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Anyone who has ever entertained the notion of "little people" living furtively among us will adore this artfully spun classic. The Borrowers--a Carnegie Medal winner, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award book, and an ALA Distinguished Book--has stolen the hearts of thousands of readers since its 1953 publication. Mary Norton (1903-1993) creates a make-believe world in which tiny people live hidden from humankind beneath the floorboards of a quiet country house in England.
Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty of the diminutive Clock family outfit their subterranean quarters with the tidbits and trinkets they've "borrowed" from "human beans," employing matchboxes for storage and postage stamps for paintings. Readers will delight in the resourceful way the Borrowers recycle household objects. For example, "Homily had made her a small pair of Turkish bloomers from two glove fingers for 'knocking about in the mornings.'"
The persistent pilfering goes undetected until a boy (with a ferret!) comes to live in the country house. Curiosity drives Arrietty to commit the worst mistake a Borrower can make: she allows herself to be seen. This engaging, sometimes hair-raisingly suspenseful adventure is recounted in the kind, eloquent voice of narrator Mrs. May, whose brother might--just might--have seen an actual Borrower in the country house many years ago. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautifully written, poetic and almost always alarming, the Borrowers have something very mysterious, sad and exciting about them Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I first learned of this book from the Ghibli movie "The Secret World of Arrietty" (from which this book is based on), so I was curious to see what it was like (Howl's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Audrey Ng
I read this in school when i was 10. i loved it then, and reading it again was almost as good as the first time. Just a funny, amusing little book that provokes different emotions. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2013 by Janet Graham
Don't buy "The Borrowers" with ISBN-10: 0152099913 .
This version has several printing defects. 16 pages are clean, words missed!
The Borrowers is a really good book. Borrowers are little people who live in the bottom of peoples houses and borrow their things. There is a family called the Clocks. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004
This yarn takes place under the kitchen floor of a house where no human child has lived in a very long time.The book begins when a lady named Mrs. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Attorney momma
A must read for all early and middle grade readers. A charming and delightful story of "imaginary little people" who live under the floorboards of big people's homes. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by Evelyn Horan
this book is a awesome book because it has little pwople about six inches tall who live under a grandfather clock and they live buy borrowing things from humans like thumb pins and... Read morePublished on March 25 2002
This book is a great intertaining book about little miniture people called the barrowers. Find out about the amazing lives this fantastic book. Read morePublished on March 12 2002