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Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

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I think it was my second-grade teacher who read this to us in class, like a chapter a day, or something.

We also have the occasional misfortune of horse-flies in the summertime and the rare autumn visit of a mouse who makes it past the notice of our savage (and somehow still fabulous) cat. There are really two stories going on at once; O'Brien cleverly brings the two together slowly by revealing their connection detail by detail through an absorbing flashback. In R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH (1990), the rats rescue two lost human children who in turn help to save the colony before winter. I read this book as possibly a 10 year old and have never forgotten the rats, in the story-within-the story in the middle, learning to read the instructions inside their cages that led to their *SPOILER ALERT!O’Brien teaches the concepts of true heroism, of doing brave things when you are terrified, of sacrificing oneself for others.

I remember reading this book at school some 30 years ago, and it's still just as lovely a story now. this book was one of my mom's favorites when she was growing up, and i read her same copy when i was growing up, and that is a lovely adorable experience even to a cynical nightmarish grump like me.

Between 1989 and 1990, I took some additional college courses in hopes of getting a teaching certificate.

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