Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Book - 1999
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When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them.
Publisher: New York : Books of Wonder, William Morrow, c1999
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ISBN: 9780688135454
0688135455
Branch Call Number: J F NES
Characteristics: 242 p. : color illus. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Zelinsky, Paul O. - Illustrator

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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Four brothers and a sister discover an amazing secret hidden in the gravel pits near the country house in which they're staying--a furry, wish granting creature called a Psammead! For every day of the children's holidays, the Psammead will grant one wish that will last until sunset. This sounds wonderful to the children...that is, until the wishes start to go wrong!

Mark_Daly Oct 15, 2014

Great premise, well told. Surprises and complications keep the story consistently entertaining. Worth reading by fans of British fantasy. The portrayal of Native Americans and other characters shows the limitations of Nesbit's time.

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meldaravaniel
Jul 16, 2012

This book is so wonderful! I think it would be appropriate for any age because I appreciates all of Nesbit's snarky humour, but a child would appreciate the story on a whole. This would be an excellent book to read to your kids. It even comes with a secret hidden moral. So good.

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Erika_50
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Jul 02, 2014

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joycemas
Jul 02, 2014

The last thing Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and their baby brother expect to find while digging in the sand is a Psammead?an ancient Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the fivesome doesn?t realize all of the trouble that wishes can cause.

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Erika_50
Sep 01, 2017

"Could anyone believe about a Psammead unless they'd seen it?"
~ Cyril, page 248 (chapter 11).

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