Rereading: POOR STAINLESS by Mary Norton

Mary Norton’s beloved Borrowers series, about tiny people living in the cracks and crevices of an old English manor house, had four volumes issued from 1952 to 1961, and a final one in 1982. Between the fourth and fifth, there was this short picture book beautifully illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush, who did the same for all the American editions. (The British ones are mostly illustrated by Diana Stanley.)

The story is about a reckless boy borrower, Stainless, who likes to torment Arrietty, the daughter of the main viewpoint family, parents Pod and Homily, living under the kitchen floor. In this book, Homily and Arrietty are sewing, and Homily tells the story of poor Stainless, and how he disappeared, the marshalling of all the Borrowers to search for him, their failure to find him, and what did happen to Stainless. It’s charming and at times funny, but a minor addition to the Borrowers series. Still fun to read and enjoy the art. Recommended.

Poor Stainless by Mary Norton

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.