The Magic Faraway Tree Series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Tree filled with silly characters connects to magical lands.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

These are fantasy books, full of situations young readers would dream about, and are not at all grounded in reality. That said, the kids learn to work together for a common goal, to use logic to solve problems in unfamiliar settings, and to persevere. 

Positive Messages

The overall message is about being kind and adventurous. Even when things don't go the way you'd hoped, don't take your frustration out on anyone else, just look for a new way to do things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The parents are absent from the adventures but provide loving structure for the children when they finally make it home. Several of the characters in the tree are parental figures -- helping, watching, rescuing and playing with the children, and everyone, everywhere models great friendships.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree series is a slow, gentle series of adventures that take place in a magical tree and the lands it connects to in the clouds. Originally published in 1939, the language is lyrical and playful -- a slide is called a slippery slip -- and young readers will probably dream about how the kids are left to play in the woods for an entire day by themselves. The gender roles are pretty standard for the time but slightly out of place today. 

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Parent Written byRuth D. April 4, 2018

A feast for little imaginations!

The Faraway Tree books are my little boy’s first chapter books. He’s a bright four year old and we have always read to him. He absolutely loves these stories fo... Continue reading
Parent Written byT C February 27, 2018

There is a reason other English speaking parts of the globe find Enid Blyton to be the greatest storyteller ever.

Having grown up reading this series and other by Enid Blyton, I was dismayed that they are not commonly found around the US. Anyway, with Amazon, EBAY or a trip... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE series, Joe, Beth, and Frannie move to a new house next to a forest where they discover a tree full of magical creatures: pixies, gnomes, talking animals, and more. The tree stretches into the clouds and connects tree climbers to an endless number of lands that are swirling above the clouds. Some of the lands are delightfully fun, but some are dangerous -- and there's always the risk that the land will spin away from the tree and the children will be stuck there forever. In the later two books, a cousin and friend join the three kids on delirious adventures, and the parents are oddly fine with the kids disappearing with strange beings -- Moonface and Saucepan Man -- for an entire day. Each book is like a series of short stories about the different lands, loosely tied together with a quest the kids need to go on.

Is it any good?

While parents may read these books to their kids out of nostalgia, young readers will find plenty to love in these imaginative stories. The Magic Faraway Tree Series is full of gentle adventures that take kids through places most have dreamed about at some point: a birthday party land, a take-anything-you-want land, a land of treats, and more. Even the "bad" lands aren't scary -- just places the kids need to get out of in time to get home, or to save a friend in trouble. The language in the series is fun and playful, and the books move at a slow-ish pace so readers have a chance to sink into the details. These are great books for getting kids to dream about fantasy lands of their own, and are just plain fun to read.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how adventurous the children are in The Magic Faraway Tree series. What would it be like to be able to roam so freely, for an entire day? Where would you go, and what would you do near your own home?

  • Which of the faraway tree's lands would you like to go to, and why?

  • What other books about magical adventures do you like to read?

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