The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own ...Show synopsisThe Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...Hide synopsis
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I read this book as a child and thoroughly enjoyed it! My memory must be playing tricks---I went through the entire book waiting for the good stuff---but never got there! I think the problem is, that by today's standards this is a very tame story. Kids see rougher stuff than this in their computer games, or the six o'clock news.
I used this book for "Read Aloud" time right after my 4th graders came back from lunch and they loved it!! Everyday we read a chapter and they were truly excited to hear about the adventures of the little people and speculating on what was going to happen next.
Some of the items used for furniture or drinking mentioned in the book (such as thimbles) needed to be explained but that added to their understanding of just how big the characters were in the book.
I would recommend it to read to any students or add to your library for them to read alone.
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