The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are “borrowed” from the “human beans” who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England.

 

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Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.
 
Published April 1, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 196 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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They are united with their relatives the Hendrearys, who are established in the church next door (Aunt Lupy having taken on a touch of religion in the process), and they make a new friend, Peagreen (for Peregrine), an Overmantle no less, who formerly inhabited their window seat but now paints and...

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By now, the borrowers, those infinitesimal creatures, who look like people and live off the crumbs from the human world, are well established in the world of fantasy.

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New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Theresa Heskins’s production makes ingenious use of outsize props and puppets to create a palpable sense of danger

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This new gift edition features sepia-toned pen-and-inks that Diana Stanley drew for the original 1952 British edition a new foreword by Leonard Marcus explains the book's history, and a ribbon bookmark keeps the place for avid fans.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Borrowers (1998) The Borrowers is a charming family feature, full of casual, unsplashy technological ingeniousness, that borrows from the literary legacy of Mary Norton, creator of the… PG Comedy ...

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Entertainment Weekly

The Borrowers (1998) The palm-size people who live under the floorboards and the full-size "human beans" with whom they cohabit in Mary Norton's classic series of jolly children's… PG Comedy ...

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The Telegraph

Christopher Eccleston and Sharon Horgan played the miniature Pod and Homily Clock, but it was Aisling Loftus to the fore as their daughter Arietty, with Spiller (Robert Sheehan) – borrowed from Norton’s sequel The Borrowers Afield – recast as her bad boy romantic interest.

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The Telegraph

The very young audience was captivated from the start: they laughed at the jokes, maintained a tense silence in the scary bits, and the audible sigh of wonder at the twinkling stars of Arrietty’s very first night under the open sky was enough to bring tears to the eyes.

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The Bookbag

A more recent book involving mysterious small people living in a country house is The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison You can read more book reviews and buy The Borrowers: The Borrowers and The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton at Amazon and Waterstones.

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Huffington Post

Considering the eccentric, almost psychedelic fantasy worlds created in Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki's tales, a story of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a house seems almost normal.

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SF Site

This was followed by The Borrowers Afield (1955), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961), Poor Stainless: A New Story About the Borrowers (1971), and The Borrowers Avenged (1982), which includes Poor Stainless.

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SF Site

This was followed by The Borrowers Afield (1955), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961), Poor Stainless: A New Story About the Borrowers (1971), and The Borrowers Avenged (1982), which includes Poor Stainless.

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Common Sense Media

Based on Mary Norton's delightful book about the tiny people who live in houses and "borrow" foraged items (thus explaining why no one can ever find anything) THE BORROWERS follows the adventures of the Clock family, Pod, his wife Homily, and their children Arietty (played by the adorable newcome...

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Common Sense Media

Something about her cleverness and matter-of-fact style, and the humdrum lives to which the Borrowers aspire, makes the whole thing seem so plausible that it's hard to believe there aren't Borrowers scuttling through the walls and floors of your own home.

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Deseret News

(Believe it or not, there's even a painfully unfunny bit involving a cheese-eating dog and flatulence.) The target for our wee heroes the Clocks — father Pod (Jim Broadbent), mother Homily (Celia Imrie), teenage daughter Arrietty (Flora Newb...

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Boston.com

Considering the eccentric, almost psychedelic fantasy worlds created in Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki's tales, a story of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a house seems almost normal.

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London Review of Books

But big men and little men have old folkloric origins, so the idea in itself was not new: as more than one character says in Mary Norton’s Borrower books, ‘our ancestors spoke openly about “the little people”.’ Gulliver’s Travels bears an intriguing relation to children’s books.

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Wired

One of Diana Stanley’s Illustrations for the 1952 British Editions of The Borrowers by Mary Norton The English language version of the Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty arrives in theaters today (check out Matt Blum’s review and Kathy Ceceri’s perspective on the film’s science).

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Just wondering aloud :) I really like the cover image as well, a diorama of scenes from this book sounds like a fun activity to do with children!

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Something about her cleverness and matter-of-fact style, and the humdrum lives to which the Borrowers aspire, makes the whole thing seem so plausible that it's hard to believe there aren't Borrowers scuttling through the walls and floors of your own home.

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Eagle

plots for children's books of this type (although it follows Arrietty as.

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Caribous Mom

Arrietty, the Clocks only daughter, longs to go with her father on his borrowing escapades in the big house.

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Kids Book Review

... It seems I'm not alone in my love for Mary Norton's classic tale of the ... The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft and The Borrowers Avenged.

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The Advocate

Considering the eccentric, almost psychedelic fantasy worlds created in Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s tales, a story of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a house seems almost normal.

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The Baltimore Sun

For filmgoers who grew up loving Mary Norton's book series "The Borrowers," Peter Hewitt's filmed adaptation will prove a relief: With its fanciful production design, cunning effects and charming characters, "The Borrowers" amply lives up to its progenitor.

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NerdCaliber

Releases Based On The New The Film By Hayao Miyazaki’s Famed Animation Studio Include Film Comics, Art And Picture Books.

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