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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert…

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971)

by Robert C. O'Brien

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Series: The Rats of NIMH (1)

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A marvelous story - a classic for a reason! A mouse called Mrs. Frisby has a problem: her son Timothy is too sick to move from their winter home to their summer home, and the clock is ticking: soon it will be warm enough that the farmer will plow the garden where they've been living. Mrs. Frisby bravely consults Mr. Ages, another mouse who serves as a local doctor; then she gets help from a crow named Jeremy and a wise old owl, who sends her to the rats.

There, Mrs. Frisby learns a surprising secret about her late husband's origins and the rats themselves, who escaped from a laboratory and are incredibly smart and long-lived. She participates in a plan to subdue the farm cat, Dragon, so that the rats can help her - and she's able to help them, in turn.

It looks as though there are two sequels by another author, and a movie (retitled The Secret of NIMH).


"By teaching us how to read, they had taught us how to get away." ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 29, 2019 |
Caleb gives it one star. No, 11 out of 10 stars. No wait, 10 out of 10 stars. He really liked it. ( )
  liannecollins | Apr 18, 2019 |
I originally read this awesome book in elementary school. I re-read it and loved it still after all these years. They don't make classics like this anymore. ( )
  mjkutan | Mar 1, 2019 |
It was so much fun revisiting a childhood favorite. Now I want to go home and rewatch the film. This is such a great story!!!
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
I watched the film several times as a kid but never really read the book. I think I got half-way and quit. I just recently read it full and quite enjoyed it. The story is told from an adult (Mrs. Frisby's) perspective which seems rare for a kids' book, but it works since she's also a talking mouse I figure. The rats are fascinating but I also appreciate that Mrs. Frisby is an ordinary field mouse yet she is the one driving the story. It is definitely a book to keep around. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Feb 14, 2019 |
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Robert C. O'Brienprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bernstein, ZenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gazi, Edward S.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Catherine Fitzpatrick
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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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