Stuart Little is a 1945 children's novel by E. B. White, his first book for children, and is widely recognized as a classic in children's literature. Stuart Little was illustrated by the subsequently award-winning artist Garth Williams, also his first work for children.
First we learn of Stuart's birth to the Littles in New York City and how the family adapts, socially and structurally, to having such a small son. He has an adventure in which he also gets caught in a window-blind while exercising; Snowbell, the family cat, then places Stuart's hat and cane outside a rathole, panicking the family. Stuart was then accidentally released by his brother George. Then two chapters describe Stuart's participation in a model sailboat race in Central Park. One day, Stuart went to get cheese in the fridge, but Mrs. Little didn't see him and shut the door. Mrs. Little reopens the door thirty minutes later, and Stuart had gotten a bad cold, later bronchitis. A bird named Margalo is adopted by the Little family, and Stuart protects her from Snowbell, by shooting an arrow in Snowbell's ear. The bird repays her kindness by saving Stuart when he is trapped in a garbage can and shipped out for disposal at sea, after hiding in lettuce from a dog.
Margalo flees when she is warned that one of Snowbell's friends, the Angora cat intends to eat her, and Stuart strikes out to find her. A friendly dentist, who is also the owner of the boat Stuart had raced in Central Park, gives him use of a gasoline-powered model car, and Stuart departs to see the country. He works for a while as a substitute teacher and comes to the town of Ames Crossing, where he meets a girl named Harriet Ames who is no taller than he is. They go on one date, but it doesn't work because the boat was found broken. As the book ends, he has not yet found Margalo, but feels confident he will do so.
- Stuart Little
- Angora Cat
- Frederick Little
- Eleanor Little
- George Little
- Dr. Paul Carey
- Harriet Ames
- Miss Gunderson
- Edward Clydesdale
- The Dogs (do not speak)
Differences from the films
|The Book||The Films|
|Stuart is born to the Littles||Stuart was adopted by the Littles|
|Snowbell was mean the entire book||Snowbell reforms near the end.|
|The Wasp was owned by Dr. Carey||The Wasp was owned by George|
|Margalo never worked for anyone||Margalo worked for Falcon|
|Margalo was a wall-eyed viero, or young wren||Margalo was a canary.|