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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Nesbit Narrator: Cathy Dobson Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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First written in 1902, this is one of Edith Nesbit's best loved children's stories. It all begins when a group of five children - Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - move from London to the countryside of Kent. While playing in a gravel pit, they discover a rather grumpy, ugly and occasionally malevolent sand-fairy known as the Psammead who is compelled to grant one wish of theirs per day.

The effects of each wish last until sundown. All the wishes granted to the children go hilariously wrong. When they wish to be beautiful, nobody recognises them and they are shut out of the house. When they wish to be rich, they get a stack of gold coins but nobody will take them. When they wish for wings they find themselves stuck on a tall tower at sunset. When they wish that their baby brother was older, he turns into a grown-up and bosses them about. When Robert wishes he was bigger than the baker's boy (who has beaten him in a scrap) he becomes eleven feet tall. There are many more adventures... but you will need to listen and find out for yourselves....

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 2/20/2014

    " Really Really good. reminded me of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It draws upon the same themes as C.S.Lewis "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Fitzgerald | 2/1/2014

    " Something of a disappointment after the wonderful Railway Children. This has some charms but is mostly just fairy stories set in the (then) modern day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelby Stafford | 1/10/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wajiha | 1/6/2014

    " Childhood revisited. I remember reading a red with gold lettering copy of Story of the Amulet borrowed from the library when I was 8 or 9. I think the story isn't complete till you read all three parts. Next up The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oanh | 12/26/2013

    " Fun and a wee bit subversive, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Murdock | 12/25/2013

    " The kids and I just finshed this one, it was a really fun story, we really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayleen | 12/5/2013

    " It's an older book so I think it would be harder for kids to understand that time period. It was an ok read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2013

    " I remember my mom reading this one to me when I was young... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Gurr | 11/24/2013

    " Really cute story. Each of the kids gets a wish, it's cool because there is always a consequense to the wish. You get what you wish for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Hemmeke | 11/7/2013

    " Whimsical. Good theme of being careful what you wish for, unselfishly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haven | 10/21/2013

    " A cute book and a glimpse into the history of children's literature. While the book is simple compared to today's complex children's literature it is a sweet story about five children who 'find' a fairy and learn what it is like for their wishes to come true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/14/2013

    " This is the archetypal children and magic story. Unless there's an earlier one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 9/11/2013

    " just LOVED this book :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/4/2013

    " A sandfairy gives five children their wishes every day. They just wish whatever comes out of their mouths, and they aren't always what they really want. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 5/4/2013

    " This book is about the adventures of five siblings who discover a creature that can grant wishes. It's hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 3/25/2013

    " A very nice English children's classic. Definitely worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/13/2012

    " I thought it was one of the most amazing books I have ever read!. The author's imagination is wonderful and I'm watching the movie tonight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/7/2012

    " I found an audio book version of this particular tome. I'm listening to it while doing paperwork. This was not as good as I thought it would be. Don't think I will be looking for anymore books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Violet | 9/29/2012

    " I just read this for old time's sake - kids books are so great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TMJ Jennings | 12/30/2011

    " What happens when a Sand Fairy (psammead) grants indiscriminate wishes to a group of children? Wartime setting. Charming read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 8/26/2011

    " I love E. Nesbit! How have I ever lived without her books?! She was recommended to me by a co-workers daughter years ago, and I wish I hadn't waited so long to read one of her books! She reminds me a lot of C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 8/8/2011

    " Who knew sandfairies were so ugly? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millie | 6/12/2011

    " One of my favourite childhood books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/1/2011

    " Five Children and It is about five siblings who find a sand-fairy who can grant them one wish each day. Like any story about wishes, something always goes a little wrong and they don't quite get what they bargained for. It's a sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 3/31/2011

    " Originally published in 1902, this is the story of five children who happen upon a magical creature that can grant wishes. They get into mischevious trouble as their wishes don't quite turn out how they imagine. I am always a fan of old-fashioned children's books. And this one is great. "

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