Free Reading Stuart LittleAuthor E.B. White – Cheapnikeshoes.co

Strange little book The premise is one I enjoy, as I ve always been somewhat fascinated by unusually small things, and the notion of experiencing the world from the perspective of a very small being So I loved all the little contraptions and whatnot created to help Stuart function in a human sized house.However, the book kind of felt like White didn t really know what he was doing with it or where he was going with it The first half of it consists of largely unrelated, episodic adventures around New York, and then the second half develops a somewhat cohesive plot as he embarks on his quest to find Margalo Only barely cohesive, though, as it too consists of a series of basically unrelated escapade along his journey.And then it just ends No, seriously It s like White just stopped writing in the middle of the story We don t find out if Stuart finds Margalo, or anything about what happens to Margalo We don t know how the Little family reacts to Stuart s departure, or if he ever makes it back We just know he sets out on this quest, and that s it It really feels unfinished, and I actually checked to see if maybe he died in the middle of writing it or something, but no It was written earlier than the other two books included in this volume, so I don t know Maybe he got bored In any case, it s kind of bizarre.Also contributing to my sense that he didn t really know what he was doing with this story is the fact that, for the most part, aside from the fact that Stuart is a mouse born to a human family, everything is basically, well, reasonably plausible The things his father builds for him make sense, the fact that he wears doll clothes makes sense, and even his sailing of the model ship is conceivable Someone could be crazy enough to build a model ship that is fully functional, to the point of being crewable if only you could find a crew small enough But then there s the little car OK, there again, maybe you could be crazy enough to build a model car that actually runs on gasoline and everything But this thing has an invisibility button WTF All of a sudden, this bit of complete outlandishness is just dropped into the story And for no particularly good reason The car goes invisible in its owner s office, crashes around for a while, and that s it From that point on, it s just Stuart s little car Never goes invisible again And how it becomes invisible is also entirely unexplained Weird.His encounter with Harriet, the two inch tall girl is also fairly random and fairly pointless They meet, try to have a date, it doesn t really work, she goes home, and he continues his journey What was the point of that I d have made her another mouse person like Stuart, and maybe they could continue to journey together or something Instead we just had this random meeting which was another instance of unexplained phenomenon why is she two inches tall, but otherwise a regular person If we re being asked to accept that Stuart s situation is conceivable, why not just stick with that Why mess with it like this , for no particular reason.Also, I know it s a children s book, and a fairly old one at that, but let s have some standards of literature here Frankly, I expect better than the following from a man who s written his own bloody book about grammar Stuart whipped off his cap, lay down on his stomach, and dipped up some of the cool refreshing drink, using his cap as a dipper That s very refreshing, remarked Stuart There s nothing like a long, cool drink in the heat of the day, when you re travelling 102 103Really You feel the need to repeat that it s a cool, refreshing drink two sentences right in a row Really Maybe I m overreacting, but that just seemed like really bad, lazy writing.Anyway It was cute, but frankly, I don t know that I would recommend it, due pretty much entirely to the totally bizarre and abrupt way it ends I just don t see the point of reading a story with no discernible plot arc or resolution of any kind. Stuart Little is one of those books I used to recommend to parents when I worked in a bookstore I liked Charlotte s Web, and it s undisputedly a classic Robin William s character in Mrs Doubtfire reads it to baby Natalie while this isn t necessarily a ringing endorsement it certainly attests to the classical status of this book And so, when baby Alice and I were choosing our book from the library last week it was between Stuart and something modern like Funke Because Alice was born in New York and I liked the idea of her being able, unlike me until now, to say she d read Stuart Little, the classic children s novel, I opted for Stuart.My question is this How many people out there HAVE actually read it Having finished the book, I must say, I m not sure I d exactly recommend it It s not a bad book, but it s not the best I ve read, either The book is episodic, which is fine In fact, generally I prefer episodic for young children They can take a snooze or have a distracted session and then still pick back up again and know the characters, but this one just seemed episodic AND disorganized I don t think that s overly critical The book is creative, it s well written, it s interesting but it is strange and chaotic and above all, disorganized.I think most people are fluent on the over all plot Stuart Little is a mouse born to a well to do family of New Yorkers living in a two story apartment on I think the upper east side Despite being slightly over two inches, Stuart is afforded his own room, which holds his bed, made out of a matchbox, and he enjoys sailing Stuart doesn t seem to have a formal education, but instead sets out upon rather manly, solo adventures at the tender or ancient, it s hard to gage for a mouse age of 7, following meeting Margalo a brown bird with a dash of yellow who sort of speaks in rhyme and takes solace in the Little