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Stuart Little

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This is the first children's book by the distinguished author, E. B. White. Stuart Little, the hero, is a mouse in the family of the Frederick C. Littles and is a pleasantly debonair little character, with a shy, engaging manner and a somewhat philosophical turn of mind. He is a great help around the house, and everybody except Snowbell the cat likes him a great deal. In spite of his small size, Stuart gets around a good bit in the world, riding a Fifth Avenue bus with some aplomb, racing (and winning in) a sailboat in Central Park, teaching school for a day, and so on. His size - just over two inches - does give him some trouble now and then, like the time he was rolled up in the window shade, or when he got dumped in to a garbage scow. But on the whole his life is a happy one. His great adventure comes when, at the age of seven, he sets out in the world to seek his dearest friends, Margalo, a beautiful little bird fern. It is on this search, after several amusing experiences, that we leave Stuart, going North in his little car, sure he is heading in the right direction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 124.46 x 190.5 x 7.62mm | 113.4g
  • Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Anniversary ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0064400565
  • 9780064400565
  • 30,777

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A paperback edition of E.B. White's classic novel about one small mouse on a very big adventure! With black and white illustrations.

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
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Review quote

"Endearing for young and old, full of wit and wisdom and amusement." --" H."
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About E. B. White

E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren.

Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life--there is also the life of the imagination."

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

He was born in 1912 in New York City but raised in England. He founded an art school near London and served with the British Red Cross Civilian Defense during World War II. Williams worked as a portrait sculptor, art director, and magazine artist before doing his first book Stuart Little, thus beginning a long and lustrous career illustrating some of the best known children's books.

In addition to illustrating works by White and Wilder, he also illustrated George Selden's The Cricket in Times Square and its sequels (Farrar Straus Giroux). He created the character and pictures for the first book in the Frances series by Russell Hoban (HarperCollins) and the first books in the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Little, Brown). He collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown on her Little Golden Books titles Home for a Bunny and Little Fur Family, among others, and with Jack Prelutsky on two poetry collections published by Greenwillow: Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. He also wrote and illustrated seven books on his own, including Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Books) and The Rabbits' Wedding (HarperCollins).
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Rating details

91,162 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 33% (29,790)
4 33% (29,849)
3 26% (24,025)
2 6% (5,900)
1 2% (1,598)

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"Stuart Little" is commendably original and I was delighted with the first half. Go with the flow of an author's imagination and you'll experience new realms. They needn't match the nature of our world but logic should balance within a tale. Two instances of Stuart's behaviour, derailed the character for me, enough to lower my assessment. I was startled by a mouse-looking life form, who wasn't an adoptee but a human's offspring. It's okay that the phenomena is unexplained because this isn't an adult novel that would expand fully. Problems like turning taps on sinks and getting rolled into window shades, were interesting. A loving family cared about each other, with their own peculiarity. I read a criticism in another review that the parents enlisted Stuart's help inside a drain and a piano. I say it illustrated his size could be useful, instead of something to regret. Imagine the esteem of a tiny person: "This is something you need me to do"! The race was a fun chapter and not an unconnected device to generate excitement. Stuart befriends the dentist there and his knowledge of watercraft comes up again too. The bird, Margalo, is the loveliest addition and searching for her becomes the heart of the book. What bothered me is Stuart not telling his family he was going, nor having the dentist call them. When he visits a post office, it is to invite a miniature girl on a boat ride that unravels pointlessly, instead of contacting his parents. They were once frantic while he was merely lost inside the house. Perhaps E.B. White intended a sequel. I found the very best part short-changed, by leaving the search on-going. The end pages would soar exponentially with the emotion of a reunion. Instead we close flatly, on a poorly-handled date.show more
by C. Riedel
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