New York: Looking Glass Library (Random House), 1948. J. S. Goodall. First Reprinted Edition Illustrated by J.S. Goodall. Cloth. Small 8vo, yellow pictorial cloth with Goodall illustration of the five children and IT, which illustration is repeated on the Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped), illustrated with several B&W drawings by J. S. Goodall, 251 pages +  About the Author +  List of Looking Glass Library books. Fine / Fine. Item #2864
Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 1858 – 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children's literature. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later affiliated to the Labour Party.
FIVE CHILDREN AND IT was first published in 1902 as the first novel of the Psammead trilogy: The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904), and The Story of the Amulet (1906). The Five Children are Cyril, Robert, Anthea, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb; IT is the psammead, a prehistoric sand-fairy. They are playing in a gravel pit when they uncover a crotchety, ugly sand fairy. When IT grants them a wish a day, the consequences are frequently awkward. All their wishes go awry with humorous result. The book was initially illustrated by H. R. Millar and has never been out of print.