3 Things

Oct. 4th, 2016 06:17 pm
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1, Ruby is always attracted to books about trips to hospital, no doubt her way to process her life. At the moment a picture book about a bear having an ear operation is on high rotation. She likes to point out the degree of greyness in their fur which illustrates that the doctor bears are older than the patient bears, nurse bears and orderly bears.


2, I found Pearl reading an Enid Blyton short story collection under the covers after lights out. She was only given away by her giggling. I am somehow reminded of myself….


3, Although I was stuck inside at work, the girls did nature play by the river today.

3 things

Apr. 13th, 2016 05:24 pm
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1, We went to *Zootopia* today. I am loving that my kids are old enough to go to movies that I also enjoy. Because this movie rocked.


2, Ruby is reported to have charmed the OT people yesterday, with her engaging manner and her absurdly old-fashioned utterances. ‘Do you really want me to run hither and yon?’


3, Pearl is reported to have behaved extremely well while waiting for Ruby to do OT. She read a Famous Five book, one which I adored as a child. (Hint: it involved the Five going off on their own, smugglers, ginger beer and caves. Yes, this is the plot of all 22 of the books.) I love introducing her to books I love.
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The Enid Blyton was one I had not read before and it makes me wonder if my editions (from the 60s and 70s) were censored. It's the only Famous Five novel I've read that references rationing (first published 1948). Also, it has a lot of praise for spam, delicious food for all.

It is also the most sexist, with the boys refusing to allow George to participate in the adventure at all. And the only one I remember that uses a word my grandmother would have used to describe someone with very dark skin. (Context, George fell into a pile of soot).



Naomi Klein This Changes Everything 2014

Anne Rooney Evolution: Why did fish grow feet and other stories of life on Earth 2014

JM Barrie The Admirable Crichton 1914

Anna Krylova Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front 2010

Enid Blyton Five Go Off to Camp 1948

David Traill Schliemann of Troy: Treasure and Deceit 1995

Somerset Studio 2000

Michelle Cooper The FitzOsbornes at War 2010

Robert Heinlein Between Planets 1951

Mary Renault The King Must Die 1958

May books

Jun. 2nd, 2013 07:43 pm
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I have been reading some Blytons to Pearl (the Secret Seven, not the Famous Five). I remember it from when I was a kid only because I remember how cool it was for the kids to disguise themselves as snowmen with white faces. I had forgotten how sexist it is - I edited it so the girls did not stay at home while the boys went out in the snowmen costumes. Even the dog got his own little white suit to go out in - but not the girls.

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April Books

May. 2nd, 2013 02:42 pm
emma_in_dream: (cameron)
In April I did a lot of reading about Enid Blyton who, apparently, still sells 10 million copies a year (from the 600 books she wrote). Does this mean she is still a best seller, forty years after her death, with very little advertising?

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Barbie, Faraway Tree, Noddy, Wishing Chair, My Little Pony, Peppa Pig, The Big Bang Theory, Totero, Wizard of Oz, Jane and the Dragon, The Paperbag Princess, and more, did not take notes.

But not Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Timmy Time, all of which feature selfishness and meanness.
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I am shocked at the editing of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series. While deploring the Americanism, I get why you might change Dick and Fanny into Rick and Franny.* But why change Jo to Joe? And Bessie to Beth? Why?


* Seriously, what are the odds of landing on those two names?

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