- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1 January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152017488
- ISBN-13: 978-0152017484
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
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The Borrowers: A Novelization
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Blame it on my ADD, baby4 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Trying to guide him toward more classic literature vs. graphic novel genre, I bought The Borrowers for my 8-year-old son, who is an advanced reader. However, after trying to slog through the initial chapters, reading together aloud, he and I agreed it wasn’t working for us. Maybe we are just too tainted by the instant gratification of video games and TV. The explanatory beginning is too mundane to hold our interest. The problem is not just that I had to explain differences of everyday life in the past (e.g. lighting the gas lamps), it’s that the characters are unlikable, so we didn’t care what happened to them. Read “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by R. and F. Atwater instead. You’ll be happy you did.
6 people found this helpful
Great story15 November 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Been reading it to a classroom of 2nd graders. They love it but it might be just a touch beyond the clear comprehension of some of them. I am not enjoying it as much as I remember from my own childhood but don't let that bother you. I grew up to be a bit of a curmudgeon.
10 people found this helpful
A surprisingly enjoyable book for all ages! This is the first in a series and they're all great!9 January 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages...from grade school on up. I was well into adulthood when I read this book. I picked up the series at the library but decided I want to own the books. Will introduce them to my granddaughters when they're a bit older--maybe age six or so. But buy this book even if you don't have any kids or grandkids! This book was the inspiration for the movie 'The Secret World of Arrietty.' I won't see the movie because I have a picture in my mind of all the characters. Don't want a movie changing that.
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An unexpected find1 May 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I had never before attempted to read The Borrowers simply because I thought it might be this clichéd childrens book. But what got me started in this series was the movie Arrietty. This book tells the tale of a small family of Borrowers called the Clocks who fall on not so great times following the emigration of their relatives - the Harpsichord and the Overmantles. They sometimes refer to humans as beans and thunk that the big people live for the benefit of the little people. This perception is shattered when Arrietty strikes a friendship with a human boy, a temporary resident. It also leads to an interesting adventure for Arrietty. The storyline was smooth and well thought out except the ending...it seemed a little hurried with a nice cliffhanger.
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Found At Last13 February 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
Not five minutes ago I saw "The Borrowers" listed under the kindle Feb. releases and I hit the one click button fast. This beautiful book was one of the first books I read as a child. Our elementary school had a library and each child was expected to take out and read a book every week (on Friday afternoon no less). When I found this book, I found my passion, my imagination soared and I fell head over heals in love with reading. I was about 8 and a very active child, running and playing and loving the outdoors. But this book stopped me in my tracks. For days I ran to my bedroom and tucked myself up with it while my family watched TV. When I got older and was planning for my children I began looking for the book and couldn't find it. I am thrilled to be able to place it in my digital library. Reading has taken a back-seat to video. I've learned from experience that this is not good for our young people. Creative thinking is developed through use of the imagination. Our children need to be able to think creatively if they are to develop the skills to lead us in the future. Books like this help them along the way."The Borrowers," is fun, full of fantasy, and an easy read. Curl up in a chair and have your little one join you to read with a lot of fun and laughter along the way. The benefits for everyone are golden.
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