Gable Reviews The Borrowers Afield

The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton


Describe it in 25 words or less. The Clock family is forced out from under the floor in a house in England and into an enormous field, in search of Homily’s family.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I have read the first book in the series called The Borrowers and we have the rest of the series on the bookshelf so I decided I could read it.

Who was your favorite character and why? Arrietty because I could relate to her the most and I enjoyed her view of the outdoors and freedom in the field.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Homily, Arrietty’s mother, because she talked too much, was practically always negative, and she was paranoid all the time and the reason why Arrietty did not have any freedoms.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait? I never really got into it, apart from the part where they were in the caravan. There were many words I didn’t know which slowed me down a bit and it was a bit too detailed for my liking.

What did you think of the ending? It had a bad thing about it and a good thing, too. A mixed ending. The last several pages were the ones with the most detail, too, I must say.

What was the moral of the story? To never give up because if you do, you might be missing out on a miracle.

Did you learn anything? That ants milk aphids.

Favorite quote: “And what if it were only a story? So long as it was a good story. Anything we haven’t experienced for ourselves sounds like a story. All we can ever do is sift the evidence…” – Mrs. May to Kate

What would you change? The amount of detail.

Have you read other books in the series? I have read the first one and this is the second in the series. I do not plan on reading the others anytime soon because I am guessing they have about the same amount of unnecessary detail and big fancy words.

Who would you recommend it to? People who have no imagination or hardly any, people who like books with only one chapter of action and suspense near the end, or people who like to use big fancy words in their everyday speech.

Number of unknown words: 28

Recipe: Veal and ham pie

Tell us a time when you have almost given up hope but then found a miracle that saved you.

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