The Rescuers

The Rescuers

Book - 2010
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8-10 yrs.
The Prisoners' Aid Society of Mice discusses the proposed rescue of a Norwegian poet from the terrible Black Castle. Miss Bianca, the pet white mouse belonging to the Ambassador's son, is sent to Norway on a mission to recruit the bravest Norwegian mouse she can find. She finds Nils, and brings him back triumphantly. Then she, Nils, and Bernard, a pantry mouse who falls in love with her, set off for the Black Castle. They set up home in a mousehole in the Chief Jailer's room, and narrowly avoid the jaws of Mamelouk the cruel Persian cat. Eventually they trick the cat and the jailer, and get into the prisoner's cell. A dramatic rescue via an underground river, and they are all free -- and the Nils and Miss Bianca medal for bravery is struck in the mice's honour!
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, 2010, c1959
ISBN: 9780007364091
Branch Call Number: j SHA NVD
Characteristics: 173 p. ; 20 cm

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hunterbloch
Jun 08, 2015

Well writen and intertaining. The differences between this book at the Disney animated movie are astounding, but the heart of the characters appears to be there. The ending is lacking. All the build up and it seems to just... Drop off.

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CatherineLibrarian
Sep 22, 2013

The Rescuers, originally published in 1959 is an adventure story, about mice of the Prisoner’s Aid Society (Miss. Bianca, Nils, and Bernard) who go off on a dangerous mission to rescue a young Norwegian poet imprisoned in the gloomy Black Castle. This 2011 New York Review Children’s Collection reprint presents a fresh attractive cover and includes original illustrations by Garth Williams, Little House on the Prairie and Charlotte’s Web. This book is the first in the Rescuers children’s series (1959 – 1978) written by English author Margery Sharp. On the spectrum of mice adventure stories it ranks much closer in intensity and content to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien, rather than Stuart Little by E.B. White, also illustrated by Williams. The dialogue between Miss. Bianca and Bernard alone warrants it classic status in children’s literature. While dated in its portrayal of women, prisons, and poetry it has value in that it addresses tough subjects such as guilt and innocence, crime and punishment in an accessible way. Parents may want to discuss these topics with their children as they read the book. Recommended reading for most children 9 – 15 years old because of both reading level and subject matter.

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