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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 07 Jun 2017, 20:23

I thought of 'April in Paris' for the other song too, Rob.

I agree that the Igor Mikhailusenko who wrote to Enid Blyton might well have been the poet.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Rob Houghton » 17 Jun 2017, 20:35

It's that time of the month again!! The latest Enid Blyton Magazine has arrived -
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The cover shows an illustration from the first uncollected short story, Where Are You, Waffles? illustrated by Anne Read - one of my favourite EB illustrators. She always gives her illustrations such great detail, as you can see, if you follow the link and read the story.

This is a good story, but somewhat predictable, and surely aimed at younger children. In fact, I think the more recent magazines are showing a slight dip in quality - as if Enid's dementia is slowly starting to show. The stories are still well written, and of course she was still to write some brilliant books and stories, but somehow, especially evident with this issue, the stories seem a little more simple.

Enids editorial Letter is good as always, although she does go on about birds a bit too much for my liking! Yes, I love watching the birds on our seed feeders and bird table, but its always more fun to watch them than read about them, in my opinion! I would have liked to have heard more about the Famous Five film, but I was disappointed this issue.

Follow the link below to read Enid's letter. Enid does mention watching Peter Scott on Television, when he shows his 'marvellous photographs of birds'. Interesting to hear of Enid watching TV somehow!

Next we have The Birthday Kitten - chapter 4. I'm sure many have already read this story, but if you haven't, then I do recommend it, as its a well-written tale, even if it is rather short and not greatly exciting. It does have its moments of drama though.

Our Letter Page contains some interesting letters. As always Enid chooses letters from children who have earned money for charity with sales etc. Its amazing to think of so many children, encouraged and inspired by Enid Blyton, to do something to help those less fortunate. There are also letters about birds - putting out a bag of hairs from some pet ponies, so that the birds can make them to make nests. I was interested to read that after only three days all the contents of the bag had been taken by the birds! I tried a bag, filled with fluff and moss and all the things Enid recommended...but no birds even looked at it! 8)

Following on from the letters is one of my favourite stories of this issue - and, believe it or not, its a Noddy story. Noddy and Mr. Thomas Cat I felt it was well written and genuinely made you want to read on - unusual for a Noddy story, as it kept the reader guessing. Of course, when I got to the end, I realised the denouement was actually quite obvious, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable Noddy story. You can read it by following the link below.

Puzzle Page

We start with rather a simple one...!
Sunbeams Puzzle -

What am I?

I'm not channels One or Nine
I'm nothing to do with TV
But I'm a channel all the same
From Dover to Calais - that's me!


Next - the Famous Five Puzzle -

There is something green hidden in each of the sentences below -

a) Put the jam in the jar
b) I'd like to live here


Lastly - A Puzzle For My Busy Bees -

Take an animal with four letters away from the group of letters below and leave another animal with seven letters -

L G I I R O A F N F E


Rumble and Chuff continues with the next thrilling episode! So Rumble and Chuff take the little girl who is lost in their train and take her home - but before that, they say a spell to make the train bigger, so that the little girl can ride in it...and they begin on their journey!

Next - the final instalment of Secret Seven Mystery. This was always one of my favourite Secret Seven books as a child. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it just as much reading it as a serial?

The next short story is one that was later republished in Enid Blyton's Bedtime Annual 1980, which is probably where I first read it. Stamp-About and the Stick follows the familiar story line of a characters 'borrowing' (or taking!) an item they find and know they shouldn't take, which then starts singing/talking/telling people the truth when the main character lies or cheats. Its a satisfying story, but I'm sure we've all read similar stories. The one I remember most was (I think) about a singing kettle...

In Our News-sheet Enid tells us something interesting about some Noddy toys she's had produced - 'big soft Noddy toys whose arms, legs and body can be bent easily in any direction - so that Noddy can run,
walk, kneel, sit and so on. Any child playing with this toy has to use his hands to bend it about, and you can guess that any little spastic whose hands are uncontrolled will want to use them to play with this soft, bendy, life-like Noddy - and so may learn to control his hands in an enjoyable way!


Enid also has something interesting to say about children's books, I thought - Although modern children prefer to read modern books, there are plenty of old books that are very interesting indeed. You will see two on page 35. These are by an author who lived some time ago, Mrs Molesworth, and were much loved by the children of her day. I am sure you will like them too! Just in case anyone is wondering, the books Enid recommends are 'The Tapestry Room' and 'The Ruby Ring'.

Right, I'm off to buy one of the instruments advertised in the magazine - The USA Skiffle Calypso and Rock and Roll Uke - for just 22 shillings and 6d!

