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I have hesitated putting this on here as I have so few details but here goes.

I was read this story in infant school in the mid 80's.

  • The story has children in it at least 1 boy and 1 girl these may be siblings.
  • They find a tree with a door in it not at the base but half way up.
  • The tree is in some woods near a house.
  • They manage to get through the door..... and that's where my memory goes blank grrr.

The story had a very fantasy feel to it and I remember the book been large and thick so it might of been in a book with several stories. It was definitely hardback. I don't remember the cover unfortunately.

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The "magic far away tree" by Enid Blyton? – Valorum Jul 18 '14 at 8:11
I am Groot. I Am Groot. – joshbirk Jul 18 '14 at 17:33

Echoing my earlier comment, it could be "The Magic Faraway Tree" by Enid Blyton.

The main characters are a set of male and female siblings. They discover a tree in a magical woodland. The tree has a series of doors set at differing heights:

[once they're further up the faraway tree] At this moment the yellow door opened and a small fairy looked out. Her hair was fluffed out around her shoulders, drying, and she was rubbing it with a towel. She stared at the peeping children.

'Did you ring my bell,' she asked, 'What do you want?' 'We just wanted to see who lived in the funny little tree-house,' said Joe, peering in at the dark room inside the tree. The fairy smiled. She had a very sweet face.

'Come in for a moment,' she said, 'My name is Silky, because of my silky hair. Where are you off to?' 'We are climbing the Faraway Tree to see what is at the top,' said Joe.

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It certainly sounds like it I will try and grab a copy to confirm – Dreamwalker Jul 21 '14 at 11:39

If it had a door to different lands in the branches, which 'rotated', it could be 'The Magic Faraway tree'.

I could NOT put it down as a kid.

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