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The Borrowers
The Borrowers
Author: Mary Norton
"Are there," asks Kate, "such things as people, other people, living in a house who...borrow things?" When Mrs. may asks, "What do you think?" Kate can only answer, "I don't know, there can't be. And yet...and yet, sometimes I think there must be." — But who are the Borrowers? There aren't many of the miniature people left, for the rush of modern...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780590341509
ISBN-10: 0590341502
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 180
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4.3 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Trumpet
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is a very entertaining book I read as a child and just re-read. It has a great ending leaving the reader wondering whether "The Borrowers" are real or imaginary, and allows the reader to imagine the characters' future however you want. A great book for a child or adult.
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Written in 1952, nostalgic look back at the turn of the (19th-20th) century English gentlefolk. I can imagine that kids who grew up reading this would watch all episodes of "Upstairs, Downstairs". First of 5 books, this is the important one to read, though. What I remember from the story is that the grandfather knew how to count to 57, and I was fascinated why he would stop there. Anyway, heroine is 13 years old.
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So fun to read. Finished it in one day :)
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Classic children's book! I loved these stories when I was a kid. It's about a family of tiny people that live in the walls and floorboards of a normal family's house. Follow them on their adventures navigating the big world!
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Classic book (with lovely line drawings) for 8-12 yr olds. The book IS better than the movie -- at least have your kids read the book first!
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Used as a read-aloud for my 6 year old, who enjoyed it and was able to follow the story easily. Over the heads of my 4 and 2 year old. Nice to read it again as an adult - I read it as a 9 year old and thoroughly enjoyed it
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"Who are the Borrowers? There aren't many of the miniature people left, for the rush of modern life doesn't suit them. They like to live in quiet, out-of-the-way country houses where things move in an orderly, well-established pattern. In just such a housse lives the Clock family, Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty. They quietly and secretly make their living borrowing from the "human beans," until the day a human boy comes to live in the house. In her youthful curiosity, Arrietty commits the worst Borrower mistake: she is seem by a "human bean" - and disaster follows. Aid comes from a most surprising source, and the Clock family escapes to find a new life and further adventure."
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Even better than the movie... this is a story about those miniature, shy people who quietly "borrow" things from human "beans" they live with. (In our family we call them the "wall elves"... maybe you have some living with you, too?)

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Arrietty Clock (Primary Character)
Pod Clock (Major Character)
Homily Clock (Major Character)