am 13. Mai 1998
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is about Mrs. Frisby who has to move her house before the plow destroys their home and kills them. But her youngest son, Timothy, is sick with pneumonia. She learns about the Rats of NIMH from the owl. The rats are highly intelligent and helped Mrs. Frisby to come up with a good solution to her problem. The plan was to bury her cinder block house under the surface of the ground, out of the reach of Mr. Fitzgibbon's plow. The plan worked and the Frisby family and home was saved, but not without adventure, bravery and excitement.
Other characters in the book were Jermemy the crow. He introduced Mrs. Frisby to the Owl. They always had to watch out for Dragon, the cat. Isabella was also one the mice whose parents were from NIMH. Brutus was a rat but he was not from NIMH although he lived with the Rats of NIMH.
I liked Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH because the Rats of NIMH lived under ground and had running water and electricity. At NIMH, the rats were taught the to read. They also had better memory skills. I am nine years old and read this book as an assignment but enjoyed it anyway.
am 14. Juni 2000
I must've read this book a thousand times, but until I reach a million, that is by no means enough. My imagination gets going, and almost always my curiousity along with it. So many nights I have kept myself up for as long as I could, reading excitedly in the quiet darkness. Which of these paragraphs and pages will I read over and over in my contemplation, wondering also if it's silly that I get myself so involved in such a make-believe story? And what, if limits will be set, will I finally dream of as I lay the book to rest for the night? I've yet to know the answers beforehand, therefore, I shall read of the honorable Mrs. Frisby and the clever rats of NIMH again and again and again. If it isn't obvious, I strongly reccomend this book.
am 8. März 1998
Good book! Read it when I was in the second grade and made quite an impression on me-- must have since I am bothering write a review on it some 9 years later. Every child should read it. I believe it taught me many things about being kind, and that even mice have families! ;-)
am 28. August 2011
Ich muss sagen, dies ist einer der Klassiker der Kinderliteratur, und sicherlich eines der besten Bücher dieser, dass die Tiere vermenschlicht, indem sie ihnen Stimme und Tiefe als Zeichen. Ich würde es auf eine Stufe mit Stuart Little setzen. Die Schurken sind in erster Linie Menschen, die ich interessant finde in einer Welt, wo so viele andere Tiere haben fit, diese Rolle könnte, aber das bedeutet nicht weg von der Geschichte. Intelligent Geschichtenerzählen mit einer großen Besetzung von Charakteren. Eine ausgezeichnete lesen.
Autor von "Gabriel Jennings und der Ferret Freedom Fighters".
am 21. April 2000
This story has long been one of my favorites and deserves to be a (future) Classic. O'Brien introduces many serious issues into his fascinating yet charming tale about a fieldmouse mother who desperately needs help to save her family. When Farmer Fitzgibbon prepares to plow up his vegetable garden, it proves an annual Day of Judgment for all the creatures who forage therein. Mrs. Frisby's quiet determination to save her invalid child leads her on a perilous quest, during which her matnernal devotion and courage will be tested.
To willingly enter the home of an owl, to humbly approach the clannish rats in the rosebush, to expose herself to a hungry cat, this tiny fieldmouse proves equal to all demands upon her trembling heart--a true and worthy wife to the late Jonathan Frisby. Her husband has earned the respect of many creatures, including the owl and the secretive rats. She gradually discovers that she (and her children in particular) are much more than they seem.
Just who Are these rats who know so much, who possess so many human inventions, who can read and write, who have even acquired a sense of morality? Why are they called "mechanized" and consider themselves "civilized?" How and where does a private rat Society fit in with normal rats and normal humans--with all their foibles? Can timid Mrs. Frisby help them in their endeavor to find a peaceful and pro-social environment free of human interference? Then too, why should the rats bother about her problem, when their very existence is threatened? O'Brien reminds us of the dangers of genetic tampering, and points out the similarities between both rat and human species when it comes to issues like theft, power struggle, greed, and lust for fame, as well as self sacrifice, courage, faith and hope. This is a wonderful and highly-enjoyable read--not just for kids!
am 14. März 2000
Children literature is rarely regarded as an important resource despite the singular ability of a good story to reach the the minds of millions of people and really make a difference. Children literature especially can take a receptive young person to places that no amount of instruction or even caring one on one time can replace, and that imagination, once sparked is the fuel from which we all in later years cut our mark upon this world.
Robert O'Brien was an author deeply committed to sparking that imagination as best executed in his newbery award winning book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. It is no wonder that the book is a favorite for the classroom with english and science projects designed around its chapters. Not a word of this book falls flat or rests upon the crutches of worn genres; instead young readers will find that even from the first chapter they are asking questions and by the end of the book they will find themselves echoing the Frisby children who are left to wonder about some of the books more mysterious elements.
