Sunday, August 12, 2007

One hundred and ten years ago today

... Enid Blyton was born.

As this is a children-ish, book-ish blog I thought that deserved a mention. Maybe her work boasted more quantity than quality (according to a news report I saw she wrote over 700 books), but whole generations of British children have grown up reading Enid Blyton and characters like Noddy and Big Ears, the Famous Five and the Secret Seven have all stood the test of time.

Many people don't realise that Enid Blyton was a keen naturalist and in addition to her children's fiction she wrote a number of books on nature study. I have Round the Year With Enid Blyton and some of her short Nature Lovers series, but a search on Bookfinder showed up a whole list of nature themed titles.


Dorothy said...

Apparently, I taught myself to read with Noddy books before I even went to school.{g}

Thank you, Enid!

Willa said...

A late happy birthday to Enid.

My youngest son is just passionate about Noddy books -- they are among the first books I remember from my early-childhood days. I guess that's a legacy!