"Stuart Little" by E. B. White, Pictures by Garth Williams
Harper and Row, Publishers 1945
This is a library book, borrowed for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
I know you are probably wondering what more can be said on this classic story for children?
I had never read this story before, nor had I seen the movie made in 1999.
My answer to the above question is that I have now read this book through the eyes of a fresh perspective.
"Stuart Little" is the teeny tiny second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Little. Stuart is two inches tall, and well not only does he look like a mouse, he is a mouse. Nevertheless Mr. and Mrs. Little love Stuart and they make every possible comfortable convenience for him. The Little family lives in New York City. They have an older son named George. They have a cat named Snowbell. Everyday is an adventure for Stuart, his size and
ability are a help at times, and they are a hindrance at times. Stuart becomes friends with Margalo a little bird. The bond between the two is immediate.
I loved, loved, loved this story!
I can understand why children would love it. As an adult I immediately picked up on the fact that because of Stuart's small status, and difference in the rest of his family, it reminded me of children that have disabilities.
A parent that loves their child will make every effort to make their child as comfortable and loved as possible, just as Mr. and Mrs. Little did for Stuart.
This was a great teaching lesson for children, that love is love, and it is not dependent on a persons ability or disability. That love looks beyond the persons looks, or disabilities.
Stuart has all the great character traits in an individual: bravery, kindness, friendliness, compassion, perseverance, and determination.
The author wrote the story with a kind hand; he told the story as if he were reading aloud to a child, with sincerity, kindness, and a gentle voice.
I am not fond of mice, have you noticed how many children's book have mice and rats as characters?
Stuart on the other hand is a John Wayne among Children's characters.