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Poor Stainless: A New Story About the Borrowers Hardcover – November, 1971

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Again the Krushes illustrate vividly a story about the minuscule folk, an adventure shorter but just as endearing as Norton's previous, international bestsellers. Arrietty listens to her mother Homily's reminiscence of the time in her childhood when the mother's cousin Stainless was missing. Afraid of the "human beans" whose house the Borrowers live in secretly, the tiny people nevertheless bravely search the whole place for the boy. Homily doesn't look willingly, for he plays mean tricks on all the children and their parents dote on him. But she helps, even endures the sneers of the Overmantel Borrowers, vain of their status Upstairs in the posh house. Homily rejoices, therefore, when both the snobs and Stainless get their comeuppance upon his return at the sudden, unforeseen end of the tale.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1st edition (November 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152632212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152632212
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a short story of a young borrower, Stainless, who was asked to go 'borrow' a bit of parsley from the human beings. Borrowing a bit of parsley is a simple job for any borrower, even young ones. Maybe a 5-minute job. But little Stainless was gone for a whole day and night. His mother was very worried about his safety, so the borrower grandfathers, passed an order that all borrowers, no matter male or female (except the very young ones), form search parties to look for Stainless. You have to read the rest to find out what happened because if I go on with the review, you'll know what happened in the end as it is really a very short story. Happy reading!
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While Arrietty and Homily sit and sew on a piece of cloth, Arrietty asks for a story. Homily reaches back and tells of an adventure from her younger days. When she was young, there was a mischievous boy Borrower named Stainless Knife Machines (a Borrower's last name is always drawn from where they live). When Stainless disappears one day, everyone goes looking for "poor Stainless."

Written in 1966, this book shows how Mary Norton might have gone on writing charming Borrower short stories. Ah, what might have been... Anyway, this short little story (32 pages, including illustrations) is quite interesting and fun to read. Please introduce your children to the Borrowers!
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Mary Norton has a place in history for children's books with her remarkable series "The Borrowers." The tiny animals, so like humans, who live in the homes of humans and sustain themselves by "borrowing" items the humans would never miss: hat pins, buttons, the end of a candle, safety pins, pencil stubs, tiny scraps of cheese or vegetables, the sort of things that humans never miss yet have often said "Why can I never find a medium needle when I want one?"

My reviews of all the other Borrower books will give you a solid foundation from which to move but "Poor Stainless" is slightly different. To begin with it's not a full novel but rather a short story. It is perhaps the length of a chapter from one of the other books. It was written in 1966, a full twenty years before the final installment, "The Borrowers Avenged" and though this book is a delight and offers us a view into the great house, Firbank, back when Homily was a young girl and the great house had dozens and dozens of Borrowers. This book is not chronological as it is Homily and Arriety sitting beside the grating at the old house from the first book when Arriety says, "tell me a story."

The story that follows is charming and wonderful. There are a few tiny things that caught this eye- a hard core Borrowers fan since I was nine. Homily refers to the residents above as "Human Beings" instead of "Human Beans" and error that is not corrected until Arriety meets an Overmantel in the last book. Secondly Homily refers to a group of Borrowers as "people" which reminds one of the third book when Homily is aghast when Aunt Lupy says, "It's only human.
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