Borrowers (The Borrowers #1)
This is the classic storyread and loved by children all over the worldof Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty, who live under the kitchen floor in a quiet, half-empty house and get their livelihood by borrowing from the “human beans.” “Delectable fantasy.”Booklist
Certainly they weren't looking for the shortest book I have read in terms of number of pages, right? Becau...more
I feel quite certain my mom read this to me when I was little, and that it made a big impression on me. I even remember naming one of my Barbies Egglatina! The story has has many wonderful aspects that many children will enjoy, such as the Borrowers being little people that live, hidden away, in our homes and "borrow" (steal? that is open to interpretation) things from us. If you miss a pencil, or postage stamp, and you feel quite sure you really *did* leave it *right there*--well, perh...more
I LOVED this book. Then and now. It's so sophisticated, especially the humor and vocabulary ... It made me realize how different children's books are now. Not that they're dumbed down -- but they're so conscious of their readers' limitations. You get the sense that all of the words have to come off grade-appropriate spelling lists.
Anyway, some of this book...more
This is a meticulous, honest book that doesn't condescend to its intended audience. The characters are all flawed, believable,...more
It was such an imaginative story, and I can imagine that it's led many children over the years to wonder what was living in their houses with them. I especially loved that the way Mrs. May told the story of the Borrowers left the fact of their existence up to the reader. Those were my favorite kinds of stories as a kid. I went t...more
Adaptation of the children's classic following the adventures of the tiny Clock family. Stars Clare Corbett.
I had not read the Borrowers, which I had checked out the week before. But I took the book and walked over to the library lady who was shelving books. I told her I wanted to report on this book I read for summer reading. Now in those days, library summer reading was based o...more
2. The Clock family are borrowers, a rare and tiny people, that live at the bottom of a grandfather clock. They must borrow things from average size humans, which makes things difficult for them. The struggles they face are large and life threatening, but they are determined to persevere.
3. A- This is an accurate example of a fantasy, but the real life setting makes it relatable for readers.
B- I love this story because of the details and thought provoking setting. It forces readers t...more
Pod goes borrowing -match boxes for chest of drawers,a sardine-can for a bed and crumbs for foods.His daughter is tired of living underground and w...more
A quirky Victorian classic!
Borrowers are little, tiny people about the size of mice who live between the walls and under the floors of houses. They furnish their rooms and get their food and objects by "borrowing" from the house. The biggest danger is being "seen."
Arrietty Clock, the nine-year-old daughter of Pod and Homily, who sleeps in a cigar box bed and writes her...more
The Borrowers series is five-books long (I think), and when I was in elementary school, back in the early 1990s, I read them all. Even then the books we...more
I love their alternative uses for all of their borrowed objects. It is fascinating and adventurous. This book tells a story of a borrower family called the Clocks. Pod and Homily Clock and their 13 years old daughter, Arrietty all live under the floorboards. The borrowers are a miniature-sized people who live under the floorboards. They survi...more
I've just finished reading it aloud to my 6 year old son who thought it was great - and wanted to know if I thought we had borrowers in our house. I suggested that maybe they were the reason we had so many single socks! :-)
A lovely story, and really quite short, so a fairly quick read for a younger audience.
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"Except from human beings," said the boy.
Arrietty burst out laughing; she laughed so much that she had to hide her face in the primrose. "Oh dear," she gasped with tears in her eyes, "you are funny!" She stared upward at his puzzled face. "Human beans are for Borrowers - like bread's for butter!”