The Borrowers: Fiftieth-Anniversary Gift Edition

April 25, 2018 - Comment

The classic story of tiny Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock, who live under the kitchen floorboards and borrow from “human beans,” has charmed readers for fifty years. To celebrate the golden anniversary of Mary Norton’s timelessly popular tale, Harcourt presents this handsome gift edition. Features include a new foreword by renowned children’s book author, historian,

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The classic story of tiny Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock, who live under the kitchen floorboards and borrow from “human beans,” has charmed readers for fifty years.

To celebrate the golden anniversary of Mary Norton’s timelessly popular tale, Harcourt presents this handsome gift edition. Features include a new foreword by renowned children’s book author, historian, and critic Leonard S. Marcus; Diana Stanley’s heartwarming illustrations from the original British edition; a letter by Mary Norton describing the origins of the Borrowers; and a never-before-published sketch of Homily and Arrietty drawn by Mary Norton herself.
Anyone who has ever entertained the notion of “little people” living furtively among us will adore this artfully spun classic. The Borrowers–a Carnegie Medal winner, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award book, and an ALA Distinguished Book–has stolen the hearts of thousands of readers since its 1953 publication. Mary Norton (1903-1993) creates a make-believe world in which tiny people live hidden from humankind beneath the floorboards of a quiet country house in England.

Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty of the diminutive Clock family outfit their subterranean quarters with the tidbits and trinkets they’ve “borrowed” from “human beans,” employing matchboxes for storage and postage stamps for paintings. Readers will delight in the resourceful way the Borrowers recycle household objects. For example, “Homily had made her a small pair of Turkish bloomers from two glove fingers for ‘knocking about in the mornings.'”

The persistent pilfering goes undetected until a boy (with a ferret!) comes to live in the country house. Curiosity drives Arrietty to commit the worst mistake a Borrower can make: she allows herself to be seen. This engaging, sometimes hair-raisingly suspenseful adventure is recounted in the kind, eloquent voice of narrator Mrs. May, whose brother might–just might–have seen an actual Borrower in the country house many years ago. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Amazon Customer says:

An unexpected find 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…

Heather E. Hejduk says:

You say it’s borrowing… When I was little, I loved watching The Littles. Likewise, I loved reading The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The story, in which tiny human-like creatures “borrow” things for their homes inside the walls and floors, is sweet and fun. The teenage Borrower daughter, Arrietty, makes friends with a “human bean” boy of 9. Her parents are afraid at first, but soon find he is a useful friend to have. Until they are discovered that is. The book really drew me in and I had to read the last couple paragraphs…

Karen H. says:

A surprisingly enjoyable book for all ages! This is the first in a series and they’re all great! 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…

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