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The Rescuers (The Rescuers #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,708 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
MISS BIANCA IS A WHITE MOUSE OF GREAT BEAUTY and supreme self-confidence, who, courtesy of her excellent young friend, the ambassador’s son, resides luxuriously in a porcelain pagoda painted with violets, primroses, and lilies of the valley. Miss Bianca would seem to be a pampered creature, and not, you would suppose, the mouse to dispatch on an especially challenging and ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by NYR Children's Collection (first published 1959)
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Rebecca McNutt
I remember seeing The Rescuers film en francais back when I was in the third grade, but it took me until now to read the book. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, why am I reading a kids' book? Well, when it comes to great stories, I think you can be any age to read them. This one, a classic by Margery Sharp (she also wrote Something Light, another of my favorites), tells the story of a group of mice who decide to risk their lives in order to save a child. It's a story similar to The Rats of NIMH ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Melee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I haven't read any "Rescuers" books for years. Actually, I forgot about them for a while. But happily, we are now reunited! This book is very different from the Disney film of the same name which is hardly surprising. In a nutshell, the plot is Bernard, Bianca and Norwegian mouse, Nils must rescue a Norwegian poet who is prisoner in The Black Castle. *dun dun DUN* But what made me laugh was, when they finally rescue the poet he does not find it strange in the least that three mice have come to r ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Although I wasn't particularly keen to read this book (and its sequel) for my Year in Disney Movies project, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

This is written in that perfect children's classic, read-aloud way -- except, unlike many middle-grade authors, Margery Sharp has the discipline not to headhop, instead breaking character perspectives into short sections within chapters. It inserts funny commentary or asides that add to an overall tone of warmth, dignity, and importance without ever wan
Well, it was written in 1959 so I guess that explains the parts where Miss Bianca has "domestic instincts" (as all women do) enough to find the pantry, and can't possibly be left alone as all she's got is her charm, and it's totally acceptable to think that beautiful women shouldn't have to do anything but be beautiful, just sit there and be pampered and beautiful. I mean, she's obviously very brave and caring, but she's still the lady and her two male companions (and she herself sometimes) act ...more
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: me
Miss Bianca enjoys her plush existence, living in her Porcelain Pagoda as the pampered pet of the Ambassador's son. But when word reaches the Prisoners' Aid Society that a Norwegian poet is locked up in the dreadful Black Castle, Madam Chairwoman knows that Miss Bianca's international connections and social savvy are just the thing to help free the prisoner. With the aid of the pantry mouse Bernard and the Norwegian sailor mouse Nils, Miss Bianca heads to the Black Castle to face dangers great a ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I would put this in the "fun and mostly harmless" category of children's books. It's certainly better written than quite a few of them, with nice sharp prose and a lot of sly humor. There's some underlying unspoken context -- this book obviously came out of a post-WWII awareness of imprisonment -- but not enough to make it either incomprehensible or unduly terrifying to kids reading it. And the adults reading this along with a kid can get some enjoyment out of it too.

Of the three rescuers, the f
Anu Korpinen
Margery Sharp kirjoitti Pelastuspartion seikkailuista peräti yhdeksän kirjaa, ja Disneykin teki hiirulaisten seikkailuista omat versionsa, mutta suomeksi näitä kirjoja on taidettu julkaista ainoastaan kaksi. (Korjatkaa jos olen väärässä.)

Kirja kuuluu lapsuuteni lukemistoon. Honkajoen kirjaston kappaleessa on vielä vanha pahvinen lainauskortti tallessa, ja siihen on merkitty viisi lainausta. Lainausnumeroista kolme näyttää olevan omani, joten olen tätäkin kirjaa aika tiuhaan lukenut.

