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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 09 Aug 2017, 16:45

An enjoyable review of The (Little) Button Elves by Terry Gustafson. Again, an entertaining collection of tales with something for all. I'm not sure whether I've ever read the story of the button elves, but couldn't they simply count the buttonholes on their tunics?

The rabbit named Winks being kicked into a bramble bush ('The Rabbit That Wanted Adventures') reminds me of Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch. I love the fact that Winks has read about Brer Rabbit and longs to have adventures of his own!

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Re: Website Additions

Postby Rob Houghton » 09 Aug 2017, 18:03

Anita Bensoussane wrote:An enjoyable review of The (Little) Button Elves by Terry Gustafson. Again, an entertaining collection of tales with something for all. I'm not sure whether I've ever read the story of the button elves, but couldn't they simply count the buttonholes on their tunics?



I think that's part of the plot! ;-)
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 29 Aug 2017, 12:50

Terry Gustafson has written a thoughtful review of The Two Sillies and Other Stories:

http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/book ... er+Stories

The (sarcastically-named) 'wise men of Gotham' are well-known in Britain, and Enid Blyton's 'The Eel in the Pond' is a retelling of a folk tale. The following rhyme appears in many collections of nursery rhymes:

Three wise men of Gotham,
They went to sea in a bowl.
And if the bowl had been stronger,
My song had been longer.
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Postby Rob Houghton » 29 Aug 2017, 12:55

There were lots of stories about 'The Wise Men of Gotham' - I think the moon in the millpond type story was one of them, where they tried to rescue the moon from a pond. :-) Enid was obviously well aware of the folklore and rewrote the stories in her own style.
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Postby Courtenay » 29 Aug 2017, 13:03

Rob Houghton wrote:There were lots of stories about 'The Wise Men of Gotham' - I think the moon in the millpond type story was one of them, where they tried to rescue the moon from a pond. :-)


I thought that was the wise men of Wiltshire, disguising the fact that they were really hiding smuggled barrels of booze! :wink:
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Postby Rob Houghton » 29 Aug 2017, 13:06

Ah - might have been, yes...although I think there are various versions. 'Moonraker' would know obviously!! ;-)
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Postby Rob Houghton » 29 Aug 2017, 13:10

Here are some stories and historical facts about 'The Wise Men of Gotham'. Apparently Gotham in New York was sort of named after Gotham in UK...

https://nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/the-wise-men-of-gotham/
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Postby Courtenay » 29 Aug 2017, 16:15

Hmmm, some of those tall tales aren't necessarily original to Gotham. I was always under the impression it was the "wise" men of Cornwall who decided to build a hedge around the cuckoo. :twisted: :wink:
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Postby Moonraker » 30 Aug 2017, 09:31

Courtenay wrote:
Rob Houghton wrote:There were lots of stories about 'The Wise Men of Gotham' - I think the moon in the millpond type story was one of them, where they tried to rescue the moon from a pond. :-)


I thought that was the wise men of Wiltshire, disguising the fact that they were really hiding smuggled barrels of booze! :wink:


Yes, seems like a bit of skulduggery going on!
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Postby Courtenay » 30 Aug 2017, 17:07

I'm sure Noddy also tried to rescue the moon from the pond once too... :wink:
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 30 Aug 2017, 18:45

Sandy (Enid Blyton's dog) also tries to get the moon out of a large puddle in 'Sandy and the Moon'. Bobs appears in the story too, as does Enid Blyton herself as "Mistress".

One of the Brer Rabbit tales collected by Joel Chandler Harris involves trying to drag the moon out of a pond with a net. The Enid Blyton version of that story is called 'Brer Rabbit and the Moon'.
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