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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.ENDSee all Editorial Reviews
Good movie for the most part but tends to be a little slow. Needs more action or fast paced scenes.Published 10 days ago by J Ramos
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Love this book, but I'm biased. Read it in elementary school. So nostalgic! Had to get a copy to share with the children in my life. I like that Mrs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kel
This is one of my favorite books. I've seen the movie many times and love it too.Published 3 months ago by Grace M. Rivera
A really sweet story that had adventure, intrigue and kept my 11yro son's (and my) interest without the death or trauma of so many of the non-boring youthful stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark