A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book is an excellent bridge between chapter books and full-length novels. Stuart is both valiant and very polite, and finds himself on one of the biggest adventures of his life as he sets off to find a lost friend. He encounters several dangers in the process because of his size, but the mood stays light and imaginative. Stuart proves to be a protagonist that many readers can admire and respect.
What's the story?
A mouse goes cross-country to seek his fortune and find a lost friend, falling into adventure after adventure along the way. His cheerful ingenuity always saves him from danger. From outwitting a cat to surviving an afternoon of substitute teaching, Stuart always knows just what to do. One of White's three classic animal stories, Stuart has captivated generations of children.
Is it any good?
STUART LITTLE has grabbed kids' attentions and imaginations for years, and for good reason. E.B. White's clever wording and quick descriptions make Stuart irresistible. The book shows that determination and courage, not size, are what make a true hero. Inventive thinking and quick action are what allow a mouse to defeat a hungry cat, escape a garbage truck which has carried him away, and make his way in a human-sized world.
Throughout his series of fun, unpredictable adventures, Stuart shows that he is a noble mouse. Short chapters and quick, funny stories will help kids feel comfortable reading on their own. The vocabulary is slightly dated and may be challenging to younger readers, but the context usually makes the meaning clear.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Author: E.B. White
- Illustrator: Garth Williams
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Great boy role models, Misfits and underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Publication date: January 1, 1945
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
- Number of pages: 131
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