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7 Books in 1: The Railway Children, Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet, The Story of the Treasure-Seekers, The Would-Be-Goods, and The Enchanted Castle Hardcover – December 1, 2004

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"What books should I read to become a writer?" "The short answer is ... all the children's books of E. Nesbit." -- Washington Post, 20 July, 2003

E Nesbit constructs a believable scenario in which Roberta can blossom ... into a true girl hero. -- Sunday Times, 4 October, 1998

E Nesbit's The Railway Children is one of the most enduring pieces of children's literature. -- Newsquest Media, 19 August, 2004

I love E Nesbit — I think she is great and I identify with the way that she writes. -- J K Rowling, Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 15, 2004

She was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own. -- The New York Review of Books, December 3, 1964

The quintessential children's book. -- Daily Mail, 17 October, 2003 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Classic stories by much-loved children's author E. Nesbit. This book contains seven full-length novels.

Set in a 1900s England of steam-trains and magic, generations of children have thrilled to these exciting adventures.

When the children in these stories aren't preventing a train crash, you'll find them getting wishes from the sandy Psammead, flying on a magic carpet, travelling through time with an enchanted Egyptian amulet, hatching the egg of the mythical phoenix, or using their magical ring to explore an enchanted castle!

The brothers and sisters created by E. Nesbit have the convincing and realistic feeling of being a real family - they're usually disagreeing with each other, but they're always cheerful about it. They try to be good but are always in trouble of one kind or another.

With a subtle ethical message underlying their exciting plots, these novels have been recommended childrens literature for many years.

This '7 books in 1' edition is an ideal gift for any child who loves reading, or any adult who wants to bring some magic into their life!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax Ltd (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954840127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954840129
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By J. C Clark on January 9, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These are some of the most delightful books for children ever written. Better than Lewis. Better than Milne. Better than Ransome. Long out of copyright, even by today's standards. Gather up her best in one book. Wonderful idea. Oh! Yes this is a great bargain. Unless.

This is a paperback, not a hardback. And the type is very small. Very! But the two columns per page alleviates that somewhat. Only somewhat. But no illustrations. Just page after page of type; so, not as bad as a 1900 newspaper, but unappealing and unfriendly. I think the versions I read long ago had illustrations by Ernest Shepherd. Ohhhh, that is a loss....

Think about this. Two small-print columns per page, no illustrations, a floppy paperback printed on what appears to be cheap paper. This is not for a child to read.

I wish I had had a chance to see this in advance. Seek elsewhere for these treasures.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By anh879 on January 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
You get a set of E. Nesbit's seven most popular children's books, printed together in one volume. This is enough to keep you going for quite a long time, even if you're a very determined reader!

The stories are about groups of children, who have adventures when their parents go away (for different reasons). They're in a couple of sequences - 'The Railway Children' stands by itself, then there's three books about the same group of children ('Five Children and It', 'The Phoenix and The Carpet', and 'The Story of the Amulet'), then two about a different family (the Bastables: 'The Story of the Treasure-Seekers' and 'The Would-be-goods'), then 'The Enchanted Castle' is another one-off.

Some of these stories feature magic in a Harry Potter kind of way - that's the three 'Five Children' stories and 'The Enchanted Castle' - while the others are about the children's adventures within the normal Edwardian world - that's 'The Railway Children' and the Bastable stories.

E. Nesbit - the author - is strongly recommended by JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. She's said in a number of press interviews that she really admires the writing of Nesbit, and models her own writing style on Nesbit's.

I'd recommend these books - they're very engaging and easy to read, and you really do want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next! There's enough here to keep you going for a long time, too.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By missmeg on December 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
These books may be charming, but this edition 7-in-1 is awful - the print is so small that it is virtually unreadable. Very disappointing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I saw that people on here were moaning about the paperback, so I looked at book books in 'search inside the book' and got the hardback. Glad I did as the recipient really enjoyed it!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By arthur_weasley on November 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
The seven most popular children's books by classic author Edith Nesbit. Great for adults to revisit - a good gift for any kid who loves to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Heintzelman on February 2, 2007
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Love the stories, but there are far better productions of them elsewhere. Hardback or soft, this book was produced cheaply and looks much more like a text book than a book of stories for kids. As has already been described, tiny font, no illustrations, thin papers. I bought one for my family, and one for my 9 year old niece. I'll keep ours, as a reference book, just in case I can't find a better version of any of these stories in the future. But I can't give such an uninviting book to my niece. I'll find her proper versions of these books. I'd rather give her a nice used copy of an out of print production, than this book.
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