The Enchanted Castle [NOOK Book]

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This classic tale of childrens whimsy is light and easy to read. Ten new illustrations added in this version as well as a brief biography of the Author.
The enchanted castle of the title is a country estate in the West Country seen through the eyes of three children, Gerald, James and Kathleen, who discover it while exploring during the school holidays. The lake, groves and marble statues, with white towers and turrets in the distance, make a fairy-tale setting, and then in the ...
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The Enchanted Castle

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Overview

This classic tale of childrens whimsy is light and easy to read. Ten new illustrations added in this version as well as a brief biography of the Author.
The enchanted castle of the title is a country estate in the West Country seen through the eyes of three children, Gerald, James and Kathleen, who discover it while exploring during the school holidays. The lake, groves and marble statues, with white towers and turrets in the distance, make a fairy-tale setting, and then in the middle of the maze in the rose garden they find a sleeping fairy-tale princess.
The "princess" tells them that the castle is full of magic, and they almost believe her. She shows them the treasures of the castle, including a ring she says is a ring of invisibility, but when it actually turns her invisible she panics and admits that she is the housekeeper's niece, Mabel, and was just play-acting.
The children soon discover that the ring has other magical powers.
The Enchanted Castle was written for both children and adults. It combines descriptions of the imaginative play of children, reminiscent of The Story of the Treasure Seekers, with a magic more muted than in her major fantasies such as The Story of the Amulet.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014829823
  • Publisher: DB Publishing House
  • Publication date: 8/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 241
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    My Childhood Between Two Covers

    I do not know if I had ever feared something fictional before I met an Ugly Wuggly. I highly doubt that I had ever narrated my own doings before I was introduced to Jerry. I know for certain that I never called anyone a "dear" before meeting Kathleen. I know without a shadow of a doubt that all of these things and more became part of my life at age 8, between the covers of a paperback copy of Edith Nesbit's "The Enchanted Castle." The book fueled the fire of my childhood imagination, introducing my young mind to a very ordinary world where extraordinary things still happened.
    "The Enchanted Castle" is the tale of 3 children and their summer escapades while their parents are abroad. Seeking a bit of adventure, they find a great deal more than they bargained for, including a magical ring that does whatever you say it will do. Through their adventures with the ring, the children discover that what you want isn't always what is best for you. They learn that families must love each other and stick together, come what may. In fact, the bond between the siblings in spite of their clear irritation of one another is quite touching. Perhaps most beautifully of all, the children find that perhaps the most magical things in the world take place without spells or rings, when grown ups remember how to believe in things.
    While one flowing storyline, several main events in the novel are clearly carved in my mind, popping up the moment someone mentions invisibility, statues, garden mazes, magic rings, or perhaps the odd Ugly Wuggly. Nesbit's writing style is both charming and memorable. Upon examining my own writing and imagination, I can directly trace many of my own habits back to this book.
    Read this book for yourself. To your children. To a friend. Enjoy it, regardless of your age. But only crack the cover (or the screen, as the case may be), if you have an ember of childlike imagination left in you. Fan the flame, that the spark of young magic may never quite die.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    i usually love reading! but when i read this book, i was like: gosh! when's it gonna end! but i'm the kind of person that cannot leave a book unread, so i had to finish it. Edith just stretched the story too far. i mean, main story is: four kids find a magical ring, they get in trouble, they get out of trouble, the end. but this was: four kids find a magical ring, they get in trouble, they get out of trouble,they get in trouble, they get out of trouble,they get in trouble, they get out of trouble, etc, the end. it was just annoying. also, it had a lot of stuff mixed in it, and it wasnt written very well. it didnt have the essential 'flow' a book needs. it had fantasy, adventure, friendsip, and a teensy weensy of romance (the prince or watever with the princess...?) if you want to read a good book that has all these things (including the 'flow'), read the Narnia series or the Harry Potter series. theyre very well-written. C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling are amazingly good authors, not some amateur like edith-whats-her-face. im not descriminating her, im just saying her book is not good. there are tons of better books out there, so dont waste your time on this one. ------------- PS: i know, im thirteen, so it may seem as if thats the reason why i disliked the book, but i read this book 2 and a half years ago, back when i was ten. i hated it right from the beginning. it just never got interesting... ---------------------- for some books i enjoyed, look beow in the also recommended section of my review. ----------------------------------------------- Toodles!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Great book

