones, ices and canned pineapples always seem to be the kids' staple diet! Enid Blyton cleverly made these simple meals sound so deliciously exciting!
Over 8 million Enid Blyton books are sold in over 200 countries each year! What is the most successful Enid Blyton series of all time? You guessed! It's 'The Famous Five' :))
Even tho this book is old it isn't out dated. The story is exciting and fun. My 7 year old loves all of the Famous Five books. There is a hint of danger but also the children are resourseful and make sound, safe choices. In this one George's mother is taken to the hospital and her father goes along leaving the kids with the temporary house keeper Mrs Stick. She and her son are mean and sneaky so the children run away to Kirrin Island until George's parents return. While out there they uncover a wicket plot and foil the bad guys who are familiar characters. This is the third story in the series, I ordered 4 more so we can read about the other exciting adventures. Because they are in England at an earlier time some words are different for us, but that is part of the fun because we can learn new sayings and experiment with new ways of saying things. My son loves words and enjoys the phraseology as well as the plot and the three dimensional characters.