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The Borrowers

on May 29, 2013

JF Norton    •    AR Reading Level: 5.3    •    AR Points: 5.0    •    Quiz #10

Jacket.aspxWhen he is sent to the English countryside for rest, a young boy meets a family of little people.  They live beneath the kitchen floorboards in a tiny house filled with many tiny objects.  There is a tiny stove with thimbles for pots.  The walls are papered with discarded letters, and postage stamps serve as decoration.  They even have a tiny porcelain teacup from a doll’s house.  It is this teacup that starts the trouble … and adventure.  For when the teacup is broken, Homily insists that her husband Pod go to the dollhouse to borrow another one.  While trying to figure out how to climb down a curtain holding both the cup and saucer, the young boy sees Pod!  What will happen now that a human Bean has seen a Borrower?  Will the family have to emigrate from the home they have always known?

Originally published in 1952, The Borrowers is a classic in children’s literature that has stood the test of time.  It is an imaginative and delightful adventure suitable for children of all ages.  This is a story that leaves readers wanting more … thankfully there are four more Borrower’s books to fulfill this desire! This book would be an excellent reading choice for families.

Genre: Classic Literature  •  Interest Level: grades 3-6

Norton, M. (1952). The Borrowers.  Orlando, FL: Harcourt.

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