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Stuart Little Paperback – April, 1974

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (April 1974)
  • ISBN-10: 9991205551
  • ISBN-13: 978-9991205557
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E.B. White, the author of twenty books of prose and poetry, was awarded the 1970 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his children's books, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. This award is now given every three years "to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have, over a period of years, make a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." The year 1970 also marked the publication of Mr. White's third book for children, The Trumpet of the Swan, honored by The International Board on Books for Young People as an outstanding example of literature with international importance. In 1973, it received the Sequoyah Award (Oklahoma) and the William Allen White Award (Kansas), voted by the school children of those states as their "favorite book" of the year.

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Mr. White attended public schools there. He was graduated from Cornell University in 1921, worked in New York for a year, then traveled about. After five or six years of trying many sorts of jobs, he joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. The connection proved a happy one and resulted in a steady output of satirical sketches, poems, essays, and editorials. His essays have also appeared in Harper's Magazine, and his books include One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E.B. White, The Essays of E.B. White and Poems and Sketches of E.B. White. In 1938 Mr. White moved to the country. On his farm in Maine he kept animals, and some of these creatures got into his stories and books. Mr. White said he found writing difficult and bad for one's disposition, but he kept at it. He began Stuart Little in the hope of amusing a six-year-old niece of his, but before he finished it, she had grown up.

For his total contribution to American letters, Mr. White was awarded the 1971 National Medal for Literature. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy named Mr. White as one of thirty-one Americans to receive the Presidential Medal for Freedom. Mr. White also received the National Institute of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Essays and Criticism, and in 1973 the members of the Institute elected him to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a society of fifty members. He also received honorary degrees from seven colleges and universities. Mr. White died on October 1, 1985.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitnknit on April 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just got done reading this book to my 3 1/2 y/o. She LOVED it and asks me to reread certain chapters over again. She really likes the chapters where Margalo the bird comes to stay and when Margalo rescues Stuart after he gets trapped in a garbage truck. My child is always pretending and role playing characters from the book! My personal favorite is when Stuart wins the boat race.
We read a chapter or two at a time but she always wanted me to keep reading. There are enough pictures in the book for a child but also few enough that the imagination is challenged. Obviously there were descriptive sections that were a bit over her head but over time as we read it over and over she will grow more into the book and make new discoveries as she understands more and more. It didn't seem to bother her or keep her from enjoying the book immensely.
I decided to do our first novel at this age and picked this one based on the recommendation of The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelese.
The only reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 is because the book ends rather abruptly in my opinion--as if it was left unfinished. I won't ruin the end for those of you who have yet to read it but it leaves you hoping for a sequel that never was.
This is a terrific first novel to share with your child!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By THERESE A MORELLI on January 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Stuart Little is a good book in my opinion. I like the parts like when Stuart steered a small boat and he drove a small car. It's pretty interesting because he is small because he is a mouse and it's weird to see someone driving a car or steering a boat. It kind of like you are small and you have to do what Stuart does. What I don't like about the book is that Stuart lived with a family who had a cat named Snowbell and he didn't go after Stuart much. But he tried to get Stuart's friend who was a bird in the house sleeping. But I liked most of the book. My favorite part was when Stuart was steering a boat named the "Wasp" racing against another boat. The end of the book wasn't how I expected. He was still searching for Margalo who was the bird who was his friend. I liked the ending a little. But this book was a good book.
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I'm reading this to 6 year olds a chapter a day, and so far they love it. We will see the DVD when we're done with the book.
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