The Rescuers

The Rescuers The mice in this story created the widely respected Prisoners Aid Society of Mice The task of this benevolent society is to befriend human prisoners in their cells and perform daring rescue bids As t

  • Title: The Rescuers
  • Author: Margery Sharp
  • ISBN: 9780007364091
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • The mice in this story created the widely respected Prisoners Aid Society of Mice The task of this benevolent society is to befriend human prisoners in their cells, and perform daring rescue bids As this story opens, the Chairwoman of the Society is proposing the rescue of a Norwegian poet who is being held in grim conditions in the Black Castle.

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    1. I remember seeing The Rescuers film en francais back when I was in the third grade, but it took me until now to read the book. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, why am I reading a kids' book? Well, when it comes to great stories, I think you can be any age to read them. This one, a classic by Margery Sharp (she also wrote Something Light, another of my favorites), tells the story of a group of mice who decide to risk their lives in order to save a child. It's a story similar to The Rats of NIMH [...]

    2. I haven't read any "Rescuers" books for years. Actually, I forgot about them for a while. But happily, we are now reunited! This book is very different from the Disney film of the same name which is hardly surprising. In a nutshell, the plot is Bernard, Bianca and Norwegian mouse, Nils must rescue a Norwegian poet who is prisoner in The Black Castle. *dun dun DUN* But what made me laugh was, when they finally rescue the poet he does not find it strange in the least that three mice have come to r [...]

    3. It's probably my fault for not doing my research, but I was expecting a novel of high-speed chases through swamps and a teddy bear with a diamond hidden in its stomach. Instead I got a group of mice breaking into a castle (what year is it?) to rescue a Norwegian poet. HmmmOn top of it, Sharp is clearly deep in her own little world, but she is either a terrible writer or on drugs, because much of the book is incomprehensible, especially at the beginning.The illustrations were cute.

    4. Tämän viikon raivonnut keskustelu sukupuolineutraaleista ammattinimikkeistä sopii mainiosti tämän kirjan lukemisen viitekehykseksi. Iloisen ja viattoman viisikymmentäluvun kirjassa naisilla on mystisiä kodinhoitamis- ja pyykkäysvaistoja ja muutenkin tasa-arvo on ajanut kirjan kirjoittamista seuranneina vuosikymmeninä ohi oikealta vasemmalta ja vähän päältäkin. Toisaalta tarina on aika viehko ja herttaisesti kerrottu. Urheat hiiret lähtevät rohkeasutta vaativalle pelastusretkelle [...]

    5. I'd put off reading this book despite owning it for a while, due entirely to my dislike of the inexplicably popular Disney film that was allegedly based on this story. Imagine my surprise to find that it's a decent heist story featuring a group of mice attempting to break a Norwegian poet out of a high security (for the time) prison. The mice are actually somewhat engaging characters, and the backdrop of what is essentially a mouse MI6 freeing the unjustly imprisoned is an interesting idea. Mora [...]

    6. This story was enjoyable enough, and I liked it when I read it. Even if the castle part confused me and some parts were draggy/boring, it was still cute. Not a favorite of mine, but not a terrible or extremely awful story. 3/5 stars.

    7. Miss Bianca enjoys her plush existence, living in her Porcelain Pagoda as the pampered pet of the Ambassador's son. But when word reaches the Prisoners' Aid Society that a Norwegian poet is locked up in the dreadful Black Castle, Madam Chairwoman knows that Miss Bianca's international connections and social savvy are just the thing to help free the prisoner. With the aid of the pantry mouse Bernard and the Norwegian sailor mouse Nils, Miss Bianca heads to the Black Castle to face dangers great a [...]

    8. Although I wasn't particularly keen to read this book (and its sequel) for my Year in Disney Movies project, I found myself pleasantly surprised.This is written in that perfect children's classic, read-aloud way -- except, unlike many middle-grade authors, Margery Sharp has the discipline not to headhop, instead breaking character perspectives into short sections within chapters. It inserts funny commentary or asides that add to an overall tone of warmth, dignity, and importance without ever wan [...]

    9. I would put this in the "fun and mostly harmless" category of children's books. It's certainly better written than quite a few of them, with nice sharp prose and a lot of sly humor. There's some underlying unspoken context -- this book obviously came out of a post-WWII awareness of imprisonment -- but not enough to make it either incomprehensible or unduly terrifying to kids reading it. And the adults reading this along with a kid can get some enjoyment out of it too.Of the three rescuers, the f [...]

    10. Margery Sharp kirjoitti Pelastuspartion seikkailuista peräti yhdeksän kirjaa, ja Disneykin teki hiirulaisten seikkailuista omat versionsa, mutta suomeksi näitä kirjoja on taidettu julkaista ainoastaan kaksi. (Korjatkaa jos olen väärässä.)Kirja kuuluu lapsuuteni lukemistoon. Honkajoen kirjaston kappaleessa on vielä vanha pahvinen lainauskortti tallessa, ja siihen on merkitty viisi lainausta. Lainausnumeroista kolme näyttää olevan omani, joten olen tätäkin kirjaa aika tiuhaan lukenut [...]

    11. Well, it was written in 1959 so I guess that explains the parts where Miss Bianca has "domestic instincts" (as all women do) enough to find the pantry, and can't possibly be left alone as all she's got is her charm, and it's totally acceptable to think that beautiful women shouldn't have to do anything but be beautiful, just sit there and be pampered and beautiful. I mean, she's obviously very brave and caring, but she's still the lady and her two male companions (and she herself sometimes) act [...]