Lapsille kirj
Sep 17, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys or girls 7 through 107
Shelves: 5-star-read
Romancing the Stone--with mice!
I've read this book many times over the years, starting as a second or third grader. It is so much better than the Disney animated movie that was "based" on it. It's such a shame that it has been allowed to go out of print. I suspect it has languished because after the movie was made, people who hadn't read the book assumed that it must be as lackluster as the movie. I would classify The Rescuers as adventure, but it is first-class storytelling on all fronts, fully
Jul 11, 2016 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
As a big ole Disney fan, I picked this up because of how much I loved the film.
It is much more subdued than the film but also more interesting in the way the mice work together and get around.
It is very sweet and the story pootles along nicely.
While I wouldn't put it up there with other children's classics like Black Beauty, it is an enjoyable and gentle read.
Aug 01, 2016 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-12-year-olds
The Rescuers is a brilliant book, all about how mice go and save a Norwegian prisoner from the dreaded Black Castle. It is said throughout the world that mice are the prisoner's friend; they have a council called the Prisoner's Aid Society, and they go into tremendous efforts to cheer them up. But nobody, even a mouse, can cheer a prisoner from the Black Castle.
But, as the chairwoman points out, they can rescue one. All the mice say that this is absolute nonsense; how could a tiny mouse (well,
Julia Hendon
Feb 02, 2016 Julia Hendon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-child
Revisiting an old favorite. A perfect book
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Long ago I was given a copy of "Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines". Each novel in the series is (thankfully) written as a stand-alone, and at that time in that place I had no idea there were more. In this first mousetail (uh, tale) Miss Bianca is portrayed as an "affected" (read spoiled, out of touch) pet of an ambassador's Boy. The silver chain around her neck, the Porcelain Pagoda and its Pleasure-ground (with gold swings, bell and fountain) and her exclusive travel rights in the diplomatic bag al ...more
So after a tumble around The Hundred Acre Wood, I've made my way to 1977's, "The Rescuers." Personally, this is one of my all time favorite Disney movies, and if you asked my grandma (please feel free), it was the only movie I was interested in watching for a vast majority of my toddler years.

The book definitely did not disappoint. We have our main characters, Bernard and Miss Bianca (also joined by Nils the Norwegian, who I found rather annoying). Now this is the first of nine novels, so althou
Jul 20, 2015 Tonk82 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La primera de las novelas de "Los rescatadores" de Margery Sharp, es una estupenda combinación de humor y aventuras. Esta primera entrega tiene muy pocos puntos en común con la adaptación a cine que realizó Disney (en gran parte porque decidieron adaptar la segunda novela, no esta).

Bianca es una ratona de alto standing con poco contacto con al realidad, Bernard es un ratón bastante común pero decidido, y hay un tercer ratón llamado Nils de origen noruego muy valiente. Los tres juntos deben resc
Oct 20, 2015 Alicea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think most people won't realize was a book before it was adapted by Disney into a film. Firstly, the illustrations which were done by Garth Williams (he also did Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web) are fantastic. They portray Bernard and Miss Bianca very differently from the movie version because their characters are almost entirely different. In fact, everything apart from there being talking mice who form a secret society that help humans was changed. Bianca is portrayed as a rather vacuous f ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-ya
Published in 1959, this is a lovely book written when writing was still considered an art and writing for children didn't have to include farting and underpants. It is as elegant and sophisticated a book as it can be and still be appealing to children. The story line is a bit of a reach; three mice rescue a Norwegian poet from a high security prison in The Black Castle with no explanation as to why he is there or if he deserves to be rescued. And things fall into place a bit too easily; a fiftee ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Felicity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming book about three mice who have been given the hard task to rescue a Norwegian poet from the black castle which is a notorious prison no one has ever escaped from. The characters of the mice are well drawn and they have a lovely michievous and lighthearted sight that children and most adults can relate to but they also have a more serious side where they have to plan and risk their lives. They also have flaws such as moaning about eachother after a spending a long period of tim ...more
Katy Noyes
Aug 06, 2014 Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great children's adventure story!

I loved the film as a child and only just discovered it was based on a book. The book is very different but a thrilling read for a 7-11 year old.

The Prisoners' Aid Society of mice have vowed to help people in need. There is a Norwegian imprisoned in the notorious Black Castle, unbreachable and with a famously evil cat in residence.

Bernard, a pantry mouse volunteers to speak to the pampered Miss Bianca, an embassy dweller who can help find a Norwegian speak
Just the thought if animals being able to think on a human level makes me giddy! This is such a charming premise that little mice would rescue innocently incarcerated people almost brings me to tears of joy. How could you help yourself from loving this book.
I love this book more and more every time I read it! It's nothing like the movies, of course. Nils, and Bernard, and Miss Bianca are such charming and stalwart characters. The plot is so interesting and funny, and the writing is just brilliant!
Luke T. Barnett
Jul 30, 2016 Luke T. Barnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Spoilers)I grew up on the Disney version of this book. I had some vague notion this book existed, but that was all until I picked up the book at a library sale. The book is way different and much better than the movie. The mice each have their own personalities different from the other two (there are three main mice). They are not rescuing a little girl, but a full-grown adult from a dungeon-prison with armed guards and a sinister cat. The mice have struggles on their mission, get sidetracked, ...more
Well, this was written in the 50's, which will explain how heavily Miss Bianca's character relies on lady-like mannerisms and charm. The moment that truly defines this comes when Bernard laments how she should be made to be brave AND beautiful, when truly she should just be appreciated, pampered, positively doted upon for her beauty and charm alone for the rest of her life. This point is consistently reinforced: that her male companions can be physically brave and resourceful, while she must rel ...more
Julie Akeman
May 02, 2016 Julie Akeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an old discarded library copy but I remember reading this quite a few years back, but I did first read it when I was still a kid. It threw me off cause it was totally different from the Disney movie, but hey so was Pinocchio. It is worth reading that even for a kids book it's a little more serious, and Bianca was a fainter, whoa! The book series is a great charming read and more in depth than the Disney films, BUT however I still like the Disney films, just give yourself the chance to rea ...more
With these Throwback Thursday posts this year I’m revisiting books I read in my youth and previewing a few classics I might want to share with my daughter. Mostly I’m curious how the books I read when I was young hold up over the years and to see how I like other classics as read alouds. This time I stumbled upon this gem of a classic through the Disney movie The Rescuers, which we watched the other night with my daughter.

