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Robert, Anthea, Jane, Cyril and the Lamb are on holiday at the White House, a beautiful place on the edge of a hill with a chalk quarry one side and a gravel-pit on the other. Before they have even been there a week, they make an amazing discovery. Digging in the gravel-pit, they find a fairy! The Psammead is brown, furry, fat and shaped like a spider- as well as being very old, and very grumpy. But most importantly, the creature can grant wishes, and the children are soon having the most wonderful adventures...

An abridged reading by Lynda Bellingham of E. Nesbit's classic tale.

©2012 E. Nesbit (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Performance was good. Sometimes a bit raspy voice. Kids are 12, 10 and 9 and all enjoyed the story.

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I loved the narrators voice. She captured the story well. Was hooked from the beggining.

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ok not great

old fashioned but ok. the author could have been much more creative with the wishes. I know it was supposed to teach you that wishes don't work- but their inept wishing just made me frustrated.

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Not the great E Nesbit quality I'm used to.

A real disappointment. Clearly why I've never bothered with this story before. I didn't miss anything!

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  • Mel
  • 15-08-2017

The only problem is that it's not longer!

I had forgotten I had an Audilble membership, so I was using up the credits before cancelling my membership. I chose Five Children and It randomly for the last credit.

I put this book on during a 2-hour drive. Unfortunately, I spent most of the last hour of the drive, after this story finished, listening to "Have you got the next one yet? Can we listen to the next one? Mu-um, where's the next sand fairy story?" The only way I avoided the same questions on the way home was by re-playing this story. I think it's safe to say that my 5 year old liked it!

So I've now re-activated my membership and will be purchasing The Phoenix and the Carpet.

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  • Peter Schutte
  • 19-05-2018

Loved this story

My kids (ages 7-2) and I loved this story! It has adventure and some great life lessons. The more we listen to it, the more we laugh.

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  • Omki
  • 08-11-2017

Oh Childhood

this book was read to me as a kid and it's still just as fun now as it was then.

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  • jenn
  • 12-08-2017

I liked everything

my 5 year old: "another kid would love it, all of it. the fairy and the children and the parents were good. the fairy did magic for them and made magic tricks, one of the tricks was the fairy made a magical castle. there was nothing really bad... there were some bad things but then they were okay." 😊

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  • A. Rabe
  • 01-08-2017

Fun Listen, Good Discussion Starters

The story is both fun & good for discussion starters concerning morality for younger children? Would be a great story to apply classical five common topics of definition, comparison, relationship, circumstance & testimony in order to ask questions to kids.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 14-08-2017

THIS HAPPENS BEFORE MOTOR CARS

GO TO BED AND TRY AND BE BETTER CHILDREN IN THE MORNING
This is your typical "Be careful what you wish for" type of stories. Each day is like a new story as the children get a new wish from the sand fairy. Kids will enjoy it, as the children get into bad situations, caused by their wishes.

Lamb
The baby is called lamb, cause he is always making Baa sounds.

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  • april scoty
  • 03-08-2017

good family story

kids definitely need to be sitting and listening to this the narrating was somewhat monologue for younger kids.

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  • mountainaven
  • 29-09-2021

Hated it and couldn't finish

The narrator was hard to understand for children and the story was rough. We couldn't finish listening.

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  • Ashley
  • 02-09-2021

We liked it

Nice, short read aloud for my kids, aged 3, 6, & 9. Enough adventure to keep them interested!

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  • Cambria
  • 29-07-2021

Good family story

Cute and fun! We listened as a family on our road trip and we all enjoyed it.

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  • B. Davison
  • 25-02-2020

Very bad value

when searching for titles from E Nesbit I was offered this for one credit. having bought it I found out the whole trilogy is only one credit, that's not fair.
Lucent book, beautifully read, but go straight to the psamead trilogy instead.

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  • Claire Elliott
  • 20-07-2020

Beautiful Story & beautifully read

I love this story! And to have it read to you by Lynda is just lovely.


Brings me right back to my childhood.

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  • Julie underhill
  • 23-12-2021

Narrated by a lovely lady, R.I.P Lynda Bellingham

an old story ,which brought back memories of my nana reading it to me. Happy memories and enjoyed listening to it by lynda Bellingham whose voice was very soothing and relaxing. A lady whom is sadly no longer with us.,and very much missed.

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  • Lucy P
  • 05-09-2021

My daughter loved this

The only boy that hasn’t time traveled well is the ‘Red Indians’ wish - the native Americans are depicted as fighting savages before disappearing. Otherwise, this is perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-2021

unexpected racism

I wasn't expecting a whole portion of the story to be a very racist portrayal of indigenous people. I understand it's an old story, but still it was rather igregious.

other than that it was a fun listen and was well read.

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  • JET
  • 09-01-2022

Good

It was good but yes it was all so unfair to native Americans but apart apart from that quite good

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