Title: The Borrowers Afield.
Author: Mary Norton.
Genre: Fiction, YA, adventure, fantasy.
Publication Date: 1955.
Summary: Driven from their home in an old English house, unable to track down their relatives, the Clock family now live in an old boot. Although everything outdoors - cows, moths, field mice, cold weather - endangers their lives, they learn to survive in the wild with the help of Spiller, a mysterious wild Borrower that takes it upon himself to help the family survive and adapt.
My rating: 8/10.
♥ "Oh, Pod," exclaimed Homily, clapping her hands flat to her cheeks and making her eyes tragic, "the things you do bring up! Why do you do it?" she implored him tearfully. "Why? You know what it does to me!"
"Well, there are such things," Pod pointed out stolidly. "In this life," he went on, "you got to see what is, as you might say, and then face up to what you wish there wasn't."
♥ It was not their last night on earth; it seldom is, somehow...
♥ As he showed these to the woman, who continued to jeer, his voice became almost tearful. The woman laughed then - a thin, high peal of raucous laughter. Completely heartless, Arietty thought, completely unkind. She wanted almost for Mild Eye's sake to run out and show this doubting creature that there were such things as borrowers ("It's so awful and sad," she once admitted to Tom Goodenough, "to belong to a race that no sane person believes in").