Philip's Army by John Smart

Philip's Army - John Smart
This story is very hard to date - on the one hand, it talks about technology, jeeps and how man is affecting the environment. On the other hand, the father is a blacksmith, the children ride ponies to school, and the general style of writing reminds me of the Enid Blyton'sThe Magic Faraway Tree series. 
Philip's Army tells the story of a particular wood in a particular place, protected by the Witch of the Forest. The local Squire is chopping down trees and she cannot prevent it by herself. So with some magic raspberries, she tempts in Philip, and his younger sister, Becky, to help her. 
Very well written, with an important message enclosed within its pages about how the loss of local woods doesn't just mean the loss of animals' homes, but has a more far-reaching effect. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the flow of reading, this is a thoroughly enjoyable children's tale with an adult message. 
* Verified Purchase - November 2012 *
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