Last summer while on vacation, I read through all the books that I had taken with me and needed something else to read, so I went to a local bookstore and purchased four books that I have always wanted to read. They were The Indian in the Cupboard, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Because of Winn Dixie, and The Borrowers. The “Borrowers” are a family of little people who live beneath the floor of an old country house and survive by borrowing things from humans. Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter Arrietty have matchboxes for dressers and postage stamps for paintings. However, they are the last of the “Borrowers” left in the house. All the others are gone, some having emigrated and others just disappeared, and
Arrietty is board. Only Pod is allowed to venture out to do the borrowing because of the danger, but Arrietty wants to go out too because there is a human boy who has come to stay in the house and she is desperate for a friend. Will they be seen? And if they are, what will happen? There is very little that is objectionable in this fantasy book. Some references to drinking Madeira (wine) are found. Otherwise, it is an enjoyable story that I highly recommend. The stories about the Borrowers continue in The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft, and The Borrowers Avenged.