Mother and Child I
It's said that there's no greater love than a mother's love. In the novel, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, a widowed mouse shows how far a mother's love can stretch.
Mrs. Frisby needs to look for a new home because the farmer is going to knock their house down. Unfortunately, her youngest son Timothy is sick. When Mrs. Frisby discovers that Timothy can't move, what does she do to save his life? She does what any loving mother would do─everything!
To protect her family, Mrs. Frisby is willing to put her life in her enemies' hands. That's why she takes a dangerous flight on a crow's back to get to a wise owl's nest. It takes all her courage to trust the owl. But with the hope that the owl can save her son's life, Mrs. Frisby is no longer afraid.
Mother and Child II
Mrs. Frisby gets to the owl's nest, but the wise bird's words give her little comfort. He tells her that Timothy's life cannot be saved. As she is leaving, however, the owl suggests1 that she ask the rats for help. This gives Mrs. Frisby new hope.
The rats agree to help Mrs. Frisby, but only if somebody will drug the farmer's mean cat. When Mrs. Frisby volunteers,2 the rats are concerned3 for her safety.4 But Mrs. Frisby says that, as Timothy's mother, she cannot sit by while her son dies. The rats have no choice but to let her try.
Mrs. Frisby is willing to sacrifice her own life to save her son's. By doing so, she proves that her love for her children is stronger than all her fears. Hers is a true example of the strength of a mother's love.