Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Book - 2014
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When five siblings Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother, the Lamb discover a sand-fairy in their gravel pit, they are jolly surprised and a little delighted. Even better, the Psammead is able to grant them wishes, although the magic wears off at the day's end. Unfortunately, all of the wishes the children make go hilariously wrong and they soon learn that their foolish desires are more likely to get them into trouble than get them what they want!
Publisher: London : 2014. Faber & Faber,
ISBN: 9780571314768
Branch Call Number: JF NESB


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Four brothers and a sister discover an amazing secret hidden in the gravel pits near the country house in which they're staying--a furry, wish granting creature called a Psammead! For every day of the children's holidays, the Psammead will grant one wish that will last until sunset. This sounds wonderful to the children...that is, until the wishes start to go wrong!

Mark_Daly Oct 15, 2014

Great premise, well told. Surprises and complications keep the story consistently entertaining. Worth reading by fans of British fantasy. The portrayal of Native Americans and other characters shows the limitations of Nesbit's time.

Jul 16, 2012

This book is so wonderful! I think it would be appropriate for any age because I appreciates all of Nesbit's snarky humour, but a child would appreciate the story on a whole. This would be an excellent book to read to your kids. It even comes with a secret hidden moral. So good.

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Sep 01, 2017

Erika_50 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jul 02, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 11


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Jul 02, 2014

The last thing Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and their baby brother expect to find while digging in the sand is a Psammead?an ancient Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the fivesome doesn?t realize all of the trouble that wishes can cause.


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Sep 01, 2017

"Could anyone believe about a Psammead unless they'd seen it?"
~ Cyril, page 248 (chapter 11).


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