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

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

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Title:Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Authors:Robert C. O'Brien
Other authors:Zena Bernstein (Illustrator), Edward S. Gazi (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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A well developed children's book that I read as an adult but still loved. A book about mice and a secret order of mice. This book is not Watership Down, but it is definitely worth a read. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
This book. What to say? As a child, I watched the movie - part of it, anyway - at a slumber part. It scared the *$&% out of me. I refused to have anything to do with it again. But then, I grew up and started my quest to read all the Newbery books and realized - I was going to have to read this one. So I did. This book is NOTHING like the movie. And I'm glad. This book is superb. Each character is so distinct, the story riveting. I almost cried when - well, I won't spoil it for you. But this story is one that will stick with me for a long while. I highly recommend. ( )
  empress8411 | Sep 7, 2014 |
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 |
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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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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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