Next generation embrace Blyton's iconic stories
IT MAY only be a suburban backyard, but with a little imagination Imogen Land transforms it into a wild adventure like those her favourite Famous Five characters undertake.
Suddenly the backyard becomes a jungle or an island as the Grade 2 student sets about 'exploring'.
Grade 5 students Josh Packett and Alexander Connell are also fans of the iconic series, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Enid Blyton wrote over 600 books for children which have sold more than 600 million copies and been translated to over 90 languages.
The Famous Five series is Josh's favourite and he's blazed through four books since Christmas, when he was given a set by his grandmother.
Although Alexander is also a fan of the Famous Five adventures, his favourite Blyton books are those with magical worlds and surprising discoveries.
Rockhampton Grammar School librarian Jan Kennedy said Blyton's books were still relevant to today's children, even in an age of smartphones and new technology.
She said this was partly due to constant cover redesigns, but also relied on the quality of the timeless storytelling.
"The adventures seen in The Famous Five, kids still look for today,” Jan said.
"I think what happens is it just gets regenerated.
"I don't think you'd find a library that doesn't have Enid Blyton on the shelves and I think once the kids go to it and get started, they're hooked.
"Because there's so many in the series, it's captivating.”
Jan said a love of Blyton's books had been passed from parent to child in many families, including her own.
She said fostering an enjoyment of reading, and creating story time with children was vital to their development.
"It's really important to read to kids,” Jan said.
"There are studies, especially with young children who are starting to read, that it's being read to by a parent that actually helps their memories and helps their literacy.”
Pick up a copy of The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island and a Collector's Case free when you buy The Sunday Mail for $3 on Sunday, February 4.
Collect 14 other Enid Blyton classics for $3 each with a token from The Morning Bulletin and The Sunday Mail from Monday, February 5 to Sunday, February 18.
Available at participating newsagents, Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Drakes supermarkets.
THERE ARE 15 BOOKS TO COLLECT:
SUNDAY, FEB 4 - The Famous Five on a Treasure Island +Collector's Case (The Sunday Mail)
MONDAY, FEB 5 - The Enchanted Wood (The Morning Bulletin)
TUESDAY, Feb 6 - The Twins at St Clare's (The Morning Bulletin)
WEDNESDAY, Feb 7 - The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage (The Morning Bulletin)
THURSDAY, Feb 8 - Naughty Amelia Jane (The Morning Bulletin)
FRIDAY, Feb 9 - The Children on the Cherry Tree Farm (The Morning Bulletin)
SATURDAY, Feb 10 - The Secret Seven (The Morning Bulletin)
SUNDAY, FEB 11 - Five Go Adventuring Again (The Sunday Mail)
MONDAY, FEB 12 - Holiday Adventures (The Morning Bulletin)
TUESDAY, FEB 13 - Brer Rabbit Short Stories (The Morning Bulletin)
WEDNESDAY, FEB 14 - Malory Towers - First Term (The Morning Bulletin)
THURSDAY, FEB 15 - The O'Sullivan Twins at St Clare's (The Morning Bulletin)
FRIDAY, FEB 16 - Secret Seven Adventure (The Morning Bulletin)
SATURDAY, FEB 17 - The Naughtiest Girl in the School (The Morning Bulletin)
SUNDAY, FEB 18 - The Adventures of the Wishing Chair (The Sunday Mail)
For more information, head to www.enidblytoncollection.com.au