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Mary Norton (1903 â€“ 1992), was born in London, the only girl in a family of five children. She was brought up in the Manor House in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, which later became the setting fof her most famous book, The Borrowers. She was educated at convent schools and, after a brief and unsuccessful time as a secretary, she became an actress. She was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Company for two years and always thought of herself more an actress than a writer. She remembered her most thrilling moment as the time she first went on stage as an understudy at the Old Vic. She gave up the theatre when she got married and went to live with her husband in Portugal. There her two sons and two daughters were born, and she began to write.
When war broke out in 1939, Maryâ€™s husband joined the Navy and she brought her children back to England via the United States â€“ she lived there for a while waiting for a passage home. She returned to the stage in 1943. The Borrowers was published in 1952 and won her the Carnegie Medal, the most important prize in childrenâ€™s fiction. The story was based on fantasies from her childhood when her short-sightedness made her aware of the teeming life in the countryside around her. C S Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, wrote to her in 1956: â€œMay a stranger write his thanks and congratulations for â€˜The Borrowersâ€™ and â€˜The Borrowers Afieldâ€™? They have given me great and (I anticipate) lasting pleasureâ€¦â€. Films and TV series continue to bring new generations of children to Mary Nortonâ€™s books.
An enchanting classic that will fire up a child’s imagination as the storyline unfolds of little creatures living under the floorboards and borrowing everything they need from the humans above the boards. The author describes quite brilliantly what it would be like to be as small as a borrower and to go off on frightening and exciting adventures to borrow what they need. I’m ashamed to say I never read it as a child but have now and it’s equally perfect for parent and child to read together as it is for a child to gain a great deal of enjoyment alone.(7-9) Carnegie Winner in 1952. Books in The Borrowers Series: 1. The Borrowers 2. The Borrowers Afield 3. The Borrowers Afloat 4. The Borrowers Aloft 5. The Borrowers Avenged
A magical adventure story of an alternative, small-scale life as lived by Pod, Homily and their daughter Arrietty who could be any family - except that they are so tiny that they can live under the floorboards. Protected by a safety-pin gate and with wallpaper made out of ‘borrowed’ scraps of writing paper with the lines of handwriting carefully pasted on to make vertical stripes from ceiling to the floor covering which was pink blotting paper, everything that the family owns from has been borrowed from the ‘human beans’ who live above them. The humans know nothing of the Borrowers existence or why so many things go missing until Arrietty makes friends with a human boy who can see her. How can the Borrowers stay safe? Carnegie Winner in 1952 - To find out more about this book CLICK HERE to visit the Carnegie Greenaway site If you enjoyed this then why not check out The Honourable Ratts or Tumtum and Nutmeg. _____________ Puffin Fact! The Borrowers are all about 15 centimetres tall! Download more Puffin Facts here! _____________ Dear readers, dreamers and adventurers, Ever wanted a friend who could take you to magical realms, talk to animals or help you survive a shipwreck? Well, you'll find them all in the PUFFIN BOOK collection. A PUFFIN BOOK will stay with you forever. Maybe you'll read it again and again, or perhaps years from now you'll suddenly remember the moment it made you laugh or cry or simply see things differently. Adventurers big and small, rebels out to change their world, even a mouse with a dream and a spider who can spell - these are the characters who make stories that last a lifetime. Whether you love animal tales, war stories or want to know what it was like growing up in a different time and place, the A PUFFIN BOOK collection has a story for you - you just need to decide where you want to go next... We want to know which is your favourite. Tell us or tweet a photo of your old beloved copy - and we might just send you a new A PUFFIN BOOK so you can pass the story on. Love - PUFFIN @puffinbooks #shareapuffinbook
The complete collection of the classic Borrowers stories by Mary Norton. Arietty Clock isn't your typical little girl. Although she is little. Very little, in fact. She's a Borrower. She lives with her family in a large house that isn't technically theirs- it belongs to the 'human beans'. Arietty and her father, Pod, spend their days borrowing the human beans' possessions- her father is very good at borrowing. He can scale curtains using a hatpin and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it! The Borrowers are very happy with their life and borrowing ways. Until Arietty makes friends with a boy. A human bean boy. And from that moment, danger is never far away. Can they avoid the great disaster of 'being seen'? In this complete collection, you can join Arietty on all of her adventures! The Borrowers Afield: The Clock family escape to the fields where their cousins live, but it's a long and dangerous journey. At last they find a new home and adapt to country life. The Borrowers Afloat: Homeless again, Arrietty looks forward to a life away from the dark country cottage, to one full of sunshine. The Borrowers Aloft: The family are now living in the model village of Little Fordham - a complete village tailored to their size. All they have to do is avoid being seen by the visitors, but one night the owner of a rival village comes with a cardboard box ready to catch them . . . The Borrowers Avenged: Pod, Homily and Arrietty have managed to escape with the help of Spiller. They move into the old rectory where they live happily until the Potters come looking for them. After a horrifying encounter in the church, the Potters get their just desserts and the Borrowers can live peacefully once and for all. Poor Stainless: Young Stainless, a Borrower boy, goes missing on a mission to borrow some parsley and an enormous search ensues.
