Five Children and It

Five Children and It

by E. Nesbit


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Five Children and It
By E. Nesbit

"I'm not afraid of snakes. I like them. If it is a snake I'll tame it, and it will follow me everywhere, and I'll let it sleep round my neck at night."

"No, you won't," said Robert firmly. He shared Cyril's bedroom. "But you may if it's a rat."

[Illustration: Anthea suddenly screamed, "It's alive!"]

"Oh, don't be silly!" said Anthea; "it's not a rat, it's much bigger. And it's not a snake. It's got feet; I saw them; and fur! No--not the spade. You'll hurt it! Dig with your hands."

"And let it hurt me instead! That's so likely, isn't it?" said Cyril, seizing a spade.

"Oh, don't!" said Anthea. "Squirrel, don't. I--it sounds silly, but it said something. It really and truly did"--


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486423661
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Series: Dover Children's Evergreen Classics Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children's literature. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society

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Table of Contents

1. Beautiful as the Day
2. Golden Guineas
3. Being Wanted
4. Wings
5. No Wings
6. A Castle and No Dinner
7. A Siege and Bed
8. Bigger Than the Baker's Boy
9. Grown Up
10. Scalps
11. The Last Wish

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Five Children and It 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Five Children and It is a true classic. I enjoyed reading it very much. It is a lovely story that made me laugh from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books can be enjoyed by anybody no matter thier age. I know it is meant to be for small children but I first read it when I was 16 and I really enjoyed it. And, if you are a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia, you will probably especially like this book. The children in this book are very reminiscent of the Pevensies. I highly encourage everybody to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the *very* few classics I read and liked as a child. Now, of course, I have a much greater appreciation for classic literature, and this still remains one of my favourite stories. The characters are completely endearing and of course, I love the Psammead ('It'). I highly recommend this to anyone, child or adult, looking for a classic that reads fairly quickly and is highly enjoyable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this 'book' on tape/cd and although I'm 24 I totally loved it. It was so cute, funny, and smart. I can't wait to listen to it with my own kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was 8 (9 years ago), I attempted to read C.S.Lewis' Narnia series, and scared myself silly. My thirst for fantasy was later quenched by Edith Nesbit's psammead series (the 'psammead' is an Egyptian sandfairy that these books are centered on). Psammy and I hit it off immediately. This whirlwind fantasy series is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Lewis' series; they are far more child-friendly, and each book is a pretty quick read. Additionally, the use of Egyptian and other middle-eastern mythology provides an interesting break from most children's European-based fantasy books. I recently recommended this series to a cousin who claimed he liked to read 'Harry Potter and nothing else.' He, too, was swept away by the five children's adventures with It.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, Five Children and It, was the best book by Edith Nesbit. I loved following the adventures of Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and the Lamb. The Lamb was my favorite character even if he wasn't a major main character. My favorite chapters were 'Being Wanted' and 'Grown Up', both involving the Lamb. I really recommend this book. It's on my top five list of favorite books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of the type. I've read it many times since I first picked it up at the age of nine or so, and enjoy it more at every reading. The sand-fairy's personality is...well, just read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book and even though it is written on a younger level it is enjoyable for all ages. I also liked the illustrations, I just wich that they were in color. I read in a book called 'Journey to Narnia' by Kathryn Lindskoog that C. S. Lewis loved to read E. Nesbit books when he was young. I have only read 2 of her book but I am on my third. Feel free to E-mail me if you have any questions or whatever.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was mysteriously missing from my shelves, so it got added to my Christmas wishlist and reread accordingly. Still wonderful even after 100 years; few people have ever written children as convincingly as Edith Nesbit (notably, btw, her children are seldom orphans, although the parents tend to be conveniently absent for whatever reason), who also throws in a little social of her own social conscience for the adults: "If grown-ups got hold of me," says the Psammead, "¿ they'd ask for a graduated income-tax, and old-age pensions, and manhood suffrage, and free secondary education and dull things like that, and get them and keep them, and the whole world would be turned topsy-turvy."
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I like about E. Nesbit, and Five Children and It in particular, is the sense of reality that pervades the books in contrast to the plot. Despite having found a wish-granting entity, the kids are always hungry and tired, and they get mad at each other, and they forget lessons they should have learned in the last chapter, and they're afraid of getting in trouble.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four children and their baby brother stumble upon a Sand Fairy and learn from It that he can grant them one wish a day but the wish will only last until sunset. They quickly learn that making and getting wishes is not as easy as it seems. They wish for the wrong things at the wrong time and even when they get it right it never turns out as they thought it would. Such as when they wish they were all beautiful and return home to find that the servants don't know who they are and turn them away. And when they wish the baby was grown up, and all grown up he does become, even older than they and what a stuffy, snobby man he turns out to be. Some wishes so do turn out fun such as when they wish for wings, only they forget to get home in time and at sunset find themselves stuck on the top of a church roof. Lot's of fun!E. Nesbit is credited with creating modern fantasy where fantastical creatures or elements become a part of the 'real' world. Even with having been written over a hundred years ago the writing and style is immensely readable. The 7yo loved this book very much. He found it quite all very exciting and wants to continue on with the series. This is an old-fashioned type of story (all the horse and carriages for instance) and it is very British plus this time period in England was very class conscious which makes it a bit hard for a modern North American child to comprehend at times but most of it was a non-issue. I loved these books when I was a kid and loved this just as much this time as an adult. The 7yo boy is anxious to read more about this group of children and their magical adventures. Recommended.