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Five Children and It

Style: Classic

Attitude: Positive

Author: Edith Nesbit

Age Range: Children

Period: Early 20th C

Genres:  HistoricalMagic


Synopsis:

Cyril, Robert, Anthea, Jane and their baby brother find a Psammead (a sand fairy) in a gravel pit and it promises them one wish a day, whose effects will vanish at sunset. They wish - intentionally and otherwise - for several things and none goes entirely according to plan.

Notes:

The appeal of this book is the combination of magic and reality (at least reality for children at the turn of the century). The wish-granting genie was nothing new when this book was written, but to make the magical being a rather cratchety old creature, and then to leave the children with very everyday problems as a result of their wishes (they wish for gold, but no-one in Rochester will accept it) makes the book attractive even now.

Tuesday 1st January 2002