Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien, is about a mouse family who lived in a cinder block in a farmyard. Every year the farmers come and plow, destroying their home. So, every year they go to their summer home.
But, one year, one of the kids, named Timothy, is too sick to move. So, Mrs. Frisby, the mother, has to visit the rats of Nimh, because they are the only ones who can move the house. They're called the rats of Nimh because they were abducted by a research lab that made them a lot smarter.
This book is about getting along, and making friends.
Protagonist: Mrs. Frisby, who is trying to save her son, Timothy. She makes friends with the crow, and gets along with the crow and the rats. Mrs. Frisby makes friends with crow when she finds him tangled up in wire, and she untangles him before the cat can get him. The crow suggested that Mrs. Frisby go to the owl for help with her son, and the owl sent her to the rats.
At first, the rats were unhappy and avoiding everyone. They were unhappy because they had to steal grain to eat and live. But, they helped Mrs. Frisby because her husband had helped rescue them from NIMH. As they help Mrs. Frisby, the rats find out about a great danger, the exterminator. They help themselves as they help her. Finally, the rats learn to adapt to their environment in the tunnel under the farm and to live with their new friends.
Antagonist: Dragon, the cat makes it difficult for them to move the house, do anything, and to get along.
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