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic children's story from 1902, about five children (or, really, four children and their baby brother) who encounter a slightly bad-tempered magical creature who can grant wishes at a rate of one a day, with the limitation that whatever is wished for inevitably disappears by sunset. Which turns out to be a good thing, as, of course, the kids keep accidentally wishing for entirely the wrong things, or wishing for things that seem like a good idea but turn out less than ideally. They end up missing dinner a lot.This was a favorite of mine when I was young. Revisiting books you loved as a child is always a little worrying, as there's a real possibility of discovering that they're not as good as you thought they were, thus tinging your beloved childhood memories with disappointment. But I'm pleased to say that this is not one of those books. I found it utterly charming, and every bit as delightful as I did as a kid. I think back then, I was probably mostly taken with the cute fantasy story. Now, what I mostly appreciate is the humor, including a lot of extremely amusing authorial asides that clearly come from someone who remembers what it's like to be a child but also has an adult's perspective on kids. And both adult me and kid me can appreciate the way the book has a pleasant sort of quaintness to it, while at the same time being as breezily readable as any modern kid's story, although I'm sure the younger me wouldn't have thought of it in quite those terms.
misapp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a sand-fairy and five children.the sand-fairy can give chilren a wish once a day.So childrenwish many things and their wish makes many problem.This book is very interesting and CUTE!!and the sand-fairy is looks like very very strange!the eyes are likes snail!so,it's far from a fairy image!When i'm reading this book,i feel like i'm in this story...
milky2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five children come out to this book.Their names are Anthea,Cyril,Robert,Jane and baby.When children dug a hole, they found a fairy.The fairy makes them happy and grants their wish.But wishes is only for a day, so some problems happen.I thought that it was not pretty when I watched the fairy of the cover,but the fairy is very nice fairy.
yuchan. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the children was digging,they found the sand-fairy.It had funny looks. It gave a lot of wishes to them. I think it is difficult to tell someone my wishes rightly.This book is really intresting.
takeyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One family moved in the country. Their new house is on the hill,with a gravel-pit on one side.So, children go to the gravel-pit and dig a hole.Then they heard someone`s voice under the feet..... It is easy to read. In the story, the children failed many times ,I think it is funny and difficult to request good wish.
seira on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five children and their mother moved to a country.When the children went out of the house and played,they found a strenge creature.The creature could realize any hope once a day.What the children's hope?It is nice story and I like it.This story is very unique,I think.A creature is very cute.Why don't you read it?
natti10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One day,five children find `it`.`it` can hope a wish a day.So the children try to think good wish, but it gets them into trouble.I was thinking about my best wish while I read.Then I enjoyed reading this book more.I laughed when the children are left behind on roof !
tukishiro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One day,the children find Psammead in gravel-pit,which is a sand-fairy.It had big years and its body was fat and round and funy.It can give wishs,one wish a day,and the wish ends when the sun gose down.It was fun they wish to be beautiful,to be rich,to fly like a bird.But I feel it is difficult to wish anything which make us happy.
xorangex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The five children find a Psammead,a sand-fairy, when they are digging in a gravel-pit.It(a Psammead) is unfriendly but gives them their wishes.The wish is only for a day.They are given some their wishes.But the wish they really want to is...The story is very fantastic and it tells us the really important thing.I'm very happy to read the story.Parsonally I like the character of a Psammead.I want to meet it!
riiiko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A family with five children had moved in a country.One day,they happen to meet the fairy of sand,Psammead.And then,they have experienced unimaginable thimgs.Psammead can use magic."It" made their wishies come true.I thought this story is similar to "E.T."I wish I have met something my wishies come true like Psammead!
factory on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One day five brothers who had moved meet hairy 'the fairy of sand'. The fairy realizes their wishes by one a day. They realize various wishes and the trouble occurs, too. The import of the story was also lovely though I chose this book because the cover was lovely. Five brothers' hairs become very long, and fly over the sky by the wing. The way to end was very good, and the mind becomes warm.
taka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Psammead is sand-fairy. so cute !!! I like his character.
yakalemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story,a fairy grant five children their wishes.But these wishes keep for a day.Do you think what will they wish?this story is very interesting.I recommend it to you.
mikeru on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One day, five children found something funny in the hole.It is a sand-fairy, Psammead.It gave each of them one wish in a day.Psammead has a very funny shape, but I like it.If it could give itself a wish, what would it wish?I want to know it's wish.