An extraordinary accomplishment
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