What would you wish for if you could have a wish a day? Five Children and It by E. Nesbit is about five children who find a sand fairy and tells what goes wrong with all the wishes they make. I listened to this as an audio book and I was entertained. Every wish the children made seemed to turn wrong on them. There is plenty of suspense as the reader wonders how the children are going to get out of the scraps that their wishes put them in.
The story gave some important lessons about being careful what you wish for (to be cliche) and also the dangers of wanting the material things in life. The children learn that what is really important is their family, just the way it is. The children grow wiser with every wish and are better for having met the straight-talking sand fairy.
I was surprised to find out that this book was published in 1905. Even a hundred years later, the lessons learned by the children can apply to those of today, especially regarding the desires for things and money and beauty. I recommend this for an entertaining read.