    12. Romancing the Stone--with mice!I've read this book many times over the years, starting as a second or third grader. It is so much better than the Disney animated movie that was "based" on it. It's such a shame that it has been allowed to go out of print. I suspect it has languished because after the movie was made, people who hadn't read the book assumed that it must be as lackluster as the movie. I would classify The Rescuers as adventure, but it is first-class storytelling on all fronts, fully [...]

    13. As a big ole Disney fan, I picked this up because of how much I loved the film.It is much more subdued than the film but also more interesting in the way the mice work together and get around.It is very sweet and the story pootles along nicely.While I wouldn't put it up there with other children's classics like Black Beauty, it is an enjoyable and gentle read.

    14. This book was utterly charming. 4.5 Stars. It has a few moments that are dated gender-wise, but I don’t think they are bad enough to warrant true criticism from an otherwise adorable and very fun story.

    15. Charming tale about three mice who are sent to rescue a prisoner from the black castle. Illustrations by Garth Williams who also drew for E.B. White's Stuart Little.

    16. The Rescuers is a brilliant book, all about how mice go and save a Norwegian prisoner from the dreaded Black Castle. It is said throughout the world that mice are the prisoner's friend; they have a council called the Prisoner's Aid Society, and they go into tremendous efforts to cheer them up. But nobody, even a mouse, can cheer a prisoner from the Black Castle. But, as the chairwoman points out, they can rescue one. All the mice say that this is absolute nonsense; how could a tiny mouse (well, [...]

    17. I picked up a battered paperback of this one very cheaply at a used book sale, intrigued by the fact that I had never before come across the source material for two Disney movies. I have also been rereading a handful of stories with heroic mice lately, trying to understand why it's such a staying concept. Well, It's a mildly satisfying little story which Garth Williams' illustrations help a good deal to carry. Three mice come to the rescue of a Norwegian poet from a bleak prison called the Black [...]

    18. Long ago I was given a copy of "Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines". Each novel in the series is (thankfully) written as a stand-alone, and at that time in that place I had no idea there were more. In this first mousetail (uh, tale) Miss Bianca is portrayed as an "affected" (read spoiled, out of touch) pet of an ambassador's Boy. The silver chain around her neck, the Porcelain Pagoda and its Pleasure-ground (with gold swings, bell and fountain) and her exclusive travel rights in the diplomatic bag al [...]

    19. So after a tumble around The Hundred Acre Wood, I've made my way to 1977's, "The Rescuers." Personally, this is one of my all time favorite Disney movies, and if you asked my grandma (please feel free), it was the only movie I was interested in watching for a vast majority of my toddler years.The book definitely did not disappoint. We have our main characters, Bernard and Miss Bianca (also joined by Nils the Norwegian, who I found rather annoying). Now this is the first of nine novels, so althou [...]

    20. I love this book more and more every time I read it! It's nothing like the movies, of course. Nils, and Bernard, and Miss Bianca are such charming and stalwart characters. The plot is so interesting and funny, and the writing is just brilliant!Bernard must persuade Miss Bianca to help the Prisoner's Aid Society in finding a Norwegian mouse who will bravely rescue a Norwegian poet from the cold dungeons of the Black Castle. Once she finds the courageous Nils, a seafaring Norwegian mouse, Miss Bia [...]

    21. Just the thought if animals being able to think on a human level makes me giddy! This is such a charming premise that little mice would rescue innocently incarcerated people almost brings me to tears of joy. How could you help yourself from loving this book.

    22. It's hard not to love Disney's representation of this novel. I mean, come on! Bernard and Miss Bianca are absolutely adorable and Madame Medusa is an absolute RIOT. With that fantastic representation in mind, this book was just alright. Disney did a fantastic job of taking something with "good bones" and turning it into something far more engaging and interesting. While I enjoyed the Mamelouk character and that exploration of Miss Bianca's cleverness, she was much more a damsel in distress in th [...]

    23. What a charming story! However, it’s absolutely nothing like Walt Disney’s The Rescuers. Haha, Disney sure took liberties when making their movie. Yes, the book is about mice (Miss Bianca, Nils, and Bernard) who are members of the Prisoner’s Aid Society. They are sent off on a rescue mission, not to save a little girl and her teddy bear, but a Norwegian poet who is imprisoned in the dungeons on the dreaded Black Castle. The villains in the book are the jailers and a nasty cat named Mamelou [...]

    24. Great classic children's book. It was slightly more intense that I figured it would be for a children's book. Adventurous and fun though. the long voyage through desert and ocean. The dilemma of one of the characters having to pick between choosing a mate over returning home is a more advanced topic than I would pick for 3rd-5th grade reading. Easy read for an adult. She uses plenty of adjectives to paint elaborate mental pictures :) I just wanted to read it before I handed it down to my kiddos. [...]

    25. I was at first concerned this children's book would be a bit juvenile for me but was pleasantly surprised at the depth of character development and story complexity! Ms. Bianca's poems were nice additions to the chapters and were fun to dive into. Anyone who is a fan of the Disney remake would love this book. Highly recommend.

    26. Having grown up on Disney's version of "the rescuers", I wrongly assumed I knew this story. Though completely unlike the movie version, it is a cute story in its own right.but probably not one I'd read a second time.

    27. Very short but very fun, fans of the Disney version might find it a little less familiar, and the will-they won't-they romance between Bernard and Miss Bianca never reached fruition, though I hope it did in the sequels.

    28. An enchanting book. How else to describe Garth Williams' inspired illustrations and Margery Sharp's witty tale of three mice, a prisoner in a black tower, and an evil cat? And the series continues . . .

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