The Borrowers Afield is a children's fantasy novel by Mary Norton, published in by Dent in the UK and Harcourt in the US. It was the second of five books in . The Borrowers Afield book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Driven out of their cozy house by the rat catcher, the Borrow. There are several Borrower books I believe--The Borrowers, The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, the Borrowers Aloft, and the Borrowers Avenged.
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The Borrowers Afield [Mary Norton, Beth Krush, Joe Krush] on resspocobarte.ml * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Driven from their home in the big house, Pod. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Mary Norton is a genius."--Mademoiselle. Book Description. First published in Previous paperback edition The Clocks, a family of Borrowers, search for their extended family, but living The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton has been reviewed by Focus on the.
The Borrowers 1. Homily , Pod , Arrietty. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Borrowers , please sign up. I saw the picture as a child or teen can't remember and liked it. Would this be appropriate to be readen out loud to a 5 year old? My son enjoys chapter books, but I'm not sure if this book is ok for a preschooler or if it's better to read it by the child himself later. Smith It is probably better for an eight to twelve year old.
Jillian For my copy of this book in the U. See all 6 questions about The Borrowers…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 31, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have noticed that most people who borrow books do it in the same way the borrowers do it - to keep them indefinitely! That is how I lost my cherished copy of this classic.
My sense of ownership lost a battle with my sense of missionary reading promotion. And here we are - The Borrowers are forever lost to me, at least in a visual, tangible sense.
I can of course still "see" them in my mind, endlessly panicking about me - a human bean, no less! Lovely story full I have noticed that most people who borrow books do it in the same way the borrowers do it - to keep them indefinitely!
Lovely story full of beans, human and otherwise! View all 17 comments. I've had this book on my shelves for a few years, but I only got around to reading it after watching Studio Ghibli's gorgeous adaptation, 'The Secret World Of Arietty'. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I got was a tougher, more tender novel than its premise - little people who live underfoot and steal everything they need from human beings - necessarily suggested.
This is a meticulous, honest book that doesn't condescend to its intended audience. The characters are all flawed, believable, I've had this book on my shelves for a few years, but I only got around to reading it after watching Studio Ghibli's gorgeous adaptation, 'The Secret World Of Arietty'.
The characters are all flawed, believable, even endearing with one exception. The miniature world of the borrowers is described in creative, convincing detail. The borrowers are very small people; their little hidey holes are scaled down to their own size and its only when Arietty goes on an expedition into the outside world with her father that she realises how small they really are: But she told herself, 'He isn't small, he's half a head taller than mother..
Her mother's reaction when the boy pries open the roof of their tiny house is another piece of fine writing: But this time it was a real scream, loud and shrill and hearty; she seemed almost to settle down in her scream, while her eyes stared up, half interested, into empty lighted space. Writing for young readers - and I imagine that this book's natural audience would be between Arietty's age - 14 - and the human boy's - 10 - doesn't have to be a matter of writing down, and this is a good example of how to get it right.
View all 4 comments. Sep 07, unknown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Day 17 of my Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge asks me to list the shortest book I've read, so here it is.
I almost went with the Hobbit, but then I remembered The Borrowers. This is a book about a family of tiny people who live under the floorboards of a normal human home, surviving by pilfering stuff from the giants who inhabit it.
I'd guess they are a few inches tall, so that's pretty short.
Certainly they weren't looking for the shortest book I have read in terms of number of pages, right? Because that is an asinine question. I haven't read this book in, oh, 20 years, but it used to be a favorite. I always liked the idea of getting a totally new point of view on what would otherwise be very normal surroundings, and Mary Norton who wisely spun this into a series, not that I read any of the sequels thinks of a lot of creative uses for the household detritus the family of Borrowers uses to furnish their home -- bottlecaps become serving trays, scrap paper becomes wallpaper.
They are the original freegans! Unless you count hobos. I think these details are what appealed to me as a child, as the story is otherwise what you would expect: Maybe it was because I was a small person, but I always liked stories of tiny creatures in very big places: Anyway, that it. The shortest book I have read. What a stupid freaking question.
Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day Shortest book you have read. View all 20 comments. More than just loving the story in this book I liked the idea of it. You had people that were smaller than a child being intelligent and resourceful and they were taken seriously.
