The Borrowers

Mary Norton • Ambiguity


The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 11-12 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary devices
  • 3 Grammar or Punctuation Spotlights
  • Cultural Context box
  • Literary Device: Ambiguity
  • Writing Activity: Write Your Own Ending!
  • 9 Discussion Questions
  • Book Club Party ideas
  • 47 pages
  • Original Publication Date: January 2009
  • Updated: January 2022

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About the book

The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are “borrowed” from the “human beans” who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. —Amazon

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