Stuart Little

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Stuart Little by E. B White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

The classic story by E. B. White, author of the Newbery Honor Book Charlotte's Web and Trumpet of the Swan, about one small mouse on a very big adventure

Now available as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062408211
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 113,075
File size: 6 MB
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.

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Stuart Little 4.2 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.
lovebug21826 More than 1 year ago
this was the best book 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 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?
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
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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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