|Plot Summary of The Story of the Amulet|
|"Written in 1906 and dedicated to Dr Wallace Budge of the British Museum, E. Nesbit excelled herself with this humorous magical time-travel tale. The four children bump into their irascible old friend the Psammead (the most ancient and venerable form of sand-fairy, originating in Greece, but will reside wherever there is good sand to sleep in), who is now not able to directly grant their wishes, but does deign to show them where there is a most interesting amulet. Or rather, only half an amulet; in this state the enormity of its power is transmuted into the ability to grant travel in time and space to recover its lost half. The children proceed to light-heartedly rampage through the known and unknown history of man's civilisations - Stone Age Egypt, Babylon, Atlantis, Julius Caesar espying Britain across the English Channel, Egypt of the pharaohs, ancient Tyre of the Tyrian purple to learn the secret of the dibaptha cloth, and back to the future. Bringing the queen of Babylon back to Victorian London - hilarity on a stick."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|"Robert, Anthea, Cyril, and Jane are reunited with the Psammead in a London pet store; the Psammead can't grant their wishes anymore - not after the last adventure - but he does tell them where to find half of an amulet of great power. That half has the power to transport them through time to try to find the other half. With the Psammead's help (and hindrance), the children are off; they go to ancient Egypt, Tyre, and even to their own future, among other places. Another of Nesbit's masterful romps."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|"In their third adventure, published in 1906, Robert, Anthea, Jane, and Cyril discover their old friend the Psammead in a pet store in London. The magical sand creature can no longer grant them wishes, but it can do it for others, and it leads the children to a magical half amulet that lets them travel through time and space. They search for the rest of the Amulet, which will grant them their fondest wish, to go to prehistoric Egypt, Babylon, Atlantis just before the cataclysm, Britain on the eve of Caesar's invasion, and Phoenicia. Both the Queen of Babylon and an Egyptian priest turn up in modern-day London, too."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Story of the Amulet|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
- largely backwards/past
- magical artifact
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
Time Travel story?
Story largely takes place in
- Really long ago
- a kid
- 20th century
- general past
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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