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Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH by Robert…

Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH (original 1971; edition 1971)

by Robert C. O'Brien

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Title:Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH
Authors:Robert C. O'Brien
Info:Atheneum (1971), Hardcover
Collections:Your library, Cover maybe done
Tags:Childrens, Fic, _hardback, !dunno, __check_cover

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (1971)


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this is about a mother mouse and her children and one of them is sick and can't go outside. The mother mouse, Mrs. Frisby, must get help from the rats of NIMH to save her home. If you like stories about animals you will like this story. ( )
  SSelinger | Jan 9, 2019 |
Mommy rating - 3.5/5
David rating - 4/5
Sophia rating - DNF ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Dec 2, 2018 |
An engaging story about a mouse trying to save her son from sickness. She seeks guidance from the brilliant rats of NIMH in an adventure that is sure to entertain any reader. ( )
  Mistian | Nov 18, 2018 |
Fun book to read aloud as a family with younger children. Mrs. Frisby has a horrible problem... she must move her family before the farmer plows the field and destroys their home. The problem is one of her children is deathly ill and cannot be moved. So she seeks out the Rats of NIMH for help. Mysterious, engaging and just plain fun to read!
  wunderlong88 | Sep 9, 2018 |
Still love this book, although it's hard to review something that has been a favourite for over 20 years!

Mrs Frisby is a fieldmouse whose son is ill. In order to try and save him, she has to overcome her fears and visit the wise owl, and the mysterious Rats of NIMH.

I'm not sure why I love this so much. Probably something to do with the idea of Scientists with Great Powers to make you Really Intelligent, and something to do with the themes of Independence, and working out who you should be as a people, even if it means a less comfortable existence. And noble sacrifice, and discovering your own history... ( )
  atreic | Jun 18, 2018 |
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Bernstein, ZenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689710682, Paperback)

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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