Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby is a widowed mouse with four small children.  Winter is ending soon and they need to move to their summer home. But, the youngest has pneumonia and can't be moved. What's a mom to do? She searches for help, even from those who are most likely to refuse. But, the rats of NIMH have a grand plan to help her in her dilemma.
I really enjoyed this book. It was written in 1971 and received the Newbery award in 1972.  
**Spoiler Alert**
There are themes in this book that will never grow old. Like being kind to everyone, no matter who it is. And that if you are kind to them, most likely they will return that kindness.  I know that not everyone is kind back, but the importance of being kind and compassionate is something we all long for. Even the bully craves those things.
As a mother, I could relate to Mrs. Frisby.  Her worries, doubts, fears, and determination were all strong and very real. I like that about this book. That as a child I could read it and love the adventure and the mystery as to why the rats are so helpful. But, as an adult I can relate, too! 
Can't wait to read this on out loud to my kids!


Ashley said...

Isn't this one seriously amazing?! I loved it. It's definitely one to reread, and to have the kids read!

I_am_Tulsa said...

I loved this book too...one of the few books that I could read over and over again. It DOES appeal to all age groups, doesn't it?!

MaDonna Maurer said...

I agree with you both! I'm so glad I own a copy of this book. I will be re-reading it for sure!