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The Borrowers is a classic childrens book, written by the author of Bedknobs And Broomsticks, that still has as much ability to charm and delight today as it did on the day it was published! A whole generation has grown up enjoying the adventures of the Clock family, Arietty, Pod and Homily, and the story has not aged one single bit!
The Clock family live in an old country house under the kitchen clock. They make use of the things they find lying around the house and hide their existance from the giant Human Beans, mostly only emerging to scavenge or 'borrow' late at night when everyone is asleep. But when a Boycmes to stay at the house, recovering from an illness he has picked up in India, their presence is discovered throwing their very existance into peril....
From the very beginning, this book entertains and enthralls the reader to the point when you do not even stop to question the possibility of little people living just under our very noses and eking out their own existance! As you find yourself swept up in the story, all doubt is forgotten and suspension of disbelief settles in for the duration! This book has a childish, warming personality that pulls you in and holds you close and it is soon obvious that Norton has an perfect eye for a good quality story. As a child, this was onev of my favourite books and, reading this again as an adult recently, it is good to see that The Borowers is every bit as good as I remember!!!
There are a further four books that accompany this first novel and continue the story but this is truly the original and the best!
I spend hours reading stories to my little five year old grandson. The Borrowers is one of his favourites. He loves hearing about the adventures of the little people in the book - I'm sure that he thinks they are like the tooth fairy... This is a very entertaining book, written in a way which will keep any child's interest. At first I thought it would be a bit "old" for Jonathan, but perhaps I was wrong. I had never really thought about this book until I bought the film on video as a present. I now realise that I should have bought this book ages ago.
The borrowers has that rare quality any good book should always have. The ability to keep a child occpied for hours upon end. the story of how a new race of miniature people exist will keep any child from the age of about 8 all the way up until aboput 14 captivated for a long long time. The recent television series has made this book a little more popular but i still don't think it gets the attention it should do. a great book, well well well worth reading!!!! - i recommend this to anyone reading this - give it a try - you won't be disappointed!!!
The Borrowers is a book with that rare quality in childrens literature in that it is still a great read for adults too. Mary Norton first introduced us to the borrowers in 1952, they have since featured in television series and on the big screen. The books centre around a family of borrowers called Pod(father), Homily(mother) and Arrietty( their daughter). They are very much like humans, except for the fact that they are very, very small, and they live under floorboards, wall spaces or in any other variety of hiding places away from the human eye. They are called borrowers because their whole lifestyle revolves around "borrowing" from the human beings, things like thimbles become drinking cups, safety pins become grappling hooks etc etc.Pod was particularly good at borrowing, and when you think about it, how many times have small things went missing in your house never to be seen again? Homily is a very neurotic and highly strung lady, she spends most of her time rearranging the furniture or cooking meals or fretting when Pod goes out borrowing. Arrietty on the other hand is a very independant girl who resents the stifling atmosphere of always living in hiding, she is very curious about humans and reads anything she can about them. The stories start of retrospectivly, and gradually, without realising it, you are transported into a narrative in real time. They encounter dangers at every turn, including snakes,"I dont like snakes,.....you can't talk to them" said Pod. Homily is perhaps the most interesting character, one minute fussy and twee the next brave and daring. There are three books in the borrowers collection,The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat and The Borrowers Aloft and they are all great stories full of adventure. Reading a good childrens book is very rewarding and Mary Norton has given us characters to read about here that will surely be classed alongside Tolkiens creati
ons and be acknowledged as the classics they are.