E. Nesbit (1858 - 1924) wrote some of the best-loved children's books of the turn-of-the-century, including The Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, and The Railway Children. Edith Nesbit was friends with many of the great literary figures of her day, including George Bernard Shaw, William Morris, and Laurence Housman. H. G. Wells once wrote to her that 'every self-respecting family will buy [your books]- and I knock my forehead on the ground at your feet in the vigour of my admiration of your easy artistry.'
Gr 3-7-This is a delightful reading of a classic story by Edith Nesbit, first published in 1906. When father is suddenly taken away, mother and the three children must leave their fancy London life to live in a simple country cottage near a train station. The children and their bottomless good nature, together with some new friends, work to rescue father and help others along the way. Narrator Virginia Leishman makes this old-fashioned world come alive for today's children without resorting to melodrama. The recording is flawless and without unnecessary fanfare, making it a wonderful way to introduce a classic to young listeners.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.