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Famous Five [Audio]
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Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series.Five Go Off to CampThe Famous Five investigate spook trains in the dead of night. The trains seem to vanish into thin air, but where do they go? The Five discover an unusual underground tunnel system and a secret train-service. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery?Five Go to Billycock HillIt's holiday time at Billycock Hill and the Famous Five make new friend - a real pilot! But when he disappears with top secret equipment, the Five begin to wonder if their new friend could be a spy, or worse, a traitor. This audio CD edition features the text from the Classic edition. Both stories are abridged and dramatised with a full cast and make wonderful listening for all Famous Five fans. Each story is one hour.
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Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved writers of children's stories. She is consistently voted a children's favourite in author polls. She has over 600 children's books to her credit, including the Famous Five series, the Secret Seven series, the Naughtiest Girl series 'all Hodder' and the Malory Towers and St Clare's series 'both available from Hodder on audio'.

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Gr 2-5-Originally published in 1942, this title is from the British children's mystery series The Famous Five, written by Enid Blyton. Despite a good dramatic reading by actress Jan Francis, the story is quite dated and contains sex-role and cultural stereotypes that would make even the most politically incorrect cringe. Sensitive, fearful, pouty Anne sticks close to tomboy George (short for Georgina) while the boys, Julian and Dick, take the lead in initiating most of the action in the story, which includes teasing the girls. The only appealing character is George's dog, Timmy, the fifth of the Famous Five, but even he seems to think that girls are silly and boring and sneaks off at night to explore an abandoned railroad yard with the boys. More evidence that this is a relic from bygone days is the hard-to-believe premise that children would be allowed to go off on a practically unsupervised camping trip with a forgetful, eccentric schoolmaster. The whoops and scalpings of a game of "Red Indians" further doom this offering. Skip this anachronism and choose something worthwhile from the growing body of genuine children's literature in audiobook format.-Mary Ellen Aureli, Lewiston Porter Elementary School, Youngstown, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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