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The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton

The Borrowers Afloat (original 1959; edition 2003)

by Mary Norton, Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)

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Title:The Borrowers Afloat
Authors:Mary Norton
Other authors:Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (2003), Edition: 1, Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:Fantasy, Arriety

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The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton (1959)



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The third in The Borrowers series of books, The Borrowers Afloat sees Pod, Homily and Arrietty living in blighted conditions with their relatives in a run-down cottage that is soon to be left empty because Tom, Arrietty's Human friend, is going to live with his uncle. The Borrower family then make the decision to set out for the much-spoken of Little Fordham, a model village that lies at the end of a dangerous river. With the help of Spiller and his broken kettle, the Borrowers flee their weasel-haunted home and take the journey downstream, where nothing but mad gypsies and the unknown await them.

I don't think I've ever read a Borrower book, even though I am well-versed in the story, which, as an English person, isn't quite as inappropriate and weird as it sounds. Borrowers are similar to Lilliputians in size but that is where the similarity ends. As you can gather from their name, they "borrow" items from the Humans whose homes they inhabit, always keeping out of the way as much as possible. Although technically the Borrowers are stealing, it's always harmless and they're very endearing towards those they "borrow" from. This particular story was interesting because it drove the imagery I had of the Borrowers out of my mind (homely, frightened, comfortable under the floorboards) and basically dumped myself and the Borrowers in the outside world, where birds and rivers threaten their lives at every turn.

It's a lovely children's story that is easily accessible to an adult, though it has a more British-vibe to it because of our history with it. There have been numerous television and film adaptations and the thought of tiny people living under our floorboards as if there were mice is so ingrained in to us it's almost part of our culture. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
This book continues the adventures of Pod, Homily, and Arrietty as they hide in nooks and crannies from the humans from whom they "borrow" everything they need. The family, along with their cousins, are horrified when they learn that the gamekeeper and his grandson are moving out; the Borrowers will have nothing to live on with no humans about! Pod decides it's time for the three of them to move out, but where to? The way out is impassable because of the grandson's pet ferret who is sniffing about the house, trying to get in. Somehow, as the cover art suggests, the three end up drifting down the river in a rusty tea kettle, but there are many more adventures to come before they find a place to settle down. This is an exciting book that keeps one wanting to read just one more chapter! It's hard to put down. I always enjoy reading of the creative uses the Borrowers find for the things they borrow from humans - even a half of a ping pong ball. ( )
1 vote Coffeehag | Feb 15, 2014 |
Third in the Borrowers series; the Borrow family (Pod, Homily and Arriety) reach their relatives (Hendreary and Lupy) and their family living in a gamekeeper's cottage, but then move on in search of a miniature town called Little Fordham. As before, very well imagined, but somehow downbeat-- they are almost immediately unhappy with Hendray and Lupy, for example. ( )
  antiquary | Dec 15, 2013 |
Nothing much really happens in this instalment: having found the Hendrearies, they more or less have to turn around and leave again. Having done that, they decide to go to a mythical (to Borrowers) model village, where they'll be safe. A sort of paradise, for them. And while they wait for Spiller to take them there, they get carried off in the current, in his kettle-home, and have a run in with an old enemy.

Definitely not my favourite of the series. Arriety doesn't do much, and we see little of Kate or Mrs May, except to begin the story. Somehow, I'm rather fond of them, too, and their belief.

I remember liking the next book best: I hope that's still the case. But I'm starting to suspect that the magic just built up and up for me, through all the books, and then got varnished, so to speak, by my imagination. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Installment #3 of the Borrowers saga was, for my money, the strongest. Spiller comes into his own here, and he's quite the taciturn but romantic hero. Arrietty may possibly learn a thing or two in this novel,though it's arguable, as she continues with the talking to humans at every opportunity. Pod's a resourceful if staid old gentleman. Homily drives me mad with her panics and her flighty girly taking on. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152047336, Paperback)

Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock's huge adventures have been thrilling children young and old for fifty years--and their appeal is as strong as ever in these handsome new paperback packages. While the original beloved interior illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush have been retained, Marla Frazee's striking cover illustrations capture these little people with a larger-than-life appeal.

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The Borrowers, a family of miniature people, journey down a drain, live briefly in a teakettle, and are swept away in a flood before finding a new home. Sequel to "The Borrowers Afield."

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