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Miss Bianca Hardcover – 1 Jun 1962
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Miss Bianca, the mouse chairwoman of the Prisoner's Aid Society, explained to the Society that the prisoner was a girl of eight - kidnapped by the wicked Grand Duchess. Miss Bianca and her friends organize a rescue. This book forms part of the story for the Walt Disney film "The Rescuers". --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The story builds a bit from previous Miss Bianca stories, and picks up with the Mouse Prisoner's Aid Society planning to rescue Teddy-Aged-Eight, a prisoner in the salt mines. (The idea that mice would actually *rescue* a prisoner is pretty new, the mice having restricted themselves to simple welfare, cheering-up duties, etc., but Miss Bianca and Co have pulled off three daring rescues by now.) Off go the silver white Miss Bianca, the beloved pet of the Ambassador's son, and her faithful ordinary house mouse friend Bernard. I totally shipped those two back waaaay before I knew that was a thing, and probably even more because it's impossible, etc. This time, they are accompanied by two geriatric mouse Professors, harrumphing and opining on how impossible their mission is.
The description of the salt mines is stunning and I absolutely refuse to spoil it for you, but it is a big surprise.
Plus there are those gorgeous illustrations by Garth Williams, who also did Charlotte's Web and Little House on the Prairie.
These are children's books without, perhaps, deep plots, but they will certainly be remembered by children for the pictures and characters, and by the parents for the charming, unexpected turns of phrase. I read one of these books when I was a child, and one a few weeks ago. I must say I enjoyed them both times. If you or your child like mouse adventure stories, I urge you to give these a try. I'd say the reading level is ten or twelve. Younger children probably would like them read aloud.
As the reviewer on the back of one of these books says, "the plot is pure marshmallow fluff... but the characters! Charming."
(Something like that.)
I believe this series was the inspiration for "The Rescuers" movie, but I think the books are much better.