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The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Borrowers (1952)

by Mary Norton

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I watched the Ghibli movie a while back but this book is so tiny I thought I could read it anyway. I think I almost like the story within the story device better than the Borrowers themselves, well, almost :p Although a bit sexist at times, it is also surprisingly mature about some things. Arriett´s worldview is so very much her own than it is impossible to believe she was a fragment of the boy´s imagination. Furthermore, we see Kate herself being created as a character on the very first page (and we know the whole book to be a piece of fiction), so who is real anyway? Really cool worldbuilding, might even read more of the series.

'Oh," said the boy again. He seemed to find it a safe sound, as lawyers do. "Are there many people like you?"
"No," said Arrietty. "None. We're all different."
"I mean as small as you?"
Arrietty laughed. "Oh, don't be silly!" she said. "Surely you don't think there are many people in the world your size?"
"There are more my size than yours," he retorted.
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  Evalangui | Aug 22, 2014 |
The imagination and creativity used in this story will never get old. Have always loved this story. ( )
  EmilySansovich | Apr 27, 2014 |
This classic book invites you into the world of the tiny people called borrowers. It follows their family's adventures and relationships, bringing readers into this miniature world. Readers will be sucked in waiting to find out what happens, a very enjoyable read. ( )
  bouchk | Mar 17, 2014 |
Classic children's story about the little people who live in human houses and "borrow" what they need to live. The details of their lives are ery well imagined, but somehow these stories have a dark undertone that disturbed me as a child, as when the Borrower girl Arriety's friendship with a human boy has disastrous results.
Illustrations are very nice clean line drawings. ( )
  antiquary | Dec 14, 2013 |
This is one of my all-time favorite fantasies. I love the idea of this story because we all wonder where our things go when we misplace them. The first time I read this story when I was younger, I believed that there really were borrowers. There's nothing I don't like about this book! I love the characters and the family dynamic. I also love the message of imagination this sends to readers. Older readers realize that borrowers are not real but they can appreciate the thought behind it. And younger readers can use their imagination to imagine a world with such creatures. ( )
  akitso1 | Nov 20, 2013 |
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Mary Nortonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krush, BethIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Anyone who has ever entertained the notion of "little people" living furtively among us will adore this artfully spun classic. The Borrowers--a Carnegie Medal winner, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award book, and an ALA Distinguished Book--has stolen the hearts of thousands of readers since its 1953 publication. Mary Norton (1903-1993) creates a make-believe world in which tiny people live hidden from humankind beneath the floorboards of a quiet country house in England.

Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty of the diminutive Clock family outfit their subterranean quarters with the tidbits and trinkets they've "borrowed" from "human beans," employing matchboxes for storage and postage stamps for paintings. Readers will delight in the resourceful way the Borrowers recycle household objects. For example, "Homily had made her a small pair of Turkish bloomers from two glove fingers for 'knocking about in the mornings.'"

The persistent pilfering goes undetected until a boy (with a ferret!) comes to live in the country house. Curiosity drives Arrietty to commit the worst mistake a Borrower can make: she allows herself to be seen. This engaging, sometimes hair-raisingly suspenseful adventure is recounted in the kind, eloquent voice of narrator Mrs. May, whose brother might--just might--have seen an actual Borrower in the country house many years ago. (Ages 9 to 12)

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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.

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