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A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Tony Summerfield » 16 Mar 2016, 23:31

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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 17 Mar 2016, 10:51

It's lovely to read your letter, Megan. I love all Enid Blyton's mystery and adventure books, but especially the Adventure series with Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip and Dinah - and Kiki the parrot!

Did you know that Enid Blyton's favourite character was George from the Famous Five books? When she was young, Enid Blyton was a bit of a tomboy like George and she could also be hot-tempered at times.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 17 Mar 2016, 11:44

Another lovely letter from a young reader. I wonder why teachers etc. don't inform the children who love Enid's books so much, that the great author is no longer with us?

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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 17 Mar 2016, 12:17

Maybe the assignment was to write a letter to a favourite author. The teacher might have said that if the author was deceased, pupils should write what they'd say if s/he were alive.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Moonraker » 17 Mar 2016, 15:03

Or it may well be down to ignorance. :|
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Rob Houghton » 17 Mar 2016, 17:14

I must admit, as a child, I presumed Enid was still alive. 8)
'Oh voice of Spring of Youth
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Poppy » 17 Mar 2016, 17:44

I also presumed that she was alive for a while - probably until I came across the Enid Blyton Society. For people to presume that the books were written quite recently, I think this proves how timeless Enid's books are. :D

That's a lovely, well-written letter by Megan.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Courtenay » 17 Mar 2016, 19:10

That is a lovely letter from Megan — a great activity to do for World Book Day.

I also wonder if not only school children, but their teachers, are unaware that Enid Blyton departed this world nearly 50 years ago. It does show the timelessness of her works, but it's not a fact that's difficult to find out — or indeed to guess, if you look at the first publication dates of her works!! :shock:

I can't remember whether or not I thought of Enid as still being alive when I was little. I was aware, though, that my parents grew up reading her books, so I wasn't surprised when I found out she had died long before I was born.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Tony Summerfield » 17 Mar 2016, 19:29

Yes, the children were asked to write the letter to the author, but her teacher sent the letter attached to an email to me personally (Dear Tony) and she was obviously well aware that Enid was dead.

Megan is a year 6 pupil and I thought the letter was beautifully written. I'm afraid it is rather small as I had to reduce the size heavily in order for it to fit on the page.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Courtenay » 17 Mar 2016, 19:59

Ah, that's all right then — thanks, Tony. I think that's one of the reasons I never wrote a real letter to a favourite author when I was little, as most of my favourite authors (including Enid) were no longer alive!

It is a lovely letter and beautifully written — I hope Megan does fulfil her ambition to become an author too. :D
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby John Pickup » 17 Mar 2016, 20:11

I think that Megan should be proud of her hand-writing. I hope she is granted her wish to be an author one day.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Moonraker » 18 Mar 2016, 11:23

Robert Houghton wrote:I must admit, as a child, I presumed Enid was still alive. 8)

As did I. Mind you, when I was a child, she was.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby zaidi » 18 Mar 2016, 20:05

I used to read, Gnid Blyton because of the signature :lol: .
People still don't know much about her, it's merely some who do. I think it's better not to tell young children that Enid Blyton is not alive any more, they should be left in their little fantasies. Even I thought Enid was alive and I thought one day when I grew up I would meet her.

Is Enid pronounced as Aanid (apple sound) or as Eeenid (the plain E)? My Scottish teacher at school used to say it's Eeenid and not Aanid.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Machupicchu14 » 18 Mar 2016, 20:06

Beautiful letter and it is lovely to know how timeless Enid Blyton's books are. And I am sure Megan, you'll fulfill your dream of becoming an author.
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Re: A Letter from Megan Lai

Postby Machupicchu14 » 18 Mar 2016, 20:08

zaidi wrote:Is Enid pronounced as Aanid (apple sound) or as Eeenid (the plain E)? My Scottish teacher at school used to say it's Eeenid and not Aanid.


I always pronounce it like Eeenid rather than Aanid, but I suppose it depends from where you live.
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