Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

Musings about language, books, grammar, and writing in general

Review: Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit

My Friend Lisa recommended E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It to me because she loves Victorian children’s literature. She also felt that it portrayed the children as realistically bratty, yet they stood together when push came to shove. She also notes that this is the weakest book of the three-book series, so I might consider reading the other two books.

I generally enjoy children’s books, but I didn’t like the children in this one. Nor did I like any of the adults or the sand fairy (who grants one wish a day) the children find. Still, it was published in 1902, s it had the moral attitude of a tale to teach children right from wrong.

All in all, it was an interesting glimpse at how children were regarded at the beginning of the 20th Century. I will try the second book, to see if Lisa is right (she often is), and let you all know what I think.

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