An ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­com­plish­ment

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

ENID BLY­TON cap­tured the pub­lic with her en­thu­si­asm and de­light in the ex­cite­ment of life (‘It’s been an aw­fully big ad­ven­ture’, April 19). Ev­ery child lucky enough to pick up a Bly­ton book was—and is—cap­tive to the joy of read­ing. What could pos­si­bly be bet­ter for ed­u­ca­tion than this?

Her ‘Na­ture Read­ers’ were used in schools for many years and Eileen Soper’s bril­liant con­tri­bu­tion made the books she il­lus­trated for the au­thor.

This was only a part of Soper’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­com­plish­ment—an au­thor as well as an il­lus­tra­tor, her wildlife ar­ti­cles and po­etry were pub­lished in COUN­TRY LIFE from 1960 to 1970. I was de­lighted to read her name in Flora Watkins’s per­cep­tive ar­ti­cle, which so deftly coun­tered Bly­ton’s de­trac­tors. Joy Baker, Suf­folk

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