What child wouldn't love that? Plus little people who make furniture out of buttons and thimbles - it's just too cute. Jan 10, Allison Tebo rated it really liked it Shelves: THANK you friends for challenging me to give this book another chance!
I accepted the dare to read this again if I reached 10 subscribers on my YouTube channel. There was some consensus that I needed to give this book a fresh look. And you were absolutely right - I really, truly enjoyed this book.
I think I was too young too appreciate the somewhat vague and British style when i first skimmed through this years ago I still found Homily a little aggravating.
Because of that - I nearly knocked off a star - but Are you reading?
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Here's my new rating. I originally rated this one star I rate it Now I wish I hadn't gotten rid of my old copy - I'm not only going to download this book again!
I'm going to read the rest of the series! View all 10 comments. Jan 04, Tisha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 03, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: This story is charming and a lot of fun too. Little people living in a big English house. Sadly they are discovered. I enjoy how the story is told.
Two woman are knitting a quilt together and the older begins to tell a tale that her brother told her.
The brother was part of the story. This is the beginning and the end. Mary only gives us a hint of what really happened at the end. It makes for a sly story. This book brought me much joy. I will be reading more of this series. The story i Charming! The story is from the 50s and I think it can still be enjoyed by everyone today. It is timeless.
View 2 comments. Aug 23, John rated it liked it Shelves: When I was in third grade, I was at the library with my dad and little sister. My dad asked me if I had a book to report on for summer reading, since we were there and everything.
The question blindsided me, so I said, "Yes. But I took the book and walked over to the library lady who was shelving books. I told her I wanted to report on this book I read for summer reading. Now in those days, library summer reading was based o When I was in third grade, I was at the library with my dad and little sister. Not just minutes one read or any such things. And there were no stickers. None that I recall.
Anyway, the library lady started to ask me to tell her about the book. So I started to tell her things I could figure out from the front cover of the Borrowers. It became readily apparent that I did not read this book, so the library lady, looked up from her papers, since in those days, children's librarians did not make eye contact with children and mostly just SHHHushed everyone, loudly and rudely.
I stared at her. I never did go back that summer. Nor did I ever read the Borrowers, that is, until yesterday. I read it, Ann Douglas, you cranky old library lady. And I can tell you all sorts of things that happened in it.
But I am not going to. You want to know why? No Stickers, no Summary. View all 3 comments. Jan 15, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I even remember naming one of my Barbies Egglatina! The story has has many wonderful aspects that many children will enjoy, such as the Borrowers being little people that live, hidden away, in our homes and "borrow" steal?
I sure like that idea better than just being plain forgetful, haha! There is adventure and daring, and so many darling descriptions of the the wee objects the Borrowers use to make their home I was obsessed with all such things when I was little--doll houses, fairy houses--and since I didn't have a "real" doll house, much like the Borrowers, I used what I could to make doll furniture and things This is the version I read: I love that cover because it really highlights all the lovely things the Borrowers have and seems so illustrative of their life, what they do, very close to how it's written in the book.
And Arrietty is writing in her journal--it's perfect! However, reading it as an adult, I feel like I got even more from the story. I was really impressed with the writing style and the wit, the insights into character foibles Some of the passages are just so beautifully written the garden, sigh!
As was what happened to the Boy. Actually, there was a lot more peril in the story than I expected, some unsettling aspects, that some children may not like. I obviously elected to give Egglatina a happy fate through my own imaginative play! I am not so sure how much I loved the beginning and ending, with young Kate talking to the Boy's sister now an old lady who is telling the story of the time her brother met the Borrowers.
It lends a hint of melancholy to the story, knowing the fate the boy met. And I was so wrapped up in the story of the boy and the Borrowers that when it ended and we switch back to the old woman telling Kate that was "the last time my brother saw the Borrowers" it was so jarring. I can't quite decide if this was brilliance or a shortcoming on Norton's part.
I think I was satisfied with how it all ended, and really liked one aspect, but I'm not entirely sure how I feel about all of it.
I won't say more because it will be a spoiler. I didn't realize that there is a whole series about the Borrowers, so I may have to read more and wonder if the film will incorporate more or just this first book? I look forward to finding out. View all 21 comments.
