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The Story of the Amulet

E. Nesbit

Book Overview: 

The third of the series featuring Cyril, Anthea, Robert and Jane: four children who are, as they often say, "the sort of people that wonderful things happen to". In 'Five Children and It' they were lucky enough to meet the magical, wish-granting Psammead - and in this final book they meet him once again. He guides them to an ancient Amulet that will help them find their hearts' desire - but it's only half an amulet, and seeking for the other half has them whizzing about through time on another series of amazing adventures

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then this is Egypt,' said Robert, who had once taken a geography prize.

'I don't see any crocodiles,' Cyril objected. His prize had been for natural history.

The Psammead reached out a hairy arm from its basket and pointed to a heap of mud at the edge of the water.

'What do you call that?' it said; and as it spoke the heap of mud slid into the river just as a slab of damp mixed mortar will slip from a bricklayer's trowel.

'Oh!' said everybody.

There was a crashing among the reeds on the other side of the water.

'And there's a river-horse!' said the Psammead, as a great beast like an enormous slaty-blue slug showed itself against the black bank on the far side of the stream.

'It's a hippopotamus,' said Cyril; 'it seems much more real somehow than the one at the Zoo, doesn't it?'

'I'm glad it's being real on the other side of the river,' said Jane. And now there was a crackling of reed. . . Read More

Community Reviews

One summer holiday in the country four London siblings Cyril, Anthea, Robert and Jane discovered a strange creature, a Psammead or sand-fairy who granted wishes – a mixed blessing as they soon found out. The Christmas that followed found them lumbered with a Persian carpet and a Phoenix which got th

London, 23rd November 1905

Dear Virginia,

The Story of the Amulet is at last finished, and I delivered it to the publishers yesterday! I must admit that I am not entirely satisfied, and maybe I should not have spent quite so much time discussing it with my dear friends at the Fabian Society. At first

In this third volume of the series (following Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet), Nesbit finally succumbs to the temptation to get socialist and preachy. There is a revolt of the workers in Ancient Egypt where the rabble-rouser addressed the rabble with 'Comrades!', a visit to a so

Have you ever heard the question "Do you have the other half of this amulet?" I had, and it bugged me, as it was always as a tongue-in-cheek reference to something else—but I never knew what. I searched for the phrase and turned up this delightful 1905 children's book by Edith Nesbit, who happens to

Childhood Archaeology

The Story of the Amulet is the third of Edith Nesbit's Psammead Trilogy, about four children in Edwardian England who find a sand-fairy (a cantankerous creature like a dilapidated monkey with bat ears and snail eyes) with the power to grant wishes. After the calamities that foll

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