The Borrowers (Paperback)

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The Borrowers By Mary Norton, Diana Stanley (Illustrator), Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator), Leonard S. Marcus (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mary Norton, Diana Stanley (Illustrator), Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator), Leonard S. Marcus (Foreword by)
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Other Books in Series

This is book number 1 in the Borrowers series.

Staff Reviews

There aren’t many left. Only tiny family lives under the floorboards in the kitchen. They borrow crumbs and spools and pins and matchboxes (Look at the pictures!) They are incredibly brave. Wonderful to read aloud or to yourself.

— From Staff Picks - Books for Kids

4 books. Miyazake's Arrietty was based on this. Tiny people under the floorboards, living well off the teeny unnoticed borrowings from the big house, using all their skill and ingenuity.

— From What you need is a new series!


A enchanting and enduring children's classic, The Borrowers is the award-winning tale of three tiny people who are big heroes.

The Clock family—Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an English 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?

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.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780152047375
ISBN-10: 0152047379
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2003
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Borrowers