Sunday, 8 December 2013

Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit

A family of five children move from London to countryside. Father is away on business and mother also is away looking after Granny. The children are on their own with the servants. They start digging the gravel pit near their home in the hope of reaching Australia only they end up finding Sammyadd. If you think "'that's Greek to me.' 'So it is to everyone" In plain English, it is a Sand-fairy. A sand-fairy that could grant one wish a day, a wish that would stop working at sunset. The kids are excited and ask for wishes, one every day. If you think that the children don't want the sun to set so that their wishes would not end. You are wrong. All the wishes somehow land them in trouble and they wait for the sunset when the wish would wear away and everything would be normal again.

They have all kinds of adventures with these wishes and are always happy when the sunsets and their adventures end. I liked the witty writing style of the author. It's a fun book to read. I haven't read anything else by Edith Nesbit hope to redeem it soon. 

Published in 1902, this ebook can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg. 

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