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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971)

by Robert C. O'Brien

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Series: The Rats of NIMH (1)

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Still a great story. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
I'm not sure how I missed this book when it came out. I am an avid mouse and rat lover. Anyway, better late than never I suppose! This is the story of a widow mouse with four children. They live in a brick home in the garden of a farmer during the winter, then in spring, they move to their home by the brook in the forest. They must do this before the farmer plows his garden in the spring. There is a complication this spring however. The season has come earlier than ever and one of the children is recovering from pneumonia. If they move in the chill, he is likely to become ill again and die. If they wait too long, they will all surely die when the plow comes. What is a mother to do?

I appreciated the way that the author kept the animals to animal behavior and dilemmas for the most part. The notable exception being the rats, but there is an explanation for that. Occasionally the mama would think in inappropriate similes, but not enough to jar the story, and the fact that it is a fantasy story allows for that. What all the above analysis fails to account for is the utter charm of the tale. I was caught up in this mama's problem and the way she bravely faced it. Some of the rat story dragged a bit for me, but the predicament of this mommy mouse tugged at my heart. The ending is bittersweet and perfect for being so. ( )
  MrsLee | Jun 1, 2014 |
Still absolutely charming. A widowed mouse mother is determined to move her young family before the farmer's plough destroys their winter home. She braves farmyards, forests, owls and cats, befriends birds in need and rats in unexpected peril to discover her world is a much bigger place than she could possibly expect. With unexpected themes of lab research, enhanced intelligence, extended aging (heartbreaking when you think about it) and a commune of socialist genius rats thrown in for good measure this is both a rousing adventure and an inspiring tale of a simple lady determined overcoming obstacles. ( )
  imyril | May 27, 2014 |
Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien starts of a story for a widow mouse to bring her son good health which allows for movement of her family to their summer house and just overall provides a better life. The first major problem that happens is that we learn Timothy (Mrs.Frisby's son) has pneumonia and is not allowed by the doctor to move but the family must move or the farmer might end their life! Mrs.Frisby gets help from the last place she would ever look and boy is she suprised! Through the communication of an owl and crow, she starts associating with the rats and she finds out that there is more than meets the eye. These rats have escaped from a lab in which their lifespan and brain capacity has greatly increased. Mrs.Frisby also learns that they were also close with her husband who is no longer alive and that gives the rats a connection with Mrs.Frisby which makes them eager to help her in any way possible. These rats have running water and electricity in their home and Mrs.Frisby is amazed by everything she sees. The rats say they might be able to help Mrs.Frisby but there is also the lone cat which will prey on any victims available and they do not want to lose any of their members. How will the rats survive and help Mrs.Frisby at the same time? To find out, you should read this fun book.
  TomasJefferson | Apr 10, 2014 |
Good read. Mice and rats mostly behave as real animals. There is good explanation where they vary from the norm. Quite an adventure! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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To Catherine Fitzpatrick
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Mrs. Frisby, the head of a family of field mice, lived in an underground house in the vegetable garden of a farmer named Mr. Fitzgibbon.
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It was this, of course, that made our life so easy that it seemed pointless. We did not have enough work to do because a thief's life is always based on somebody else's work.
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The Secret of Nimh (Original title: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
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There's something very strange about the rats living under the rosebush at the Fitzgibbon farm. But Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with a sick child, is in dire straits and must turn to these exceptional creatures for assistance. Soon she finds herself flying on the back of a crow, slipping sleeping powder into a ferocious cat's dinner dish, and helping 108 brilliant, laboratory-enhanced rats escape to a utopian civilization of their own design, no longer to live "on the edge of somebody else's, like fleas on a dog's back."

This unusual novel, winner of the Newbery Medal (among a host of other accolades) snags the reader on page one and reels in steadily all the way through to the exhilarating conclusion. Robert O'Brien has created a small but complete world in which a mother's concern for her son overpowers her fear of all her natural enemies and allows her to make some extraordinary discoveries along the way. O'Brien's incredible tale, along with Zena Bernstein's appealing ink drawings, ensures that readers will never again look at alley rats and field mice in the same way. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

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