Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien is winner of the 1972 John Newbery Medal, is on the top 100 children’s novels, and has been made into a film in 1982. This book is about a widowed mouse and her four young children and a mother’s will to protect her family. When one of Mrs. Frisby’s son (Timothy) becomes sick with pneumonia she must seek help before the farmer plows the garden….with them in it! Luckily, Mrs. Frisby finds the highly intelligent and advanced society of rats who have developed helpful and human-like skills. Will they be able to help save Mrs. Frisby and her children, even Timothy too?
This adventurous tale is about family, sacrifice, identity, society and class, and transformation. Recommended for children 9 and older, this is a believable tale where you quickly forget is about mice.