Gable Reviews The Borrowers Afloat

The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The Clock family are forced to leave Lupy’s house in the walls when the humans decide to move out – but where will they go?

Genre: Children’s Classic/Adventure.

Who was your favorite character and why? Arrietty because she was not afraid to say what she thought and what she knew, have contact with humans, and she took care of her mother, although she thought she should be able to take care of herself.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Mild Eye because he was greedy and only did things if it would make him rich.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? The start was a bit of a re-cap but it was worth it because the end was action-packed and also kind of touching.

Was it plot or character driven? Plot-driven and, in my mind, it had so much detail that, sometimes, it got confusing.

What did you think of the ending? Slightly touching and sweet but also action-packed.

What was the moral of the story? If you feel like giving up, hang on a while longer and soon your friends will come to help you.

Favorite quote: “And Arrietty went on and on – explaining and inventing, creating another kind of life. Deep in this world, she forgot the present crisis, her parents’ worries and her uncle’s fears, she forgot the dusty drabness of the rooms between the laths, the hidden dangers of the woods outside and that she already was feeling rather hungry.” – Mary Norton, author

What would you change? I would lessen the detail.

Have you read other books in the series? Yes, I have read the two previous ones in the series and this one was the simplest to read. I hope to read the rest of the series this year.Check out my review of The Borrowers Afield.

Who would you recommend it to? People who enjoy classics a HEAP, people who thought the other books had WAY too much detail, and teenagers who adore the outdoors and are interested in little people.

Number of unknown words: 57

Recipe: Madeira cake.

Craft/Activity: How to make a paper boat.

Tell us about a time when you felt like giving up but then a friend or family member came to help you.

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