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Edith Nesbit was born in London, she lost her father when she was four. She unhappily attended boarding schools in England before moving, aged nine, to live in France and Germany. The family returned to London in 1872. By her late teens she had published numerous poems. She married in 1880. Nesbit's output was prolific, she published about 40 books for children. According to her biographer. Julia Briggs, Nesbit was the first modern writer for children. Briggs also credits Nesbit with having invented the chidren's adventure story.

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Gr 3-7-This is a delightful reading of a classic story by Edith Nesbit, first published in 1906. When father is suddenly taken away, mother and the three children must leave their fancy London life to live in a simple country cottage near a train station. The children and their bottomless good nature, together with some new friends, work to rescue father and help others along the way. Narrator Virginia Leishman makes this old-fashioned world come alive for today's children without resorting to melodrama. The recording is flawless and without unnecessary fanfare, making it a wonderful way to introduce a classic to young listeners.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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