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Stuart Little

Stuart Little

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by E. B. White, Julie Harris (Read by)

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Stuart Little is a shy, philosophical little mouse with a big heart and a taste for adventure. In spite of his diminutive stature, barely two inches tall, Stuart sets forth into the world wtih some mighty big plans: to ride a Fifth Avenue bus, to win a sailboat race in Central Park, and to teach school for a day. But Stuart's greatest adventure begins when he decides


Stuart Little is a shy, philosophical little mouse with a big heart and a taste for adventure. In spite of his diminutive stature, barely two inches tall, Stuart sets forth into the world wtih some mighty big plans: to ride a Fifth Avenue bus, to win a sailboat race in Central Park, and to teach school for a day. But Stuart's greatest adventure begins when he decides to find his best friend, Margalo, a pretty little bird who once lived in a Boston fern in the Littles' house in New York City. Climbing into his tiny car, Stuart hits the open road, sure he's heading in the right direction, only to find himself in for a big surprise.

Filled with warmth, wit and wonder, Stuart Little, is a timeless tale that speaks to the heroic spirit in all of us - no matter what our size.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
How could a mouse be born into a human family? Critics and librarians in 1945 fretted that children would never accept a notion so unbelievable or a story without a neat ending. They need not have worried; New Yorker writer E. B. White's first children's book, Stuart Little, was a huge success. Since he is so tiny (only two inches tall), Stuart suffers many mishaps (such as getting rolled up in a window shade or being dumped onto a garbage scow), but he experiences triumphs, too, like sailing a model schooner safely through a storm on Central Park's boat pond. The little mouse's romantic nature sends him on a journey north in his tiny motor car to seek the beautiful bird Margalo; his more assertive side allows him to cope with a classroom of children on an unlikely assignment as a substitute in a rural school. After several more adventures and a conversation with a friendly and rather poetic telephone repairman, Stuart decides to keep on going. "As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt that he was headed in the right direction." Garth Williams's perfect pen-and-ink drawings, scattered throughout, rival Ernest Shepard's at their best. In 1970 White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for this book and Charlotte's Web. Although at the end, the heroic little mouse disappears down the road leading north, it's unlikely that Stuart Little will ever disappear from print. 1945, HarperCollins, Ages 7 to 12.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

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Listening Library, Inc.
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Edition description:
Unabridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 7.34(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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In the Drain

When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way. He was only about two inches high; and he had a mouse's sharp nose, a mouse's tail, a mouse's whiskers, and the pleasant, shy manner of a mouse. Before he was many days old he was not only looking like a mouse but acting like one, too-wearing a gray hat and carrying a small cane. Mr. and Mrs. Little named him Stuart, and Mr. Little made him a tiny bed out of four clothespins and a cigarette box.

Unlike most babies, Stuart could walk as soon as he was born. When he was a week old he could climb lamps by shinnying up the cord. Mrs. Little saw right away that the infant clothes she had provided were unsuitable, and she set to work and made him a fine little blue worsted suit with patch pockets in which he could keep his handkerchief, his money, and his keys. Every morning, before Stuart dressed, Mrs. Little went into his room and weighed him on a small scale which was really meant for weighing letters. At birth Stuart could have been sent by first class mail for three cents, but his parents preferred to keep him rather than send him away; and when, at the age of a month, he had gained only a third of an ounce, his mother was so worried she sent for the doctor.

The doctor was delighted with Stuart and said that it was very unusual for an American family to have a mouse. He took Stuart's temperature and found that it was 98.6, which is normal for a mouse. He also examined Stuart's chest and heart and looked into his ears solemnly with a flashlight. (Not every doctor can lookinto a mouse's ear without laughing.) Everything seemed to be all right, and Mrs. Little was pleased to get such a good report.

"Feed him up!" said the doctor cheerfully, as he left.

The home of the Little family was a pleasant place near a park in New York City. In the mornings the sun streamed in through the east windows, and all the Littles were up early as a general rule. Stuart was a great help to his parents, and to his older brother George, because of his small size and because he could do things that a mouse can do and was agreeable about doing them. One day when Mrs. Little was washing out the bathtub after Mr. Little had taken a bath, she lost a ring off her finger and was horrified to discover that it had fallen down the drain.

"What had I better do?" she cried, trying to keep the tears back.

"If I were you," said George, "I should bend a hairpin in the shape of a fishhook and tie it onto a piece of string and try to fish the ring out with it." So Mrs. Little found a piece of string and a hairpin, and for about a half-hour she fished for the ring; but it was dark down the drain and the hook always seemed to catch on something before she could get it down to where the ring was.

