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Mary Norton (1) (1903–1992)

Autor(a) de The Borrowers

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Obras por Mary Norton

The Borrowers (1952) 8,312 exemplares
The Borrowers Afield (1955) 2,424 exemplares
The Borrowers Afloat (1959) 2,423 exemplares
Bedknob and Broomstick (1943) 1,557 exemplares
The Borrowers Avenged (1982) 1,490 exemplares
The Borrowers Aloft (1961) 1,484 exemplares
Are All the Giants Dead? (1975) 255 exemplares
Borrowers Collection (1997) 146 exemplares
The Borrowers [1997 film] (1997) 69 exemplares
The Borrowers Omnibus (1970) 61 exemplares
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) 46 exemplares
The Bread and Butter Stories (1998) 44 exemplares

Associated Works

Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971 film] (1971) — Original book — 424 exemplares
Poems of Childhood (1896) — Ilustrador, algumas edições306 exemplares
Arrietty [2010 film] (2010) — Original book — 230 exemplares
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 03: Magic in the Air (1962) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Over the Rainbow Tales of Fantasy and Imagination (1983) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
A Golden Land (1958) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Borrowers: Series 1 [1992 TV mini series] (1992) — Original book — 17 exemplares
Chosen for Children (1957) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 5, January 1976 (1976) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Norton, Mary
Nome legal
Norton, Kathleen Mary
Outros nomes
Pearson, Kathleen Mary (birth)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
St Nectan's Churchyard, Hartland, Devon, England, UK
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Bideford, Devon, England, UK
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Hartland, Devon, England, UK
children's book author
British War Office
British Purchasing Commission
Prémios e menções honrosas
Carnegie Medal (1952)
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1960)



I'm going to start my review with a digression. Often parents will ask children's librarians some form of this question: "Can you help me find books for my second grader who reads at an eighth grade level?" What they want is something challenging, but not too mature. Most times, I point these parents towards classics. Children's books written before, say, 1960 (if they're still in print) tend to be wholesome and full of unfamiliar words and complex sentence structures. So, bingo! There you have it. (I will also tell parents that just because their kid reads at an eighth level, doesn't mean they shouldn't be reading good books for second graders.)

The Borrowers definitely falls into this wholesome/challenging classics genre. I chose it for my middle grade book club this summer because it matches our theme (Dig Into Reading!) and because I have some smart cookies in the group and I want to see if they enjoy a book with a very different kind of appeal than most of the books I pick (our other books this summer were [b:Holes|38709|Holes (Holes, #1)|Louis Sachar|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327781893s/38709.jpg|1679789] and [b:Gregor the Overlander|262430|Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1173234171s/262430.jpg|524491]).

Though I shouldn't have been, I was surprised at how deep this book was. I especially liked this exchange (from page 84 of my copy):

"...Borrower's don't steal."
"Except from human beings," said the boy.
Arrietty burst out laughing; she laughed so much that she had to hide her face in the primrose. "Oh dear," she gasped with tears in her eyes, "you are funny!" She stared upward at his puzzled face. "Human beans are for Borrowers - like bread's for butter!"

This is an amazing lesson on perspective. Still, I only gave the book three stars because I didn't fall in love with it. I enjoyed it, and was impressed by it, but it didn't have the magic for me. Maybe because I'm a grown-up and I never read it as a child.
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LibrarianDest | 123 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Uprooted once again, the little people journey down a drain, live briefly in a teakettle, and are swept away in a flood.
PlumfieldCH | 14 outras críticas | Dec 9, 2023 |
The Clock family--Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an English manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are "borrowed" from the "human beans" who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee?
PlumfieldCH | 123 outras críticas | Dec 7, 2023 |
Although I have no specific memories of it, I know that I read The Borrowers when I was younger. I'm certain my younger self enjoyed this whimsical tale of miniature people living within the walls and under the floorboards of an English estate, borrowing food and clothing and brick-a-brac from the humans above. The people who exist for the Borrowers' convenience. What's interesting in rereading it as an adult is to see adult themes subtly introduced and know that many of the novel's finer points were probably lost on me. That the mild feminism displayed in Homily's admonition of her husband, Pod, that if he had a son he would have already taken him borrowing (after he refuses to consider taking his daughter) was lost on my adolescent innocence. That the personalities introduced, the shrewish Mrs Driver, the not-so-dotty Great Aunt Sophy, the Boy and especially the narrator's unnamed brother entertained me without necessarily causing me to think too hard about the way the world works.

Seventy-plus years afters its publication, The Borrowers is still a great book both for children to read and adults to revisit (or read for the first time, if you've never had the pleasure).
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skavlanj | 123 outras críticas | Sep 24, 2023 |


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