The 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 ...
The 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...
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180 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. JUVENILE LITERATURE. "Mrs. May lived in two rooms in Kate's parents' house in London; she was, I think, some kind of relation. Her bedroom was on the first floor, and her sitting room was a room which, as part of the house, was called "the breakfast-room." And so begins this novel. "A rare and delicious addition to children's literature...deserves to take its place on the shelf of undying classics."-Louisville Courier-Journal. (Key Words: Fiction, Juvenile Literature, Beth Krush, Joe Krush, Fantasy, Borrowers, Nature, Mary Norton).
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.
Sep 3, 2007
Excellent for a "Read Aloud"
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-22 For 50 years, fans have enjoyed Mary Norton's classic story of The Borrowers, the tiny family (Pod, Homily and their daughter, Arrietty) that secretly lives under the floorboards. This new gift edition features sepia-toned pen-and-inks that Diana Stanley drew for the original 1952 British edition a new foreword by Leonard Marcus explains the book's history, and a ribbon bookmark keeps the place for avid fans. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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