The Phoenix and the Carpet Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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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

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a CUTESY fantasy world Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Water    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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