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The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

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The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

Postby pete9012S » 23 Aug 2017, 09:00

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A heartwarming winter tale that started out way back in 1926.
It also appeared in NEWS CHRONICLE BOYS' AND GIRLS' STORY BOOK NO. 4 1936

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Re: The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 23 Aug 2017, 10:40

An enchanting tale, its whimsical elements harking back to stories like Christmas-Tree Land by Mrs. Molesworth, At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald and The Snow-Image (also known as The Snow-Child) by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I've got The Magic Snow-Bird in an Award book, but it's great to see the delicate Sylvia Venus illustrations as they enhance the feeling of magic.
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Re: The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

Postby Rob Houghton » 23 Aug 2017, 14:00

I've read it in the News Chronicle version, and I think also in the pitkin version. I find it a bit bizarre compared to other Blyton magical tales - which isn't a criticism - as its much more like a fantasy story than her usual magical tales, and it is very enjoyable.

It's interesting that in the late 1920's, early 1930's Blyton seemed to write quite a few stories like this, that were slightly longer than her later magical tales. Stories like A Cat In Fairyland, Bobbo's Magic Stocking, The Goblin Aeroplane, Crispin The Giant Slayer and The Little Roundy Man - all of which were longer and more detailed than her usual stories about magical happenings. :D
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Re: The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

Postby pete9012S » 23 Aug 2017, 14:21

I hadn't read the story before,and could imagine if I was in the right age group for the story (6-8)??? I would really have enjoyed it.

I always tend to overlook Enid's early stories for little ones,but always enjoy reading them when I hunt them out.
Any further suggestions to research would be most welcome Rob - and anyone else.
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Re: The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

Postby Rob Houghton » 23 Aug 2017, 15:02

Any of those I've mentioned are well worth reading, Pete - and Crispin the Giant Slayer is an interesting one, as its a good example of Enid writing a story along very traditional fairy-tale lines, as are The Tower in Ho-Ho Wood and The Peasant Boy and the Prince, which is along the same lines as 'The Prince and the Pauper' :-)
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Re: The Magic Snow Bird - 1926

Postby Courtenay » 29 Aug 2017, 18:51

Sorry I didn't get to this one when you originally posted it, Pete. An enchanting little Christmas tale — shows Enid already had her knack for telling a good story early in her career. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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