The Borrowers by Mary Norton is an English classic - and now a favourite BBC TV series too! 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 ...
The Borrowers by Mary Norton is an English classic - and now a favourite BBC TV series too! 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...'Beautifully written, poetic and almost always alarming, the Borrowers have something very mysterious, sad and exciting about them' - Sunday TimesMary Norton was born in 1903 and brought up in a house in Bedfordshire, which was to become the setting for The Borrowers. First published in 1952, The Borrowers was an immediate success, winning the Library Association's Carnegie Medal. There followed four more Borrowers books: The Borrowers Afield (1955), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961) and The Borrowers Avenged (1982). Poor Stainless was the last Borrowers story Mary Norton wrote. She died in 1992.Starring Robert Sheehan, Aisling Loftus, Christopher Ecclestone, Stephen Fry and Victoria Wood, a brand-new film for the BBC of The Borrowers will be a must-watch Christmas Day special.Film directed by Tom Harper and screenplay written by Ben Vanstone.
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180 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. JUVENILE LITERATURE. Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock. "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.
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