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Five Children and It: Novel [Paperback]

Edith Nesbit

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4 Oct 2004 Five Children and It

An enchanting classic by ‘Railway Children’ author, Edith Nesbit. This magical edition for 2004 features a beautiful newly illustrated cover plus 8 pages of stunning full colour pictures from the new film based on the original story.

Cyril, known as Squirrel, Anthea, known as Panther, Robert, Jane and their baby brother Hilary, known always as the Lamb are the Five Children.

This, the author’s original, classic work is the tale of five siblings who are sent to stay with their uncle in a strange house by the sea. There they meet Uncle, housekeeper Martha and cousin Horace. While exploring, they dig up an ill-tempered, mischievous 8,000 year-old Psammead, or sand fairy, who reluctantly grants them one wish a day. But the consequences are never quite what the children intended!

Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; Film tie-in edition edition (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007196873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007196876
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,624,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

E.Nesbit was born in London in 1858. Her father died when she was four years old and she spent much of her childhood travelling around England, France, Germany, and Spain with her mother and sister Mary in an endeavour to cure Mary of tuberculosis.

Nesbit married Hubert Bland in 1880 and they went on to become two of the founding members of the Fabian Society. She wrote many stories and poems for both children and adults, including the much-loved Five Children and It, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and The Railway Children. E. Nesbit died in 1924 and is buried in Kent.

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“The author with whom I identify most is E. Nesbit. She did some great, funny fairy tales.”
JK Rowling

About the Author

Edith Nesbit is the author of a series of children’s books which have remained firm favourites and bestsellers for decades. One of her most admired abilities as a writer is the way she combines real life situations with elements of magical fantasy, often injected with great humour. Translated and sold throughout the world, Five Children and It is perhaps the most famous of her books to display this magical combination. By the time of her death in 1924, E.Nesbit had published forty-four novels.
The Story of the Treasure-Seekers (1899)
The Wouldbegoods (1901)
Five Children and It (1902)
The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904)
The New Treasurer-Seekers (1904)
The Railway Children (1906)
The Enchanted Castle (1907)

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