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Stuart Little



Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A lovely tail (pun intended) that teaches youngsters that courage, not strength, is needed to be a true hero. Stuart's courage comes from being himself despite how out of place he may feel at times. This tiny mouse's natural ingenuity allows him to overcome difficult challenges in the midst of expanding his horizons, which may encourage readers to whet their appetite for adventure and taking chances.

Positive role models

Stuart is both valiant and very polite. His intelligence seems to shine throughout the entire book and his taste for adventure is also quite admirable. Stuart's human parents are very supportive of him and accept him just the way he is.

Violence & scariness

A small mouse in a big city, Stuart encounters several dangers like an angry cat, a capsized boat, and escaping from a garbage truck that has carried him away.

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Stuart is such an appealing character to root for in this story.

  • How is he heroic?

  • How is he challenged because of his size?

Book details

Author:E.B. White
Illustrator:Garth Williams
Topics:Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Great boy role models, Misfits and underdogs
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:December 31, 1969
Number of pages:131
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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Parent Written byckl4d August 1, 2013

wonderful story, beautifully written...with a caveat

This is my all time favorite book. However, the ending for some children can be wrenching. There's no resolution. As adults we know Stuart's "heading in the right direction" but for a child Stuart is heading out alone in the world...his parents left behind, and his beloved Margelo still lost. The aloneness in the world and the searching for something that may never be found can be terribly sad for some children.
Parent of an infant, 1, 7, 7, 15, and 18+ year old Written byCommanderer March 16, 2009

Really Silly: As a teacher

As a teacher I would say that this book is very boring and horrible. I read it to my students and they thought that it was B-O-R-I-N-G!
Kid, 7 years old March 10, 2009