Five Children and It, The (paperback)
When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they're staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them. The ancient one is ugly and irritable but grants them one wish a day. They soon run out of sensible wishes and get themselves into all sorts of trouble. The author E. Nesbit was a prolific writer of stories, poems and plays for both young and old but is best known for her beloved children's adventure stories. For ages 8-12.