Ultimately the best he can do is to help them escape to the fields- a precarious but not hopeless fate for them.
A delightful land of maybe and the richness of detail and character study in Beth, and Joe Krush's drawings will have even the most doubtful hunting high and low.
The Borrowers is a classic series of children's books by Mary Norton about miniature people who, at least in this first book, live in the walls and take things.
Not big things, but all the little things: the blotter paper, the pins, the stray sock, old postage stamps, empty matchboxes, and the occasional thimble.
Arrietty is a typical protagonist, her parents are silly (and a bit flighty, particularly her mother), and the boy is, disappointingly, almost a non-entity. The brilliance of this book is in the descriptions of what they use, how they use it, and how they construct their ingenious homes.
Norton captures much of the wonder of other miniaturization stories (the movie is an obvious example), but takes it one step further into clever and thoughtful repurposing.
This first book follows one of the standard plots for children's books of this type (although it follows Arrietty as the viewpoint character rather than the more common choice of the boy): boy discovers hidden creatures, hidden creatures are afraid, boy turns out to want to make friends with them, they strike up a friendship, peril nonetheless ensues.
If you've read many children's books, you've probably read this before; is an obvious example (and, in terms of plot, a somewhat better book).
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This perfectly grand fairy story- an English import that won the Carnegie Medal for being the most outstanding children's book in 1952- has the qualities of imaginativeness and the breath of life itself that will endear it to the hearts of all-perhaps in the same way as the Mary Poppins stories.