The Phoenix & The Carpet
I expect you know how boring it can be to stay indoors on rainy days. None of the 5 children meant to set the nursery carpet on fire that wet day. They only wanted to test out their fireworks. The new carpet when it arrives comes with something odd wrapped inside – an enormous glowing egg, and with it the chance for a whole new set of adventures.
When Cyril, Anthea, Robert and Jane accidentally destroy a carpet in their London home with fireworks, their parents replace it with a second-hand one. Upon unfurling it, the children find an egg inside, and, when one of them accidentally drops it into the fire, it hatches into a magical golden phoenix, who tells them that he can take them on the carpet to any location they wish. This revelation sets the siblings – and their baby brother Lamb – off on wild adventures, taking them around London and to far-flung destinations such as India and a remote tropical island.After the success of Five Children and It, E. Nesbit decided to recast its much-loved characters in this sequel, which has now become a classic in its own right, enchanting generations of readers and inspiring many film and television adaptations.