"What luck?" inquired Mr. Little, coming into the bathroom.

"No luck at all," said Mrs. Little. "The ring is so far down I can't fish it up."

"Why don't we send Stuart down after it?" suggested Mr. Little. "How about it, Stuart, would you like to try?"

"Yes, I would," Stuart replied, "but I think I'd better get into my old pants. I imagine it's wet down there."

"It's all of that," said George, who was a trifle annoyed that his hook idea hadn't worked. So Stuart slipped into his old pants and prepared to go down the drain after the ring. He decided to carry the string along with him, leaving one end in charge of his father.

"When I jerk three times on the string, pull me up," he said. And while Mr. Little knelt in the tub, Stuart slid easily down the drain and was lost to view. In a minute or so, there came three quick jerks on the string, and Mr. Little carefully hauled it up. There, at the end, was Stuart, with the ring safely around his neck.

"Oh, my brave little son," said Mrs. Little proudly, as she kissed Stuart and thanked him.

"How was it down there?" asked Mr. Little, who was always curious to know about places he had never been to.

"It was all right," said Stuart.

But the truth was the drain had made him very slimy, and it was necessary for him to take a bath and sprinkle himself with a bit of his mother's violet water before he felt himself again. Everybody in the family thought he had been awfully good about the whole thing.

Stuart Little. Copyright © by E. White. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Julie Harris's unforgettable perfomance in the lead role in The Member of the Wedding, both on Broadway and on film, first brought her fame.  Her stage career has included highly acclaimed solo performances as Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst and as Isak Dineson in Lucifer's Child.  Her film credits include East of Eden, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Gorillas in the Mist.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 11, 1899
Date of Death:
October 1, 1985
Place of Birth:
Mount Vernon, New York
Place of Death:
North Brooklin, Maine
B.A., Cornell University, 1921

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Stuart Little 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is exciting from the moment that you start. Poor Stuart Little is always smaller than everybody around him. But that makes him all the more better. He is a tough mouse with a lot of determination. If you liked the Stuart Little movies, then you will love the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by a 5-year old boy. He absolutely loves this book and wishes there was a sequel!
lovebug21826 More than 1 year ago
this was the best book ever.it was about Stuart trys to find his best friend ever(Marglo)so he has to go throw obsticuls to find her.i say go get the book and read it now!WOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I suppose as charlotte's web had a series of talking animals so a talking mouse born to a human isn't that difficult to entertain.
My daughter clearly enjoyed the story and didn't question the lack of logic or somewhat abrupt chapter/episode endings. But then she didn't demand it to be re-read again and again as she has with other books.
I never read this before reading it to her so had no sentiment towards it...it is a nice children's book but can't say it would be a favourite. Still better than much else out there - though not sure that is saying much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantasy. It is about a family and a talking mouse named Stuart. Stuart has trouble because he's so little. Stuart has to find his friend because she ran away from home and he runs into problems. This book is very adventurous, shocking, and funny.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Its an amazing book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have to agree with many viewers:this is a cute story.Although,at some points in the book it can be rather boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book in school right now,and it is very good really good from what l am reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked this book then read Charlotts Web if you already havent read it yet. (Hint hint) -Mia Gillis-
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Adorable classic In this classic tale for children, the Little family adopts a son, Stuart...but he turns out to look very much like a mouse! As Stuart grows, he has many adventures within his home and, later, out in the real world. This is an adorable book filled with child-like adventure. Appropriate to be read to young children, or to be read by a 2nd or 3rd grader.
MaryMarie More than 1 year ago
My son, who is a reluctant reader, is thoroughly enjoying this book. I'd highly recommend it. What a great adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuart Little, the little mouse who suspends disbelief, is brought to life by Julie Harris's beautiful narration. Thankfully so, because my children listened to it over and over throughout their childhood! Two of our favorite passages brought to life: "Live and learn", muttered Stuart tartly; and, "A substitute, a SUBSTITUTE!" Teaches children that everything in life is not tied up in neat little packages and finished in 30 minute increments, and that things don't always turn out like you think they will (did YOUR mother give birth to a mouse?) If you have trouble getting into the book just by reading it, spring for the unabridged version narrated by Julie Harris. You won't regret it.
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Bailey121 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the worst I've ever read! It is just useless and boring. I don't understand why this was turned into a movie because it is just such a horrible book! So please don't waste your time on it!
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