Friday, September 16, 2011

Classic Reading for Kids.... Stuart Little Review & Giveaway!


Stuart Little 60th Anniversary Edition (full color)Stuart Little
by E.B. White (1899 - 1985)
Published by:
ISBN: 978-0064410922
Reading Level is Grade 4-6, 9-12 yrs, 131 pages
Purchase on Amazon for $5.99 here

About the book:

Stuart 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 adventure.

Stuart'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?

My thoughts: (note: links in this story are red/yellow)
It's not often a mouse is born into a house with a human mother, father and older brother. Nor can a mouse talk, brush his teeth, or drive a car. Stuart is a like-able character who seems to attract
adventure and friends everywhere he goes (with the exception of the family cat - and the neighborhood cat who desires to eat him).

The pace is fairly fast, full of action and completely silly all the way through (although sort of realistic too). Very easy to read and I'm sure kids about 6+ will love to have Stuart Little read aloud to them and kids who are comfortable reading on their own should enjoy it also. A lot of the adventure and action in the story will definitely catch your kid's attention and they will want to know what happens next. 

Stuart Little is an interesting but uncompleted book. I'm not sure if E.B. White did this intentionally but as I read this book again this fall, it seemed as I read it I was just starting to get into the story and then it just stops. I personally wish E.B. White would have either continued the story or written a sequel 

About EB White:
To learn more about Mr White and where he got his ideas for Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little in this letter he wrote. (Click here)

I am giving away a copy of Stuart Little to one of my readers. This copy will come from Amazon and will be shipped directly to your home. You will need to provide a street address (no po boxes) and full contact information within 48 hours after the drawing. Thanks!

Note: The picture of Mr White is from Wikipedia as well as the information about his award(s). I used my own copy of Stuart Little to review it and am donating a copy of the book as a giveaway item. No money exchanged hands and obviously I wasn't required to write a positive review. Thanks!

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