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The Phoenix and the Carpet by [Nesbit, E. (Edith)]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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About the Author

Edith Nesbit (1858&ndash1924) was a children's writer whose most famous novels include The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It, and The Enchanted Castle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083Z11RU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,884 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2012
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I don't think I read this particular book as a child, but I do remember watching the tv series. This is the second book in the Psammead series, with the further adventures of Cyril, Robert, Anthea and Jane. If you thought the children had had enough adventure in Five Children and It, well they haven't, and are at it again.

After deciding to try out some fireworks in their room the damage has to be remedied. Along with re-decorating the ceiling, a new rug is needed. When the new rug arrives though, the children find a strange sort of egg wrapped up in it. Thus the children come into possession of a Phoenix, and a magic carpet. Of course lots of adventures and mayhem are caused by the children as a consequence.

Sitting here after just reading this I must admit that I found this absolutely charming as well as quite humorous in places. Ideal for children to read, or to be read to them, this is something that will bring back a bit of nostalgia to adults re-reading it after all these years.
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Great story. Well written. If only we all had a magic carpet! The adventures depicted in the book are what we all dreamed of as children. E. E.Nesbit's books rate alongside The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for me.
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Remember seeing this on the television many hundreds of years ago, and really couldn't remember the plot. It is a certainly a relic of it's time ("jolly hockey sticks", and all that type of speak), and there is a scene set on a desert island, which might make you wince, when they talk about the natives. Also the children of the story are really quiet unlikable and spoilt!
I had no idea it is the 2nd part of a trilogy, so I learnt something new!
Interesting to see how attitudes have changed over the years.
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After buying my Kindle I have been reading free books of all kinds, 'chick-lit', classics and children's books - to lighten the mood a bit.

I read this because I quite liked '5 Children and It' and this book is similar in many ways (a wishing carpet instead of a Sand Fairy), but overall I actually think Phoenix is a better book, the stories seem more rounded somehow. In my opinion the ending is better too.
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This book, the sequel to five children and it is stronger in storyline but is inclined to be much more of its time. You sometimes find yourself squirming over how the sexes are portrayed and different levels of society are generalised. Still enjoyable though.
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except I never read it as a child.

I still enjoyed it though.

Although it is a bit dated, the idea is nice. If a little moralistic, here and there - and Vicar's don't seem to get a good press!
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This is a book I loved as a child, and I also loved the illustrations that are not available in this version. Then again, it didn't cost anything, so I bought it to read the story through again and picture the illustrations I'd seen before.

This book must be somewhere in the house! Meanwhile, I'll enjoy this version.
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Personally I thought this book was rather good and I loved the idea of the magic wishing carpet. I would recommend this book to anyone who it a E. Nesbit reader, and especially my mum, although she did read the book to me.
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