The Phoenix and the Carpet
Author: E. Nesbit
Publisher: Puffin Classics; Paperback
It's startling enough to have a Phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it reveals you have a magic carpet on the floor. Conceited it may be, but the Phoenix is also good-kindhearted, and obligingly accompanies the children on their adventures through time and space--which, magic being what it is, rarely turn out as they were meant...