Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Book - 1971
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Overview: Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atheneum, 1971
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780689206511
Branch Call Number: j OBRIEN
Characteristics: 233 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bernstein, Zena - Illustrator


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Mrs. Frisby may be just a little mouse, but she is full of courage and heart. Her family needs to move before the farm plow comes through, but her son is too ill. Luckily, there are some extraordinary rats who might come to the rescue. This is a great book for kids to read, with a message about w... Read More »

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.

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VaughanPLDavidB Nov 18, 2018

Triggered by the serendipity of a donated copy, I decided to re-visit this childhood favorite. It did not disappoint. It was as wondrous and thrilling as ever. There was one thing though, that did not occur to my 8 year old mind (now 54), at first reading. The rats were not being experimented on simply for the sake of making smarter, longer-lived rats, but as a precursor for making smarter, longer-lived humans. Since that experiment was an overwhelming success, and it had been many years since the rats had escaped. Surely the scientists had enough data to move forward with an experimental serum for humans. Genetically engineering a superior race of humans. Sounds pretty sinister to me.

Aug 28, 2014

This is still one of my childhood favorites! It never disappoints.

Jun 14, 2014

awesome book hey

Nov 12, 2013

OH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw the movie first and the story was very interesting to me, but now that I've read the book, I HATE the movie. The book is SO much better than the movie!!! I loved the characters in this book-Mrs. Frisby was an unlikely heroine, Justin was just dashing, and Nicodemus was great for a head role. The ending was sad, but the story was excellent. My only complaint is that there isn't a sequel! READ THIS! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!


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Aug 22, 2014

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