Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet known for her children's books. She was born on August 15, 1858, and died on May 4, 1924. Nesbit is perhaps best remembered for her innovative children's literature, including novels and collections of stories like 'The Railway Children' and 'Five Children and It.' Her writing often combined realistic, contemporary children in real-world settings with magical adventures. Besides her contributions to children's literature, she was also a co-founder of the Fabian Society, a socialist organization. Her works have remained popular and influential, inspiring many other authors in the genre.
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"The Railway Children" is a classic children's story about three siblings who move to the countryside after their father is falsely accused of spying and imprisoned. They live near a railway station and have many adventures, including saving a train from disaster, helping a Russian exile find his family, and aiding a gentleman who had been robbed. The story is filled with themes of courage, kindness, and resourcefulness, culminating in the children's efforts to prove their father's innocence, leading to his eventual release.
The book follows the adventures of five siblings who, while exploring the English countryside, discover a sand fairy known as the Psammead, which has the power to grant wishes. The children are thrilled by the prospect of having their desires fulfilled but soon learn that magic comes with its own set of complications. Each wish granted by the creature only lasts until sunset and often leads to unexpected consequences, teaching the children valuable lessons about the perils of greed, the importance of being careful what you wish for, and the power of imagination and kindness.