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NESBIT, E.: Five Children and It (Abridged)


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NESBIT, E.: Five Children and It (Abridged)

Filled with wit and humour, Nesbit’s 1902 fantasy tells the adventure of five siblings sent to spend the summer with their uncle. One day, when the children wander from the strange house by the sea to play in old gravel pits, they uncover ‘It’—a prehistoric Sand-fairy. Psammead (pronounced Sammyadd) was an odd-looking creature with eyes on long horns which, like those of a snail, moved in and out like telescopes; ears like that of a bat; its tubby body shaped like a spider’s, covered with thick soft fur; and at the base of its furry arms and legs were hands and feet resembling a monkey’s. The unusual Sand-fairy grants the children one wish a day, each lasting until sunset. Though wishes can come true, they are not always as pleasant as they might seem, which the children soon discover.

Disc 1

  Five Children and It
1.   Our house was three miles from the station 00:02:56
2.   Before Anthea and Cyril and the others had been a week in the country 00:03:39
3.   The children stood round the hole 00:03:03
4.   The sand - fairy smoothed his long rat - like whiskers 00:03:51
5.   'Just one more, please' 00:03:32
6.   Baby was just waking when they got to him 00:02:40
7.   It was a horrible afternoon 00:02:40
8.   Anthea woke in the morning 00:03:41
9.   On the road they turned and looked back 00:04:08
10.   And now the children began to see 00:03:10
11.   The children stood huddled together like frightened sheep 00:03:54
12.   The morning after, the children awoke 00:03:31
13.   It was settled that, as soon as they had wished for the money 00:03:32
14.   'We may as well get along home', said Robert 00:03:09
15.   So they took courage 00:03:36
16.   The shadows got longer and longer 00:04:05
17.   The next day was very hot indeed 00:03:34
18.   Anthea was late for breakdfast 00:03:28
19.   They tried several other farms 00:03:20
20.   Everything was carried up to the top of the tower 00:03:05
21.   There was a pause 00:02:48
22.   So Andrew fetched the lantern and the cook's cousin 00:03:16
23.   The vicar had sunk into a chair 00:03:16

Disc 2

  Five Children and It
1.   Martha was obliged to keep the children indoors the next day for a punishment 00:03:01
2.   The leader was exactly like the pictures 00:03:03
3.   He found the fairy 00:04:49
4.   The great thing, after all, was they they had had dinner 00:03:36
5.   'We ought to have defended THIS!' 00:03:20
6.   'Look here' said Cyril 00:03:48
7.   It was not a happy party that flung itself down in the sand 00:03:21
8.   There were some swings 00:03:49
9.   Then began a very strange and wonderful afternoon 00:03:10
10.   'Look here' said Cyril 00:03:24
11.   Cyril had once pointed out that ordinary life 00:03:10
12.   The Lamb - the original little tiresome beloved Lamb 00:03:03
13.   This was really rather noble of Cyril 00:02:59
14.   When he had mended the bicycle 00:03:12
15.   Probably the day would have been a greater success 00:03:19
16.   There was not very much in the missionary box 00:03:37
17.   It is wonderful how like an Indian you can make yourselves 00:03:03
18.   Golden Eagle and his followers came up with them 00:04:15
19.   At breakfast two things happened 00:03:21
20.   So up she went, took off her bonnet and went to the dressing table 00:03:17
21.   When Martha had gone 00:03:24
22.   'Before we go further, will you wish something for me' 00:04:01

Total Playing Time: 02:33:56

Nesbit, Edith

Bentinck, Anna

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Junior Classic Fiction

Catalogue No: NA230512

Barcode: 9789626343050

Physical Release: 02/2004

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