Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Book - 1971
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Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1971
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689206511
Branch Call Number: J FIC O'Brien R
Characteristics: 233 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jul 22, 2020

Carefully crafted, an incredible story of strength, character, foresight, compassion, integrity and adventure.

A worthy, and noble read.

IndyPL_JessicaNS Apr 22, 2020

I have a memory from my childhood of the moment I found this book on the shelf on my elementary school library. It was one of the best books I read in those years, but I had forgotten much of the story over the years. I'm glad I decided to give it a second read.

The way this book is written immediately transports you to the farm of these small animals. It's a style of writing that isn't used as much these days, which may make the story feel a bit older to your kids. Mrs. Frisby is a character to root for. Your kids will be incredibly interested in what happens in the lab at Nimh. The ending is somewhat vague, but hopeful.

Recommended for kids 8+ that like animal adventure stories. This book would make a great read aloud for parents or teachers.

Lovestoread5 Feb 24, 2020

It was a cute and adventurous story. I liked how the animals helped each other out when needed.

IndyPL_ShellieR Sep 09, 2019

I read this book aloud to my seven-year-old. We loved the characters and the story, the inventiveness of the rats. Just a warning, though, to those who may have forgotten the ending. It is not a typical children's book in which everyone turns out okay in the end. There's also a level of ambiguity in the ending that children are not typically expected to withstand. Not a warning to avoid the book because it may be worth it to you or your older reader to ride out the sadness. If you have a sensitive reader, though, be aware so you can make an informed choice.

Jun 28, 2019

I remember liking this book as a child, and reading it aloud to my 5 year old brought back fond memories. I found the overall pacing and drama severely wanting this second time around. The story drags so much during Nicodemus' tale we put this novel down and forgot about it for about a week. My son is already sitting and listening, we are supposed to read now about a mouse sitting and listening to a rat? For several chapters? Oof.

Sep 23, 2018

I first read this book when I was 11 years old in 2004. Rereading it again, I am struck by how profound its themes are: consciousness, morality, what makes us human. A child would enjoy the world of the rats and the sense of adventure; an adult would love the philosophy and the protagonist in her quest to save her children. Such a wonderful novel!

Jun 28, 2018

Really fine writing, can be enjoyed by adults also, as I did, as I . whatever. I enjoyed it even though I am no longer a "kid"!

Mar 22, 2018

Absolutely loved this book as a kid. The flashback to NIMH chapters were my favorite part because of how much it made me think about consciousness, even though I didn't really understand that at the time.

Jul 05, 2017

This book was okay, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't being force to read it for school purposes.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

I read this every now and then and I always am so fascinated by the part where they describe the experiments they did to the rats in the NIMH lab. I love reading about science when it's written for people who don't get science; sort of like the mosquito dino DNA from Jurassic Park.
They made a BIZZARE movie of this too.

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