Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh

Paperback | January 4, 2000

byRobert C. O'BrienIllustratorZena Bernstein

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Some extraordinary rats come to the aid of a mouse family in this Newbery Medal Award-winning classic by notable children's author Robert C. O'Brien.

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

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The mysterious rats that live deep beneath the earth under the rose bush in the garden are Mrs. Frisby's only hope. Her youngest, Timothy, is ill and the ploughing will shortly begin - which means a moving day for the mouse family. Taking the elevator down the electrically lit tunnels and strange chambers of the colony, Mrs. Frisby mus...

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Some extraordinary rats come to the aid of a mouse family in this Newbery Medal Award-winning classic by notable children's author Robert C. O'Brien.Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But he...

Robert C. O'BrienIn real life, Robert C. O'Brien was Robert Leslie Conly. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Williams College and graduated from the Universtiy of Rochester. While there he studied piano at Eastman School of Music, and at one time considered being a musician. Instead, he became an editor and writer for Newsweek...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.38 × 5.38 × 0.6 inPublished:January 4, 2000Publisher:Aladdin

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689710682

ISBN - 13:9780689710681

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from an absolutely wonderful story! I recently re-read the book along with it's sequels just a few weeks ago and I am reminded why this book continues to be one of my favourite books of all time. The characters are so real, and compassionate that you tend to forget that you are reading about mice and rats, which are typically not the most popular animals. The rats actually act the way that I wish more humans would and it's one of the few instances when you actively root for the rodents!
Date published: 2010-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even for ages 10 -12 This books is awesome for any age, and get you feeling the adventure. A more kid based book, you'll still enjoy the full packed action these rats go through to save their home before the harvest that could destroy it . . . Read it!! It's goood!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE! If you already watched the movie read the book anyway! The movie has the rats using magic to get what they want, but in the book they work for it. They use their enhanced brainpower to build an amazing civilization. My engineering husband loved this book! This book is a children's classic, and I look forward to reading it to my own soon!
Date published: 2000-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE! If you already watched the movie read the book anyway! The movie has the rats using magic to get what they want, but in the book they work for it. They use their enhanced brainpower to build an amazing civilization. My engineering husband loved this book! This book is a children's classic, and I look forward to reading it to my own soon!
Date published: 2000-02-08

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The mysterious rats that live deep beneath the earth under the rose bush in the garden are Mrs. Frisby's only hope. Her youngest, Timothy, is ill and the ploughing will shortly begin - which means a moving day for the mouse family. Taking the elevator down the electrically lit tunnels and strange chambers of the colony, Mrs. Frisby must consult with the oldest, wisest rat of them all: Nicodemus. So begins a magical adventure, with echoes of Watership Down, of the marvellous laboratory rats with their super-intelligence and the quest to help one little mouse escape certain death. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH garnered the late Robert C. O'Brien a 1972 Newbery Medal. Made into the gorgeous animated feature film in 1982, this contemporary classic comes to a new generation with a freshly designed cover and the original title.