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The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Borrowers (1952)

by Mary Norton

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I really enjoyed this book. Yes it is very unrealistic but I think that a lot of young children can really enjoy reading it and get into the idea that there is a tiny family living inside the walls of their home.
  ninaberger | Nov 17, 2015 |
Have you ever wondered where that eraser you swear you left on the kitchen table disappeared to? Do you always seem to be replacing safety pins and you have no idea where they all go? You're not completely batty! According to Mary Norton, author of The Borrowers, your house is probably home to tiny people who are simply 'borrowing' all of these items. Most people are aware of this story because they saw the movie of the same name starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy to my fellow Potterheads). However, I'd like to give a shoutout to The Secret World of Arrietty which is a FANTASTIC movie that was adapted to the screen by Hayao Miyazaki (!!). I don't think that either version is completely faithful to the book but I also don't think it matters. They capture the idea of what it would be like to discover tiny people living below your floorboards, behind the clock, under the stove...you get the idea. It's a fun story and it captures the imagination as all good children's books (or any books for that matter) should. (Also, the soundtrack to The Secret World of Arrietty is one of my favorites.) ( )
  AliceaP | Nov 13, 2015 |
The Clock family are tiny people who live under a kitchen floor. They have made their home out of things that they "borrow" from the "human beans". Their son, Pod, is seen by a human. The family feels they should leave but they decide to stay. Then when the daughter is spotted by the same human, she actually talks to him. Then the boy befriends the family, but the father starts to ask for things that the humans will actually miss. The humans call for a rat catcher and the boy tried to think of an escape plan for the Clock family.

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I know they made this into a movie and there are definitely some differences. I don't remember the borrowers asking for things that are actually important to the humans.

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-The students make the inside of a house with things that they find.
  Megan_Livsey | Oct 28, 2015 |
The Borrowers by Mary Norton is a classic read for young children about a family of "borrowers" who are mini people who live in small places. These people are called borrowers because they take things from the "Human Beans" that they use to make their little community able to run as well as small home furnishings like a spool of thread for the table. This book is great for children because it is very imaginative and gets the children thinking about the borrowers and if they are real or not. The book is divided into short chapters which is great for children and sparks discussions very easily because of the fun nature.
  Kristinewaind | Jun 6, 2015 |
I liked this book because it gave you clues of what would happen at the end. The action built until the end where it all sums up in a tidy little story. Arriety, the main character, wants to go out and borrow like Pod, her father. When she finally gets to go out she tells the boy where the borrowers live which has never happened before. The borrowers are tiny people who live under the floor boards. This book is good if you would like to read a story that is neat and tidy. My favorite character is Arriety because she is always wanting more action. ( )
  craig22 | May 17, 2015 |
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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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