family s Boston Fern following some sort of accident While it might be problematic that Stuart has fallen in love and it s never completely confirmed he s in love, but crush seems too mild with someone outside his own species, it s never really addressed, mostly, I assume, because Stuart, like so many men in the 1940s, keeps rather buttoned up about his personal affairs Mostly he watches Margalo and thinks nice thoughts about her it And, though most of Stuarts adventures seem to fall in account of Margalo s abrupt departure from the Little s home, there are a few things that happen before Stuart attempts to sail The Wasp, on the Central Park Boat Pond, but runs into a squall and ultimately collision at sea with another ship, The Lillian B Womrath, but he does make friends with the owner of The Wasp, a surgeon dentist whom becomes something of a mentor and supplier of miniature vessels Stuart also overcomes an encounter with Snowbell, the Little family cat or perhaps it is actually an encounter with the Little Family s rolling blinds, but either way, Stuart escapes.The aspects of the story I found troubling, or strange came later, once Margalo flies the coup, with Stuart in her wake On his way out of town Stuart visits his friend the surgeon dentist, who offers him a bright yellow car that runs on five drops of gasoline Fair enough, I say a yellow miniature car from a man that already likes model ships but here s the kicker, even for 1943 the yellow car has an invisibility switch Now, this is no Harry Potter, people we re not ensconced in magic In fact, while the aspect of Stuart s lineage is strange, it s not presented as magical so much as just maybe something that happens as the book later presents the character of Harriet Ames, who is not a mouse born to regular sized rich people, but a tiny but perfectly proportioned woman born to rich people So we now have mouse with a tiny car that can be invisible But Stuart accidentally hits the starter button while the car is invisible and wrecks it sad, but not the weirdest part Astoundingly, the next morning he is still able to drive the car, which apparently the dentist has made repairs to the night before And Stuart doesn t drive it invisible, instead he drives it, on main New York Streets, in full view.There are also a lot of people that seem to sit on curbs or in ditches Perhaps this frequently happened in the 40s, but certainly it took us by surprise Stuart generally encounters people, like himself, that are affluent or at least well to do in the gutters Before leaving New York he meets a school superintendent who s down in the dumps because he s got to find a substitute for the day Stuart volunteers, stopping first at a doll shop to by the perfect scholarly ensemble for the occasion Decked out in tweeds Stuart arrives and keeps decorum in the schoolroom, despite being so small And, while decorum is well and good, Stuart also decides to forgo the lesson plans and typical subjects like math and science in lieu of a heated discussion about being Chairman of the World and what laws could be universal among the solidly good things presented are the smell of a baby s neck if it s mother keeps it tidy, Once Stuart gets his fill of the discussion he splits, heading back to his tiny yellow car and leaving the city for northern skies and perhaps, if he s lucky, Margalo.But Stuart again, somewhat conveniently meets another man in the gutter, this time near Ames Crossing in Connecticut, it seems The man suggests Stuart meet Harriet Ames, who is also small and well dressed Stuart doesn t seem too interested at first, but when he sees Harriet at the post office he hides and all thoughts of Margalo temporarily fly out the window Instead he goes about arranging the perfect date with Miss Ames, including a tiny canoe and ice cream spoon paddles.But when everything goes wrong on the date it rains, the canoe gets messed up by some area children and the spoons are destroyed Stuart seems most distracted by a string that has been tied to the toy canoe, making it clearly appear as what it is a toy , Stuart is unable to recover The cool Harriet shrugs and asks if perhaps they can go on and enjoy the date, rumpled canoe and rain, but Stuart is too worked up In the end Harriet goes home to dinner and Stuart resumes his quest for Margalo.Why the intense play by play, you ask Well, because it s somewhat astounding, isn t it A conversation and stint as a teacher and discussion on chairman of the world, a date with a tiny woman let alone her existence and a potentially invisible car that s a lot of plot action But, then it s just gone as Stuart leaves Ames Crossing and returns his northern quest However, he does meet a telephone repairman sitting in a ditch, again, leading me to believe the world was once quieter, easier and workers allowed these breaks who tells him a northern quest is never a bad choice.And the book ends Just like that Frankly, my head was still spinning at what a jerk Stuart seemed to be during his date I was so shocked I even found myself checking to see if I missed some pages, but no So I came out of this book not really very fond of Stuart Little I mean, it s neat he s a mouse making the way in a big world, and I really admire his need for well suited clothing to complement any occasion, but he just wasn t a very nice guy mouse He sort of has weird illusions of grandeur and come off as a poor communicator Hopefully Alice and I will have better luck with our next book, The BFG I also write here A friend mentioned that this was one of her favorite children s books, and I realized I had never read it It didn t pack the emotional wallop that Charlotte s Web did, but it s still a fun, sweet story.Stuart Little was born only two inches high and he looked like a mouse, but luckily his parents and big brother loved him anyway The book is a series of Stuart