Authors: The Folk of the Faraway Tree
The Folk of the Faraway Tree
One day Mother
came to the three children, as
they worked out in the garden, and spoke to them.
! Bessie! Fa
nny! Listen to me for a minute.
ve just had a let
ter from an old friend of mine,
and I am wondering
what to do about it. I
it to you."
Mother read the letter:
“DEAR OLD FRIEND,
you do something for me? I have
not been well for
some time, and the doctor says
I must go away
on a long holiday. But, as you
know, I have a li
ttle girl, Connie, and I cannot
leave her by herself. S
o would you please let her
stay with you until I come back? I will, of course,
pay you well. Y
our three children are good and
nd I feel that their friendship
will be very nic
e for my little Connie, who is,
I am afraid, rather spoilt: Do let me know soon.
"Your old friend,
The three chi
ldren listened in silence. Then
"Oh Mother! We
ve seen Connie once, and
as awfully stuck-up and spoilt—and awfully
curious too, sti
cking her nose into everything!
to have her?"
"No, of course not," said Mother. "But I could
do with some extra money, you know—and I do
think that Connie might soon settle down and
stop being spoilt if she lived with us. It would
be good for her!"
"And I suppose we ought to help people if we
. "All right, Mother
Connie, shall we, and just teach her not to be
"We shall be able to show her the Enchanted
Wood and the Faraway Tree
!" said Fanny.
"Yes—we used to have Cousin Dick, but now
s gone back home," said Bessie. "We
Connie instead! If you put
a little bed into the
corner of my room and Fanny
s, Mother, we can
have her in there."
led at them and went indoors to
write to her old friend, to say y
es, she would
The children looked at one another.
ll soon tick Connie off if she starts any of
mighty ways here," said Bessie.
l stop her poking her nose into
" said Fanny. "I say—what about
taking her up t
he Faraway Tree and letting her
peep in at the A
ngry Pixie? He
ll soon tick her
s giggled. They could see that
would have a bit of fun with Connie. She was
always so curio
us and inquisitive about every
thing and everyone. Well—s
he would get a few
shocks in the Enchanted Wood!
"It will be fun showing somebody else the
Faraway Tree, and all the people there," said
. "I wonder what Curious Connie will think of
the Saucepan Man, and Silky and Moon-Face!”
"And I wonder what they will think of
said Bessie. "What a lovely name for her,
Curious Connie! I shall always think of her like
Curious Connie was to come the next week.
Bessie helped Mother put a
little bed into the
corner of the girls
bedroom. Connie wasn
big. She was as old as, Fanny, but she had been
very fussy over her food, and so she hadn
as well as she ought to. She was a pretty, dainty
little thing, fond of nice clothes, and ribbons.
"Brush that untidy hair, Fanny, before you
meet Connie," said Mother. Fanny
grown rather long, and needed a trim.
The children went to meet the
bus. "There it
. "Coming round the corner. And
s Curious Connie on it, l
up as if she was going to a party!"
Connie jumped off the
bus, carrying a bag.
politely took it f
rom her, and gave her a welcom
ing kiss. The girls welcomed her too. Connie
looked them up and down.
"My, you do look country folk!" she said.
s what we are," said Bessie. "You
like us soon, too. I hope you
l be very
happy here, Connie."
"I saw Dick the other day," said Connie, as she
walked demurely along the lane with the others.
"He told me the most awful stories!"
did! But he
s not a story-teller!" said
in surprise. "W
hat sort of stories did he tell
"Well, he told me about a silly Enchanted Wood
and a ridiculous Faraway Tree, and some stupid
people called Moon-Face and Dame Washalot
and Mister Watzisname, and a mad fellow called
the Saucepan Man who was deaf," said Connie.
"Oh! Do you think all those were silly and
t believe in any of it," said Connie.
t believe in things like that—fairies or
brownies or m
agic or anything. It
"Well, we must be
said Bessie. "Because we not only believe in
Wood and the Faraway Tree and
love our funny friends there, but we go to see
them too—and we visit the lands at the top
of the Tree as well! We did think of taking you
t be much use," said Connie. "I
t believe in them at all."
