In their second adventure, published in 1904, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, and Jane (not to mention Baby Lamb) encounter the legendary magical creature, the Phoenix, as well as a magic carpet that grants three wishes per day. They travel to a French castle, to a tropical island filled with copper-skinned natives, foil a burglar, arrange a marriage, change people's disposition, and have to figure out how to get 199 Persian cats, 398 muskrats, a cow, and a policeman out of their house. Their charming adventures not only entertain but teach them, and the reader, a few gentle lessons.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus
Robert, Anthea, Cyril, and Jane are back for a third round with magic. This time, an accidental fire (no one specifically *said* they should not light fireworks indoors) hatches the Phoenix, the world's most self-centered, egotistical, vain, and silly bird. The Phoenix introduces the children to the magical properties of their nursery carpet - it's a flying carpet, of course - and they have adventures. They find (and lose and find again) treasure, encounter hostile natives on desert isles, and just generally have a good time. Of course, this being a Nesbit book, the magic gets them into trouble, and creates as many problems as it solves.
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy
First published in 1904, the famous five who had more magical adventures than should be decently allowed with the Psammead in 'Five Children and It', and 'The Story of the Amulet' are back - on a wild ride with the hopelessly vain but good-hearted Phoenix and his flying carpet. This funny and warm-hearted story has withstood a century remarkable well and proves that children and the best sorts of magic never change.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose