The Magic Sweet Shop

magic sweet shopIn this story by Enid Blyton, two children out playing in the woods follow a path they hadn’t seen before. It leads to a small village in which there is a candy shop that sells different colored sweets with unusual names. They then have some strange adventures in which the candy that they bought in the shop saves their day.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Elementary level Simplified English story which are not in our 800 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

enid blyton holiday bookOur source for the story was a 1946 children’s book called “The Enid Blyton Holiday Book”, which appears to be the only book by this writer currently available in the public domain. It can be downloaded in various e-book forms from the Internet Archive here.


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broom(n: broom pl brooms) A brush that has a long handle that is used for sweeping floors. 5000

bush(n: bush pl bushes) A plant that has stems of wood and is smaller than a tree.
(n: the bush, noncount) In Australia and South Africa, the wild land far from cities and towns that still has the native trees and plants on it. 3000

candy(n: candy pl candies) A sweet food made with sugar or chocolate. 6000

cart(n: cart pl carts) A vehicle with two wheels that is pulled by an animal such as a horse or donkey. The farmer packed the vegetables into his cart to take them to market. 3000

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path(n: path pl paths) A way made across the ground for or by the passing of people or animals. 2000

polite(adj: polite) Having or showing good manners or respect for other people. 3000

prickly(n: prickle pl prickles) One of usually many sharp points growing on a plant or animal. A porcupine is covered with prickles.
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snail(n: snail pl snails) A small, soft-bodied animal that lives in a shell that it carries on its back, moves very slowly, and that can live in water or on land. (หอยทาก) 6000

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