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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.
My 12 year old daughter loved this book and cannot wait to read more from this series.
When I read this book last time, I was sad that the boy didn't see the Borrowers again and I wanted to know what happened after this book.
Mary Norton had a very magical way of looking at things and a unique imagination evidently, to write these wonderful stories.
This was a book that I absolutely loved as a child. It was enchanting to me. The idea of little people living in the walls was delightful and brilliant. Read morePublished 10 days ago by E. Ervin
I bought this for my 7 year old who loves reading. This book is longer and more difficult to understand than I expected.Published 13 days ago by ADR
My daughters and I watched and loved "The Secret World of Arriety" and I saw that it was from the "Borrowers" by Mary Norton. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jaalah Smith
My daughter and I really enjoyed this book. She had to read it for school. I would definitely recommend it!Published 20 days ago by Charley Zirbel
Good book. Some of the wording is a little above my 7 year olds understanding.Published 20 days ago by Natasha R. Smith
My fourth grade teacher read this book aloud to our class in 1973. It was magical. It spurred my love of reading. I'm 52 years old now and was longing for simpler,carefree days. Read morePublished 22 days ago by muskratsuzy
This book is great! It has a lot of adventure and is a sweet fantasy! I would recommend this book for girls and boys ages 7-12!
By Elsa H. Age 10