Here's the link to the stories in The Cave - many thanks again to Tony -http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/magazine-details.php?magid=913



See you next time! 8)
'Oh voice of Spring of Youth
hearts mad delight,
Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

(E. Blyton, Sunday Times, 1951)



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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby pete9012S » 17 Jun 2017, 22:07

Great review Rob.I had to check out Mrs Molesworth - someone surely even before Tony's time!


Rob said:

These are by an author who lived some time ago, Mrs Molesworth, and were much loved by the children of her day. I am sure you will like them too! Just in case anyone is wondering, the books Enid recommends are 'The Tapestry Room' and 'The Ruby Ring'.



Books by Molesworth, Mrs.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/ ... =downloads
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Kate Mary » 17 Jun 2017, 22:39

Great stuff, thanks again Tony and Rob. I haven't read the stories yet but I enjoyed the editorial letter. I wonder if Sugar was Enid's last cat? And did she have any dogs at this time? Anyway I enjoy hearing about the birds visiting Enid's pond. Interesting that she should recommend the books of Mrs Molesworth, perhaps Enid read them as a child. I've read a couple, not the ones mentioned but The Cuckoo Clock and The Carved Lions, they were rather good I thought. I'll see if I can download The Tapestry Room and The Ruby Ring to my e-reader.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Rob Houghton » 18 Jun 2017, 01:44

Glad you enjoyed it - thanks folks. :-D
'Oh voice of Spring of Youth
hearts mad delight,
Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

(E. Blyton, Sunday Times, 1951)



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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 18 Jun 2017, 09:23

Thanks, Rob and Tony. I enjoy it when Enid talks about the birds in her garden. She really brings the scene to life. Any children who had read The Island of Adventure would have no need to look up "ornithologist" in the dictionary!

Sorry to hear that the birds ignored your bag of fluff and moss, Rob!

Rob Houghton wrote:This ['Where Are You, Woffles?'] is a good story, but somewhat predictable, and surely aimed at younger children.

'Where Are You, Woffles?' does seem to be aimed at younger children but I'm sure I'd have been absorbed by it as a youngster, though I'd have found parts of it unsettling. I don't think I'd have felt too sure about how things were going to turn out in the end because it's customary in Enid Blyton stories for characters to have to pay for their forgetfulness or carelessness.

Rob Houghton wrote:Following on from the letters is one of my favourite stories of this issue - and, believe it or not, its a Noddy story. Noddy and Mr. Thomas Cat I felt it was well written and genuinely made you want to read on - unusual for a Noddy story, as it kept the reader guessing. Of course, when I got to the end, I realised the denouement was actually quite obvious, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable Noddy story.

Mr. Thomas Cat is an interesting character and I like it when Noddy is on a mission and takes the initiative. Much better than the stories in which he mopes and feels sorry for himself! A predictable ending though!

Rob Houghton wrote:Stamp-About and the Stick follows the familiar story line of a characters 'borrowing' (or taking!) an item they find and know they shouldn't take, which then starts singing/talking/telling people the truth when the main character lies or cheats. Its a satisfying story, but I'm sure we've all read similar stories. The one I remember most was (I think) about a singing kettle...

I used to love those kinds of tales but was always slightly alarmed when Enid hinted at the end that the object might one day come to me if I wasn't careful!

Rob Houghton wrote:In Our News-sheet Enid tells us something interesting about some Noddy toys she's had produced - 'big soft Noddy toys whose arms, legs and body can be bent easily in any direction - so that Noddy can run, walk, kneel, sit and so on.

A Noddy that we can enjoy contorting? Let me at it! :twisted:

Like Kate, I've read two Mrs. Molesworth books - though not the ones mentioned by Enid Blyton. I've read Christmas-tree Land and The Cuckoo Clock. Both were pretty good fantasy stories, though not quite on the level of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Eddie Muir » 18 Jun 2017, 10:13

Great stuff, as always. Thank you Rob and Tony. Your efforts are much appreciated. :D
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Courtenay » 18 Jun 2017, 13:41

Anita Bensoussane wrote:
Rob Houghton wrote:In Our News-sheet Enid tells us something interesting about some Noddy toys she's had produced - 'big soft Noddy toys whose arms, legs and body can be bent easily in any direction - so that Noddy can run, walk, kneel, sit and so on.


A Noddy that we can enjoy contorting? Let me at it! :twisted:


:shock: I could see that one coming... :wink: Haven't had time to read the stories myself yet, but thanks so much as always, Rob and Tony, for posting them. I look forward to reading them and posting some thoughts when I can.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby John Pickup » 18 Jun 2017, 18:06

Where Are You, Woffles was rather spoilt by having a picture of the dog and rabbit together in the kennel before we learnt what had happened.
I don't mind reading about the birds, I like them myself. This interest was stimulated by Jack in the Adventure books as I started taking note of different birds after reading of Jack's enthusiasm for them.
Thanks to Rob and Tony for the review and link.
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