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
"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."
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?)