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 Trea Hardcover – Dec 1 2004
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"What books should I read to become a writer?" "The short answer is ... all the children's books of E. Nesbit." -- Washington Post, 20 July, 2003
E Nesbit's The Railway Children is one of the most enduring pieces of children's literature. -- Newsquest Media, 19 August, 2004
I love E Nesbit I think she is great and I identify with the way that she writes -- J K Rowling, Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 15, 2004
She was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own. -- The New York Review of Books, December 3, 1964
The quintessential children's book. -- Daily Mail, 17 October, 2003 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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E. Nesbit's seven most popular children's novels. Complete and unabridged, published in one compact paperback volume.
Reading age: 9 years upwards.
'The Phoenix and The Carpet' is also known as 'The Phoenix and The Wishing Carpet'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I was a little disappointed The House of Arden and Harding's Luck were not among the 7, and also disappointed to discover the story illustrations were not included in the book. But with 7 great books in 1 the value is still excellent!! There is no greater gift to give a child than the opportunity to love and appreciate truly excellent literature from a very young age.
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This is a paperback, not a hardback. And the type is very small. Very! But the two columns per page alleviates that somewhat. Only somewhat. But no illustrations. Just page after page of type; so, not as bad as a 1900 newspaper, but unappealing and unfriendly. I think the versions I read long ago had illustrations by Ernest Shepherd. Ohhhh, that is a loss....
Think about this. Two small-print columns per page, no illustrations, a floppy paperback printed on what appears to be cheap paper. This is not for a child to read.
I wish I had had a chance to see this in advance. Seek elsewhere for these treasures.
The stories are about groups of children, who have adventures when their parents go away (for different reasons). They're in a couple of sequences - 'The Railway Children' stands by itself, then there's three books about the same group of children ('Five Children and It', 'The Phoenix and The Carpet', and 'The Story of the Amulet'), then two about a different family (the Bastables: 'The Story of the Treasure-Seekers' and 'The Would-be-goods'), then 'The Enchanted Castle' is another one-off.
Some of these stories feature magic in a Harry Potter kind of way - that's the three 'Five Children' stories and 'The Enchanted Castle' - while the others are about the children's adventures within the normal Edwardian world - that's 'The Railway Children' and the Bastable stories.
E. Nesbit - the author - is strongly recommended by JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. She's said in a number of press interviews that she really admires the writing of Nesbit, and models her own writing style on Nesbit's.
I'd recommend these books - they're very engaging and easy to read, and you really do want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next! There's enough here to keep you going for a long time, too.