Reading Rocks Book Club: The Borrowers by Mary Norton
For the months of January and February, the Olders’ Reading Rocks Book Club read The Borrowers by Mary Norton. On the first day of the club, the children received a new copy of the book to keep and made their Reading Rocks First Session Bookmarks (a tradition). The children were prompted to draw where they would go and what they would do if they were small like the Borrowers main character, Arrietty, was described.
The next activity based on the book used the art on it’s cover. The children were given a list of “Human Bean” items that had been re-purposed to be part of the Borrowers home, featured in the artwork. There were clothes pins, a stamp, a matchbox, a watch face, a thimble, and more. The children enjoyed pointing out how these items were so cleverly being used by our story’s characters.
The children participated in a Found Items Challenge. Each pair was given a random item from the “Human Beans” world that could possibly be re-purposed by one of the Borrowers, a clothespin. The teams worked together to list the possibilities, as well as draw and diagram how the item could be upcycled by someone in Arrietty’s family.
The week of Valentine’s Day, we had the Olders complete another “found items” activity, but this time it served a duel purpose. Using tongue depressors, the Olders fashioned a very creative and clever Valentine gift for their someone special.
We concluded the club, as per tradition, by watching a film that was based on the book. In this case, we watched Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty. The children also informed us that there is a movie called, The Borrowers that several said they’d like to watch on their own to see the differences between the book and the other movie.
The upcoming book for March and April is C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.