    I loved it from the first page to the end its a must read for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

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    I have been searching for this book for over ten years...I had f

    I have been searching for this book for over ten years...I had forgotten what the title of the book was. But I can remember reading this book as a child, and it being one of my favorites on my bookshelf. I only came across it, thru my iPhone app of free books..and read halfway thru the book, only to figure out it that it was my long, lost classic book...that had gone missing in action, when we moved. So glad to have found it! I will share this with my daughter when she is old enough, and hopefully it will become one of her favorites as well!
    This is a good book for tweens to adults (if you like fantasy). They find an "enchanted castle" and meet different characters along the way. You must have a nice imagination yourself to enjoy the book...i'm guessing the 1-2 star reviews weren't open minded enough to enjoy the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Best Book Ever!

    Great story+great author=5stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Review

    Ive only read part of this book and I cant get though it !!! It is abso lutly terrible. Hard to understand and doesnt give much detail. At some parts it gave too much detail. I really didnt understand it. Im one of those people who if i start a book i finish it. That was not the case with this book and you could give me a book and i WILL read it. It was hard for me to het through just a few chapters of it and im a really good reader! Dont waste your time and money on this book even if it does cost 99 cents!!!!! WARNING do not buy this book! I am not meaning to critisiz the auther but tjat is my opinion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Great classic for all ages!

    Very well written, one of my all time favorites. Ignore the idiotic little thirteen year olds who give this book a bad review. Take my advice....buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    How many?

    How many pages/chapters? And the rating is what I hope it should be compared to others

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Iffy

    It wasn't terrible, but it could of been a lot better. The beginning was boring, with many confusing sentences i couldn't understand till the 5th or 6th time re-reading it. I personally, don't think its worth buying.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    READ THIS BOOK!

    This was such a great book, I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys fantasy books. It is very make believe, but it has a splas of reatily. This is a great book for childern, just like me. I think adults might also enjoy this book. This is defanitly a 5 STAR book! Gera;d, Kathleen, Mabel, and Jimmy make it feel as if you are there! ~~It all starts when they find an old ring after Mabel decides to play tick on the children and says she is a princess and she is really the house keeper's niece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2001

    I loved this book

    The Enchanted Castle was a very good book. The main characters were Gerald (often called Jerry), James (often called Jimmy), Kathleen (often called Cathy or Catty) and Mabel. Gerald, James and Kathleen were brothers and sister. They find a magic ring that makes them invisible, grants them wishes and do that ever else they might want it to. The ring turns Mabel and Gerald invisible, it turns some fake people (made of broom sticks(for the arms and legs), the body was made of rolled up rugs and blankets.) Then it turned Jimmy into an old, rich man and he forgets who everyone is, then it makes Mabel become four yards long. Then it turns Kathleen into a statue. Of course everything was turned back to normal at the end of the book. The book is also full of other types of magic, magical creatures, there's a room full of sparkling jewels and hidden passage ways. There's also a ghost, a princess and there are also a couple of romance stories, one very romantic love story and the other a funny and wacky love story. This book has all the elements that make up a wonderful book. The book is a conbination of a fantasy story, a horror story, a romance story and a mystery story all rolled up into one. This book has something for everyone, adults and children alike will love and cherish this book. It's one of those rare books that you can read over and over again with out ever getting bored.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2001

    By Michelle from Brisas Elementry School

    This is a book about 3 kids named Jimmy, Gerald, and Kathleen. They wanted to find out if there was really a castle. They traveled around and they ended up in a maze which was an enchanted garden. They got to the middle of the maze and they found a princess. They woke the princess from her hundred-year sleep. They found out that the princess was sleeping on a magic ring. You will find out the magic ring gets them through some not very good adventures. I think you will like this book becase I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    Great Book!

    Hey everybody! Just wanted to say how much I loved this book. I'm glad I took this book out of the library in 5th grade, cuz I still love it! I'll recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fanciful, fantastical, fairy-tales!

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