"Return of the Sand Fairy" was mostly an excuse to reuse the Sand Fairy, on which obviously a lot of effort was expended in the fine adaptation of "Five Children and It." The makers also, obviously, didn't have the funds for the full- scale time travel of "The Story of the Amulet," which was all to the ancient world and so would be horrifically expensive, and they didn't have the gall to rip off Nesbit's title with a simpler story, so they used an easier-to-do time travel story with different characters not totally incompatible with Nesbit's universe-- assuming this story to be taking place sometime between "Five Children and It" and "The Story of the Amulet." The story is "Nesbitesque" rather than being taken from Nesbit, and manages to cover a couple of obvious wishes Nesbit missed. The evil twin would have been my first. My sisters were identical twins. Most of the time they both got away with murder, though once in awhile one was unjustly punished. I always wished both for a twin and to get away with being bad, but the result would likely have been much more like in this story, with the bad twin getting the good one in trouble. The other wish, of course, was invisibility, which Nesbit sort of covered in "The Phoenix and the Carpet." The time travel story in this one was reminiscent of "Tom's Midnight Garden" and the like, with the past events connecting to the modern ones and so on. It wasn't much like the foray into the future in "The Story of the Amulet," but was very good in showing the marvels of the modern age being wonders to Edwardian children. They may have borrowed from other Nesbit works I have not read. I understand "House of Arden" has children visiting a house at different times in its history, including a scene in a kitchen, which this contains. The children are appealing and the adventures entertaining. Not as good as the Amulet, or Tom, but I would certainly watch it again.
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