The Borrowers Aloft: Plus the Short Tale Poor Stainless
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The Borrowers Aloft: Plus the Short Tale Poor Stainless

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Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock's huge adventures have been thrilling children young and old for fifty years--and their appeal is as strong as ever in these handsome new paperback packages. While the original beloved interior illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush have been retained, Marla Frazee's striking cover illustrations capture these little people with a larger-than-li...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Harcourt Brace and Company (first published 1961)
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How sad that I have reached the end of The Borrowers series, but what a send off!
The Borrowers came ashore after their harrowing escape by boat in The Borrowers Afloat to find a miniature model village with a ready made home just their size. Of course, it had been discovered by the intrepid Spiller.

This volume begins with a short history of how the model village came into being as a hobby of Mr Pott, a retired railway man. His meticulous craftsmanship reminded me of Keith...more
An Odd1
Arriety 17 disobeys tradition of Borrower tiny people and speaks to chatty Miss Menzies, who makes them clothes and helps quiet peg-leg ex-railway signaler Mr Abel Potts build miniature Little Fordham village. Jealous cheating competitors big Mabel and husband, small thin Sidney Platter have "mauvish" faces, pink and violet respectively kidnap the teen and her parents Pod and Homily, lock them in the attic till 1 April, start of tourist season, and build glass house. Of committing a "felony", Ma...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This was much more enjoyable than The Borrowers Afloat, which felt very much like an "interim episode" that could happily have been condensed and added onto either Afield or Aloft. The humans in Book 4 are no longer cardboard cutouts, they are people with thoughts and ideas and feelings. The baddies are still a bit laughable, but more rounded. Having said that, after the first two or three chapters I began to wonder if Norton had written it after selling the movie rights to Bedknobs and Broomsti...more
Fun. Again.

My impressions of the first 3 books is that Arrietty is making good decisions in speaking with humans, even if it is against her parents advice. I found it sad that Arrietty's adventures seemed to end with the perpetual moving away from the humans who had 'seen' them. It seemed that there were good humans trying to do their best to care for the Borrowers and that Arrietty's parents were unfounded in their fear of humans....there was a sense that they would meet the 'right' human even...more
Roxanne Howell
The adventure continues, this time with real villains! While the storyline is getting a little less interesting, I just have to read the final volume "The Borrowers Avenged" to see what happens. Will they finally find a place of their own without onlooking human beans? Will it be a place where Arietty will still get to run free outside? Will Arietty and Spiller "go out"? This has been a fun read for my busy summer--short books, short chapters, no commitment required.
Anthony Faber
fourth of 5. Kids book. decent for a kids' book.
This is my favorite of the three we've read. On to The Borrowers Avenged!
Catherine Woodman
I loved these little people when I was in grammar school--I could almost see them
I think this was the last book in the series that I read. So much fun!
Patrick Dewind
What can I say...revisiting childhood favorites is always enjoyable.
Good story but the first one is still the best.
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Mary Norton (née Pearson) was an English children's author. She was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers. She married Robert C. Norton in 1927 and had four children...more
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The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1) The Borrowers Afield (The Borrowers #2) Bedknob and Broomstick The Borrowers Afloat (The Borrowers #3) The Borrowers Aloft (The Borrowers #4)

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