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Five Children and It (Puffin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

E. Nesbit , Blake Quentin
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Book Description

When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead – an ancient Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause . . .

A timeless classic with an introduction by Quentin Blake, award-winning illustrator and first-ever Children's Laureate (1999–2001).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (August 7, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9XOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful What You Wish for! June 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
"Be Careful what you Wish for!"

Four siblings in turn-of-the century England (and a two-year-old baby called the Lamb) make the discovery of an unusual creature in a sand pit: the Psammead, or Sand Fairy. Of course no adult would believe in it's existence or its super-magical ability to grant wishes--that is, one per day, which lasts (only) until sundown. While the children's parents are on a (conveniently) extended visit to an ailing relative, the kids are left in the care of Martha and the Cook at their new home in the Kent countryside.

Since the children have no experience asking for wishes, they naturally make ridiculous ones or even worse--accidental ones. The Psammead lives up to his part of the bargain, but as in darker, adult literature, the kids come to regret each of their wishes--learning wisdom and common sense too late to benefit them at critical moments. Wealth, Beauty, Wings, a live medieval castle and Native American Indians--somehow all five wishes turn out disastrously.

Now when Lady Chittenden's stolen jewels turn up in their mother's bedroom the children are hard pressed to find a creative and truthful resolution. This is a cute but quaint tale which will amuse younger readers or those who enjoy bedtime chapter books. The author can not resist interjecting a few humorous asides and, as a Fabian, insists on slipping in her views on social reform. All things considered it is a pleasant read, set in simpler, Edwardian times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and enjoyed by all my children February 19, 2012
By S. Nash
Format:Kindle Edition
I began reading this aloud to my kindergartener and though my 10 year old scoffed at the title he was quickly drawn in to the tale. My pre-teen came in mid-way through the reading and was similarly hooked. She was so taken in that she is going to pick the story up from the beginning. She does not want me to spoil the surprise of what the children experienced during their first few encounters with the "it" (I will let you discover what it is when you read this yourself). My husband came in towards the end of the reading and said afterwards he could tell how much I was enjoying it by my tone of voice.

The phraseology is old-fashioned but not in such a way that my youngest couldn't follow along. There are mixed-gendered children of various ages as the main characters. They squabble at times after getting into various unintended circumstances yet obviously care deeply for one another. I think my children appreciated that aspect as well as the storytelling itself.

This is a delightful book that the whole family will enjoy.
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