The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (1959)
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From the 1959 Little, Brown edition of The Rescuers by Margery Sharp: Margery Sharp is famous for charmingly sophisticated, original novels like Cluny Brown, The Gipsy in the Parlour, and The Eye of Love, which have captivated happy readers for the last twenty-five years.
The Rescuers, a fantasy about the adventures of three mice, is not as much of a departure as it might seem. Miss Sharp’s characteristic gaiety, shrewdness, warmth, and humor are in full attendance, and make this a truly civilized animal story.
The breathtaking adventure in which three assorted mice named Miss Bianca, Bernard, and Nils are here engaged is set in motion by that venerable mouse organization, the Prisoners’ Aid Society. A most hazardous case is on the agenda: the rescue of a Norwegian poet from the grim, windowless Black Castle, the most terrible prison in their rough, uncivilized country.
The first step, the society agrees, is to fetch a mouse from Norway who will be able to communicate with the poet when (and if) the rescuers are able to reach him. And who could be better equipped for this task than Miss Bianca, the fabulous and mysterious Embassy mouse who lives in a Porcelain Pagoda and is soon to fly to Norway with her young friend, the Ambassador’s son.
When Bernard, the honest, humble pantry mouse, ventures up to Miss Bianca’s golden cage, catches his breath at her soft, snowy fur and beautiful brown eyes, and persuades this delicate, sensitive creature to help in the good cause (for Miss Bianca is a poet herself), the rescue has begun — and the reader is off on one of the most charming adventures ever recorded.
Illustrations by Garth Brooks
As captivating as the story itself are the illustrations by Garth Williams, the artist behind Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Rabbits’ Wedding. He brings to life silky Bianca, plain sturdy Bernard, rough Nils, and the poor poet. His enchanting drawings keep pace with every event in the story, and make The Rescuers as much fun to look at is it is to read.
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