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Five Children and It
Five Children and It | Edith Nesbit
11 posts | 12 read | 2 to read
To Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and their baby brother, the house in the country promises a summer of freedom and play. But when they accidently 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 earth, the ill-tempered, odd--looking Psammead --with his spider-shaped body, bat's ears, and snail's eyes --grudgingly agrees to grant the children one wish per day. Soon, though the children discover that their wishes have a tendancy to turn out quite differnetly than expected. Whatever they wish whether it's to fly like a bird, live in a mighty castle, or have an immense fortune --something goes terribly wrong, hilariously wrong.Then an accidental wish has horrible consequences, and the children are faced with a difficult choice: to let an innoncent manbe charged with a crime or to lose for all time their gift of magical wishes. Five Children and It is one of E. Nesbit's most beloved tales of enchantment.
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rabbitprincess
Five Children and It | Edith Nesbit
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The last couple of chapters feature stereotypes about Native Americans, and the girls had really weird-to-modern-ears nicknames.

shanaqui I don't dare to revisit Edith Nesbit! 1d
rabbitprincess @shanaqui The only book I read of hers as a kid was The Enchanted Castle, so I was also trying to imagine how my younger self might have taken this. I don‘t dare to revisit Enid Blyton, myself 😬 22h
shanaqui @rabbitprincess Definitely don't revisit Enid Blyton. 😱 14h
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swynn
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Mehso-so

It's a children's classic with some regrettable racial tropes. Delightful, except for when it's not.

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TheAromaofBooks
Five Children and It | Edith Nesbit
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I've finally found a system that seems to be working for me with readathons! 😂 I've realized I'm TERRIBLE at tracking time, so I've given up on all of that. Instead, I use pages as my goal, and have a chart in my bujo that I really like to keep track of them. During the day, I read just whenever I get a snatch of time, but the bulk of my reading tends to take place in the evenings, when I'm also tempted to do mindless screen-related activities!

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Readathons really do tend to help me pick up a book instead of sitting at my computer or messing about on my phone - gotta hit those page goals!!

@Clwojick #MidyearRush
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Clwojick I‘m the same. That‘s why I tend to join or host ALL the events 😂 I don‘t watch TV, but I can waste hours on the computer doing absolutely nothing. These events help to keep me focused on reading. 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Clowjick - I'm endlessly amazed at how I can sit at a computer and then an hour later still be sitting at the computer and have NOTHING to show for it except maybe a few random facts from Wikipedia 😂 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
Five Children and It | Edith Nesbit
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So my #24B4Monday goal is to catch up on my #MidyearRush goal 😂 I wanted to average 350pgs/day for #MidyearRush, but it's been an unexpectedly CRAZY week, so I'm quite behind. To get caught up, I need to be at 2100 pages by the end of the weekend, and I'm only at 639 right now. I also need to read 3 more books to complete my goal of 10 books for #ReadYourSign, so I'm hoping to finish them by the end of the weekend as well!!

jb72 Good luck! 2y
Andrew65 I‘m well behind on my #MidYearReadingRush too! We both need to do a lot of reading. 🤣 Good luck 😊👍 2y
Clwojick You‘ve got this Sarah! ♥️🎉🧡⭐️ 2y
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Addison_Reads
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I can't believe I never read this book as a kid. My younger self would have loved this. 💚

This was such an utterly enjoyable read. 😍 The characters are each unique and so much fun. I'm excited to read more by this author now.

wanderinglynn I never even heard of this book. Now I‘m going to have to check it out. 👍🏻 2y
Addison_Reads It's a free offer through Audible right now. I needed something lighthearted and fun today while working and this was perfect. 2y
ShyBookOwl Never heard of it but seems fun! 2y
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my #BookSpinBonanza list, so I am hoping to reread it next month - haven't visited it in years, but I've yet to read a Nesbit book that wasn't a total delight. 2y
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Andrea313
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Gorgeous edition of a total classic. #N #30JuneBooks #dropcaps
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howjessicareads Loved that one! 3y
BooknerdsLife Love the Penguin Dropcaps! (edited) 3y
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KateFulfordAuthor
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#inlaws #reviews #others

Another childhood favourite. It took me to another world, one of Edwardian children living in a house full of servants, which seemed pretty exotic to me. But then it got properly magical when the children meet the Psammead, a strange creature who can make wishes come true. An old fashioned morality tale (be careful what you wish for!), its message is as relevant & fun for children today as it was when I was a nipper.

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HardcoverHearts
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Book 7 of #readathon is one not from my preset TBR pile. Ha! I have been meaning to read this gorgeous Penguin Drop Cap edition for a long time and the mood just hit me. I am loving the story and the lovely drawings in the book. I'm thrilled for a reason to crack it open. Back to Five Children and It by E. Nesbit.

RealLifeReading Pretty! 6y
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Larkken
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The five children from the Psammead trilogy may be the #bestkids, in their English fantasy way. They always struck me as very much like the children in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at that... Drawing from a vintage edition (http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.gr/2012/08/in-shop-five-childr...). #octphotochallenge

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ferienuk
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Bailedbailed

Loved the TV show as a kid but this was painful to read. Had to give up before the last couple of chapters. Repetitive and dull.