Enid Blyton for 9-10 year olds?
Posted 30 July 2004 - 12:09 PM
Maybe this topic in not appropiate for BalletTalk at all!!
My 9 year old nephew does not like reading at all - and this shows in his school work, and his teacher caller his parents's attention on this.
I thought of lending him some Enid Blyton stories (which I used to devour as a child his age - of course in their translation into Spanish),but I have read somewhere that this author has been criticized.
As I am not totally sure why this is so, I would welcome some light on this. Also I would welcome any other recommendation you may have (it will be my task to find out if there is a Spanish translation for your recommendations, then!!! :rolleyes: )
Thanks so much
Posted 30 July 2004 - 02:00 PM
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 08:58 AM
Posted 23 August 2007 - 03:24 PM
Oh, my God, this is a very old thread, but it just brought back memories. I too devoured Enid Blyton's books when i was about 7 or 8 y.o. I specially remember the "Mallory Towers" series, set at a boarding school for girls in Cornwall and its heroine Darrell Rivers. I remember i found the books in the children section of my local old library, in their spanish translation, (like Silvy stated back in 2004). It was interesting because at that time, those kind of books were somehow considered "part of the capitalist bourgeoised infamous past", according to a popular official old mantra, and erased from all libraries. Somehow in my town they were forgotten in the shelves, and managed to stay around, 'till i discovered them. I also remember her other series "The Famous five", "The Secret Seven", "The Mistery" series and the "St. Clare" series among others...I know they have been very critizied, but hey, i do have wonderful memories of them...they made me dream of another world...I wonder if Silvy's nephew, now 12, ever got to read them...
Thanks for reviving the thread, cubanmiamiboy. I had actually not heard of Enid Blyton before this thread was begun. Just another example of BTers broadening my horizons.
Posted 23 August 2007 - 04:19 PM
An interesting comment on tkhe kind of censorship-for-your-own-good that can be found lurking even in freer societies. Maybe some brave librarian decided to buck the rules, hoping that the books would stay quietly on the shelf until discovered by a kid just as openminded as you.
[ ... ] at that time, those kind of books were somehow considered "part of the capitalist bourgeoised infamous past", according to a popular official old mantra, and erased from all libraries. Somehow in my town they were forgotten in the shelves, and managed to stay around, 'till i discovered them.
Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:12 AM
Posted 24 August 2007 - 09:49 AM
After all, Blyton's people were never actually nasty to the underprivileged - just full of their own superiority.
Speaking of from my own Enid Blyton reading craze, I remember the wonderful feeling of superiority you got - but it was superiority to the adults in the book. "Generationist", you might call it. How great to enter a world in which the kids could outsmart all the adults around them! This, I think, is one of the main attractions Enid Blyton has for children. Her books make you feel so capable, so clever, so able-to-handle-life. And that's a good thing for kids, isn't it?
Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:50 PM
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