s adventures, such as the time he got stuck in the window shade, or when he won a sailboat race in Central Park, or when he befriended an injured bird, or when he volunteered to be a substitute teacher At the end of the book Stuart sets off in a model car to find his friend the bird, who had flown away The story ends with him heading north There s something about north something that sets it apart from all other directions A person who is heading north is not making any mistake The tales were nice, but they weren t as cohesive or as compelling as the story of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider What bumped Stuart Little up to 4 stars was White s writing, which had some lovely passages and details During the sailboat race, for example, White explains that the West Wind had come halfway across America to get to Central Park Or take the bird, Margalo, that Stuart befriends Stuart asked where Margalo came from I come from fields once tall with wheat, from pastures deep in fern and thistle I come from vales of meadowsweet, and I love to whistle What a description I also liked the talk Stuart had with his students In trying to figure out what to teach, the children say they usually study spelling Stuart said, A misspelled word is an abomination in the sight of everyone I consider it a very fine thing to spell words correctly and I strongly urge every one of you to buy a Webster s Collegiate Dictionary and consult it whenever you are in the slightest doubt So much for spelling What s next Stuart Little was E.B White s first children s book, published in 1945 Charlotte s Web was published in 1952, and Mr White learned a lot about writing beloved children s books in those seven years. Stuart Little is a children s novel from 1946, by Elwyn Brooks White, who was also the author of the famousCharlotte s WebHowever Stuart Little is a bit of a period piece, rather than a true classic.Stuart Little is a talking mouse who lives in New York City with his human parents, older brother George, and Snowbell the cat He is a rather pompous sort of fellow, dressing in either a sailor suit or formal clothes, and affecting English manners except when he speaks the American slang of the time He forms a friendship with a beautiful little white bird called Margalo, until to Stuart s dismay she disappears, to fly North The idea of tracking her down appeals to Stuart s spirit of adventure, so he sets off to find her This the cue for all Stuart s rip roaring adventures They include quite a lot about canoes and boating, a romance with another tiny little female, and a jolly interlude where Stuart stands in for an absent teacher The stories are told over 15 short chapters The intext line illustrations are by Garth Williams.This was E.B White s first foray into children s literature, and he claimed it was inspired by a dream He was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal both for this novel plusCharlotte s Webin 1970 If you enjoy gently humorous and whimsical tales with an old fashioned feel and type of children s hero, you may enjoy this book, but it is not likely to appeal to a modern child, though it is written in an amusing, chatty style Here is the beginning,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 case There have been two family comedy films based loosely on the book, featuring partly live action and partly computer animation There has also been a television series So is the book comic Not in modern terms, although at its best it is droll Is it an allegory Perhaps The little white bird clearly symbolises freedom It s also all about learning to have courage, and developing as an individual in a sense it s a coming of age story The idea is appealing, hence the adaptations A personnified mouse hero is a staple of children s fiction, both classic and contemporary However, perhaps Stuart Little has now outgrown his quaint and rather twee beginnings. A Paperback Edition Of EB White S Classic Novel About One Small Mouse On A Very Big Adventure With Black And White IllustrationsStuart 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 AdventureStuart 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 This is the first book that ever blew my mind by far my favorite children s novel One thing I look for in a book, I ve realized, is a knockout ending a book better have a good payoff.I don t want to spoil the ending here, but when my ten year old self got there, I couldn t believe it How could E.B White leave it like that How can he leave so much unanswered Moreover, how could he do that and still have it be so powerful and work so effectively I still am moved every time I read the last few pages and sometimes still cry That s right I m a sensitive, modern, secure man , and the last sentence may be my favorite in literature better than Tis a far, far better thing I do. I missed out on this as a child, but I m glad I finally got around to reading this delightful tale of the intelligent, brave, kind mouse child I was surprised that it ended so abruptly, but since Stuart loves adventure so much, I guess it suits him My favorite chapter was the one where he teaches school The story is enhanced by Garth Williams lovely illustrations. Excellent How children s book should be Lessons to be learned from an unlikely hero Pure magic Pure fun Pure adventure There was this scene where Stuart teaches a classroom full of kids that was a touch of genius, pure gold The ending was very whimsical, I liked it No way its movie adaption could ever touch this fine work of art. I m just glad I didn t read this book as a child or the idea that Mrs Little gave birth to a mouse, and everyone thinks it s strange but perfectly natural, would ve really freaked me out enough to ask my parents awkward questions. I did not like two humans having a mouse baby It does not seem to phase anybody else, though.