Enid Blyton was a big part of my life, growing up. From the blue dragon series and Noddy's antics through Secret Seven and Famous Five adventures to the Find Outers. And who can forget the school series! I so wanted to go to a school like Malory Towers or St. Clare's! They always had so much fun (midnight parties!) and the teachers were so adorable (remember Mam'zelle?)!
I'd read all of the Famous Five adventures, save one. "Five go to Mystery Moor" was always elusive to me. The library near my house did not have it, nor did my school (whose "library" was a joke), nor the book stores in my town. While browsing through books for Little M recently, I came across that book and decided to buy it. So, I read a Famous Five book after 20 odd years and it was still so much fun!
The Famous Five went on picnics in almost every adventure and the food always sounded very exciting! Slabs of cake, thick slices of bread with tons of butter, tomato sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, tinned sardines, scones, lemonades and ginger beers - the food was always described with such relish, one could not help but slurp while reading! The rolling moors, the gorgeous lakes, secret passages and tunnels - England never sounded better. And George's parents owning an island - how lovely was that! And they went on adventures that kids would love to be a part of. Dick was my favorite of the lot. Julian was the responsible one, George had a serious attitude problem, Anne was sweet but mousy. Dick was dependable and good humored and such fun! And how adorable was Timmy, the dog! Did you have a favorite?
Enid Blyton's books certainly set my imagination on fire, as a kid. I know Little M and baby S will enjoy them just as much as I did.