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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert…

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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I was absolutely entranced by the plot of this book. This would be an excellent read aloud book that opens so many doors for in class discussions such as animals testing, ethical questions such as when it's okay to steal and existential questions such as what makes a human a human or a rat a rat. Overall, the plot had the perfect blend of adventure, science and heartfelt moments. The characters were also dynamic and believable. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jan 14, 2017 |
I like this book because of the fact that the rats gained super smart powers and escaped from the experimenters of the NIMB. I liked how the rats in the colony helped out Mrs. Frisby and how they told her their stories of her husband and the other rats of what happened in the lab. I would recommend this book to a lower reading level and to people who enjoy fiction stories.
  SimonLuong | Jan 6, 2017 |
This book was a bit scary! Movie stunk though. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
I adore this tale about a mouse who needs to move her house and the smart, brave, escaped laboratory subject rat friends she makes. ( )
  KimMeyer | Jan 1, 2017 |
This is a delightful children's book about a mother mouse who goes on a grand adventure in order to save the life of her youngest son who is too sick to leave the mouse hole before the spring plowing occurs that would destroy their home. Along the way, Mrs. Frisbee, a single mom, makes many unusual friendships with a young crow, an old owl, and the mysterious and feared rats. Driven by the need to save her son, Mrs. Frisbee is forced to go outside her comfort zone as she comes in contact with creatures that in other circumstances would be her predators and team up with the rats. In the process, Mrs. Frisbee learns the history of the "Rats of Nihm" and the mysterious past of her late husband.
This book is geared for younger/mid elementary students. It has wonderful character development and tells the story of rich, faithful friendships. Although not extremely fast-paced, this is a captivating and well-written story that emphasizes courage and resilience.

Award: 1972 Newberry Award
Award Description: "The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." (Wikipedia)

APA Citation: O’Brien, R. C., & Bernstein, Z. (2003). Mrs. Frisby and the rats of Nimh (2nd ed.). New York: Aladdin Publishing Company. ( )
  BrittaSchlect | Oct 9, 2016 |
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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.
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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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, also published as: The Secret of NIMH. Do not combine with the film The Secret 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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