Five Children and It, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead - an ancient Sand-fairy!

Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day.

But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause ...A timeless classic with an introduction by Quentin Blake, award-winning illustrator and first-ever Children's Laureate (1999-2001).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, b & w line drawings throughout
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780141321615



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Beautiful book of wisdom. :)

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This is the 5 Stories About An Animal That Fulfills Our Wish.Five Children meet it And They Ask It To Fulfill Their Wish.I Thought This Book Is for children. However,That`s Good Point Of This Book.While I Read This Book?I Could Enjoy As If I Was An Child(But I'm Not)

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One day, when the children dug a hole in the gravel-pit, they found a sand-fairy. His name is Pasammead. He can use magic, and he grants the children's wishes. But their wishes make a lot of funny problems.Children’s idea is very interesting and imaginable. So I enjoy reading this book. I think this story is pure and warm.

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"Fairy of sand" has come out when five children dig up his large pit in the stone quarry. The fairy is said Psammead. Psammead is said the living for several thousand years, and says that it will realize any wish of one a day. However, validity term is limited the first. Children become glad, and do various wishes. The person in the town is neither surprised, it is not trusted, and it goes anyway well though Psammead realizes the wish in every case as it is a promise. Finally, the major disruption is caused over expensive jewels stolen from a rich house. Though children who panicked go again in Psammead but….When it is every child, I think that the theme that is the ideal is a story, and the fantasy story that can be happily read.

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The Psammead is a grumpy sand fairy who grants wishes to five children. Unfortunately, the children find out that having wishes granted can come with unintended consequences. They wish for gold coins, but can't spend them without being accused of being thieves. They wish for a castle but find themselves in the middle of a siege. It goes on like this. In the end they wish for no more wishes!

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