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The Borrowers

by Mary Norton

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 8, 1953 | Hardcover

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This is the classic story--read and loved by children all over the world--of Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty, who live under the kitchen floor in a quiet, half-empty house and get their livelihood by borrowing from the "human beans." "Delectable fantasy."--Booklist

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.7 in

Published: October 8, 1953

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0152099875

ISBN - 13: 9780152099879

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The Borrowers

by Mary Norton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.7 in

Published: October 8, 1953

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0152099875

ISBN - 13: 9780152099879

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Chapter One IT WAS Mrs. May who first told me about them. No, not me. How could it have been me-a wild, untidy, self-willed little girl who stared with angry eyes and was said to crunch her teeth? Kate, she should have been called. Yes, that was it-Kate. Not that the name matters much either way: she barely comes into the story. Mrs. May lived in two rooms in Kate''s parents'' house in London; she was, I think, some kind of relation. Her bedroom was on the first floor, and her sitting room was a room which, as part of the house, was called "the breakfast-room." Now breakfast-rooms are all right in the morning when the sun streams in on the toast and marmalade, but by afternoon they seem to vanish a little and to fill with a strange silvery light, their own twilight; there is a kind of sadness in them then, but as a child it was a sadness Kate liked. She would creep in to Mrs. May just before tea-time and Mrs. May would teach her to crochet. Mrs. May was old, her joints were stiff, and she was-not strict exactly, but she had that inner certainty which does instead. Kate was never "wild" with Mrs. May, nor untidy, nor self-willed; and Mrs. May taught her many things besides crochet: how to wind wool into an egg-shaped ball; how to run-and-fell and plan a darn; how to tidy a drawer and to lay, like a blessing, above the contents, a sheet of rustling tissue against the dust. "Where''s your work, child?" asked Mrs. May one day, when Kate sat hunched and silent upon the hassock. "Y
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This is the classic story--read and loved by children all over the world--of Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty, who live under the kitchen floor in a quiet, half-empty house and get their livelihood by borrowing from the "human beans." "Delectable fantasy."--Booklist

About the Author

Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.

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The popular adventures of the tiny Borrowers are available in a contemporary format for a new generation of readers.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Mary Norton''s The Borrowers:
"A book that begs to be shared."--The Horn Book

"The magic and charm of the writing convince children and grown-ups, too, that Borrowers really do exist."--School Library Journal

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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