The Psammead Trilogy

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 240 ratings

The Psammead Trilogy Publisher's Summary

Edith Nesbit was to children in the early 20th century what J.K. Rowling is to today's young generation. Magic, mythical creatures, time travel, charms, words of power... Nesbit's stories have it all.

This recording is the complete collection of Edith Nesbit's Psammead series, comprising three captivating stories:

Five Children and It.The story begins when a group of five children - Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - move from London to the countryside of Kent. While playing in a gravel pit, they discover a rather grumpy, ugly and occasionally malevolent sand-fairy known as the Psammead who is compelled to grant one wish of theirs per day. The effects of each wish last until sundown. All the wishes granted to the children go hilariously wrong. When they wish to be beautiful, nobody recognises them and they are shut out of the house. When they wish to be rich, they get a stack of gold coins but nobody will take them. When they wish for wings they find themselves stuck on a tall tower at sunset. When they wish that their baby brother was older, he turns into a grown-up and bosses them about. When Robert wishes he was bigger than the baker's boy (who has beaten him in a scrap) he becomes eleven feet tall. There are many more adventures... but you will need to listen and find out for yourselves....

The Phoenix and the Carpet. This is the second story about Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - who live in London. One day their mother buys a new carpet for the nursery which mysteriously contains a stone egg. When the egg falls into the fire by accident, nobody can possibly imagine what adventures will be unleashed. The egg hatches the Phoenix who reveals that the carpet is in fact a magic wishing carpet, which will take the children on a rollercoaster ride of adventures, scrapes and mishaps. They end up stuck inside a tunnel with buried treasure, on a sunny Southern shore where their cook is made Queen of the Island, having tea with the Rania in India, and even when they are at home in Camden town they mysteriously and unexpectedly become the owners of an unfeasibly large number of cats.

The Story of the Amulet. The magic Psammead is back! This time the four children are stuck in London for the Summer, when they come across the Psammead (or wish-giving sand-fairy), imprisoned in a pet shop. They manage to free him, and he tells them where they can get hold of a magic amulet which will bring them their hearts' desire. Unfortunately when the amulet is secured, it is incomplete. They and the Psammead must travel back into ancient history to see the part of the amulet which was lost. The children experience one breathtaking adventure after another in Babylon, Egypt, the lost city of Atlantis, Tyre...

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  • Book 1-3

    • The Psammead Trilogy

    • Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet
    • By: E. Nesbit, Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Edith Nesbit was to children in the early 20th century what J.K. Rowling is to today's young generation. Magic, mythical creatures, time travel, charms, words of power... Nesbit's stories have it all. This recording is the complete collection of Edith Nesbit's Psammead series, comprising three captivating stories:Five Children and It.The story begins when a group of five children - Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - move from London to the countryside of Kent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quaint

    • By jaspersu on 08-06-15

    Regular price: $53.29

  • Book 1

    • Five Children and It

    • By: E. Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother start digging a hole to Australia. They don’t get too far, however, before they dig up a furry brown creature with bat’s ears. It is a Psammead, an ancient sand-fairy. The Sammyadd, as the children call it, grumpily tells them that he is obliged to grant their wishes, because making people’s wishes come true is what Sandfairies do. However, there is one catch: The wishes come undone at sunset.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charming children’s fantasy

    • By Katherine on 12-03-13

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Five Children and It

    • By: E. Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    On a summer holiday in the countryside of England, five children suddenly find themselves without the supervision of their parents. Left alone with the housekeeper, the children anticipate a dull vacation. However, they soon find more adventure than they can handle. The first day after their parents leave, the children head for a gravel pit to pretend that they are at the beach. While digging in the sand they find a Psammead, or a sand fairy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great story for everyone!

    • By Mom on 04-27-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Five Children and It

    • By: E. Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The world of Anthea, Cyril, Robert, Jane, and "the Lamb" is transformed when they come upon a Psammead (or Sand Fairy) who grants them one wish a day - with unexpected results!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book for my 4th grader!

    • By Pam Dollins on 11-29-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Five Children and It

    • By: Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    First written in 1902, this is one of Edith Nesbit's best loved children's stories. It all begins when a group of five children – Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - move from London to the countryside of Kent. While playing in a gravel pit, they discover a rather grumpy, ugly and occasionally malevolent sand-fairy known as the Psammead who is compelled to grant one wish of theirs per day. The effects of each wish last until sundown. All the wishes granted to the children go hilariously wrong.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Charming

    • By Hilary on 01-10-12

    Regular price: $13.42

    • Five Children and It

    • By: Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Cate Barratt, Charlotte Duckett, Libby Stephenson, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Didn’t love the narration

    • By MLWood on 06-08-18

    Regular price: $14.27

  • Book 2

    • The Phoenix and the Carpet

    • By: Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    First written in 1904, this is one of Edith Nesbit's best-loved children's stories. It it the second story about a group of five children - Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - who live in London. One day their mother buys a new carpet for the nursery which mysteriously contains a stone egg. When the egg falls into the fire by accident, nobody can possibly imagine what adventures will be unleashed.

    Regular price: $18.58

    • The Phoenix and the Carpet

    • By: E. Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    In this follow-up to Nesbit’s classic Five Children and It, Cyril, Robert, Anthea, Jane, and the Lamb have more magical adventures in store when a mysterious egg hatches in the nursery fireplace. Out comes a flame-colored bird, the Phoenix, who, though a bit conceited, proves very helpful indeed. The bird kindly explains that the second-hand Persian carpet recently acquired for the nursery is actually a flying one. On it, they may travel to any place and time that they wish. But once again, the children find that magic does not always go as planned.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nesbit was an innovative children's author

    • By Katherine on 12-03-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Phoenix and the Carpet

    • By: Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Cate Barratt, Charlotte Duckett, Libby Stephenson, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In The Phoenix and the Carpet, five adventurous children are given a carpet that, unknown by their parents, contains a magic egg that hatches into a phoenix. A series of escapades ensues, some amusing, others dangerous and but all of which are entertaining.

    Regular price: $15.70

  • Book 3

    • The Story Of The Amulet

    • By: Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    The magic Psammead is back! This time the four children, Cyril, Robert, Anthea and Jane are stuck in London for the Summer, when they come across the Psammead (or wish-giving sand-fairy), imprisoned in a pet shop. They manage to free him, and he tells them where they can get hold of a magic amulet which will bring them their hearts' desire. Unfortunately when the amulet is secured, it is incomplete. They and the Psammead must travel back into ancient history to see the part of the amulet which was lost.

    Regular price: $20.65