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Five Children and It
By Edith Nesbit and Paul O. Zelinsky (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Morrow Junior
Publication date September 1, 1999
Pages 242
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780688135454
ISBN-10 0688135455
Dimensions 1 by 7.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.70 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $22.00
Other format details juvenile
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Finding a fairy with the ability to grant wishes, five children make many of their dreams come true, yet when the youngsters' greed takes hold of them, they quickly turn their once positive wish-making into a disasterous event. (view table of contents)
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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 on of E. Nesbit's most beloved tales of enchantment. This deluxe gift edition, featuring twelve beautiful watercolor paintings by Caldecott medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, is sure to be treasured addition to every family's library.



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