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March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: I know, but even in those days wasn't a coward somebody who wouldn't do something good because they were too scared to, for example a person does something bad but they refuse to admit they did it because of what might happen to them, that makes them a coward but if you just get scared because of strange noises that's hardly being a coward.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Unfortunately, they were Enid's choice of words, Evie, and so the best thing to do is to read the books and enjoy them, without looking too deeply into Enid's choice of words.
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: I'm not moaning, I'm just pointing it out. Daisy, I hadn't thought about that before, but you are certainly right. And I realise, Tinky that they have a right to get frustrated with him but Barney called him a baby for believing in spooks, and when he came running back from the room because he heard noises he gets called a coward, I think Diana at least would have come back when she heard the noises.? .
Daisy says... Daisy says: Let's not forget, Evie, that Enid wrote these books many many years ago and in those days children spoke a bit differently back then, using words that may not be used today. That is one of the reasons why some of the books have been updated.
March 4, 2015 - Tinky says: No I don't think they are either, they sometimes get rightfully annoyed with him though! Endearing as he may be, he can be frustrating to them.
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Well, to name a few things, he gets called a coward, an idiot, a baby, tiresome and a nuisance. And they moan about 'that little pest' before he even shows up in the story.
Daisy says... Daisy says: That's what makes his character so exciting, Evie. You begin to wonder what the boy is like before he's even made an appearance. Enid was very clever at whetting your appetite!
March 4, 2015 - Evie M says: Does anyone else think that Roger, Diana and Barney are quite mean to Snubby? .
Daisy says... Daisy says: I don't think they're mean, Evie.
March 4, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hi Nigel Thanks for your swift response. There's no doubt you interpreted the statement you quoted incorrectly. That the form of weaving morals into children's stories should better be left to the Church where it rightfully belongs is not my opinion. It is a supposed opinion of some people who are of that persuasion. But if you read further down in the article you'll see that the opinion is not justified. Furthermore, there's my conclusion, Let no one criticise Enid Blyton for weaving morals into Children's stories. Which is proof that I agree with her teaching of morals in children's stories. That's why I wrote the Blog!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I read it that Nigel disagreed with the first statement, but, if you read down further down in his comment, you'll see he agrees with you and said "Hear, hear" to your own comment, "Therefore, let no one criticise Enid Blyton for weaving morals into her stories for children...." Maybe Nigel might like to confirm?
March 4, 2015 - Nigel says: I totally disagree with this statement, Brian: "this form of teaching should better be left to the Church where it rightfully belongs. Writers of stories for children should aim to entertain, not to moralise." It is to Enid's lasting credit that she showed children, through her storytelling, the rights and wrongs of behaviour. Although different religions can moralise, Enid reached out to children of all faiths and no faith. "Therefore, let no one criticise Enid Blyton for weaving morals into her stories for children. For weaving morals into children’s stories is as old as the hills!" Hear, hear!
March 4, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello fans and admirers of Enid Blyton Have you read Enid's The Naughtiest Girl in the School? It's a fascinating story. However, if you want to look at this story from another perspective then please visit my blog: The Teaching of Morals in Children's Literature is as Old as the Hills! Here you can witness Enid's art of weaving moral lessons for children in the story. Please click this link to read the whole story.
March 3, 2015 - Paul says: I think someone said that modern teachers and librarians think that children nowadays should have settings and characters that are more "realistic", like their parents divorcing or their sister being the victim of Uncle Frank. These adults don't seem to understand that "reality" can be just too painful.
Fatty says... Fatty says: I didn't want realism as a child - or now, for most of the time. If I want "reality", I'll read a newspaper.
March 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Yes I know I ordered the first three books together but Rilloby Fair came a few days before Rockingdown Mystery, and I wanted to wait to read Rockingdown first but I couldn't wait to read them!!!!!!!!! : ).
Daisy says... Daisy says: That's the beauty of Enid's books!
March 3, 2015 - Evie M says: Have read The Rilloby Fair Mystery and am starting on the Rockingdown Mystery, I think they might be my favourite series, even better than Mystery and Adventure! Such a shame they aren't in print anymore you can only get them secondhand!!! Great stories if you haven't read them I recommend them SO SO SO much!! And Fatty, once you said to me, 'you really don't like young characters, do you? ' But you will have to take that back because Snubby is my absolute favourite!!!!!! (followed by Barney, of course).
Buster says... Buster says: Rockingdown Mystery was the first in the series, Evie. I always think it's nice to read the books in order to see how the characters get together and progress.
March 1, 2015 - Brian Carter says: Hello fans of Enid Blyton Do you remember my recent post of a competition running in my website? Well it came to an end at midnight on 28 February with no one sending in an entry with the correct answer. So it will run for another month until the prize of a MSI U180 Notebook is won. There were no entries from Australia. Nevertheless I thank the administrators for having allowed me to post the message on this Message Board. Here is the link to my website.
March 1, 2015 - eve says: I would like to see more of the St. Claires books, but as Enid passed away some years ago there wont be anymore such a shame.
March 1, 2015 - Evie M says: I have an EB book called 'The Riddle of Holiday House' which is very good. Is it part of a series? .
Buster says... Buster says: Yes, it is, Evie. There are 6 of the Riddle Books. All the books in the series have been updated and edited by Enid's daughter Gillian Baverstock.
March 1, 2015 - Evie M says: Wait, Mr Goon is replying to messages now too???? ; -).

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