- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2971 KB
- Print Length: 577 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (6 October 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DNTQYUY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 59 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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St Clare's Collection 1: Books 1-3 (St Clare's Collections and Gift books) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.
She wrote over 700 books and about 2,000 short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy.
Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.
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The books 1-3 tell of how the O'Sullivan twins Pat and Isabel go to St Clare's Boarding School determined to dislike it! At first they are called the "Stuck-up twins". But they grow to love St Clare's. Book 2 and 3 are also highly interesting about different personalities who grow and do not grow in the school. Some must leave in disgrace or for not fitting in and some move to higher forms in the school. All in all I loved this read.
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The reason I haven't given 5 stars is that it irritates me that certain things have been updated in these modern editions. Currency is now decimal, and an insult to children's intelligence. The sanitorium has become the sick bay, and why do we have to have those dreadful covers?
However, it's an easy way to get the first three books, and the kindle edition is good value. I recently had flu, and my befuddled brain decided St Clare's or Malory Towers was just what it wanted. Reaching for my tablet, I gratified my craving instantly, and the next three days were more bearable as a result.
I first read these books at the age of six, reading them again somewhere between the ages of six and ten. What surprised me during my recent nostalgia trip was how much I remembered. They'd somehow wormed their way into my mind and stayed there. Of course I now see that they are as much a fantasy as Enid Blyton's stories about pixies and magic trees. But a lot of their charm is in looking back at a world that never existed in the first place, a world where English school girls were good sports, had strong ideas on fair play and liked tinned prawns as much as chocolate cake. I mean, who in the world would own up to a misdemeanor out of a sense of honour, when that misdemeanor had been harmless, had done nobody damage, and would never have been found out?
For anyone who hasn't heard of the series, the books follow the adventures of identical twins, Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan, and their fellow boarders. Although reluctant to go there, the twins soon change their minds and become engrossed in the world of St Clare's. They start to help others settle in and have their "corners rubbed off". St Clare's is a caring school and the books have a strong moral message, but this is not to say they lack humour. I laughed until I had stitches as a child, and even laughed a little this time around. Humour is not normally a part of her books. The only other series with a few laughs is the Findouters. In general her work is more serious. Interestingly, although St Clare's is clearly a school for the privileged, there is none of the middle class tunnel vision of the Famous Five or Five Findouters. Mocking the lower classes is seen as the norm with the latter, but St Clare's frowns on it. Snobbish girls get their come uppance and people from less fortunate backgrounds are not portrayed as stupid or patronised as in some of her other series where "normal" people employ cooks and odd people do manual labour or are pretentious, bumbling policemen. In these simple school stories Enid Blyton shows a different side, an awareness ahead of her time, given that she was born in the late Victorian era.