Bob and I are reading The Wishing Chair together before she goes to bed. I love Enid Blyton and I love being able to share them with my daughter. She seems to enjoy each chapter and she understands that we can’t read the whole book in one night.


She also doesn’t seem to mind the lack of pictures. At first she would ask where the pictures were but I explained that you didn’t get as many images in the more grown up books and you had to picture what was happening in your head. She would then shout out things like, ‘I saw that cat,’ and ‘I can see the wings,’ as I read the story.

She now understands the idea of the book and we read a chapter together each night. When I come to words that I know she will be able to read I let her sound them out. She seems to be enjoying the story so far.


I sometimes wonder if she is enjoying it as much as I am and I worry that a lot of it may go over her head. I also wonder if she is actually listening or just day dreaming. The other day I realised that she was listening and she is also following the story and remembering what has happened.

reading for fun

We were reading the chapter about The Windy Wizard. There is a bit that describes the atmosphere in the Wizards house. It isn’t a very nice place to be as it is very windy the Wizards constantly has gusts around his neck and drafts down his legs.

We then turned the page and there was a image of the wizard. Bob looked at the picture and became confused. ‘That’s strange,’ she said. I asked her what was strange and she answered, ‘The wizard! His picture is all wrong! He doesn’t have giraffes down his legs!’


If you have written about something that made you smile or captured a photograph that melts your heart I would love it if you linked up below. Posts from your archives are welcome as long as they make you smile. 🙂

The linky will open on a Saturday and run for a week, so feel free to pop in at any time. I am happy to read happiness any day of the week.

If you don’t have a blog and you would like to join in you can share your smiles on social media. You can link up social media posts and use the hashtag #shareasmile on twitter & Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me in the post so that I can shout about it for you. You could even share a smile in the comments section below or post one to my Facebook page if you prefer.

Looking forward to smiling with you. Smiles are contagious so it is better to share them than keep them to yourself!

To read why I started this linky click here.

 Posted by Charlotte on December 19, 2015 Activities, Smile  Add comments

  22 Responses to “Share A Smile – Enid Blyton”


    I loved this book when I was a child, good to hear today’s children are still enjoying it 🙂 Love the comment she made, shows she is picturing the characters her way. #justanotherlinky


    That’s so sweet about the giraffes! 😀 I loved Enid Blyton so much as a kid, I’ve already started scouring ebay for old copies of the books (the new ones don’t have as nice illustrations / covers) for when Marianna’s a little older 🙂


    I loved this. So sweet and it’s great she’s understanding older books. Books like this help create imagination. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx


    Giraffes down his legs… how sweet… my children loved Enid Blyton, we still have many of the books. The Faraway Tree was a favourite, and the Famous Five/Secret Seven novels when they were a bit older.


    Aw this is so lovely, really interesting for me at the moment. We have just been thinking about introducing more in-depth books to read to our three year old and I hadn’t even thought about Enid Blyton, I’m going to see if I can dig out some of my old books tomorrow!x


    I haven’t read this book. Great that she’s so interested in it and doesn’t mind the lack of pictures. What a great idea for a linky xx


    I loved Enid Blyton as a child – Pickle is a bit young yet for her though. He loves Peppa and Thomas books best at the moment. Kaz x


    good old Enid Byton! I loved loved her stories as a child. Wilf likes Noddy but I was so into all the Secret Seven and Famous Five adventures x


    I love books and reading to children so your post is a hit with me!


    Aww! this is so cute heheh!

    Have a Merry Christmas & a Tastic New Year 🙂


    How sweet! I hadn’t heard of the book before, but love the illustrations.


    Very nice!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week and a Very Merry Christmas this year


    Aww, lovely pictures 🙂 I use to love these books ..

    Merry Christmas, thanks for hosting ..


    Aw, that’s lovely! The Wishing Chair series was one of my favourite of the Enid Blyton collections and it would have been something we read to our girls too when they were little, it has a really magical feel to it.


    This is so lovely! I’ve not picked up an Enid Blyton book since I was little but I do still have a big collection! x


    Awwww so sweet!!!! This was one of my favourite books as a child. I can’t wait to read it to my daughter when she’s older. It sounds like she’s really enjoying her reading. xx #love2blog


    Cute photos! I love reading chapter books with my kids.


    I never quite understood Enid Blyton’s books. Read one of them in the Famous Five series when I was about nine and never quite made sense of it. I had never heard about the book the wishing chair but it might have a different title in the Dutch translation. It is great that Bob remembers some details about the book. That sure did put a smile on your face.


    I used to love Enid Blyton when I was little. I remember my mum getting me the Faraway Tree Collection. I loved the Famous Five too, because of the dog ^_^ Proper cute! <3 x

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