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Five Children and It

Five Children and It [Kindle Edition]

E. (Edith) Nesbit , H. R. (Harold Robert) Millar
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406835013
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ3644
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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They just don't write children's books like this any more, do they? That's such a shame, because this for me was like taking a journey back to my childhood when my primary school teacher read this aloud to us. I can also remember watching the television show of the same name on Children's BBC and being fascinated (and freaked out) by the psammead!

The magical story unfolds with a family moving to a big white house in the countryside; the children are exploring a gravel pit one day when they encounter a Psammead (pronounced sammyadd)- a sand-fairy. The sand-fairy is a strange little creature but of course the children are intrigued and are soon chatting away with it like they have known him forever- and its even more interesting when they find out he can grant wishes...

Though this is a lovely old-fashioned book and very imaginative, the author creates such vivid scene-setting that as a reader you are able to envisage the sights and surroundings so clearly, without the prose being too overly descriptive or pretentious. One of my very favourite descriptive paragraphs is near the beginning; "...the valley looked as if it was filled with golden mist, and the limekilns and hop-drying houses glimmered and glittered till they were like an enchanted city out of the Arabian Nights." Just lovely. That's only one wonderful description of many in this charming book. The author also addresses the reader as `you' so really pulls you into the story alongside the mischievous children and their adventures. I can remember being curled up on the reading rug at school and listening to my teacher read this aloud to us and how mesmerised everyone was. I really hope to read this to my own (future) children one day!

A beautiful, whimsical tale for adults and children alike.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catching up with childhood reading 24 May 2012
By Axonic
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This is one of the books every child should read, I'm about 55 years late!
Excellent story, the only downside is there are no pictures in the Kindle edition, so probably should be 4.5 stars, but it was free, after all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic :) 1 July 2012
By suse
Format:Kindle Edition
Just as I remember - a true classic. Now I need to find the Kindle edition of the Phoenix and the Carpet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 18 July 2014
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 21 April 2012
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There is nothing to dislike about this story it is and always will be one of my favourites . Love story, adventure, magic and mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
By Bex
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic children's tale 29 Jun 2014
By fenniet
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Great story which stands the test of time. I read it as a child and have really enjoyed reading it to my 7 year old daughter who loved it too.
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