The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Edith Nesbit, H. R. Millar

The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It, by Edith Nesbit, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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“I love E. Nesbit. . . . Her children are very real . . . and she was quite a groundbreaker in her day.”
—J. K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter series

Considered the first modern writer for children, Edith Nesbit wrote wonderfully imaginative tales about magical adventures in the everyday world. In Five Children and It (1902), a group of children are digging in a sandpit one day when they discover a small, bad-tempered sand-fairy known as the Psammead, who is allowed to grant one wish per day. The children wish for many things—to be beautiful, to be rich, to grow wings—but none of the wishes turn out right. Luckily, the magic wears off at sunset, but will that be soon enough?

The Enchanted Castle (1907) begins when three children stumble upon a mysterious house and discover an invisible princess and a magic ring. At first it all appears to be a great adventure. When the children need an audience for a play they have mounted, they make their own out of old clothes, pillows, and umbrellas. Then things go inexplicably wrong. To the young dramatists' horror, as the curtain falls, there is a ghastly applause. The creatures have come alive—and they prove to be most disagreeable!

Features illustrations by H. R. Millar.

Sanford Schwarz teaches English literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Matrix of Modernism and various essays on modern literary, cultural, and intellectual history. He is currently writing a book on C. S. Lewis’s science-fiction trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593082741
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.16(d)

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Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Enchanted Castle is a great book, witty funny, and of course enchanted with suprise! As E.Nesbit puts the main characters children it shows what would you do if you were in the shoes of smart kids who knew each other well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read 5 children and it when i was in sixth grade and i loved it, now as an a adult i still love it! The enchanted castle was just as great. I can honestly say they are some of the best tales i've ever read.
thriftybutpicky More than 1 year ago
These books surprised me! I truly enjoyed the fairytale-like quality of the stories mixed with the disastrous outcomes of getting what one wishes for. These are not stories I would normally read but the author's style of writing had instantly drawn me into the book and I found myself not wanting to put it down. Captivating and fun from beginning to end!
Amber-Renae More than 1 year ago
i thoroughly enjoyed five children and it..haven't read the enchanted castle yet!
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