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

Books have always been a big part of my life.  When I was a child, I used to get excited about heading to the library to check out my next pile of books to plow through during summer break.  I also loved getting a new book that was all my own to read, reread and place with my growing collection on the bookshelf in my room.  

The smell, feel and adventures within the pages of my books are all things I remember and cherish about my early experiences with reading. 

One of my favorite books as a child, and one I still love to share with the children in my life, is “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert C. O’Brien.  Published in 1971 and winner of the 1972 Newbery Medal, this engaging story portrays the plight of a widowed mouse and her children living in a field on Mr. Fitzgibbon’s farm.  The widowed mother, Mrs. Frisby, must move her family before the spring plowing begins but her son, Timothy, is ill and would not survive a move in the cold, damp spring air.  When she seeks help from the lab rats who live in the rosebush, she is introduced to their world of super intelligence, literacy, technology and ‘The Plan’.  

This is a story of survival, friendship and strength that adults and children of all ages will enjoy.  There are different elements within this touching fable that all levels of readers can relate to and relish.  So, if you’re looking for a classic to share with the young readers in your life. You can buy this book in various formats by clicking here.