Once a year or more, Mum, Christopher Robin and I read The Faraway Tree. I love Enid Blyton. I love reading about a different, old-fashioned time when kids could run around and play games by themselves. What I don’t love is that the grown-ups keep meddling and “revising” these classics. Here’s why:
1. It is the Original and the Best
Nobody wants to read a book written by a committee. If you take parts out, the story doesn’t flow. If you change the words, the story loses its flavour.
2. The Story is Affected
When Mum was a kid, she read about Dame Slap, who whips kids for hardly any reason at all, and was terrified of her. This made the chapter when they escape from her school exciting. When I read about ‘Dame Snap’, who is just a cranky old lady, I yawn.
3. It Gives Kids…
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