All three books from the Psammead Trilogy are collected and inside this book. This classic children's trilogy is perfect bedtime reading material and is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Nesbit's influential and magical children’s literature. This is a thick book (more than 500 pages) and so we offer the stories both in this collected volume and as individual titles.
THE FIVE CHILDREN AND IT
First published in 1902, "Five Children and It" is a children's novel by English writer and poet E. Nesbit. The story follows the five children Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and the "Lamb" and their adventures resulting from the discovery of a sand-fairy that has the ability to grant wishes. A charming tale of youth and innocence, "Five Children and It" would make for perfect bedtime reading or a family read-a-loud.
THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET
The second in a trilogy of novels The Phoenix and the Carpet published in 1904, follows the escapades of the same five children: Anthea, Cyril, Robert, Jane and the "Lamb". In this story, the children receive a new carpet from their mother to replace one destroyed in a fire. The children discover an egg inside it, which eventually hatches into a wish-granting phoenix that enables the children to go on many fantastical adventures.
THE STORY OF THE AMULET
The final installment in her famous "Psammead" series, The Story of the Amulet (1906) tells the tale of how Anthea, Cyril, Robert, Jane and the "Lamb" re-encounter the sand fairy, which is no longer able to grant wishes and instead advises the children about their new discovery: a magical Amulet which allows them to travel through time. "The Story of the Amulet" is a classic of children's literature not to be missed by those who have read and enjoyed other books in this wonderful children's trilogy.
Originally published in "Strand Magazine", the tales of “Five Children and It” were made into a full-length novel trilogy also including "The Phoenix and the Carpet" (1904)" and "The Story of the Amulet" (1906).
Edith Nesbit (1858 - 1924) was a prolific writer of children's literature, publishing more than 60 such books under the name E. Nesbit. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, which had a significant influence on the Labour Party and British politics in general.
Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that Read & Co. Children’s are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.
The Psammead Trilogy book.
The Five Children and It
The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Story of the Amulet