Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
By: Robert C. O'Brien, Illustrated By: Zena Bernstein
Simon and Schuster's Children's Publishing
June 1998
Ages: 9-12
Pages: 233

Mrs. Frisby is a widowed mouse with four small children and a terrible dilemma. She must move immediately to their summer home or risk certain death; but her youngest son, Timothy is deathly ill with pneumonia and cannot be moved. So, in a twist of fate, Mrs. Frisby encounters the highly intelligent rats of NIMH and in turn for their help, she gives her services in return.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
I think anyone who enjoys adventurous books that have animals or some such creatures as the main character/hero would immensely enjoy this unique story.
What Problems could this book potentially cause?
I do not see this book causing any problems, only that it might make children raise questions about animal testing in different labs and other such situations.
My Reaction
I have not read this book in quite some time, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as though for the fist time. It's quite different for a tradiational children's novel and has a unique and interesting storyline that most authors could nor would ever think of putting down on paper.

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