Mrs. Frisby, a timid, widowed mouse, has a dilemma. And it’s dire. Her youngest son, always weak, has taken seriously ill. Thankfully, he’s recovering, but he cannot move to their summer home before the plow comes through the garden and wrecks their winter home.
What can she do?
Courageously, she seeks advice from some unlikely creatures, which leads her to the rats. Mrs. Frisby has avoided the rats her whole life. But now, she needs their help to save her son’s life.
Once again, she musters all her courage, and approaches the rats’ nest.
She is shocked by what she finds. And what she hears. And by the rats willingness to help her.
Then she is able to return the favor and help the rats.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien is a classic I remember reading as a child. The story of prejudice and unlikely friendship has definitely stood the test of time – and is just as good now as when it was first published in 1971.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.