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This week marks the birthday of the novelist E. Nesbit, whose imaginative novels were a significant influence on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia…

 
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Five Children and It
by E. Nesbit

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E. Nesbit (15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924), was an English author and poet; she wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children’s literature. Five Children and It is one of her best-known novels. The story begins when a group of children move from London to the countryside of Kent. The five children – Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and their baby brother, known as the Lamb – are playing in a gravel pit when they uncover a rather grumpy, ugly, and occasionally malevolent Psammead, a sand-fairy with ability to grant wishes. The Psammead persuades the children to take one wish each day to be shared among them, with the caveat that the wishes will turn to stone at sunset. This, apparently, used to be the rule in the Stone Age, when all that children wished for was food, the bones of which then became fossils. The five children’s first wish is to be “as beautiful as the day”. The wish ends at sunset and its effects simply vanish, leading the Psammead to observe that some wishes are too fanciful to be changed to stone. But all their wishes go comically wrong. (via Wikipedia)

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The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Story of the Amulet
 

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