Five Children and It

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Author: Edith Nesbit

9781853261244 | PB | pp. 188 | 1993 | Wordsworth Editions

The five children find a cantankerous sand fairy in a gravel pit. Every day ‘It’ will grant each of them a wish that lasts until sunset, often with disastrous consequences.

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While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit, “Its eyes were on long horns like a snail’s eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes, it had ears like a bat’s ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider’s and covered with thick soft fur, its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey’s.” The Psammead is magical and, every day, the ancient and irritable creature grants each of them a wish that lasts until sunset. Soon, though, they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpected and humorous consequences. But when an accidental wish goes terribly wrong, the children learn that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting. This edition contains an enchanting introduction by children’s literature scholar Gillian Avery about the complex and unconventional, and includes all of the original illustrations, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes.

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Author:

Edith Nesbit

ISBN:

9781853261244

Publisher

Wordsworth Editions

Binding:

Paperback

Pages

188

Year of Publication:

1993

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Johanna Spyri, original name Johanna Heusser, (born June 12, 1827, Hirzel, Switz – died July 7, 1901, Zürich), Swiss writer whose Heidi, a book for children, is popular all over the world. Her psychological insight into the child mind, her humour, and her ability to enter into childish joys and sorrows give her books appeal and lasting value.

After her marriage in 1852 to Bernhard Spyri, a lawyer engaged in editorial work, she moved to Zürich. Her love of homeland, feeling for nature, unobtrusive piety, and cheerful wisdom gave both her work and her life their unique quality. Her books include Ein Blatt auf Vronys Grab (1870; “A Leaf from Vrony’s Grave”), Heidi, 2 vol. (1880–81), Heimatlos (1881), and Gritli (1882).

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