More so, I think Mrs. Frisby works because ultimately Robert was a very sympathetic author who moved beyond just the need to tell a good story to investing in his readers. Few children will feel uninvolved by Mrs. Frisby's plight, and most will also find themselves very sympathetic to the rats of the story. But Robert also imbues his story with ethical delimmas, and this--if anything--is the heart of the story and of O'Brien's writing. And these questions or delimmas are what have remained relevant to a new and vital to a new generation; nothing else could possible have sparked the imagination so.
To wrap this up, Mrs. Frisby is a thoughtful and sophisticated animal fantasy that will reach most children (3-7th grade) and entertaining their parents as well. A highly memorable tale as are O'Brien's other books.
am 17. Januar 1999
After nearly 30 years in publication and having won countless awards, been praised in professional reviews countless times and captivated millions of children (and a few adults a few adults as well), it is hard to know what is left to say. Mrs. Frisby is perhaps the earliest realistic animal fantasty (shortly followed by Watership Down), and remains the best book to merge this genre and science fiction as well. But most oustanding about O'Brien's style are not these obvious catagorical flags but what he achieved with sincerity and sensitivity. O'Brien is careful not to talk down to his audience, and instead of coughing up some cut-and-paste resolution to the delimmas which clearly plague him, he instead leaves the responsibility to the reader. Mrs. Frisby is above all a thinking novel, so much so that I remember being clearly torn between such common sense things as killing harmful pests and wondering if instead I had any right to, at age 10. I suspect there are those who don't think we should continue to wonder about even the everyday unknowns, but O'Brien is not one of them (as he says in his Newbery acceptance speech). In addition, the issues that the author brings up are hardly irrelevant or even preachy. His reference to Loren Eisely in the book is a dead give away to the milieu from which the questions he subtley probes have sprung but he leaves them, like seeds, to germinate in the minds of the reader, meaning that outgrowing the book seems nearly impossible. People who love the book as a child will probably continue to have soft place in their heart for it as adults. There is so much more that could be said about this great book, from it's characters to it's use reconizable themes (notable biblical) as allegory to bring emotional power and depth to the story, but generally speaking, from whichever way one ends up coming to the book, it continues to be a fantastic read (as are o'brien's other books, though each of them is different) for just about anyone. For myself, it's continued to be a worthwhile re-read long into my adult years.
am 15. Januar 1999
This is one of my favorite all time books. I would highly recommend it for people of all ages because it is a sad tale of adventure that you will remember forever. The book is based on the sickness of one of Mrs. Frisby's boys, Jonathan. He, as advised by an old white field mouse, was stuck in bed for several weeks. All of this occurs in the winter, and as spring arrives, the tale takes a sad twist. Eventually Mrs. Frisby seeks the help of a colony of rats. Because of certain conditions, Mrs. Frisby decides to move her family elsewhere, but Jonathan is too sick to make the trip. I do not want to tell the end of this book, because I would not like to spoil a story that you absolutely have to read. As you read on, the adventure gets more and more exciting. From labs to sewers, and from valleys to electricity and motors, the adventure will just amaze you. The sadness of the story and what Mrs. Frisby, a young, widowed mouse, had and has to go through just adds to the excitement and adventure of the book. The detail and description throughout the book just adds to the book's greatness. As I said earlier, you will definitely enjoy this book and I highly recommend it. "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" will be on my favorites list for a long time to come!
am 16. März 1999
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is one of the best books that I have ever read. It has now sold over 1 million copies as well as being extremley well regared by the critics. Why is this book so good? Well for starters, it has a perfect no holes plot with intelligent writing and believable characters. The book is also very imaginitive and suspensful. When I first read it in grade 3 I thought it was a great story and that was it. However now that I am older (17) I can tell it has much more depth. The author had a view that we should respect the environment and be hardworking, so he gave the Rats that quality. He also believed in interdependance; helping one another. For example, Mrs. Frisby helps the crow and then he helps her in return. Without the aid of several characters in this novel, Mrs. Frisby would never have been able to solve her dilema. And of course I love that line from Jenner, "people are our cows." I highly reccomend this Newbery Medal award winning book
am 27. November 1998
As a boy, i remember first reading this book and thinking, "Wow! this is what great reading is all about." I must have talked about the book for at least a year. All the characters fascinated me, and (as unfortunate as it may be) i had never read a story with such a powerful heroine as Mrs. Frisby is. After the book was done, i felt the irrepressible urge to read more about Mrs. Frisby & her land of Nimh. At the time, i couldn't find anything else about Nimh, yet, fortunately, along came Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks about a crafty Pig Detective named Freddy. Not quite as good, but fun nevertheless.
Ah yes, those were the days of my youth. Of course, the movie (The Secret of Nimh) was fun to see years later, but it never was able to replace the enjoyment i had reading about the adventures of Mrs. Frisby. A great book for boys and girls everywhere, and i hope to share it with my kids one day as well.