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The Enchanted Wood is a fantasy novel, the first in The Faraway Tree series, written by Enid Blyton.

Jo, Bessie, and Fanny move to live near a large wood. One day, they go for a walk in the wood and discover an enormous tree whose branches seem to reach into the clouds. This is the Faraway Tree.

When the children climb the Faraway Tree they discover it is inhabited by different magical creatures, including Moon-face, Silky the fairy, The Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot, Mr. Watzisname and the Angry Pixie. They befriend some of these creatures, in particular Moon-face and Silky. At the very top of the tree they discover a ladder which leads them to a magical land. This land is different on each visit, because each place "moves on" from the top of the tree to make way for a new land. The children are free to come and go, but they must leave before the land "moves on" or they will be stuck there until the land returns to the Faraway Tree.

The lands at the top are sometimes extremely unpleasant—for example the Land of Dame Slap, an aggressive schoolteacher—and sometimes fantastically enjoyable—notably, the Land of Birthdays, Land of Goodies and the Land of Take-What-You-Want.

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