The Borrowers (Gift Book)

The Borrowers Gift Book Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter Arrietty In their tiny home matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls l

  • Title: The Borrowers (Gift Book)
  • Author: Mary Norton
  • ISBN: 9780152099916
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings Whatever the Clocks need they simply borrow from the human beans who live above them It s a comfortable life, but boring if you re a kid Only Pod is aBeneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings Whatever the Clocks need they simply borrow from the human beans who live above them It s a comfortable life, but boring if you re a kid Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again Yet Arrietty won t listen There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.

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    About "Mary Norton"

    1. Mary Norton

      Mary Norton n e Pearson was an English children s author She was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers She married Robert C Norton in 1927 and had four children, 2 boys and 2 girls Her second husband was Lionel Boncey, who she married in 1970 She began working for the War Office in 1940 before the family moved temporarily to the United States.She began writing while working for the British Purchasing Commission in New York during the Second World War Her first book was The Magic Bed Knob or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons published in 1943, which, together with the sequel Bonfires and Broomsticks, became the basis for the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.Mary Norton died of a stroke in Devon, England in 1992.


    1. Day 17 of my Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge asks me to list the shortest book I've read, so here it is. I almost went with the Hobbit, but then I remembered The Borrowers. This is a book about a family of tiny people who live under the floorboards of a normal human home, surviving by pilfering stuff from the giants who inhabit it. I'd guess they are a few inches tall, so that's pretty short.Certainly they weren't looking for the shortest book I have read in terms of number of pages, right? Becau [...]

    2. More than just loving the story in this book I liked the idea of it. You had people that were smaller than a child being intelligent and resourceful and they were taken seriously. What child wouldn't love that? Plus little people who make furniture out of buttons and thimbles - it's just too cute.

    3. I've had this book on my shelves for a few years, but I only got around to reading it after watching Studio Ghibli's gorgeous adaptation, 'The Secret World Of Arietty'. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I got was a tougher, more tender novel than its premise - little people who live underfoot and steal everything they need from human beings - necessarily suggested. This is a meticulous, honest book that doesn't condescend to its intended audience. The characters are all flawed, believable, [...]

    4. THANK you friends for challenging me to give this book another chance!I accepted the dare to read this again if I reached 10 subscribers on my YouTube channel. There was some consensus that I needed to give this book a fresh look.And you were absolutely right - I really, truly enjoyed this book. I think I was too young too appreciate the somewhat vague and British style when i first skimmed through this years ago.but I found it utterly delightful this time. I still found Homily a little aggravat [...]

    5. ছোট্ট এক মেয়ে আরিয়েত্তি থাকে তার বাবা-মায়ের সাথে। তারাও ছোট্ট! সত্যিকার অর্থেই ছোট্ট মানুষ তারা সবাই, পিঁপড়ের চেয়ে একটু বড় হবে হয়তো! তারা থাকে তাদের চেয়ে আকারে অনেক বড় মানুষদের বাড়ির মেঝের ন [...]

    6. Charming! This story is charming and a lot of fun too. Little people living in a big English house. Sadly they are discovered. I enjoy how the story is told. Two woman are knitting a quilt together and the older begins to tell a tale that her brother told her. The brother was part of the story. This is the beginning and the end. Mary only gives us a hint of what really happened at the end. It makes for a sly story. This book brought me much joy. I will be reading more of this series. The story i [...]

    7. 4.5 STARSI feel quite certain my mom read this to me when I was little, and that it made a big impression on me. I even remember naming one of my Barbies Egglatina! The story has has many wonderful aspects that many children will enjoy, such as the Borrowers being little people that live, hidden away, in our homes and "borrow" (steal? that is open to interpretation) things from us. If you miss a pencil, or postage stamp, and you feel quite sure you really *did* leave it *right there*--well, perh [...]

    8. When I was in third grade, I was at the library with my dad and little sister. My dad asked me if I had a book to report on for summer reading, since we were there and everything. The question blindsided me, so I said, "Yes." I had not read the Borrowers, which I had checked out the week before. But I took the book and walked over to the library lady who was shelving books. I told her I wanted to report on this book I read for summer reading. Now in those days, library summer reading was based o [...]

    9. I was the bane of my teachers in elementary school, because at that time there was so little fiction available for a speed reading ten year old who had finished every Nancy Drew (no Junior editions) written, any L.M. Montgomery books the little local library owned plus the ones from my GR.3 teacher's daughter's shelves, every series I could find So my teachers ended up scrounging whatever fiction they thought might be appropriate from any grade. I was transfixed by The Borrowers. Still am!

    10. FRom BBC Radio 4 Extra:Adaptation of the children's classic following the adventures of the tiny Clock family. Stars Clare Corbett.

    11. 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 t [...]

    12. I regarded The Borrowers with merciless scorn when I was actually at the age where reading The Borrowers was appropriate--I found it boring. However, I have since come to love the adventures of Homily, Pod, Arriety, Spiller, and the Hendrearies. There are several Borrower books I believe--The Borrowers, The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, the Borrowers Aloft, and the Borrowers Avenged. The stories are as whimsical as can be, but Norton writes with Victorian edge and can make the mood dar [...]

