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The Rescuers (The Rescuers #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,843 ratings  ·  111 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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Melee
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
Kate
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
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
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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
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Drew Graham
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
Eileen
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
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Emily
Feb 09, 2009 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
Amanda
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
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Karen
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
Felicity
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
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
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Eyehavenofilter
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.
Kailey
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!
Allison
The mice of the Prisoners' Aid Society cook up a cockamamie plan to go save a poet from his capture in the Black Castle. The plan is even more insane because the prisoner is Norwegian, but none of the mice in this specific chapter speak it. So they must call on Miss Bianca for help. The lovely Miss Bianca agrees to help and travels by bag (she being the beautiful pet of the Boy, the son of a diplomat) to Norway to procure a translator. From there it's a long boat ride back to the Prisoners' Aid ...more
Elizabeth
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
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Tracey
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
Phoebe
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
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
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Kathy Ramirez
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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Kari
The book was, for the most part, very adorable. Each of the main characters has their own strengths and weaknesses, but they also develop well. I love Miss Bianca (I did in the movie too, of course) and while early on in the book I was concerned that the writer was using her as a stereotype for the "weaker and fairer sex," by the end I was very happy to see that she was proven to be a strong person (well, mouse) through her wit and charm rather than through physical strength. Some people focus o ...more
Kris
The book was a bit weak on details for an adult reader but still engaging and exciting. The characters of the three mice were as rounded as one would expect for the genre. I would have prefered a less Deus ex Machina ending but mice helping people escape inpenetrable prisons is already high on the improbability scale so I can live with it.

The Garth Williams illustrations add to the mood of the book and are amusing and frightening in turn.
Rubi
I was surprised by how interesting this story was....
I've seen the movies and was, well....not too surprised to see how different they were.
Miss Bianca and Bernard and Nils adventure in rescuing a poet from jail, brought about some laughs and a cute little romance between mice. The working of their inner thoughts were always entertaining lol
I prefer happier endings for love stories, but it was a fun read :)
The Library Lady
This is NOT the story you remember from Disney, who (as usual) did a hatchet job on a terrific book. Miss Bianca is a pampered, intellectual white mouse who lives (in the Porcelain Pagoda)as the pet of an ambassador's son. She is recruited by Bernard, a humble pantry mouse, to join the daring rescue of a young Norwegian poet from the Black Castle. Also along is Nils, a brave seafaring mouse who has journeyed from Norway to help in the rescue. Their adventures are funny, witty and sophisticated. ...more
Molly
Miss Bianca, a pampered pet of an ambassador's son, lives in a porcelain pagoda; wears a dainty silver locket around her neck; and writes poems, oh la la! Bernard, a pantry mouse, is steady and quick-thinking and more than a little bit wowed by the chic Miss B. And Nils, a Norwegian sea-faring mouse, dons a sporty, striped stocking cap and is prone to lusty shouts of "Up with Norway!" Can this motley trio make their way to the dreaded Black Castle and free a poet wrongly and cruelly imprisoned t ...more
Chris
It was a really good, really adventurous and really fast-paced children's chapter book. It had really beautiful illustrations, great characters, really thrilling adventure, great romance and a very interesting story. I haven't read this book in a very long time. This is one of my favorite children's books I've ever read in my whole life. I highly recommend this book for both children and adults.
Lynne
A cute, sweet little book. It's funny that the Disney movie is on the cover, since this isn't the way the movie goes (as far as I can remember). The basic premise is that mice are awesome and are prison abolitionists. They want all prisoners to be free, but until that happens, they will provide aid to the extent they can, including attempting to bust a prisoner out of "the Black Castle" in this book. The ending is rather lovely and not hokey at all, which made me so happy. (view spoiler) ...more
E.L.
Kids ages when first read: five and almost seven. Another bedtime story read aloud by Daddy, everyone enjoyed this one but did not enthuse over it. I remember loving the Rescuer books when I was around seven, but this didn't seem to strike the same chord with my girls as it did with me.
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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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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
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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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