Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (November book club)


On Saturday we met at the Hope College Science Center to discuss Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.

Our book club started off with a bang when one of the boys pulled out from his pocket a ziplock bag with a dead mouse in it and surprised all of us, including his mom! So thankful for the Stewarts’ (aka Mr Stewart’s) wonderful sense of humor and commitment to our book club themes and topics!


We started off by having a tour of the Van Kley Science museum. Ms Lori Hertel is an amazing museum director and a wealth of knowledge. We were grateful for that she and four of her helpers were willing to show us some of the museum’s animals.

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After our tour, we enjoyed some book-related food (the mice were so cute!!) and then played some games that helped facilitate our discussion of the book.

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We played a name game, a “guess the items” memory game, and talked about when the book made us excited, nervous, and hopeful.

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Will shared with us a drawing he made of the rats’ escape from the laboratory, a drawing elaborately drawn within the sack of food that Mrs Frisby carried to her children (this part was inspired by Joel Schoon Tanis’ Big Read collaborative art panels from The Big Read).

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A huge thank you to the Baker and Hegg families for organizing such a fun book club! Such an epic book club experience packed full of excitement, adventure, and learning.

See you all in January!

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