|Title:||My Second Nature Book: The Spell that Went Wrong and Other Stories|
|Publisher:||The Macmillan Company Limited|
|Tags:||fiction, juvenile, nature, short stories|
This is the second of the Nature story books, and all the stories in it will tell you something interesting that you will like to know.
You will read about the stickleback, the tiny fish who actually builds a nest for his young ones. You will read about the bird who doesn’t make a nest—and what she does with her eggs. You will learn how to tell a moth from a butterfly, and how very clever the dandelion is when it wants to send its seeds away.
The world of Nature is full of magic of its own, and full of beauty too, and of very queer and remarkable things. It is a world that every child loves once he knows his way about it. These stories are to help you to find your way, and to help you to love all the little creatures who live out their lives in the woods and fields and streams. You will have to keep as still as a mouse when you watch them, and you will go home with many interesting tales of your own to tell!--intro. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Blyton, Enid
Enid Blyton (1897-1968) was a prolific English author of children's books. Born in London, she began writing while still in school. Her first attempts at writing were rejected by publishers which just made her more determined to succeed. She trained as a teacher and in her spare time continued to write. Her first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1922. Her first series of books, "Old Thatch", began in 1934 and eventually encompassed 28 books. In the 1940's she began to churn out books sometimes three or four per year. By the 1950's she was publishing upwards of 50 books per year. In all, she wrote over 750 books which sold over 600 million copies. While critics called her writing unimaginative and lacking literary merit, this did not stop her adoring fans from scooping her books off the shelf. Even after her death, her endearing stories continue to draw the rapt attention of children everywhere. (Enid Blyton Society)
Most of Blyton's books were illustrated. Unfortunately, many of the illustrators are not yet in the public domain here in Canada. Each edition of her books frequently brought a different set of illustrations by a different illustrator. When possible, we include the illustrations from any edition where the artist is in the public domain. We have a few of her early nature books which we have chosen not to publish, as the art is integral to the book. However, most of her stories appear to be quite standalone without the art, and we bring them to you un-illustrated. Many of the first edition illustrations can be found on the Enid Blyton Society website: https://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/
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