The Borrowers

Mary Norton (Author) Joe Krush (Illustrator)
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The Borrowers--the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country 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? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. This repackaged paperback edition still has the delightful original black-and-white illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush inside. A charmer!Awards: 1952 Carnegie Medal, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award BookDon't miss the other classics in the Borrowers series: The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft, and The Borrowers Avenged.

Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
April 01, 2003
5.2 X 0.45 X 7.66 inches | 0.32 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.

Beth Krush (1918-2009) was half of an American husband-and-wife team of illustrators (with Joe Krush; born May 18, 1918), who worked primarily on children's books. The Krushes may be best known for the US editions of all five Borrowers books by Mary Norton, published by Harcourt 1953-1961 and 1982, a series inaugurated very early in their careers. Besides collaborating with her husband, Beth Krush illustrated The Shoe Bird (1964), the only children's book by Eudora Welty.


Praise for Mary Norton's The Borrowers:
"A book that begs to be shared."--The Horn Book

"The magic and charm of the writing convince children and grown-ups, too, that Borrowers really do exist."--School Library Journal