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

“Timothy was much worse.  His eyes looked wild and strange from the fever; he trembled continuously, and each breath he took sounded like a gasp for life.”

This book is a delightful fantasy about a widowed mouse, Mrs. Frisby, and her four small children who live in the garden of Farmer Fitzgibbon.  The problem is that soon Mr. Fitzgibbon will plow up the garden, and Timothy, the smallest mouse, is too sick to move to the summer quarters.

After Mrs. Frisby saves a young crow from Dragon, the cat, Jeremy tells her to go to the owl for advice on how to solve this dilemma.  Bravely, she does just that, and the owl tells her to, “Go to the rats!”

When she courageously enters the rats entrance in the rosebush, she meets the biggest rat she has ever seen!  Brutus won’t let her go into the rats’ tunnel!  What should she do?  She is helped when Mr. Ages, a white mouse, comes to the rats’ home.  He takes her to meet Nicodemus and some of the other rats

The amazing story she hears from the rats includes some revelations about Mr. Frisby that are new to her.  And the rats have a plan to help her, but it’s not without danger!

My students always loved this book when I read it too them.  Jill always liked this story as a middle schooler!  Boys and girls will enjoy it!  There are several sequels which continue the story including:  Racso and the Rats of NIMH, and R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH.  These books are written by Jane Leslie Conly who is Robert C. O’Brien’s daughter.

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