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Five Children and It - E. Nesbit, Gillian Avery
Five Children and It
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While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit: “Its eyes were on long horns like a snail’s eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat’s ears, and its tubby body was shaped... show more
While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit: “Its eyes were on long horns like a snail’s eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat’s ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider’s and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey’s.” The Psammead is magical and, every day, the ancient and irritable creature grants each of them a wish that lasts until sunset. Soon, though, they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpected—and humorous—consequences. But when an accidental wish goes terribly wrong, the children learn that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting. First time in Penguin Classics Soon to be a feature film starring Kenneth Branagh with Eddie Izzard as the voice of the Psammead Contains an enchanting introduction by children's literature scholar Gillian Avery about the complex and unconventional Nesbit Includes all of the original illustrations, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes  
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143039150 (0143039156)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
Series: Five Children (#1)
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
5.0 When they do get granted
I took my time, but finally, I sat and finished. I'm so happy. This is a charming book. Beyond the general cautionary about wishes, the kids learn the downsides of some of the usual daydreams one has a child. I admit I had a blast waiting to see how some of the wishes would go wrong. Some I could ...
Wśród marzeń
Wśród marzeń rated it
3.5
Lubię książki dla dzieci. Dużo w takiej książce nie potrzebuje, jedynie by były ciekawe, wciągające przygody.Pięcioro dzieci, czwórka większych i jeden niemowlak, spotykają piaskowego duszka, który spełnia życzenia. Od tego momentu życie dzieci się zmienia. Zaczynają mieć przygody, wpadają w kłopoty...
Andra
Andra rated it
This book became tiresome rather quickly for me. Each episode of the children's wishing is formulaic: kids wish for something, it doesn't turn out like they imagined it would, a lesson is learned. Repeat ad infinitum. Toss in some casual racism for variety. I am aware the book was written in 1902 an...
Barrita
Barrita rated it
Que simpático y mágico y bonito :3
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it
This novel was written in 1902. The author Edith Nesbit tells the story of five children (obviously) who come across a psammead, a sand fairy, while playing in a deserted gravel pit. This is one of the earliest examples of children left on their own who then have great adventures. Tha family goes to...
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