7 Books in 1: The Railway Children, Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet, The Story of the Treasure-Seekers, The Would-Be-Goods

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Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 476 pages
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Classic stories by much-loved children's author E. Nesbit. This great-value book contains seven full-length, unabridged novels. Set in a 1900s England of steam-trains and magic, generations of children have thrilled to these exciting adventures. When the children in these stories aren't preventing a train crash, you'll find them getting wishes from the sandy Psammead, flying on a magic carpet, travelling through time with an enchanted Egyptian amulet, hatching the egg of the mythical phoenix, or using their magical ring to explore an enchanted castle! The brothers and sisters created by E. Nesbit have the convincing feeling of being a real family - they're usually disagreeing with each other, but they're always cheerful about it. They try to be good but are always in trouble of one kind or another. With a subtle ethical message underlying their exciting plots, these novels have been listed among the best works of children's literature for many years. This '7 books in 1' edition is an ideal gift for any child who loves reading, or any adult who wants to bring some magic into their life!
 

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My favorites are the Five Children and It, The Amulet, and the Phoenix and the Carpet. They all center around four children, two girls, two boys, and the baby brother. The children meet the magical ... Read full review

Contents

The Railway Children
5
Five Children and It
73
The Phoenix and the Carpet
127
The Story of the Amulet
195
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
271
The WouldBeGoods
323
The Enchanted Castle
401
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English author Edith Nesbit s impressive body of work includes poems, plays, novels, and even ghost stories, however, she is best known for her beloved children s adventure stories, published under the name E. Nesbit. Among Nesbit s best-known works are The Story of the Treasure-Seekers, The Railway Children, The Wouldbegoods and Five Children and It. Nesbit s novels departed from the children s literary tradition of fantasy-worlds popularized by Lewis Carroll and Kenneth Grahame, and instead focused on the adventures to be had from real-life experiences. Nesbit s work inspired other writers like C. S. Lewis, P. L Travers, and J. K. Rowling, and many of her stories have been adapted for film and television. In addition to writing, Nesbit was an activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist group that provided the foundation for the modern British Labour Party. Nesbit died in 1924.

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