What— not even if you saw them?" cried Fanny.
t think so," said Connie. "I mean—it
all sounds quite impossible to me. Really it does."
ll see," said
. "It looks as if we
have some fun with you, up the Faraway Tree,
Connie! I should just like to see the Angry Pixie
face if you tell him you don
t believe in him!"
take her to
morrow!" said Bessie, with
. "But we
d better not let
her go into any Land at the top of the Tree. She
never get down again!"
"What Land? At the top of the
? A land
at the top of a tree!" said Connie, puzzled.
"Yes," said Bessie. "You see, the Enchanted
Wood is quite near here, Connie. And in the
middle of it is the biggest, tallest tree in the
rld—very magic indeed. It
called the Faraway
Tree, because its top is so far away, and always
s up into some queer magic land
different one every week."
t believe a word of it," said Connie.
"All right. Don
t, then," said Fanny, beginning
to feel cross. "Look—here we are, home—and
s Mother looking out for us!"
Soon Connie and the girls were unpacking Connie
s bag and putting her things away into
two empty drawers in the chest. Bessie saw that
there were no really sensible country clothes at
all. However could Connie climb the Faraway
Tree in a dainty frock? She ought to have some
old clothes! Well, she and Fanny had plenty so
they could lend her some.
"I suppose you are longing to show Connie
the Enchanted Wood!" said Mother, when they
went down to tea.
believe in it too?" said Connie,
surprised that a grown-up should do so.
"Well, I haven
t seen the Tree, but I have seen
some of the people that come down it," said
s one of them now!" said
jumping up as he saw someone coming in at
the front gate. It was Moon-Face, his round face
beaming happily. He carried a note in his hand.
, opening the door. "Come in
and have some tea, Moon-Face. We
ve got a little
friend here—the girl I was telling you about
"Ah—how do you do?" said Moon-Face, going
all polite as he saw the dainty, pretty Connie.
ve come to ask you to tea with me and Silky
, Connie. I hope you can come. Any
friend of the children
s is welcome up the Faraway
Connie shook hands with the queer, round-faced little man. She hardly knew what to say.
If she said she would go to tea with him she
was as good as saying that she believed in all
nonsense about the Faraway Tree
"Moon-Face, you have put poor Connie into a
, grinning. "She doesn
t believe in
you, you see
so how can she come to tea with a
person she doesn
t believe in, at a place she
"Quite easily," said Moon-
Face. "Let her think
it is a dream. Let her think
"All right," said Connie, who really was longing to go to tea with Moon-Face, but felt she
t believe in him, after all she had said.
"All right. I
ll come. I
ll think you
re just a dream.
You probably are, anyway."
are a dream too," said
Moon-Face, politely. "Then it will be nice for
both of us."
m not a dream!" said Connie, rather
indignantly. "I should have thought you could
see quite well I
m real, and not a dream."
Moon-Face grinned. "I hope you
re a good
dream, and not a bad one, if you
a dream," he
said. "Well—see you all
. Four o
in my house at the top of the tree. Will you walk
up, or shall I send down cushions on a rope for
ll walk up," said
. "We rather want
Connie to meet
the people who live in the Tree.
t believe in any of them, but they
believe in her all right
and it might be rather
"It certainly will!" said Moon-Face, and went
off, grinning again, leaving Sil
s polite invitation note in Connie
s small hand.
m not sure I like him very much," said
Connie, taking the last bun off the plate.
" cried Fanny,
who really loved the queer little man. "He
dearest, darlingest, kindest, funniest, nicest—"
"All right, all right," said Connie. "Don
on for hours like that. I
still say it
s all make-believe and pretence, and
not really rea
"You wait and see!" said
. "Come on—we
time for a game before bed . . . and
, you shall go up the Faraway