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Literature: The Rescuers

The Rescuers is a series of children's novels written by Margery Sharp and illustrated by Garth Williams.

It consists of:

  • The Rescuers (1959)
  • Miss Bianca (1962)
  • The Turret (1963)
  • Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines (1966)
  • Miss Bianca in the Orient (1970)
  • Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (1971)
  • Miss Bianca and the Bridesmaid (1972)
  • Bernard the Brave (1977)
  • Bernard into Battle (1978)

The series inspired the Disney films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

This series provides examples of:

  • Big Fancy House: The Mouse World equivalent: in the books, Miss Bianca is a pampered pet whose cage is a porcelain pagoda.
  • The Middle Ages: While the Disney films have a fairly contemporary, Americanized setting, the original books deal with prisoners, dungeons, castles, palaces, etc.
  • Polar Bears and Penguins: Miss Bianca in the Antarctic features polar bears — who explain that they're visiting from the Arctic on a cultural exchange program.
  • Pretty in Mink: Miss Bianca has a fur cape in the books.
  • Robot Girl: The villain of the second book has a bunch of clockwork girls made.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In The Rescuers, it is Bernard's desperate, last ditch throwing of his dagger that causes the villain to lose his grip on the ladder, leading to his ultimate defeat.

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