I was the bane of my teachers in elementary school, because at that time there was so little fiction available for a speed reading ten year old who had finished every Nancy Drew no Junior editions written, any L. Montgomery books the little local library owned plus the ones from my GR. So my teachers ended up scrounging whatever fiction they thought might be appropriate from any grade. I was transfixed by The Borrowers.
Still am! My favorite parts are the description of the Borrowers' home and the possibility of discovery at the end. Feb 28, Megan Agee rated it really liked it Shelves: I bought the whole series and I definitely want to read them all.
I read pretty much constantly as a child, so I'm not sure how I missed out on this one until now, but I'm seriously bumming about that. Spiller saves her from the beast by pushing her into his boat and sending her downstream to safety. Only then does he save himself. Spiller borrows from Gypsy caravans that often camp across the brook from the Clocks. He even borrowed the boot that the Clocks live in.
A gypsy named Mild Eye threw it at a tomcat, and Spiller carried it away before Mild Eye could fetch it.
Spiller begins to bring the Clocks food and other provisions. Winter arrives, and the Clocks run low on food. One night, the Clocks discover that all they have left is a small bottle of Elderberry wine. They drink it and go to sleep, forgetting to pull down the branch and lace up their boot. Arrietty awakes the next morning and realizes the boot is no longer in their alcove. She climbs out and discovers Mild Eye found the boot while rabbit hunting, and they are now in his caravan wagon.
Mild Eye picks up both of the boots. Noticing that one boot feels heavier, Mild Eye shakes Pod and Homily out onto the floor. They scurry under a cabinet, but not before Mild Eye sees them. Mild Eye returns to find the Borrowers, and his cat awakens. At this moment, a young Tom Goodenough appears in the door of the wagon, offering to help capture the Borrowers.
While Mild Eye is outside, Tom instructs the Borrowers to climb into his pocket. Tom lifts Spiller out of his pocket, and they both help the family escape. Tom flees the wagon before Mild Eye can stop him.
When Tom arrives back at his home, he gently lifts the Borrowers out of his pocket and explains that several other Borrowers already live in the walls of the cottage.
The Clocks venture into the walls where they see evidence of a Borrower home. When they reach the tiny living room, they find Hendreary and his family, even little Eggletina who was presumed eaten by a cat in the first book. After a tearful reunion and dinner, Arrietty goes back out to talk to Tom, and their friendship begins. Authority Roles When Mrs. May and Kate inspect the cottage, a lawyer accompanies them.
He is rude and dismissive. He also frequently ignores or dismisses Kate simply because she is a child. May is kind and considerate.
Homily is easily frightened and a bit hysterical, firmly believing that the Clocks will either starve, be eaten or freeze to death. Nevertheless, despite some complaining, Homily adapts fairly well to life outside. She suggests a new method for cooking and keeping warm, at which point Pod says that she is a wonderful and clever woman.
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She works hard to keep her family warm and fed. Pod plays the role of provider and protector. He bravely faces down a crow to protect Homily and Arrietty.
He is fully aware of the dangers of living outside and puts measures in place to protect his family. He is more than willing to risk his own safety as long as Homily and Arrietty are safe. The Borrowers often speak harshly to or about one another. Arrietty rudely asks Spiller if he ever bathes and calls him horrid.
Homily calls Spiller a naughty, dirty, unwashed boy. She also calls Arrietty a wicked, heathen girl. At first, the Clocks believe a cat ate Eggletina. Homily and Arrietty see a dead mole being eaten by beetles.There were some boring parts where I just had to put the book down and start again another day.
He even borrowed the boot that the Clocks live in. I went through this phase where I was obsessed with the movie Toy Story, and I was convinced that my toys came to life when I wasn't around.
I love that cover because it really highlights all the lovely things the Borrowers have and seems so illustrative of their life, what they do, very close to how it's written in the book. May told the story of the Borrowers left the fact of their existence up to the reader.
The trio of borrowers neurotic Homily, stuffy Pod and the wanderlusty Arriety tramp about afield, hence the title, searching for borrower relatives, and end up living in a boot.
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