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The Borrowers Aloft: With the Short Tale Poor Stainless (The Borrowers #4 plus)

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Borrowers Pod and Homily enjoy miniature model village of Little Fordham built by quiet one-leg Abel Potts. Daughter Arriety 17 secretly confides in elderly chatterbox fairy believer Miss Menzies. Competitors big Mabel and small thin Sidney Platter kidnap Clocks for tourist attraction opening 1 April. Locked in attic all winter, finally technical article on balloon constru ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sandpiper (first published 1961)
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Judy
THE SUNDAY FAMILY READ


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
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Kristen
Dec 26, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
Mama and James book. Our 4th in a row.
An Odd1
Dec 02, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was ok
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)
Sep 21, 2013 Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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
Sheri-lee
Sep 06, 2013 Sheri-lee rated it really liked it
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
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Ksenia (vaenn)
Оу, той нечастий випадок, коли перечитування улюблених книжок дитинства є дуже корисним. Адже малою "The Borrowers Aloft" я любила найменше - замало пригод, незрозумілий на той момент фокус оповіді, не кажучи вже про етичні негаразди героїв. А зараз - чудово зайшло! Саме у четвертій книжці найяскравіше висвітилися проблеми взаємного існування двох світів. І людьська "половина" ("компенсаційне" життя містера Потта, особиста драма міс Мензіс, шалені бізнес-ідеї подружжя Платтер), що колись здавала ...more
Brittany Engels
Jul 26, 2015 Brittany Engels rated it really liked it
Any fan of the Borrowers series will enjoy this book. I was sad to find however, a lot less adventure in this tale. The book is perfectly safe for kids of all ages, no language or violence. For the most part I'd think kids under the age of 12 would enjoy this story best... except for one thing: There are some long-winded ramblings about hot-air balloon construction that I can't imagine will hold the interest of younger readers. It's still a good story, with wonderful characters that I don't regr ...more
Chris
Jan 08, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
It was a very enjoyable, very adventurous and very easy to read children's fantasy novel sequel. It had really well-drawn illustrations, great characters, very thrilling adventure and a very enjoyable story. This is one of the best Borrowers books I've ever read in my whole life. I'm looking forward to read the fifth and final Borrowers adventure! I also really liked the short story "Poor Stainless" and it was really enjoyable. I really recommend this book to anyone who loves "The Borrowers" boo ...more
JD Estrada
Sep 06, 2014 JD Estrada rated it really liked it
Mary Norton treats us to another great installment in her Borrowers world. The inventiveness find new nooks to explore and yet again Arrietty shows that the basic lessons a Borrower should learn are truly difficult for some to process.

The Borrowers Aloft follows the Clock family as they face some of the nastiest villains they've ever encountered.

Fun, light, creative and lovely. Treat your eyes to some nice reading and by all means, plow through the series. It's worth the visit.
Roxanne Howell
Aug 14, 2012 Roxanne Howell rated it really liked it
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.
Sarah
Apr 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of the three we've read. On to The Borrowers Avenged!
Victoria
Oct 06, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This was a pleasure to read. The ending was a little sad, but I guess it sets up the plot for the final book in the series, The Borrowers Avenged. I also enjoyed the extra story Poor Stainless. I really enjoy Mary Norton's writing style.
Karrie
Apr 24, 2016 Karrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I didn't like this one as much as I remember liking the original. I did really like the short story at the end though.
Cherie Nelson
Apr 23, 2015 Cherie Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed

I Like hearing about all the adventurers the borrowers go on and makes you wonder why little things do disappear
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Borrowers (6 books)
  • The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)
  • The Borrowers Afield (The Borrowers #2)
  • The Borrowers Afloat (The Borrowers #3)
  • The Borrowers Aloft (The Borrowers #4)
  • The Borrowers Avenged (The Borrowers #5)

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