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The Borrowers by Mary Norton
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-books, series, fiction, library
Read from January 19 to 28, 2012

I read pretty much constantly as a child, so I'm not sure how I missed out on this one until now, but I'm seriously bumming about that. I would have loved this as a kid.

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 through this phase where I was obsessed with the movie Toy Story, and I was convinced that my toys came to life when I wasn't around. I can only imagine what I would have done with a story like this.

The characters were wonderful, too. There's nasty old Mrs. Driver, frantic Homily, steadfast Pod, and of course, Arriety. Arriety was, without a doubt, my favorite. She leaves a good example for children. She wants to get out and explore the world beyond her window, and in doing so, she makes herself all sorts of discoveries and even a new best friend.

There's not too much depth to this, but it is a children's story--and a romping good one at that! Kids will have a good time imagining life as a Borrower and wondering what might be under their floors. The British-isms make this a fun one to read out loud, too!
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Jo I need to reread this one :)

Jessika I've never actually read it before! I'm kind of sad that I missed out on this as a kid.

JG (The Introverted Reader) Oh, I adored this as a kid. I believe my grandmother actually introduced me to the series. I've got it on my wishlist at my library's digital site, so I'll get around to listening to it one day. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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