Five Children And It (Five Children #1)
To Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and their baby brother, the house in the country promises a summer of freedom and play. But when they accidentally uncover an accident Psammead--or Sand-fairy--who has the power to make wishes come true, they find themselves having the holiday of a lifetime, sharing one thrilling adventure after another.
Asleep since dinosaurs roamed the eart...more
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Four children in turn-of the century England (and a two year old baby called the Lamb) make the discovery of an unusual creature in a sand pit: the Psammead, or Sand Fairy. Of course no adult would believe in It’s existence or its super-magical ability to grant wishes--that is, one wish per day, which lasts until sundown. While the children’s parents are on an extended visit to an ailing grandparent, the kids are left in the care of Martha and the Cook at their...more
Having the knights' equipment come from different historical periods b/c the chil...more
Okay, now that you’ve made your wish, think it through very carefully and try to imagine all the ways it might go wrong. Because your wish won’t turn out the way that you think. Wishes never do, you know. The creature granting the wish always finds a way to twist your words so they mean something a bit different than you thought, people will react to your chan...more
The book shows its age but it is much more accessible than the other books I've read that she penned. Five siblings find a creature who will grant one wish a day and madcap hilarity ensues, replete with political incorrectness and reference...more
Five children (thus the first part of the title of this book—although one of the five kids is a baby and is not involved in all of the events) leave their London home with their mother visit the countryside for a week. Within hours of their arrival they discover an ancient sand fairy living in a gravel-pit. The grumpy fairy grants the children one wish each day. The catch? The wishes only last one day and the kids never...more
I wish I could give the book extra points for the deeply politically incorrect chapter featuring American Indians, but alas, it is the only silly chapter in the book. I despise PC as much as the next amateur subversive, but political incorrectness should be reserved for speaking truth. This chapter, unfortunately, display...more
This chapter book centers around five children staying with their caring but unimaginative housekeeper at a country house near a sand pit. The children discover a grumpy psammead (sand fairy) who grants them a wish a day. Of course, this results in good lessons, predicaments and missed suppers....more
The story premis and remains sois pleasing - the sand fairy grants wishes, the children learn from their wishes about what is important to them. But, going back as an adult reader, the whole thing seems so judgemental and patronising, laced with the suggestion that you...more
I really want to give this book 2.5 stars because there are things I really like about it but then lots of stuff that is just so-so. Perhaps my favorite part of the book is the historical aspect, the things the children wore, the expected stand...more
Somehow, I had not read E. Nesbit's work before, and I am not familiar with turn-of-the-20th-Century...more
This is perhaps a clear indication that Nesbit was writing not just for children but also for adults, herself included, the kind of educated middleclass adults alive at the tail-end of Victorian Britain. Which is a point that many modern-day reade...more
Unfortunately, none of the wishes go as the kids hope and quite a few cause more trouble then they solve.
What makes this book a step above the usual kids fantasy books from the turn of the century is a balance of fun fantasy elements and cynicism. It's a bit like the Mary Poppins books, in that the people in the book act very real, and while there are fantastic...more
The Psammead (the 'it' of the title) longs for 'good old days' which are, frankly, purely imaginary. The attempt to explain away fossils as petrifications of ancient wishes is just silly.
But the silliness becomes a springboard for 'modern' fantasies. But the 'modern' in case is Edwardian (NOT 'Victorian'. Victoria died in very early 1901) middle class children.
Before the development of a lot of labor-saving devices, serv...more
But my kids loved it! Here's why: I would literally doze off mid-sentence while I was reading it aloud to them. But I would still be reading and my garbled sentence would ma...more
The conspiring tone of the narrator, who understands children as well as children do, is a little annoying. The rhythm of the writing doesn't lend itself to reading aloud, but maybe that's because I don't have an English accent (?). Anyway, I'm a bit disappointed so far. I...more
The chapters were long and a little extra effort was exerted to get through them, but by the time each chapter was done, I found...more
One moment of pause- this was written in 1902. The attitudes of colonial E...more
Reading level: medium
Genre: fantasy, humor, classics, fairies, sand fairies
This book was written over 100 years ago, so you'll notice that the language a bit old-fashioned; nevertheless it's a timeless story about five children who discover a creature - a Psammead (an ancient odd-looking sand fairy) - that grants them a wish a day that lasts until sunset. But it's a hard to think of sensible wishes so the children soon find out that every wish they ask for ends up in disaste...more