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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,743 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Nesbit Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Filled with wit and humor, Nesbit's 1902 fantasy tells the adventure of five siblings sent to spend the summer with their uncle. One day, when the children wander from the strange house by the sea to play in old gravel pits, they uncover 'It', a prehistoric Sand-fairy.

Psammead (pronounced Sammyadd) was an odd-looking creature with eyes on long horns which, like those of a snail, moved in and out like telescopes; ears like that of a bat; its tubby body shaped like a spider's, covered with thick soft fur; and at the base of its furry arms and legs were hands and feet resembling a monkey's. The unusual Sand-fairy grants the children one wish a day, each lasting until sunset. Though wishes can come true, they are not always as pleasant as they might seem, which the children soon discover.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 1/31/2014

    " Five Children and It was E. Nesbit's is the first of a trilogy, the other two in the series being The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet. In it she takes an otherwise dull summer of living with the servants and turns it into a a series of adventures and lessons stemming from eleven wishes gone awry. Fortunately each wish only lasts until sunset and the servants can't see the effects of the wishes, allowing the household to continue on as normally as possible. Unfortunately eleven wishes is really more plot than this little book can handle. The last two or three chapters drag towards the conclusion of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Tattershall | 1/28/2014

    " So many classic fantasy books get shelved because of the dated way of speaking (my older son shelved one recently because, "the kids talk like adults."). "Five Children and It" captures the great feel of classic, even out-of-date, children's literature without losing the interest of today's children. The bulk of the book's appeal is the idea of wishes going wrong, and trying to guess how they would go wrong. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelby Stafford | 1/27/2014

    " i don't get this book. would not recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vannessa | 1/20/2014

    " Edwardian kids get to time-travel and learn to be careful what you wish for. A classic. Worth reading over and over. I re-read it recently and wow, it really holds up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria M. Elmvang | 1/19/2014

    " I'll have to check out more of Edith Nesbit's work. So far I've enjoyed both books I've heard by her. I wish I'd gotten to know her when I was younger, as I think I would have enjoyed them even more, but I still find them incredibly charming. This one made me ask myself, "If I could have anything, but only for today, what would I wish for?". After having finished the book, I still don't know. Especially after seen all the scrapes the 4 kids got into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/15/2014

    " My very favorite children's book....It's overflowing with naughty unsupervised English children and cantankerous fairies full of magic and wishes! My copy is so worn and decrepid. I think the cover has actually come off. Sure signs of a most beloved book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burke McFerrin Alciatore | 1/9/2014

    " This is a great read aloud for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venessa Martens | 1/6/2014

    " Now I know where the "wishes gone wrong" plot comes from. Maybe not. I think that plot has been around much longer than E. . Entertaining. Definately one to read to my kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/24/2013

    " The summary on the back said the book was supposed to be funny. I didn't laugh once. Kids getting themselves into trouble over and over again- with the help of a sand fairy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/15/2013

    " Good bit of nostalgia :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/25/2013

    " I loved this book as a child and was rereading it for the possibility of using it as a read-aloud for my class. Though the lessons offered are still great (be careful what you wish for, etc) the language is too dated for use with my second graders. Next year perhaps. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juliana | 9/9/2013

    " Cloying, racist, sexist, and repetitive. This does not hold up well. It's interesting as an example of early fantasy for children, but I can't enjoy it or recommend it as a reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lark | 2/15/2012

    " Worth reading for understanding the time period and how science fiction evolved. Little Women is a contemporary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 9/15/2011

    " Reading this one to Anam. I read it when i was probably 10? So good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 12/18/2010

    " one of my absolute favorite books as a child. oh, the imagination! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 9/2/2010

    " I love all the E Nesbit books and can still happily read them in adulthood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mell | 10/24/2009

    " Read this as a kid- my mom picked it out and bought it for me. I had no idea how to pronounce the name of the sand fairy at the time- but I remember enjoying the story and the black and white illustrations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adela | 6/20/2009

    " I think I discovered the problem with E. Nesbit: She is a Kipling fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebtbmom | 4/14/2009

    " Loved it! Reminiscent of CS Lewis' work. A children's story but I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anu | 1/18/2008

    " I know that this was written a long time ago. I wanted to like it but I couldn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/7/2007

    " I missed E Nesbit in my own childhood, but rejoice to have found her to read to my children. Amazing that her portrayal of children is so vivid and accurate over a century after she wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Greenwood | 5/25/2006

    " I know this is a kids' book but I adored this TV series as a child. The book is just as magical-it's clever and endearing-and Millie was enthralled. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beccabug33 | 5/13/2006

    " I couldn't finish this because I didn't like the writing style or the plot. It seems like a great idea, but I'm missing something (mebbe context?) from the culture of the author, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/1/2005

    " Classic children's story that's rather science-fictiony. Somewhat similar in style to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but with its own twists. "

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