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Review: The Borrowers by Mary Norton


The Borrowers by Mary Norton 4/5

348573.jpgBeneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life, but boring if you’re a kid. Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won’t listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.


Another reread of a children’s classic to kick off 2018. It has been many years since I have read The Borrowers and I wasn’t sure what my daughter would make of it, but when she woke up asking for me to read more of The Borrowers to her at 5 in the AM, I knew it was a winner.

There was a few moments when she didn’t understand a turn of phrase or a wordy description, but overall, the story resonated with her. The description on the Borrowers under-floor house was a favourite. My daughter particularly liked the use of postage stamps as art work and using ‘borrowed’ handwritten letters to wallpaper. The thought that Norton put into her Borrower’s world is outstanding.

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