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“Under a clock in a house with humans in it live the Clock family... the borrowers. What are borrowers? Borrowers are little people that go out and "borrow" things from the humans to survive. In this book, the Clock family have a problem with their one and only daughter, Arietty. Arietty wants to...”see full review » see other reviews »
“A great fun little kids book, that I never seem to get too old for. ”Judahml wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I want to believe in magic. It’s a life line out of a sometimes dreary life. But sometimes it’s hard to grasp and I find myself saying that I have to ‘grow up’ at some stage. But then The Borrowers came along and I can easily believe that little people exist who ‘borrow’ things. How often have you put something down and a moment later it’s gone? And what about all those times when you’ve gone to retrieve something, and you know exactly where you put it, only to find it isn’t there? This happens to me all the time.
It’s not hard to imagine how a story like this could create a world of imagination and excitement for children—the age group the story was written for. I’m not a child but I found the story and the characters delightful.
I literally couldn’t put it down. I would tell myself, “just one more chapter,” but would read three more instead. I wanted to know what would happen next. I didn’t want to leave their world. I was enjoying it too much.
The book was first published in 1952, so the wording is a little old-fashioned, but that doesn’t distract from the reading. It enhances it to some degree. I’m not a lover of long descriptions but in this book the descriptions are different because they are showing us the uses of the items that have been borrowed and used by the Clock family. It’s brilliant. The author plants scenes in your mind and allows you to live the life of the borrowers. And I see this as a talent because children will want to keep reading, and isn’t that a good thing?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s recommended to all readers—young and old, and everyone in between.”
“A tiny civiliastion live under the floorboards they call themselves the borrowers and are responsible for all your odds and ends that go missing.”Hattie wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun book to read to my four year old. ”Shawn Camp wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite series as a young reader.”Nancy Jo wrote this review Wednesday, December 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Have you ever wondered where that odd sock is or why you can never find a safety pin when you need it? Well, read this book and you’ll know why. There is a group of people living parallel lives to regular human beings or human beans as they are called by those who identify themselves as Borrowers. You might never see them; but then again you might. Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of Borrowers who become friends with a human boy. It seems to be a great advantage to the family of three to have a human bring them things they want and need. But how much does one really need? Trouble begins to brew when the housekeeper notices certain things are missing and goes on a ransacking quest to find out who is taking them. The lives of this one family of Borrowers may never be the same.”Sharon Long wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you have ever imagined yourself being three inches tall able do things you couldn't do otherwise, then this is the book for you. This book talks about a family of Borrowers living within the walls and floors of a home filled with lots of danger - for them. Borrowers are very small people who "borrow" items that they find around the household that they live in. The father, Pod, must go on journeys daily to "borrow" item and bring them back to his small home to his family. This journey is very hard for him until they meet a young boy who helps them get supplies without having to borrow anymore. But, beware of Mrs. Driver and the ratcatcher who plan an unhappy end for the borrowers.”Avery Martens-Goldman wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awards: Carnegie Medal
Grade Level: 3rd grade and up
Summary: This book is a classic, i remember reading it when I was younger and then watching the movie in class. The Borrowers is a fantastic novel full of mystery and secrets. Arietty and her family are borrowers, which means they borrow what they need. Children will love this chapter book series.
Uses in Classroom: Independent reading followed up by a book report, watch the movie in class ”
“Sweet and funny.”Sonja P wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No