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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features unique cover art by Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany and Co. to Wes Anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility. With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, the Penguin Drop Caps series debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a 'B' for Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre, and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My Ántonia. It continues with more perennial classics, perfect to give as elegant gifts or to showcase on your own shelves.

N is for Nesbit. While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit: “Its eyes were on long horns like a snails eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bats ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spiders and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkeys.” The Psammead is magical and, every day, the ancient and irritable creature grants each of them a wish that lasts until sunset. Soon they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpected—and humorous—consequences. And when an accidental wish goes terribly wrong, the children learn that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting. Five Children and It continues to be one of our most enduring stories, as fantastical and as it is true to the wonders of childhood.

 

Synopsis:

While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit: "Its eyes were on long horns like a snail's eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat's ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider's and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey's." The Psammead is magical and, every day, the ancient and irritable creature grants each of them a wish that lasts until sunset. Soon, though, they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpectedand humorousconsequences. But when an accidental wish goes terribly wrong, the children learn that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting.

Synopsis:

In this classic, five children discover a grumpy, wish-granting creature who teaches them that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting. Illustrations.

About the Author

Edith Nesbit (1858–1924) was born in London. Her prolific literary career began with poetry and other ephemera for newspapers and magazines, but she finally found success when she began to write stories for and about children. Her books include The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899), The Wouldbegoods (1901), and The Railway Children (1906). Gillian Avery is a historian of childre‛s books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039150
Introduction:
Millar, H. R.
Author:
Avery, Gillian
Illustrator:
Millar, H. R.
Author:
Hische, Jessica
Author:
Nesbit, Edith
Author:
Nesbit, E.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Fairies
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Penguin Drop Caps
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations by the author
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.56x5.62x.63 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Synopsis" by , While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit: "Its eyes were on long horns like a snail's eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat's ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider's and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey's." The Psammead is magical and, every day, the ancient and irritable creature grants each of them a wish that lasts until sunset. Soon, though, they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpectedand humorousconsequences. But when an accidental wish goes terribly wrong, the children learn that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting.
"Synopsis" by , In this classic, five children discover a grumpy, wish-granting creature who teaches them that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting. Illustrations.

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