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The Borrowers

by Sherwood Smith
Illustrator Beth Krush, Joe Krush

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 8, 1953 | Hardcover

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John Goodman, as the evil Ocious Potter, takes on Mary Norton''s tiny Borrowers in their first huge adventure on the big screen. Based on the screenplay by Gavin Scott and John Kamps. Based on the Borrowers novels by Mary Norton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 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

The Borrowers

by Sherwood Smith
Illustrator Beth Krush, Joe Krush

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 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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John Goodman, as the evil Ocious Potter, takes on Mary Norton''s tiny Borrowers in their first huge adventure on the big screen. Based on the screenplay by Gavin Scott and John Kamps. Based on the Borrowers novels by Mary Norton

About the Author

Sherwood Smith writes fantasy and science fiction for young adult as well as adults. She has participated in and organized writing groups (both on- and off-line) for many years.
Smith''s works include the YA novel Crown Duel. Smith also collaborated with Dave Trowbridge in writing the Exordium series and with Andre Norton in writing two of the books in the Solar Queen universe, and two Time Traders.

In 2001 her short story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Moreover, her children''s books have made it on many library Best Books lists, and Wren''s War was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor book and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award finalist. [close] Sherwood Smith writes fantasy and science fiction for young adult as well as adults. She has participated in and organized writing groups (both on- and off-line) for many years.
Smith''s works include the YA novel Crown Duel. Smith also collaborated with Dave Trowbridge in writing the Exordium series and with Andre Norton in writing two of the books in the Solar Queen universe, and two Time Traders.

In 2001 her short story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Moreover, her children''s books have made it on many library Best Books lists, and Wren''s War was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor book and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award finalist. [close]  

From Our Editors

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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