The Phoenix and the Carpet Author:Edith Nesbit The four children acquired the magic carpet when they found a special fire egg -- it hatched in their nursery fireplace. The phoenix came from the egg, and when he saw their mother's new Persian rug, he showed them that it was a magical thing -- a flying carpet that would take them any time and that place they could wish for. Witty, genuine, ful... more »l of timeless sympathy and childish sensibility, _The Phoenix and the Carpet_ offers a special ride through wonders for children of all ages.« less
The five completely unsupervised children from Five Children and It are back, this time with a magic carpet that grants wishes and carries them wherever they want to go. They are guided by a conceited phoenix who knows an awful lot but doesn't always give the best advice. This book isn't nearly as funny as the last one, but I did get a two-chapter-long chuckle out of the part with the cats.
The children are fairly well-behaved, have a code of honor, will not steal even when they find piles of gold coins because they must belong to someone, do their best not to tell lies, and, on occasion, use their wishes to find ways to help others all without coming across as stuffy or boring. Suitable for younger readers only if you want to help them over the big words and concepts common in 1900 but obsolete today.