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About the Author

EDITH NESBIT was a mischievous child who grew up into an unconventional adult. With her husband, Hubert Bland, she was one of the founder members of the socialist Fabian Society; their household became a centre of the socialist and literary circles of the times. E. Nesbit turned late to children's writing. Her first children's book, THE TREASURE SEEKERS, was published in 1899 to great acclaim. Other books featuring the Bastable children followed, and a series of magical fantasy books, including FIVE CHILDREN AND IT also became very popular. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN was first published monthly in the LONDON MAGAZINE in 1905, and published as a book in 1906 and has been in print ever since.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367522
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
E. Nesbit completed her best known trilogy of fantasy books with The story of the Amulet. It returns us to the lives of the brothers and sisters we met in Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet. But the tone is darker and the freedom from adult observation is due to lonelyness rather than holiday freedoms, as was the case in the earlier novels. The children's parents are in danger of their life, and they find themselves faced with the chance to help when they meet the iracible Psammiad again. It leads them to a time travelling amulet, which might have the power to grant them their hearts desire.
Much of the charm of this book comes from the realism of the children's characters. No matter that they dress in the plus fours and petticoats of the Edwardian age, their bickering and wonder in the face of magical events makes them timeless.
A marvelous book, and a farewell to a familier group of children hovering on the verge of adulthood.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is one really fun and exciting adventure. E. Nesbit is one of the best children's authors ever. I suggest that anyone interested start with Five Children and It, which is even better. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on August 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I liked "The Story of the Amulet", by Edith Nesbit. It is a well written and thought-provoking book. The children introduced in "The Five Children and It" and seen again in "The Pheonix and the Carpet" are back once more to finish the trio. As in "The Pheonix and the Carpet", this is a travelling book. However in this book the children travel in both time and space to search for the other half of an amulet that, when joined, will give the children their heart's desire. I removed a star for a few reasons. One, out of the five books by Nesbit that I have read, this is ranked 5th. That is not to say that this was a bad book. It's just that I thought the other ones were better. Two, I like the books where the characters are granted wishes best, as in "The Five Children and It". However, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magical happenings, time travel, and those who liked other Edith Nesbit books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I ended up buying this series of books for my K2 after we watched the film "Five Children & IT" recently. I have really enjoyed reading all three of these books. The conversion is pretty good. No missing words or strange characters to speak of. Underscores are used before and after words that were probably italicized in the DTB versions.

Although they are "children's literature" the language and the time period make them interesting for any adult who enjoys fantasy or time-period stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Brunyate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2015
Format: Paperback
THE STORY OF THE AMULET is the third of Edith Nesbit's Psammead Trilogy, about four children in Edwardian England who find a sand-fairy (a cantankerous creature like a dilapidated monkey with bat ears and snail eyes) with the power to grant wishes. After the calamities that follow some ill-considered wishes in the first volume, FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, they agree that it will only grant the wishes of others, but will still advise the children on their other adventures. So at the start of this book, it tells them to buy an ancient amulet, or sacred pendant, spied in a London junkshop. Unfortunately, the charm is incomplete, but the remaining half does have the power to transport the children to any place where it had been in the past, so they may reunite the two halves.

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I have a dilapidated (and thus worthless) first edition of this, bought for my father in 1906, the year of its publication. He read it to me as a child. Looking at it now makes me realize how much my imagination was shaped by our travels through its glowing arch to ancient Egypt, Babylon, Atlantis, and Tyre. And it gave me a taste for similar stories. My father, as I now see, adopted its structure to make up bedtime tales of his own, much as C. S. Lewis was famously to do later with his Narnia adventures. Unlike Lewis, though, Edith Nesbit has no religious overtones. But as a leading Fabian, she had strong socialist convictions which also appear in the book; I can only guess as to its influence on my own beliefs today.

For some reason, I never read the book to my own children.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Moore on September 26, 2010
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I loved her books when I was a child in the sixties and I love to think that they have been around for over a hundred years and yet they are still wonderful stories that don't feel at all old-fashioned. The world they are set in is certainly different from ours, which adds to their interest, but the writing is immediate and there is nothing mannered or didactic that one might associate with books from Victorian times. A combination of lively, very real children, with sometimes a little magic thrown in and sometimes just the adventures children have when they're not too closely supervised, the books are fast-paced, humorous and adorably wholesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Burford on August 23, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
In this final book of the Psammead, the sand-fairy himself returns. The children need to find the other half of their amulet to get their wish that their father, mother, and brother return from abroad. Thus this book has a major story line running throughout, unlike the rather episodic structure of FIVE CHILDREN AND IT and some of Nesbit’s other books. The children's own amulet transports them to Egypt, Babylonia, Atlantis, ancient Britain, the future, Phoenicia, and an unidentified shrine. The story has a rewarding ending as well as a surprising twist.
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