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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
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Oct 31, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 31, 2011 to November 28, 2012

This book arrived in a shipment on Hallowe'en morning, and I started reading it to my son the same night. Read 3 chapters in a row, and it's amazing. Might pick up the 5th star by the time I finish.

What I love the most is how much the mice are really mice. I mean, the author anthropomorphizes a lot--giving them tables and blankets, and there's even one mouse who makes medicines out of roots and herbs. But their needs, their fears, are the needs and fears of mice. Even as Mrs. Frisby is going to visit the apothecary, the author tells in perfect detail how she keeps an eye out for hiding places and watches for the cat.

And the fears that would frighten a mouse are always there, in just the right level. It is a scary book because it is written at mouse level, in a world very much like the world as it is, with all the things that are a danger to a mouse.

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