The Rescuers introduces us to the Prisoner’s Aid Society, a group of mice who seek to comfort the incarcerated. However, at the society meeting that opens this tale, the group is voting whether or not to actually rescue a Norwegian poet being held in an impenetrable prison called the Black Castle. This daring rescue is far beyond anything this group has ever attempted before and they are in need of some specialized help. You’ll enjoy meeting Miss Bianca and Bernard for the very first time and learning their back stories!
The Rescuers is actually the first of 8 novels about Bernard and Miss Bianca — the bravest mice in all of England! If you’re familiar with the Disney movie, The Rescuers, it is based on the 2nd book in the series, Miss Bianca.
I read Book 1 to my 7-year-old grandchildren this summer, and they were able to follow the story quite well, even though the language is a bit highbrow. Guess why? The Rescuers was originally written for an adult British audience. It’s a bit challenging for middle grade readers, but not impossible.
And as always, it’s great to discover a long series for the serious readers in your home!
The Rescuers (1959)
Miss Bianca (1962)
The Turret (1963)
Miss Bianca in the Orient (1970)
Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (1971)
Bernard the Brave (1977)
Bernard into Battle (1978)
Middle Grade Reading Level, 160 pages, Fiction, Fantasy, Animals, Published in 1959.