I was unaware that the movie was based on a book, let alone a series of bo
Thanks to a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift, I've been revisiting one of my favorite childhood book series - the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp. After seeing the 1977 Disney film based on these books (The Rescuers), I got the first 5 books as Christmas and birthday gifts and nearly read the words off the pages. While my original copies are probably long gone, my husband found copies of the Dell Yearling paperbacks with the Garth Williams illustrations and I spent a couple pleasant hours rea ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, humor, animals, classic
The Prisoners' Aid Society has a difficult mission on its agenda. A Norwegian poet is locked in the dungeons of the impenetrable Black Castle, and he must be rescued. Since he only speaks Norwegian, the mice know they must find an interpreter--but to go all the way to Norway to find and bring someone back will be a task. So Bernard asks Miss Bianca for help, since she has the connections, being the pet of the Boy whose father is a diplomat and who will be traveling to Norway in a few days' time. ...more
Thomas Webb
May 03, 2013 Thomas Webb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
When I bought an original Garth Williams sketch for one of the illustrations in the Rescuers, I felt I could not truly honor the rough sketch without having read the book it was from and seeing the finished illustration in the book. I felt I should at the very least own a copy. And so ( a story in itself) I purchased, by chance, a wonderful new edition from The New York Review Children's Collection. What a wonderful book. I wish my reading skills were better as a child for I would have gobbled t ...more
Elizabeth K.
A really solid three, more like three and a half stars. I got this at the library because Lucy likes watching the Disney Rescuers movie a lot, and at some point I realized I had never read the book it is based on. That seems a little surprising to me, because it seems like the type of book I would have liked a lot -- talking animals, having adventures. Garth Williams did the illustrations, which made reading it for the first time almost uncanny, because of course it looked so familiar.

We have ta
Kathy Ramirez
Apr 13, 2012 Kathy Ramirez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent children's book! I love the plot, story, and suspense in making animals the heros of the tale. The tale of 'The Rescuers' is also admirable to students and children as it represents true heros, honor, and compassion for one another. I think this book would be excellent in a classroom because student's could study a modern fantasy book in literature while using their own imagination to think upon the story. There can be a lot of character analysis in a classroom as well, as B ...more
Kevin Magpoc
Whenever someone boils down their opinion of a book/movie/show whatever to simply saying "it was cute," I take that to mean that it wasn't terrible but wasn't substantial or didn't leave enough of an impression to really recommend it to me.
"The Rescuers" is cute.
It's as if Margery Sharp had a great idea for an exciting rescue tale and an insightful look on country mouse/city mouse-style class differences, but she didn't completely follow through on either of those themes. We spend too much time
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Margery Sharp was born Clara Margery Melita Sharp in Salisbury. She spent part of her childhood in Malta.

Sharp wrote 26 novels, 14 children's stories, 4 plays, 2 mysteries and many short stories. She is best known for her series of children's books about a little white mouse named Miss Bianca and her companion, Bernard. Two Disney films have been made based on them, called The Rescuers and The Res
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Other Books in the Series

The Rescuers (9 books)
  • Miss Bianca (The Rescuers, #2)
  • The Turret (The Rescuers, #3)
  • Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines (The Rescuers, #4)
  • Miss Bianca in the Orient (The Rescuers, #5)
  • Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (The Rescuers, #6)
  • Miss Bianca And The Bridesmaid
  • Bernard the Brave
  • Bernard Into Battle: A Miss Bianca Story

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“If he's a poet, why's he in jail?" demanded a suspicious voice.
Madam Chairwoman shrugged velvet shoulders.
"Perhaps he writes free verse," she suggested cunningly.
A stir of approval answered her. Mice are all for people being free, so that they too can be freed form their eternal task of cheering prisoners--so that they can stay snug at home, nibbling the family cheese, instead of sleeping out in damp straw on a diet of stale bread.”
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