Penguin presents for the first time the complete, unabridged audio CD of Mary Norton's The Borrowers, read by Christopher Eccleston. The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty's father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it. Girls weren't supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...
A beautiful hardback gift edition of Mary Norton's classic children's book BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, comprised of two stories, THE MAGIC BEDKNOB and BONFIRES AND BROOMSTICKS. Includes artwork by Anthony Lewis and a stunning cloth-bound cover with ribbon feature. Carey, Charles and Paul are staying in the country with their aunt when they find Eglantine Price lying on the ground after an injury. The children discover that Miss Price is a witch in training, and in order to keep them quiet about her secret she makes them a magical bed-knob that allows them to travel around on the bed. And so their adventures begin...
Penguin presents for the first time the complete, unabridged audio edition of Mary Nortons The Borrowers, read by Christopher Eccelston. The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arriettys father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a dolls teacup without breaking it. Girls werent supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house...
A beautiful hardback gift edition of Mary Norton's classic children's story, THE BORROWERS, including the original artwork by Diana Stanley and a stunning cloth-bound cover with ribbon feature. Deep beneath the floorboards lives the tiny Borrower family - Pod, Homily and Arrietty Clock. Everything they have is borrowed from the humans above them; even their names are not quite their own. There is just one rule: they must never be seen. Then one day Arrietty meets the boy from above, and the family's incredible adventure begins. The perfect Christmas gift for readers young and old.
Die Borger sind in ihrer Art kaum von Menschen zu unterscheiden, aber winzig klein und alles, was sie besitzen, ist geborgt - sogar ihre Namen. Seit Pod, Homily und Arrietty ihr Zuhause unter den Dielen eines viktorianischen Landhauses verlassen mussten, sind sie auf der Flucht. Doch kaum haben sie Unterschlupf bei ihren Verwandten im Forsthaus gefunden, da bahnt sich auch schon die nachste Katastrophe an: Arriettys Freund Tom und dessen Grovater, die einzigen menschlichen Bewohner des Forsthauses, ziehen fort. Von wem sollen die Borger aber in Zukunft etwas borgen, wenn es keine Menschen mehr gibt? Pod, Homily und Arrietty bleibt keine Wahl: Sie mussen sich eine neue Bleibe suchen. Und die finden sie in einem alten, am Flussufer gestrandeten Wasserkessel. Schon gemutlich, vor allem, als ein Unwetter aufzieht. Dass der Fluss vor lauter Regen uber das Ufer tritt und den Wasserkessel wegspult - damit hat ja nun wirklich niemand gerechnet. Und so beginnt fur die kleinen Borger eine neue, gefahrliche Fahrt ins Ungewisse... Das dritte Abenteuer der kleinen Borger - mit marchenhaft schonen Illustrationen von Emilia Dziubak Ein Meisterwerk voller Poesie und Atmosphare - ausgezeichnet mit dem Lewis-Carroll-Shelf-Award
Penguin presents the abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Borrowers by Mary Norton, read by Samantha Bond. Pod, Homily and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the human beans who dont even know they exist. Arriettys father, Pod, is an expert borrower. He can scale curtains using a hatpin and bring back a dolls teacup without breaking it. Girls arent supposed to go borrowing, but as Arrietty is an only child, Pod breaks the rules. But when she is in the house borrowing, something happens which changes their lives. Arrietty makes friends with the boy upstairs.