Famous Five Says...
FAMOUS FIVE SAYS...February 12, 2012
This one's a corker. I'll have to set the scene. Aily is about 7 or 8. She's the youngest child in a hard-working farming family...
Her mother stormed into the hut and dragged Aily out, shaking her well. Timmy growled, but Aily's little dog was as frightened as she was, and the lamb bleated pitifully in the child's arms.
"I take Aily home!" said her angry mother, glaring at the four children as if she thought they were responsible for the child's keeping away from home. "I whip her well!"
Aily is surprising, Five Get Into A Fix, by Enid Blyton (1957)
Clearly Blyton wasn't a fan of helicopter parenting. Nor, would she have held much store in making smacking a crime.