The Phoenix and the Carpet (Looking Glass Library)

The Phoenix and the Carpet (Looking Glass Library)

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by E. Nesbit, H. R. Millar
     
 

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E. Nesbit’s rip-roaring sequel to Five Children and It follows the wondrous adventures of Robert, Jane, Cyril, Anthea, and The Lamb as they discover a clever phoenix and a magic carpet that can take them anywhere they wish. With an introduction by popular fantasy author Bruce Coville, this classic novel will be sure to please.


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E. Nesbit’s rip-roaring sequel to Five Children and It follows the wondrous adventures of Robert, Jane, Cyril, Anthea, and The Lamb as they discover a clever phoenix and a magic carpet that can take them anywhere they wish. With an introduction by popular fantasy author Bruce Coville, this classic novel will be sure to please.


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Children's Literature - Nancy Baumann
Imagine discovering a shiny, yellowish egg rolling onto the floor from a carpet purchased for your nursery. Four children discover the egg. The children are launched on many exotic adventures which ensue after the egg hatches. A phoenix emerges from the egg and leads the children to places they have only wondered about. Much to the delight of the children, the carpet is also magic. The carpet transports the children wherever they wish to go. But only three wishes per day are allotted. This is problematic. Sometimes the children find themselves stranded or provided items such as 199 Persian cats and a cow that were not exactly what they wished for. Then they cannot get rid of them because the wish quota has been met. The children, guided by the phoenix, help others throughout their adventures. They help their baby brother get over whooping cough and a family from being evicted from their castle. The adventures eventually wear out the magical Persian carpet. The children try darning the rug but to no avail. After rescuing the children from a burning theatre, the carpet is ceremoniously sent off with a new egg. Instructions sent by the phoenix are for the egg not to be hatched for two thousand years. Then the phoenix burns in the fragrant pyre built by the children. Readers must understand this book was written in 1904. Some descriptions of people living on remote islands are not acceptable anymore. In addition, female and male characters are stereotypical due to the period the book was written. Children who are fans of classic fantasy literature may enjoy this second book and others in the "Five Children" trilogy. Reviewer: Nancy Baumann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375897634
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Looking Glass Library Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

E. Nesbit (1858–1924) was born in London and educated in France and Germany. She began her literary career as a poet and novelist, but found her calling writing stories about children. She is the beloved author of nearly forty books, including Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, and The Story of the Amulet.


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The Phoenix and the Carpet 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book PHOENIX AND THE CARPET is written by Edith Nesbit. This book is about some kids who found a bird and the magic carpet. They travel different place on the magic carpet. They found buried treasuer. The name of the bird is Phoenix and it wakes up every 3 thousand years. The characters in this book are good and smart. They help each other in different ways. Each kids had different ideas about their wishes to the carpet. They ate anything and didn't care about their health.
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What was it?