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The Story of the Amulet (Puffin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1996
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Charming and funny, well-written, and holds up remarkably well for modern kids. Trust me, this is worth a read. Also makes GREAT reading aloud material for bedtime or traveling.Published 12 months ago by Gaea
This wasn't the book "The Story of the Amulet" this was "The Phoenix and the Carpet". I don't know how nobody caught this yet.
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Wonderful story for children...my 9 year old daughter loved it! I would highly recommend it! Fun story for reading for elementary children.Published on June 15, 2013 by pollyanna
We were disappointed that this cover didn't match the cover to the other two, but all in all, the insides are great, good book and finished off a set for usPublished on January 22, 2013 by L. Smith
I have not read the prequel to this book, but this book is actually pretty good on its own, though it does refer to a few events in the past book. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by M
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... Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Caroline Moore
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. Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by Amazon Customer