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The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1996

4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Psammead Series

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When Cyril, Robert, Anthea and Jane rescue the magic sand-fairy from a pet shop, they have no idea of the astonishing adventures to come!

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
  • Lexile Measure: 890 (What's this?)
  • 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: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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It's too bad more people don't know this author better. It's clear to me that she influenced both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. She is smart, funny, and her stories are endlessly inventive. I actually like this book better than her others (although I like them too). Another really good one is The Book of Dragons, which has great short stories, each one a gem.
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If you haven't ever read this E. Nesbit, you're in for a treat, no matter how old you are. This is one of her best -- the book is full of exciting adventures, strange characters, surprising plot twists and of course, young English heroes and heroines. The end of this book is still one of my favorite finishes of all time. A wonderful, exciting, and thoughtful break from the world.
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