Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book Review: The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit

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Book Description:
At the end of "Five Children and It" the five children promised not to ask the Psammead for another wish as long as they lived, but expressed a half wish to see it again some time. They find 'it' again in a pet shop in Camden Town, and their magic adventures start over again. 'It' leads them to a magic amulet - half of it actually - which they use it to try and find the other half. It takes them back to ancient Egypt and Babylon. The Queen of Babylon visits them in London, bringing all her ancient customs with her - which is awkward. They visit the lost continent of Atlantis. They see Julius Caesar in the flesh, but none of these adventures run smoothly, and if they forget the 'word of power' or lose the amulet, what would happen to them?
My thoughts:
The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit is the third book in her fantasy series. In this story we meet the four children staying with their former nurse due to their father being sent to cover a war and their mother recovering from an illness. When they rescue the Psammead their adventure begins with a purchase of a half of an amulet. These adventures take them through different time periods of history. Even though the children can't have any requests granted by the Psammead anyone who is by the Psammead and says, "I wish..." does receive their wish and of course the results are kind of wild and usually very funny.

My kids enjoyed this book, though they they liked Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet better. I think that may have been due to the fact that the story seemed a little darker. Knowing that Edward Eager was greatly influenced by E. Nesbit, I found many elements in this story used by Mr. Eager. Overall, this was a fun conclusion to E. Nesbit's fantasy series and I know will be talked about in our house for awhile. I highly recommend all three books as a family read aloud.

Read my other reviews:
Five Children and It
The Phoenix and the Carpet

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  1. I had no idea that the Five Children and It was the first of a series. We've read that one and it was fun. We've read a few others of hers as well. I also discovered E. Nesbit through Edward Eager. I'm definitely going to have to check these out for our reading. Thanks!

  2. I've been seeing E. Nesbit's name around a good bit, but I hadn't heard of this series. Now there's even more to add to "the never-ending list". :)

  3. I have Five Children and It, but we've never read it. Ditto what supratentorial said--I had no idea it was the beginning of a series/trilogy! I need to read it to my girls.



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