The Borrower is a classic story of tiny people and their attempts to survive among the giant “human beans” who live above them. They live under the floor of an English house and on the shelves, with only the cobwebs and dust to remind them of the world above. Very much In The Odd Couple, the story follows two families living under the same floor, one occupying the kitchen.
To the human Beans who live above, the Borrowers are more than just a curiosity. They are tiny invaders who must be swept out of sight as soon as they are discovered. The Clocks must be especially careful because their daughter Arrietty has grown up safe in their home and learned to see herself as a borrowing child. But when she discovers the world beyond her kitchen floor, she is seized by dread — for she knows that to stay with them, she must grow taller.
The Borrower by Mary Norton is a story about three tiny people – two parents and their daughter – who exist beneath the floorboards of an old house in Borrowers Hollow. One stormy night, a young girl named Arrietty borrows a toy from upstairs — a paintbrush. Then she is captured by an angry human guardian of the house and learns that her parents have been living a secret life underground. She also realizes that they are borrowing things from humans that go missing as she discovers one of them in the storm’s wreckage.
About The Borrowers Book
Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers, and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need, they “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life, but boring if you’re a kid.
Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who humans see are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won’t listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.