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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, 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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Piper Sturgis
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” is an interesting story that has many plot twists and chapters that will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping page after page. It is a touching and sweet story that shows how far a widowed mother will go to keep her children safe. The story is based around a mother whose youngest son is ill with pneumonia. But sadly, it is moving season for all the field mice on the farm. In just a couple of days the tractor will plow the field and the mice are forced to move to their summer home. From then on the story begins and the adventures are started.
  MackintoshL | Jul 7, 2017 |
It's a bit more bland than its film adaptation would lead you to believe, but O'Brien's tale of genetically-altered rodents still presents a level of sweetness and sophistication that would impress most young readers. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jun 14, 2017 |
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is about a widowed field mouse, Mrs. Frisby, and her four children. During the winter, they lived in the vegetable garden of a farmer named Mr. Fitzgibbon. Everything was fine until Mrs. Frisby's youngest son, Timothy, became sick. Mrs. Frisby started on a journey to see Mr. Ages, a wise old mouse who had helped them before when Timothy had been bitten by a spider. This is where Mrs. Frisby's adventure begins. She would meet new friends and uncover they mystery of her husband's death, as well as his connection to the mysterious rats of NIMH.

The book was very entertaining. It was filled with mystery and suspense. I couldn't put it down! I read straight through this book! I would recommend this book to middle school students because it deals with illness and death, loyalty and trust, overcoming adversity, character versus character, and character versus nature. I really related to Mrs. Frisby's fear of losing a loved one because I have a sister with intractable epilepsy.

Classroom extensions:
Language Arts:
Themes: The concept of themes can be taught, such as farms and farming, using laboratory animals for medical testing, rats and mice, adversity and perseverance, etc...
Vocabulary: Identifying alliteration, foreshadowing, personification, similes, and cliffhangers
Plot Activities: Student can complete a time line of events from the story ( )
  joaplant | Mar 21, 2017 |
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 |
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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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