    13. These books SOOOO appealed to me as a young girl, especially the alternative uses for all of their "borrowed" objects. I was forever creating little towns with their own stories in the vacant lot next door and I think that in Norton I found a kindred spirit who fed the fire of my already very active imagination. I may just have to go back and read these again for old times sake.

    14. Cũng được.Trong đầu mỗi đứa trẻ đều có một thế giới, thế giới dần thu hẹp khi chúng ta lớn lên.Ai biết được, có thể trái đất nằm trong một cái hộp, trong một nhà kho cũ nào đó, của một gia đình khổng lồ :v

    15. I haven't read this since.a long time! A was a child, anyway. It's rather good and I hope it's still read by children - as well as much older children such as am I :)

    16. This is a childhood must. Must. Absolute must. Something about the incredible creativity and wholesomeness of this book puts it on my most dear classics shelf next to Narnia, Pooh, Paddington, Betsy Tacy, Stuart Little, Five Children and It and Cowboy Small. The Borrowers is magical and creative and full of wonder and awe.In many stories we talk about the power or genius coming from specific characters, events or actions. In Narnia we love Aslan and the story arc and values the inspire greatness [...]

    17. Holds up beautifully. I can't begin to describe how formative this series was for me as a child, and what a joy to go back to it now and discover all the magic still there. I first discovered this among the books at the Middelburg library, where there was a smallish selection of English-language children's books that I was zipping through, given that I didn't (and still don't) read Dutch very well. I was staying with my grandparents for some portion of the summer, and because of this book I spen [...]

    18. Questo libro racconta una storia simile ma allo stesso tempo abbastanza diversa da quella mostrata nel film dello studio Ghibli.L'atmosfera di inizio novecento che si respira aiuta tantissimo a differenziarlo dal film, consentendo di godere appieno della lettura senza pensare costantemente alla sua trasposizione.Gli Sgraffignoli e il loro mondo "sotto il pavimento", con il loro reinventare i nostri oggetti di uso quotidiano, reinterpretandoli alla luce delle loro ridotte dimensioni.Ma anche la l [...]

    19. I remember reading this when I was a little girl. I was captivated. Little people living in your house? Who wouldn't love that? This read was just as good. I kept thinking that this should be a must-read for kids, and that more teachers should choose this for their read aloud book after lunch. It's the story of the people who call themselves Borrowers, and they exist by borrowing things from the human people in the house. It's delightfully fun.

    20. Truyện được đánh giá là "kinh điển" cho trẻ em, và phần lớn người đọc đánh giá cao nhưng mình phải mất khá lâu mới đọc cho hết. Nhịp chuyện chậm rãi, bắt đầu và kết thúc cũng từ tốn, không quá gay cấn (nên vì vậy thích hợp cho trẻ em chăng? ). Có lẽ muốn cảm thụ cho hết, mình hẳn phải đọc bằng tiếng Anh, vì nghe nói, cách dùng từ và chơi chữ của tác giả rất thú vị, mà mình [...]

    21. Cưng, dễ thương ghê. Thấy ghét mấy đứa nhỏ như Arrietty cứng đầu không biết nghe lời người lớn và không biết tôn trọng tập quán, cứ tưởng mình đang cố gắng cứu cả giống loài mà thực ra là đang góp phần giết những kẻ tí hon một lần và mãi mãi :)))). Mà chứ truyện trẻ con thêm vào mấy chi tiết này cộng với vụ lão xông hơi đuổi chuột thấy kinh dị vãi cả linh hồn.

    22. As I love my classics, and I remember giving this book a read a few years ago, I thought it'd be quite repetitive and i'd know what would happen very well. But unfortunately, I missed out a few key points. And after reading the book again, I absolutely enjoyed reading the book. The idea of the 'little people' and how they 'borrow' just makes the book more exciting, and allows the reader to dissolve in the fantasy. The way the story unfolds of how the fear of the 'big people' and how they manage [...]

    23. Tiny people live in your house! A tiny little girl and her parents live out their daily lives under the baseboards of an old house. They furnish their home with items "borrowed" from the larger home (the girl sleeps in a bed made from a cigar box). Although years ago there were many "Borrowers," there is only one family left. This is an odd story, with that dark sort of whimsey that has fallen out of favor since the second world war.

    24. Clásico de la literatura juvenil inglesa, muy divertido, rebosante de descripciones de una gran imaginación y provisto de un sentido del humor irónico que gustará a los más mayores (quienes pueden encontrar significado a las bromas). Debería ser lectura obligada para niños. Reseña completa:libros-prohibidos/mary

    25. It's a long, long time since I read this, but I remember being enchanted with the story of the tiny creatures and especially the uses they find for the things they "borrow" from us, the Human Beans. There was a movie, I believe, a few years ago, but I haven't seen it. I would recommend the Borrowers series for any imaginative child.

    26. Great re-read of this introduction to a childhood fav fantasy world of wee people living hidden beneath the floors within a large country home in England. Included for Bout of Books 17 and CFD's Award Winner Challenge reading , August 2016.

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