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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (original 1971; edition 1971)

by Robert C. O'Brien, Edward S. Gazi (Illustrator), Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)

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Title:Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Authors:Robert C. O'Brien
Other authors:Edward S. Gazi (Illustrator), Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (1971), Hardcover, 240 pages
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (1971)


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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 |
I'm not sure what all the fuss is about...found this rather dull. This was on a list of "must reads" but I can think of many other books that are more deserving. Also, it was billed as a good read for 11 yr olds and it seems like it would be more appropriate for kids closer to seven or so. I made myself finish but couldn't recommend it. ( )
  ingrid98684 | Sep 12, 2016 |
A friend of mine gave me this story when I was quite little and said it was her favourite story as a child.

I read it and really enjoyed it, even though I was a little bit old for it. It has somewhat of a C.S. Lewis feel to it. It's quite accessible and Mrs. Frisby is a great character. A single mother, with four kids, just trying to make her way through life and do the best for her tiny babies. c:

I think this is a really good adventure story, even though I was a little bit older, I found it really engrossing and very readable. The writing is a really good pace and I thought it was a really well-balanced work.

I would recommend this classic to anyone who's interested, particularly children or young people. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Every bit as good as I remember from childhood! ( )
  dcoward | Aug 15, 2016 |
This book is about a mouse family, the Frisbys, that lives in a garden. Five days before Moving Day, Timothy falls sick with pneumonia. What will Ms. Frisby do? I liked this book because when the problem starts, you want to know how it gets resolved. I specifically liked the story of the rats of NIMH and how they escaped. ( )
  eli.P. | Apr 19, 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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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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