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The Borrowers

by Mary Norton

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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An enchanting classic that will fire up a child’s imagination as the storyline unfolds of little creatures living under the floorboards and borrowing everything they need from the humans above the boards.  The author describes quite brilliantly what it would be like to be as small as a borrower and to go off on frightening and exciting adventures to borrow what they need.  I’m ashamed to say I never read it as a child but have now and it’s equally perfect for parent and child to read together as it is for a child to gain a great deal of enjoyment alone.(7-9)

Carnegie Winner in 1952. 

Books in The Borrowers Series:

1. The Borrowers

2. The Borrowers Afield

3. The Borrowers Afloat

4. The Borrowers Aloft

5. The Borrowers Avenged

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The Borrowers Synopsis

The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work.

Mary was very short-sighted as a child and often used to gaze closely into banks and hedgerows and shallow pools where she’d imagine what it would be like to be the tiny creatures living there. As a result she created a make-believe world in which miniature people lived out of the sight of human beings. It’s from this imaginary world that The Borrowers began to take shape.

Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...

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ISBN: 9780141354866
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141354866
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Mary Norton
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: Children's Fiction,
Collections: 100+ Children’s Books to Read as an Adult - Grown-up But Never Outgrown.,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Mary Norton

Mary Norton was born in 1903 and brought up in a house in Bedfordshire, which was to become the setting for The Borrowers. First published in 1952, The Borrowers was an immediate success, winning the Library Association's Carnegie Medal. There followed four more Borrowers books: The Borrowers Afield (1955), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961) and The Borrowers Avenged (1982). Poor Stainless was the last Borrowers story that Mary Norton wrote. She died in 1992.

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