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Preview — The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
The Phoenix and the Carpet (Five Children #2)
Mrs. Nesbit had a wonderful imagination, and she also had a strong moral sense; so ...more
"I'll dream-cat you, my lady," was the brief response of the force."
In regards to this book, I'm going to write something so groundbreaking that I would be willing to bet lots and lots of metaphorical pounds on the fact that no one has ever said, written or even thought about this idea when they closed the pages of Ms Nesbit's wonderful book.
(view spoiler)[I wish I had a Phoenix and a magic carpet (hide spoile ...more
It's one of those timeless children's books that I hope children may still read today. Up there with books like The Famous Five by Enid Blyton and the Trixie Belden series.
One of my all time favourite books as an avid younger reader. 5 magical stars for entertainment, great plot, magic and characters.
"'Is that being kind to servants and animals, like the clergyman said?' asked Jane."
They don't care for anyone else except themselves and their family. All the others are tools, or plainly invisible to them anyway. There is one nasty scene when they get home by mistake, when only the servants are su ...more
I think when the Spawn read this, we'll have a little talk about the racism in books by writers like Nesbit, Blyton and Kipling, and what it says about humanity (and hopefully how we've moved on, at least a little.)
Every once in a while Nesbit writes a gem. One of my favorite insightful and thought-provoking ones was: "He felt that he was a blot on the smart beauty of t ...more
E. Nesbit wonderfully relates the fascinating and spellbinding adventures of the children Cyril, Andrea, Jane, Robert and the Lamb in this book and its prequel and sequel.
The children are trying out fireworks obtained at a cheap price so as not to be "embarrassed" in front of the neighb ...more
The reminiscences in Long Ago When I Was Young, though only first published as a collection in 1966, were serialised before Nesbit embarked on her ca ...more
Warning: May contain spoilers!
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Writing Format: 3rd Person POV, Past Tense
' "I must get rid of that carpet at once," said mother.
But what the children said in sad whispers to each other, as they pondered over last night's events, was -
"We must get rid of that Phoenix." '
When I first read Five Children and It, I had been entranced by how the children played together, took care of each other and got into all their scrapes. However, when I got down to reading the sequel it felt ...more
"'I wish they taught magic at school,' Jane sighed. 'I believe if we could do a little magic it might make something happen.'
'I wonder how you begin?' Robert looked round the room, but he got no ideas from the faded green curtains, or the drab Venetian blinds, or the worn brown oil-cloth on the floor. Even the new carpet suggested nothing, though its patte ...more
Frankly, the phoenix could have given better advice without much effort. It's too inclined to resort to tactics like blackmail.
This book is (not unexpectedly for its time) racist, classist, and even somewhat misogynistic (though the latter is more in the attitudes of the children themselves than elsew ...more
I've read 'The Phoenix and the Carpet' lon ...more
The quotes that caught my fancy:
"Father and mother had not the least idea of what had happened in their absence. This is often the case, even when there are no magic carpets or Phoenixes in the house."
"We mustn't expect old heads on young shoulders."
"Mother was really a great dear. She was pretty ...more
Children might be tempted to believe that there are Wish Granters floating about--if one can only Find them! This fanciful tale is set in Victorian England--an era of gas jets, scullery maids and coal hobs. Four children (as in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE) discover a special fire egg which hatches in their nursery fireplace. Then their mother purchases a Persian carpet, which provides the vehicle for Space (if not Time) Travel. The Persian rug even responds to ...more
However, I must point out a few things that you may wish to consider before reading this to your little ones. First off, Edith Nesbit was a bigot. It's nothing too blatant but it's there, whether she's referring to Africans as "savages" or having the phoenix ...more
This story really reads like it should be read aloud a chapter at a time as bedtime stories. All the chapters tie together well enough, but each on it's own is a sort of mini story, so could be a useful resource for reluctant readers, though the style of Eng...more
When the children wish for milk for the 199 Persian cats they had due to the wishing carpet, the ...more
The Phoenix is just as singular a ...more
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec ...more