Stuart Little

Stuart Little

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ISBN-13: 9780064400565
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Series: Stuart Little Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 21,328
Product dimensions: 7.58(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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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.

Table of Contents

In the Drain
1(6)
Home Problems
7(6)
Washing Up
13(4)
Exercise
17(4)
Rescued
21(5)
A Fair Breeze
26(10)
The Sailboat Race
36(11)
Margalo
47(10)
A Narrow Escape
57(10)
Springtime
67(5)
The Automobile
72(11)
The Schoolroom
83(17)
Ames' Crossing
100(13)
An Evening on the River
113(12)
Heading North
125

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Stuart Little 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 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.
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 More than 1 year ago
WARNING: DONT READ THIS REVWUW IF YOU HAVENT READ IT?COME BACK AFTRRWARSDS YOUL AGREE WITH ME!!!!!!!Ive never rrad this ebook but ive reas the real biook.Love the story but it left THE BIRd hanging.I mean she saved his lifw and could have gotten more consideration than eating seedcake,sleeping in a potted plant,and Stuart driving a funny red car. Is there a book 2?
Babygirl25661 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This just the cutest little story ever...I love it and read to my kids every chance i get. The movie is good but the books are so much better.
raizel on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Delightful and strange. Although the Littles' second child is a mouse, he is brought up as a human. His family does make allowances for his size, but they basically treat him like a person. There's a scene in Central Park in which Stuart gets to captain a small boat in the pond and have grand adventures.
Darla on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I'd never read this book, so when I found it among the kids' books, I decided to give it a shot. And yes, I feel guilty for not having read it to my kids when they were small. Not to worry--I read to them a lot, just not this one, possibly because I wasn't familiar with it myself.I'm sure everyone already knows the plot--my ignorance notwithstanding, it is a classic children's story. It's not the same as the movie, by the way--which I haven't seen, but I've heard about.The Littles' second child turns out to be a mouse. The story tells about his struggles living as a mouse in a human household, and then about his adventures when he leaves home to find his bird friend.It's very much a product of its times--written in 1945, it's a completely different style from most current children's books. The language isn't dumbed down for children, nor does the story have a sugary-sweet ending that seems a requirement nowadays. At the same time, it's not a story for adults. Stuart is obviously meant to be identified with by young children, and his adventures involve situations and emotions that will be familiar to them.I do wish I'd read it to my kids when they were small. Maybe I'll hang on to it for eventual grandchildren.
Sean191 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I don't understand why this is a classic beyond maybe the strength of Charlotte's Web carrying it along. Even though a lot happened in the book, it seemed a little boring. But more troubling, I just found Stuart generally unlikeable. Fortunately, I've read this book to my son long before he understands stories, so I'm hoping he won't stumble upon it again in the future and want me to read it to him....not sure if I could suffer through a second time.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing 1 days ago
8 to 12 years. In his Stuart Little (Harper & Row, 1974), E. B. White chronicles the entertaining adventures of a charming and chivalrous mouse who is both debonair and wears a 'wrapper,' but also can bravely sail a model schooner across a pond. E. B. White begins with Stuart's arrival into his New York family's home and describes his life and the problem solving his short stature requires. Then it charts his meeting of the wild songbird Margalo, how they save each other's lives, and how he searches for her in the northerly country-side after she leaves. Stuart may not find Margalo but he does find the love of searching and exploration, a worthy idea for young readers to contemplate. But it does make for one of the controversial elements about the book. Stuart Little may charm young readers with the idea of a miniature life amidst humans, but can leave them wistful for more plot resolution or practicing comfort with the lack thereof. However, E. B. White's succinct, principled prose perfectly suits his short, principled character. Garth Williams lovingly provides the illustrations designed to show the perspective of a mouse. Each chapter is a complete story in itself and makes the book a delightful K through 5th grade classroom read aloud. It also is an excellent book for the emerging reader. A classic, Stuart Little is a must for every public library collection.
Chandra on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is a perfect book.
kellyholmes on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A great book for kids!
spartyliblover on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Stuart, a mouse, lives with the Little family and the story follows him on the adventure of growing up. Stuart is the most developed character, but all the other characters are described well enough to be able to enjoy the story. The plot is a bit choppy with very little transition between chapters so that each chapter could almost stand on it's own with a small adventure or journey occurring. The setting of the Little's house is well described and the journey that Stuart embarks on at the end of the story is also well done. As a classic piece of Children's Literature this should be included in a public library setting.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This novel was a bit lacking for me. I realize that it is a children's novel, but that does not excuse the lack of complete story the book provides. Instead of a start, middle and end, this is a series of snapshots from Stuart's life. I believe this would be better sold as a collection of related stories. Sure, how Stuart deals with different aspects of life in the full-grown world as a two-inch mouse is interesting, but it wasn't closed.
margoletta on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Adventurous tale of a mouse with all the human characteristics one would need to identify with and therefore, love. An enormous favorite of mine, read around age 11 (who can remember exactly??) I know that jr high was when I nicknamed myself ~mouse~ Coincidence? I think not... :)
bexaplex on LibraryThing 3 months ago
What a lesson for a children's book (especially by the author of everything-is-possible Charlotte's Web!) - if your canoe is ruined and your plans upset, throw a tantrum and give up, despite your date's willingness to improvise.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Eh, this one is somewhat lacking. The concept is that this family has a child that is essentially a mouse. He manages to mature within a few days, so you don't have any tedious backstory as to how a human family manages to raise a mouse-child. Instead you have a collection of amusing moments dealing with how a two-inch person might function in a normal world. But alas, amusing anecdotes do not a good book make. This tale is lacking an overall plot and so I was left quite unsatisfied with the whole thing. Would've made okay waiting room material, though. --J.
libraryofus on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Unlike Charlotte's Web, I find the movie version of this book to be wholly inadequate. It entirely misses the point, I think. But perhaps I do it an injustice and should watch it again.I find the tale of this mouse's efforts to fit into the world of humans many times his size to be thoroughly enjoyable. The unexplained question of how a human couple came to give birth to a mouse always bothered me as a child, but I find it easy to shrug off now in favor of paying attention to Stuart's travels as he looks for love and success and friendship in the large, oblivious world.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
This kid's book tells about the adventures of a mouse born to a human family. I remember loving it as a kid, but I didn't really enjoy it this time around. I found Stuart a rather immature character. The story is finally beginning to go somewhere when the book stops.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHO LIKES THIS?
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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.