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The Phoenix and the Carpet (Puffin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1996

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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About the Author

Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924), was a mischievous, tomboyish child who grew up to be an unconventional adult. She and her husband were founder members of the socialist Fabian Society and their home became a centre for socialist and literary discussion. Their friends included some of the time’s greatest writers and thinkers, including George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells.

Everything about Edith showed her as a woman trying to break out of the mould demanded by English society at the time – she expressed her individuality through her clothes, hairstyle, lifestyle and her habit of speaking forcefully on almost any subject. She lived her socialism and late in life her charitable deeds brought her close to bankrupcy.

E. Nesbit – she always used the plain initial for her writing and was sometimes thought to be a man – started to write for children after years of successful writing for adult magazines. She was asked to write about her childhood but instead of facts chose to describe her happy girlhood in fiction. The result was books still read today, firm bestsellers for decades. She was brilliant at combining real-life situations with elements of fantasy and humour. Films –such as The Railway Children - have kept her stories in the public eye and her magical fantasies, including Five Children and It, continue to delight each new generation of children.

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Four British children acquire a magic carpet and embark on a series of adventures, most of which don't turn out as planned. Although the style and setting are dated, the writing is witty and displays a genuine, timeless sympathy with childish sensibilities. Ward's reading is something short of fully voiced but is very listenable. Her voice is pleasant; her tone and pacing are good. Don't use this selection to recruit new audiobook fans from the ranks of Saturday morning cartoon devotees. But the child who is ready for rich language, a slow pace, and gentle humor will find it a pleasant diversion. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014036739X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367393
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The phoenix in an ancient animal, or to be more exact - bird. It falls into the hands of five cute children, who takes a real good care of it. It also brings along a magic carpet, just like everyone would like to have at home. The phoenix, is very bright, and its presence sure makes things much more interesting and fun. Its one of the books I liked the best.
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I'm surprised there are only four reviews listed.. E. Nesbit's books are wonderfully intriguing. The sentence structure is complex, making for more interesting reading. The moral lessons are there, but subtle, not blatant like current popular children's liturature.
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"The Phoenix and the Carpet" is about four children who find a carpet and then a phoenix shows up and tells them it's a magic carpet. The children have many adventures with the phoenix and the carpet including many in other continents and a place where there can be no whooping coughs. At the end, the phoenix has to part from the children. I thought this was a great book not only because it had magic and it was JK Rowlings' favorite author; but also because it was a fun well-written book.
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Ms. Nesbit spun an amusing yarn of four easily bored privileged siblings (plus a baby brother) who stumbled quite fortunately on a supernatural bird and a flying carpet. The bird and the carpet fulfill wishes therefore the result is an utterly grand time for the little rascals each time they venture for a ride. And, how they make full use of the magical duo! The author's method of story telling is pretty exciting - there are asides to further relay useful information to the readers which are mostly quite witty. One could even learn how to play tricks on cooks and housemaids from the story. It might at first seem that the carpet would just take the children to one place after another in order to sate their curiosities. Don't be too sure because at the end, the reader will find himself/herself struck by the realization that all their journeys are tied together to complete a tale worth telling. Ms. Nesbit was a genius at attracting her readers' attention. It is a well-told children's fiction.
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E. Nesbit, once hailed amongst the greatest children's authors, has now all but disappeared from view. "The Pheonix and the Carpet" is a classic that should be rediscovered as soon as possible by readers of all ages. The story, much like Edward Eager's own stories, involves children dealing with difficult magic they cannot quite control. In the book, several kids discover a magnificent pheonix in a ratty old carpet. The pheonix itself is a tart-tounged creature, often unwilling to be dragged from one adventure to another. I highly recommend every man, woman, and child drop what you are doing immediately and read this book.
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A Kid's Review on February 3, 2003
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"The Phoenix and the Carpet" is about four children who find a carpet and then a phoenix shows up and tells them it's a magic carpet. The children have many adventures with the phoenix and the carpet including many in other continents and a place where there can be no whooping coughs. At the end, the phoenix has to part from the children. I thought this was a great book not only because it had magic and it was JK Rowlings' favorite author; but also because it was a fun well-written book.
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I read "The Phoenix and the Carpet" when I was a child and I loved it.
I was not surprised that it is now regarded as a classic. I have not reread it but I know that some of my grandchildren will greatly enjoy it as some have been completely captivated by "The Enchanted Wood" by Enid Blyton and this one is even more entertaining. Most children love fantasy and these old books depict ordinary children in situations that could not possibly occur in real life. Yet how wonderful it would be to see an egg fall in the fire and a talking phoenix burst from the egg and to have a magic carpet to fly on to exotic places. There are no scenes of violence and nothing dark to give them nightmares. Also, the characters have their adventures with no adults present and they sort out the difficulties by themselves.
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