"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH"

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Children’s books and movies have always shared a sibling-rivalry relationship. On the one hand, they compete for our attention with us often favoring one over the other as the better medium.  And yet more often then we are at times aware, the two are closely connected and even inspire and compliment one another.  With this in mind, we here at OutlooK-12 have decided for this month’s book reviews to focus on children’s books that were the inspiration for movies.  Please note, we are not including movie sequels or any other types of adaptations (i.e. television series, stage productions, etc.) in the reviews below.

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"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O’Brien
ISBN-13: 978-0689710681
Publisher: Aladdin
Film Adaptation: “The Secret of NIMH”

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem.  She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately or face almost certain death.  But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved.  Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.  And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.