Stuart Little

by E. B. White

Other authorsGarth Williams (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1945

Call number




Harper & Brothers (1945), Edition: 2nd


The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.

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LibraryThing member margoletta
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... :)
LibraryThing member Darla
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.
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LibraryThing member bexaplex
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.
LibraryThing member shumphreys
This classic of adventure details the story of Stuart Little, a mouse who's the son of the mostly perfect Little family. He never lets his size stand in his way of ambitious treks over choppy water, thin air, or rush hour traffic in New York City. Each chapter contains one of his adventures. He's hired to sail a toy ship in a boat race with high seas (in the park pond). He falls in love with a wounded bird that Mrs. Little takes in to nurse back to health. He narrowly escapes the jaws of a street cat, armed with a homemade bow and arrow.
Grades 5-8. Medium appeal. Independent read. Positives- self-contained chapters
Negatives - contains some archaic language
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LibraryThing member ChelseaHopton
This is a great book to read to a child or for an early reader to read. This story is about a mouse who is adopted by a family. He struggles to make certain family members like him. Eventually, Stuart fits right in with the little's family. Read to see what obstacles Stuart must face while trying to adjust to the new family.
LibraryThing member Hamburgerclan
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.
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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
Mr. and Mrs. Little's second child turns out to be a mouse. He's smart, kind, and brave, even though he lives in a world that was not made for beings of his size. He has many adventures, including sailing in Central Park, being shut in the refrigerator, and falling in love with a bird named Margalo. A classic.
LibraryThing member spartyliblover
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member HippieLunatic
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
LibraryThing member Babygirl25661
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.
LibraryThing member chron002
Adventures of stuart the mouse. He rides a motorcycle and the boy becomes his friend. This is a great fantasy book for children in the 3rd grade. I loved the movie too!
LibraryThing member beckyhill
Stuart Little tells of the adventures of a mouse child born to a New York family. From a child's perspective, Stuart is very easy to identify with, because he is not ordinary, and so he makes being extraordinary that much more special. The adventures he gets into are the types most children imagine a very small person could have, such as getting lost in the blinds, or driving around a tiny car. It is set in New York City, to make a child believe these types of events could occur. The theme of the story is the universal truth that being different makes you special, it is not a bad thing, and you can still do all the same things others can do. The story is well told, and simple for young readers. It is a classic that would definitely be included in my collection.… (more)
LibraryThing member fotenosfamily
Stuart Little made a boat and there was a hole in it, in the boat, so he found some gum and he brought it back and fixed the hole in the boat. Then he rested and slept. In his dreams, he drempt that he was swimming and Harriet Ames was sitting on a lillypad. And Stuart was swimming around the lillypad where Harriet Ames was sitting. Then they got back to the boat and the boat was wrecked. Then Stuart Little sat on a twig. And then Harriet Ames sat on the twig also, next to Stuart Little, and she offered Stuart a peppermint. But Stuart Little didn't want it.

Here's what I liked about the book: the part about boat, and the part where Stuart Little is a substitute teacher and everyone liked him because he cancelled all their tests.

Here's what I didn't like: the part when Stuart Little was sad because the boat was wrecked. That made me feel a little sad. That's all.

Reviewed April 29, 2010 by Noah Fotenos (DOB 9/19/2004)
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LibraryThing member carlos40
In this epic adventure a little mouse called Stuart little is on an adventure to rescue a little bird called Margalo. Stuart little mother saw the little bird and brought to her house. Stuart little invites her to eat with them and sleep with them. But then Margalo leaves to go to away. Then he runs away from home and goes to find her. He goes to challenges to find his friend. Then he has to go to his greatest challenge,the river. After that he finds him self with a small women. Now he traveled north to find his friend. What I like about the book is that it shows that a little mouse goes on many adventures to go see a bird. What I didn't like was nothing. The characters were Stuart little,Ms.little,Mr.little,George,Snowbell,and Margalo. So I recomend it to anybody who likes to read and who likes adventures.… (more)
LibraryThing member jniehof
My memory of this book as a child is fond. Now, not so much. I didn't remember any of the plot, but reading it as an adult I found myself removed from the story. I particularly did not like the episode when Stuart has prepared his boat all day for an afternoon with his lady friend, and then refuses to adapt when the situation does not go as planned. Maybe this didn't matter to me when I was eight. The chapters are short though, and well suited to young readers because each of Stuart's adventures is fairly independent. I would include it in my collection, although it wouldn't be the first EB White book I recommend.… (more)
LibraryThing member jgbyers
When the family of three, the Littles, go to an orphanage to adopt a new family member, their son, George, insists on a little brother instead of a big one. His request is answered when the orphanage presents the family with a young mouse named Stuart. George does not begin the story pleased about his new brother and isdisappointed and initially unwelcoming to Stuart. The family cat, Snowbell, is even less enthusiastic at the prospect of having a mouse as his "master" and plots ways to get rid of Stuart. Although he is presented with some hurtles, Stuart decides to handle them with as much dedication, kindness, and love as he can show. In doing so, he shows his beloved new family how wonderful he is and they begin to accept him although he is different size and shape then them.… (more)
LibraryThing member harrietbrown
A charming childhood classic. The adventures of this brave little mouse will bring a smile of pleasure to your face. Introduce it to a child; they'll enjoy it, too.
LibraryThing member lpeal
A book about a mouse named Stuart who was adopted by a human family. He has a brother named George who at first does not like him. Their is also a cat named Snowball who does not get along with Stuart. There are many obstacles that Stuart goes through. Some funny some sad. He evn feels like he doesn't belong. Thing swork out in the end. This is a fav. book of mine. This is a good book for imagination. I would have my kids write about someone or something that they would like for a friend.… (more)
LibraryThing member kdangleis
Stuart Little by E.B. White is a cute story of a tiny mouse and his adventures through life. Stuart is obviously different from his family, but that does not stop him from living a “normal” life. He uses his smallness as his strength, not his weakness. From helping recover his mother’s ring out of the drain, to his adventures in the classroom, this book is meant for younger children who can get lost in the fantasy and will enjoy imagining other adventures after reading. Young children often have seen, held, interacted with a pet mouse, and will be taken away with how fun it would be to have a Stuart running around the house, helping out with things that were impossible for people of normal size. The acceptance of Stuart by his family and supporting characters gives this story believability. Children will be able to relate with Stuart’s character and the difficult obstacles he faces given his differences. They will love his sense of adventure and will identify with his shyness. The universal truth is shown through Stuart’s adventures. The reader will discover that being different doesn’t make you weird or prevent you from accomplishing something. The talking animals and character relationships remind me of Charlotte’s Web.… (more)
LibraryThing member nicholspdx
A classic children's novel that takes the reader to great places of imagination. Definitely a vocabulary builder for the younger set but well worth it.
LibraryThing member raizel
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.
LibraryThing member The_Hibernator
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member JeneenNammar
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member porch_reader
Stuart Little is a somewhat unusual book. Stuart is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Little. He's also a mouse. You just have to be willing to roll with that unusual development. White proceeds as if a human family with a mouse for a son is the most typical thing in the world, and we fall right into the story of Stuart's life. He is a gregarious fellow, getting into scrapes and back out again using his wit and charms. My first grade son and I both enjoyed this classic!… (more)
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