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While exploring the beach, four adventurous children make the acquaintance of a very odd creature: a sand fairy. When they have adapted to the brusque and forthright demeanor of the fairy, they discover that he has unusual powers, which he can be persuaded to demonstrate. As a result, the children enjoy many bizarre adventures, some of which are dangerous, but all of which are entertaining.

Five Children and It is the first volume of a trilogy. The later escapades of the children are described in the succeeding volumes, The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet.

Narrated by Cate Barratt.


  • Jane - Charlotte Duckett
  • Anthea - Libby Stephenson
  • Cyril - Amanda Friday
  • Robert - Becca Maggie
  • Psammead - John Burlinson
  • Martha - K. G.Cross
  • The Lamb - Amanda Friday
  • Cook - Jennifer Fournier
  • Rebecca - Cate Barratt
  • Mother - Elizabeth Klett
  • Amelia - Maureen Boutillier
  • Jessie - Leanne Yau
  • Little Girl - Miranda Hodges
  • Mr. Beale - Denis Daly
  • Mr. Crispin - Tovarisch
  • Mr. Peasmarsh - Alan Weyman
  • Beale the Gamekeeper - David Prickett
  • Pharaoh - Brett Downey
  • Levi - Brian Mansi

Audio edited by Michele Eaton.

Public Domain (P)2016 The Online Stage

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  • MLWood
  • 08-06-2018

Didn’t love the narration

I love this story.
I would have preferred a single narrator. With the different voices and characters there were pauses that lasted too long. The flow with not awesome.

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