The secret island had looked mysterious enough on the night they had seen it before – but now, swimming in the hot June haze, it seemed more enchanting than ever. As they drew near to it, and saw the willow trees that bent over the water-edge and heard the sharp call of moorhens that scuttled off, the children gazed in delight. Nothing but trees and birds and little wild animals. Oh, what a secret island, all for their very own, to live on and play on. Enid Blyton, The Secret Island

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13 Responses to

  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    Sandy, I am curious. Did you take that picture at Manito? The quote is enchanting … sparks my inner child’s imagination.

  2. Barbara Estinson says:

    I thought it looked familiar!

  3. Di Anne Lewis says:

    Given the quote and Barb’s remark re same I Googled Enid Blyton’s “The Secret Island” – – – a five-star book per Amazon’s reader reviews.
    NOTE TO JESSE:
    I’m considering ordering it; and given your reply to Sandy’s 1/12 post
    (“Oh my goodness first I have to read Dandelion Wine and now Alice and Wonderland and it is only week two of Craig Factor? Sandyyyy ….”) you might – just might – have another book to add to your reading list! In the meantime, please DO read the original Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll complete with its John Tenniel illustrations, i.e. not the Disney et al versions. For so many reasons it’s right up your alley just as it had to have been Shel Silverstein’s – – –

    • Sandy says:

      Thanks for the info. I don’t really enjoy reading anymore so I will rely on you and Jesse πŸ™‚ Let me know if you read either of those books.

      • Jesse says:

        Do you remember the Sword in the Stone Disney animation? And remember when Archimedes hears Wort saying that he cannot read and Archimedes says, “What, what what!?” That is probably the same response he would have to someone saying they don’t like to read anymore! Sandy, I am flabbergasted πŸ™‚

    • Jesse says:

      Silverstein! Hey didn’t I request a Silverstein week last year, what happened to that!? Silverstein and roadrunner week, oh yeah my list is getting longer Sandy πŸ™‚

    • Jesse says:

      Silverstein! Hey didn’t I request a Silverstein week last year, what happened to that!? Silverstein and roadrunner week, oh yeah my list is getting longer Sandy πŸ™‚

    • Jesse says:

      Found copy of Alice in Wonderland with Tenniel illustrations.

      • Di Anne Lewis says:

        Yay!
        Enjoy : )
        Per Wikipedia “The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.”
        I should add that I wrote an A+ paper my senior year at the UW on the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion based on Alice in Wonderland logic, characters, scenarios, etc!

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