The Phoenix and the Carpet

Edith Nesbit

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The Phoenix and the Carpet is a children's book by English author Edith Nesbit. It was first published in 1904 and is the second book in a trilogy that starts with Five Children and It, and ends with The Story of the Amulet. The book has the same five children as the previous book in the trilogy: Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and Hilary. The mother of the children purchases a new carpet for the nursery, and within it the children find an egg. After accidentally knocking the egg into the fire, it hatches into a talking Phoenix that tells the children the carpet is magical and that they can have three wishes a day. Using this to the full extent, the children go on lots of adventures along with the Phoenix. A few times, they find themselves in situations in which they need extra help and the Psammead from Five Children and It is on hand to rescue them. Eventually, the carpet wears out and the Phoenix tells the children that it has reached the end of it's current lifespan.

Since the book was published, there have been at least four film adaptations.

This book has 62,038 words, 117 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1904.

Production notes: This ebook of The Phoenix and the Carpet was published by Global Grey on 7th March 2021, and updated on the 19th April 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Flying Carpet' by Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov.

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