Once in a while, a writer unintentionally creates a set of characters that become popular beyond his/her imagination and their fan-following becomes almost a cult. Julian, Dick, Georgiana, Anne and Timothy the dog came into existence when Enid Blyton wrote “Five on a Treasure Island“. The story featuring the brave children and their dog on a summer adventure was first published in 1942, became very popular and was followed by many books in the series called “Famous Five”.
|Five on a Treasure Island
|Hodder Children’s Books (1997)
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In this very first book, we meet Julian, Dick and Anne looking forward to a summer holiday at their Uncle Quentin’s place called Kirrin Cottage near the sea. They are equally eager to meet their cousin Georgiana for the first time. But, they are surprised to find a cousin who hates being a girl and would not answer unless addressed as George. In spite of a little rough period, the cousins start getting on and for the first time in her life George learns the joy of making friends and sharing her possessions, the most precious being her hidden dog Tim, an island not far from the coast on which they live and an old wreck of a ship lying at the bottom of the sea. The island and the ship once belonged to George’s great great grandfathers on maternal side and are rightfully hers.
Little George is an excellent sea-farer and she soon takes her cousins to the island. While they are on the island, a storm comes in and gets the wrecked ship out of the sea and places it on the rocks near the island. The kids soon go on the ship to explore and behold, they find a small antique box with a treasure map. However, their uncle sells the box to an antique dealer and soon he has an offer on the island. Despite of the children’s protests, he decides to go ahead with the sell, as the money would be a huge financial relief for him. The children decide to go to the island and discover the treasure before anyone else does.
Resourceful and brave as they are, they do find the treasure, but not in time to beat the thugs who arrive on the island and capture them. Do the children escape from the basement? Will the treasure come to the rightful owners or will it be whisked away by thieves? You must read the story to find the answers.
Written in a very simple and flowing language, the story has all the perfect ingredients for a delightful reading in the holidays. Come, discover the joy of reading the story to a child if you are a parent, and if you are a little adventurer yourself, treat yourself to the tour of Kirrin Island these holidays.
Who knows? You might end up adding five more friends to your kitty………
And they will keep you entertained for a long time, because there are many more stories………………