The Phoenix and the Carpet

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It's startling enough to have a Phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it reveals you have a magic carpet on the floor. Conceited it may be, but the Phoenix is also good-hearted, and obligingly accompanies the children on their adventures through time and space -- which, magic being what it is, rarely turn out as they were meant ...
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Overview

It's startling enough to have a Phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it reveals you have a magic carpet on the floor. Conceited it may be, but the Phoenix is also good-hearted, and obligingly accompanies the children on their adventures through time and space -- which, magic being what it is, rarely turn out as they were meant ...
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626343203
  • Publisher: Naxos of America, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 CDs, 2 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 5.16 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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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Table of Contents

1 The Egg 1
2 The Topless Tower 29
3 The Queen Cook 56
4 Two Bazaars 84
5 The Temple 110
6 Doing Good 137
7 Mews from Persia 159
8 The Cats, the Cow, and the Burglar 182
9 The Burglar's Bride 203
10 The Hole in the Carpet 225
11 The Beginning of the End 248
12 The End of the End 268
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Entertainment, Fun

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Im here I'm here, JesBes!

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