Robert, Anthea, Jane, Cyril and their baby brother, "the Lamb", are left to stay in the country while their parents are away. They discover the Psammead, a sand fairy, brown and hairy, with bat's ears and snail's eyes, and the power to grant wishes, but only reluctantly.
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