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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 "Five Children and It" captures the great feel of classic, even out-of-date, children's literature without losing the interest of today's children.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 by 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 by 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. "

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