Five Children and It (with an Introduction by Quentin Blake) by E. Nesbit

Five Children and It (with an Introduction by Quentin Blake)

Written by E. Nesbit
Part of the Puffin Classics Series

9+ readers   
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Chosen by Quentin Blake. Magic and adventure are beautifully combined in this wonderful story about wishes and what ifs? Arriving at the White House for their holiday, Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother set about looking for adventure by digging in the gravel pit. Unearthing a strange creature who tells them it is a Psammead who is able to give them one wish a day, the children find themselves in for some very exciting and magical surprises. Quentin Blake reveals his own love of the Psammead’ magic in his introduction while notes at the back offer ideas for activities round the story and a useful glossary.


Five Children and It (with an Introduction by Quentin Blake) by E. Nesbit

When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead - an ancient Sand-fairy. Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause.

About the Author

E. Nesbit

Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) was a mischievous, tomboyish child who grew up to be an unconventional adult. She and her husband were founder members of the socialist Fabian Society and their home became a centre for socialist and literary discussion. Their friends included some of the time’s greatest writers and thinkers, including George Bernard Shaw and H G Wells.

Everything about Edith showed her as a woman trying to break out of the mould demanded by English society at the time – she expressed her individuality through her clothes, hairstyle, lifestyle and her habit of speaking forcefully on almost any subject. She lived her socialism and late in life her charitable deeds brought her close to bankrupcy.

E Nesbit – she always used the plain initial for her writing and was sometimes thought to be a man – started to write for children after years of successful writing for adult magazines. She was asked to write about her childhood but instead of facts chose to describe her happy girlhood in fiction. The result was books still read today, firm bestsellers for decades. She was brilliant at combining real-life situations with elements of fantasy and humour. Films – such as The Railway Children - have kept her stories in the public eye and her magical fantasies, including Five Children and It, continue to delight each new generation of children.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2008




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