The Railway Children
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In this well-loved classic (1906), the comfortable lives of three well-mannered children are greatly altered when, one evening, two men arrive at the house and take their father away. With the family's fortunes considerably reduced in his absence, the children and their mother are foced to live in a simple country cottage near a railway stations. There the young trio befriend the porter and station master.
The youngsters' days are filled with adventure and excitement, including their successful attempt to avert a horrible train disaster; but the mysterious disappearance of their father continues to haunt them.
The solution to that painful puzzle and many other details and events come to vivid life as the story progresses.
Ideal for ages 7 and above.
Five Children and It
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"It" is a Psammead, an ancient, ugly and irritable sand fairy the children find one day in a gravel pit. It grants them a wish a day, lasting until sunset. But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties. Magic, the children find, can be as awkward as it is enticing.
This was a favorite of our children - I hope your children enjoy it as much!
The Enchanted Castle
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E. Nesbit wrote children's books that are among the best available. In this story of magical fantasy with real-life complications (you'll discover that real-life complications are a persistent theme in all her stories - and a delightful one), Gerald, Cathy, and Jimmy wake a beautiful princess from her hundred-year sleep in an enchanted garden. It's really only Mabel, the housekeeper's niece - but the garden really is enchanted, and the ring she slips on really is magic! The children find that it takes magic to get everything sorted out - whether in the magical world or the ordinary one! Great reading for the whole family - especially children ages 7 and older.
The Book of Dragons
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The Book of Dragons unleashes an exciting flock of mysterious, wild, and unpredictable creatures. Here you will meet a dragon who flies out of an enchanted book and swallows an entire soccer team; two children who try to wake St. George while dragons of all shapes and sizes descend on England; and wicked Prince Tiresome, who trades half his kingdom with a pigkeeper to catch a raging dragon. This volume contains some of E. S. Nesbit's best stories and all of the original illustrations by H. R. Miller. Deliciously exciting for children ages 7 and up as a read-to; ages 9 and above to read by themselves.