Five Children on the Western Front

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Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

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In addition to describing the three eldest children's involvement in the war, Saunders weaves in a parallel narrative regarding the Psammead's inglorious history as a desert god, which echoes the tragedy unfolding in France. And in Saunders' book the four older children from Nesbit's books (Cyril, Anthea, Jane and Robert) have all reached young adulthood, ranging from 16-21 at the start of the story. That idea, of the contrast between the eternal child of Edwardian fiction and the modern horrors of WWI; that the very generation of children whose images are so emblematic of childhood whimsy were to become the officers and nurses of the trenches - that's definitely a promising intersection. Anthea is forced to see her young man secretly because she knows that her mother wouldn't approve of him since he is out of their class. Cyril is introduced for the first time as an imaginative young boy; fantasizing about what motorcar he’ll get in 1930.

The way Saunders uses the Psammead's history to parallel the WWI setting is its main strength, that and the beautiful way she pokes at Fabian confusion/hypocrisy.

In capital letters because I definitely had better things to be doing than losing my mind over absolutely nothing yet there I was. The family had just moved from London to the countryside in Kent and it is there that the children discover a Psammead (Sammy-ad) or sand fairy living in their gravel pit. Introduced as an eccentric young boy, with similar interests to Cyril, and becoming a smart young man studying for exams.

I would recommend this book and I would probably rate in 8 out 10, it is a very good book but if you are not in secondary school, then you might not understand some of the language in this book. Although it is a darker and sadder story as the Pemberton family face World War I, I still loved every moment of it.

This fits in nicely with the originals but I must admit, it was blindly obvious to me that a character that was supposed to be a cockney, was coming out with these kind of archaic sayings too! Gallery images of our book boxes show an example of what may be included – treat and gift content may differ. In this highly acclaimed sequel to the much-loved Five Children and It, we rejoin the five children on the eve of World War I.

The Psammead is all but forgotten, becoming a family myth, until he suddenly reappears at the bottom of the garden. The time is at the start of World War 1 and Cyril, the eldest of the Pemberton boys is off to fight. I think that one of the things I enjoyed most about the original Five Children and It (although it's probably been about 15-20 years since I read it) was that the wishes always went awry, and the Psammead was just like "lol w/e" while the children scrabbled to get themselves out of all sorts of scrapes. BUT there were also some great lines, such as the Lamb describing the Psammead as a "furry Jack the Ripper. One expects a book containing fairies to be filled with magic and wonder; much like the original, except in this one, the fairy has lost his magic.I know I'm being harsh, but in employing the material of one of children's literature's giants, Saunders has laid claim to some serious ambitions. At the time, I never really noticed that most of her books follow a reliable - even repetitive - pattern (short story mini-adventures of siblings strung out into a novel, often with a grumpy magical creature involved), that her language and attitude is distinctly upper-class, or that they wouldn't really work outside of their own era. I'm still not a fan of modern interpretations but Kate Saunders somehow managed to tap into Nesbit's voice perfectly and it was almost impossible to tell at times that this wasn't written by one of the first (and best) women authors for children herself. It's a worthy continuation of a fantastic series, that should be read by old and new fans of Nesbit's alike. She has also been a regular contributor to radio and television, with appearances on the Radio 4 programs Woman's Hour, Start the Week, and Kaleidoscope.

I've read the original trilogy countless times so when I heard that there was a continuation of the story being published I was horrified, for want of a better word. The language was very jolly-hockeysticks -- lots of "rathers" and "good-ohs", and everything was old: old bean, old dear, old boy. The other approach would be to take these children more as symbolic of a generation, to use the iconic nature of these characters to serve as avatars of a generation, heightening the experience of a generation into this idea of four carefree moppets plunged into the worst ind of adult reality.The children initially regard the Psammead as a treasured (if rather bad-tempered) sand fairy but as the book progresses we learn about the awful crimes he committed in his time.

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