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and then some of the things we own go missing and we just never find them
again. They might just be lost, but then again, perhaps there is a Borrower
in the house! Mary Norton introduces us to THE BORROWERS, who are tiny
people living in the hidden places of a house; behind walls, in cabinets,
and under the kitchen floor. They get their food and furniture by "borrowing"
some of the items that humans use. One of the worst things that could happen
to a Borrower is being "seen" by a human while on a borrowing trip. When
Borrowers Homily and Pod Clock discover that their daughter Arrietty has
not only been seen, but has SPOKEN to a human boy, they are terribly upset
until they are persuaded to get to know him themselves. The friendship
between the Clock family and the boy ends in near disaster for the Borrowers
when a human adult steps in and tries to rid the house of Borrowers forever.
If you enjoy the first book, The Borrowers, you can keep following their
adventures through several more books in the series. In addition, you may
also enjoy a series called "The Littles" by John Peterson, and Roald Dahl's
story "The Minpins." Be sure to "borrow" some of these books and learn
where some of your missing items may be going!
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