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Borrowers, The

Norton, Mary

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ISBN 10: 0152099913 / ISBN 13: 9780152099916
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, San Diego, 1991
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177 pages, illustrated in color by Michael Hague. Light wear to pictorial dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Record # 453898. Bookseller Inventory # 453898

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Title: Borrowers, The

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, San Diego

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Beneath the floorboards of a quiet country house lies the miniature world of the Borrowers. The Clock family live happily in a home furnished with things they have "borrowed" from the humans living above them. First published by HBJ in 1953, The Borrowers is a classic, now with new full-color paintings by the acclaimed Michael Hague.

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Anyone who has ever entertained the notion of "little people" living furtively among us will adore this artfully spun classic. The Borrowers--a Carnegie Medal winner, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award book, and an ALA Distinguished Book--has stolen the hearts of thousands of readers since its 1953 publication. Mary Norton (1903-1993) creates a make-believe world in which tiny people live hidden from humankind beneath the floorboards of a quiet country house in England.

Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty of the diminutive Clock family outfit their subterranean quarters with the tidbits and trinkets they've "borrowed" from "human beans," employing matchboxes for storage and postage stamps for paintings. Readers will delight in the resourceful way the Borrowers recycle household objects. For example, "Homily had made her a small pair of Turkish bloomers from two glove fingers for 'knocking about in the mornings.'"

The persistent pilfering goes undetected until a boy (with a ferret!) comes to live in the country house. Curiosity drives Arrietty to commit the worst mistake a Borrower can make: she allows herself to be seen. This engaging, sometimes hair-raisingly suspenseful adventure is recounted in the kind, eloquent voice of narrator Mrs. May, whose brother might--just might--have seen an actual Borrower in the country house many years ago. (Ages 9 to 12)

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