Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Five on a Treasure Island is the first book of Famous Five Series written by by Enid Blyton who is one of the best-known and best-loved writers of children’s stories. The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy about a shipwreck off Kirrin Island.

Julian, Dick and Anne arrive at their uncle’s for the summer where they are introduced to their cousin – the tomboyish Georgina who prefer to be called as George. Together they set out to investigate the nearby island that belongs to George’s mother and run straight into danger and adventure. There is a wreck submerged on the island that suppossibly has a fortune in gold inside, but several dives to the ship have yielded nothing. Then one night a fierce storm whips up and the wreck is brought to the surface.

Since the Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942, this book has been read by millions of children for decades loved by all of them. For some children this book is the begin of book reading hobby. This is one of my very first English children’s novels I have read and I was going to Library as soon as I read each of Famous Five series. This is a great book to be given as a gift to any child.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett spellbinding Children’s Classic novel which is about of two unhappy and withered children who become determined to make their lives and the lives of others around them more joyful. A tale capture the wonder of the secret garden springing to life under the tender care of Mary Lennox; her spoiled invalid cousin, Colin; and Dickon, a Yorkshire boy. Its Fascinating story which keep you reading till the end.

Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle.

The Secret Garden is nice children’s novel which start as a sad story but slowly becoming better and better till a happy ending. I thought this gonna be a boring story but more I read it more I started like it. Each chapter you read take you into the story and let you be there with characters. This is the only novel I have read which were written by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden hardcover book but This book made me read more of her work. This book is a wonderful reading for children and adults and a perfect gift for any age. would be great for any book collection.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson can be told as the ultimate pirate novel of all times. It was first published in 1883 but like those great children’s classics still everyone can enjoy the book. Classic novel Treasure Island is a magnificent creation which run children’s imagination to maximum level. Treasure Island is a novel filled to the brim with tales of adventure, betrayal and, something which make all children excited about .. treasure !! I still remember how much I enjoyed this book when I first read it as a 12 years old boy.

Jim, is a preteen who lives with his parents at the little inn and tavern that they own. A rough and unruly customer comes to stay with them, a salty old pirate with inappropriate stories and foul drinking songs. Jim is enthralled with the man and befriends him; the old crusty pirate even pays Jim to “Keep an eye out for a man with one leg.” When the rest of the pirates locate the inn where Jim and his family live, they make an appearance, demanding something that the old pirate had taken from them. Through an act of both luck and bravery, Jim and his mother escape the pirates and take with them the hidden object – a map showing the location of an enormous buried treasure. Jim, the good Doctor, and a few other individuals from town decide to rent a boat to go after the treasure… but when they start their voyage, a man with one leg joins the boat as the cook and the rest of the crew isn’t behaving quite properly. The rest of the tale involves mutiny, back stabbing, treachery, treasure, gunfights, castaways and adventure of the highest caliber.

A treasure map where X marks the spot, a schooner set to sail, a onelegged seaman with a parrot on his shoulder, a boy whose bravery will be tested by murder, mutiny, and betrayal — Robert Louis Stevenson’s well-loved tale is the ultimate swashbuckling adventure. Sweeping a path from the sleepy English coast to the raging high seas to a tropical island concealing a buried treasure, this story of friendship and greed, loyalty and courage stars an unforgettable cast of characters: young Jim Hawkins, the terrifying Blind Pew, the wild man Ben Gunn, and one of literature’s most dastardly villains, the charming, crafty, and utterly unscrupulous Long John Silver.

Treasure Island is entry point to world of pirates for children. Any child would enjoy this great children’s novel without doubt. It’s an old fashioned action adventure clearly written with children about the age of 12 in mind. Treasure Island hardcover book would be a great gift for any preteen who love adventure. It would something they would treasure for rest of the life.

Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat

The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat is another great childrens classic novel ever written.  Children of the New Forest is a well written story which connected to the time of the Civil War when King Charles ruled England. The Children of the new forest is a brilliant insight into what England was like in the 15th century. Captain Frederick Marryat is an great writer who wrote great childrens classic like Masterman Ready. Children of the New Forest is one of his best books which has its own quality and style.

An engaging adventure story set in England during the time of the Civil War when King Charles was deposed and the Roundheads were vying with the Cavaliers. The central characters are the four children of staunch Royalist Colonel Beverley killed in battle while fighting for King Charles. Through the efforts of aged forester Jacob Armitage, the children escape the burning of their ancestral home and take up residence with him in his cottage in the New Forest. As his “grandchildren” they take eagerly to the peasant life and learn to provide for themselves by using their wits. The pitfall they build to trap cattle catches more than they bargain for, leading to one adventure after another. Against all odds they deftly maneuver through the treacherous landscape of the times, eventually recovering their family estate.

Captain Marryat‘s Children of the New Forest a wonderful tale in narrative, historically rich and quite fascinating. It has everything children would expect from a story. Adventure, love and everything.It is a classic worthy of shelving in libraries, in private or in public collections, recommended by many educators. Children and adults alike will love this captivating story.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is the is the first book in The Swallows and Amazons series. It was first published in 1930 and story is set in the Lake District between the two World Wars. If you are a fan of English childrens classics of Enid Blyton then you should read childrens novels written by Arthur Ransome. Swallows of Amazons is a book for children, grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination.

The story follows the Walker children (John, Susan, Titty and Roger), who sail a borrowed dinghy named Swallow, and the Blackett children (Nancy and Peggy), who sail a dinghy named Amazon. The Walkers are staying at a farm near a lake during the school holidays and want to camp on an island in the lake; the Blacketts live in a house nearby. The children meet on the island which they call Wild Cat Island, and have a series of adventures, involving sailing, camping, fishing, exploration and piracy.

Swallows and Amazons was inspired by a summer spent by Ransome teaching the children of his friends, the Altounyans, to sail. Three of the Altounyan children’s names are adopted directly for the Walker family. Ransome and Ernest Altounyan bought two small dinghies called Swallow and Mavis.

Arthur Ransome‘s “Swallows and Amazons” is the first in a classic series of childrens stories that will appeal to readers of all ages. Just like what Times Literary Supplement says about the book it has plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating. What I like about this book is it can really happen to anyone because it has nothing unnatural or unrealistic. This one is very innocent, with no real violence or menace, but full of joyful adventure. The children are great role models; they’re feisty and independent, yet still respectful of their elders. A book parents would want their kids to read. even Adults who have happy memories of exploring will enjoy Swallows and Amazons novels. Even if you never had done these kind of things in your childhood then your imagination would take you back to your childhood and let you feel you are there in the story. Its a great book to be given as a gift to any child who loves reading. Swallows and Amazons Hard cover book would be a real treasure any kids book collection.