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"Mary Norton has a priceless gift. She can view humans through the eyes of tiny folks and tiny folks through human eyes, and make both believable."--Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152047344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152047344
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These are timeless stories and so well written.
foxfire7352
I'm SO reading the other books (I've already read the book and seen the movie "The Borrowers").
Lize - Cat with a 'tude
I read the series to my 5 year old son and he loved it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a child in the 1950's, I read the original Borrowers in 4th grade. I read and re-read the one in the school library, til school closed for the summer. As luck would have it, I found the book and it's subsequent additions that summer in a book store. They were the only thing I ever BEGGED my mother to buy me. I took home The Borowers, The Borrowers Afield, and The Borrowers Afloat, and I still know parts of them by heart. When I was 18, the Borrowers Aloft came out, and my mother sent it to me at college. I was 36 when the Avenged came out, and I RAN to the bookstore. The stories are as fresh today as the first time I read them. I'm now in my 50's, and I can't imagine a life without Homily, Pod and Arriety Clock. Homily who is courageous, even though she'd rather not be. Pod, who is a simple man, taking care of his family. And Arriety, ready for life, ready for adventure, a young Victorian Feminist, if there ever was one. She taught me that a girl could be anything she wanted to be. They bravely faced a daunting world, and they're only 6 inches tall. I now own well over a thousand books, and really believe that it was this small family that lead me to my love of reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I liked this book a lot. I like to read about how resourceful the Borrowers are when they use stuff humans don't need or misplace. It had really nice pictures, too. I recommend this book to kids five years and older.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Seaman VINE VOICE on September 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
In 1952 Mary Norton changed the world by publishing her first book in the series, "The Borrowers." There are a total of five books in this series and every single one of them is as good as the first. It appeals to the wonder and fantasy in both children and adults. The concept must have begun, for her, when she grumboled about how she couldn't fiund a safety p9n anywhere. Then she began to think about other things that one can never find; how it is that there are things we go on buying, companies continue to manufacture yet where are these items when we need them? A needle and thread. The scissors? Q-tips and nail clippers and triple A batteries and birthday candles ("They were used only ONCE and still at the last minute I had to go out and..."). How many pens have we actually used until they were empty? Do we ever throw away a pencil because, at last, we'vge ground it down to a point where writing with it is impossible. Mary Norton's premise is that within our homes must live a species of miniature people who live off of Human "Beans", taking things that no one would miss, really had little value but these things sustained them. And before long we are introduced to a family who, over the course of five books, we get to know very well. It is England in late 19th century and we are under the kitchen floor at Firbank where we join the Clock Family: Pod, Homily and little Arriety. With a skill of writing, Norton makes us fall in love with all of the character sand we route for these little people who call themselves "Borrowers.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gale Finlayson on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Well, we have reached the fourth and last book in Mary
Norton's delightful series about a fanciful race of tiny people called Borrowers. Plucky and ingenious to survive in a world of giants they were living under the floorboards of a grandfather clock at Firbank Manor until they were discovered (Seen). In successive books they fled to the open fields, then to a stream, and finally traveled at great personal risk by air. Afield, Afloat and Aloft. Always seeking safety and privacy, away from the prying eyes of dreaded humans--on whose leavings they depend for survival.

When the story opens the little family (Pod, Homily, and Arietty--even their names are borrowed) has taken up residence in a charming miniature village designed by kind Mr. Pott,a one-legged former Railway worker. If his partner in detailed decoration, elderly Miss Menzies, had not believed in fairies from the start, well, who knows what would have happened? Word soon spread that he had some Live Ones down at Little Fordham, so the number of visitors who came for the railway exhibit increased.

Enter the bad guys: those greedy, despicable Platters who live a few miles away; jealous of the loss of revenue from their Riverside Teas (and copied model village) they plot to steal the little people--or whatever they are--to display them in the Spring--with proper advertising of course. Nothing could bring greater shame to a Borrower than to be put on public display--for profit no less! Homily has such a horror of Beign Seen! But they were neatly trapped and kidnapped, stowed way for the winter in the attic of the Platter's house. No one knows where the
Borrowers have disappeared but Mr. Pott and Miss Menzies easily recognize skulduggery when it occurs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Borrowers Aloft is Mary Norton's fourth installment in this captivating series about small people who lead hidden lives borrowing from "human beans". Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock are now living in the miniature village of Little Fordham, built in the back garden of a retired railroadman and maintained by the eccentric but very kind Miss Menzies. Once again Arrietty, who is now sixteen and learning more and more about the world, becomes a bridge between the worlds of borrowers and human beans. Unfortunately, another human couple with a rival miniature village have spotted the borrowers, and one night they kidnap the Clock family and hide them away with plans to put them on permanent display as prisoners.

Mary Norton's powers of description and her ability to imagine the ingenious methods the borrowers use to survive and eventually escape their predicament are as enchanting as ever. Although the world of the human beans impinges a bit too long on this story, so that it seems to take forever to actually find out what the borrowers themselves are up to, this is another fine story. It was apparently written with the intent to make it the last in the series, but fortunately a fifth installment eventually arrived.
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