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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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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax Ltd (Dec 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954840127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954840129
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Some famous guy once said, "if you ever want to be a writer, read E. Nesbit." He was right: there are few authors with such a skill for story telling. Nesbit easily ranks with other great children's authors like C.S. Lewis and L.M. Boston. I absolutely loved reading these classic stories when I was eight years old, and I look forward to reading them now to my grandchildren.
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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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
I'm reviewing the book, not the contents Jan. 9 2006
By J. C Clark - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These are some of the most delightful books for children ever written. Better than Lewis. Better than Milne. Better than Ransome. Long out of copyright, even by today's standards. Gather up her best in one book. Wonderful idea. Oh! Yes this is a great bargain. Unless.

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.
72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Classic stories by JK Rowling's favourite children's author Jan. 23 2005
By anh879 - Published on
Format: Paperback
You get a set of E. Nesbit's seven most popular children's books, printed together in one volume. This is enough to keep you going for quite a long time, even if you're a very determined reader!

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.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Terrible Edition Dec 21 2005
By missmeg - Published on
Format: Paperback
These books may be charming, but this edition 7-in-1 is awful - the print is so small that it is virtually unreadable. Very disappointing!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Buy the hardback, makes a good gift March 20 2006
By Tony - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I saw that people on here were moaning about the paperback, so I looked at book books in 'search inside the book' and got the hardback. Glad I did as the recipient really enjoyed it!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great idea - a combined edition of these 7 classic books. Nov. 2 2004
By arthur_weasley - Published on
Format: Paperback
The seven most popular children's books by classic author Edith Nesbit. Great for adults to revisit - a good gift for any kid who loves to read.