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Book Club Kits: Stuart Little

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E. B. White

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Book Summary

From How terribly surprised the Little family must have been when their second child turned out to be a small mouse. Apparently familiar with the axiom that "when in New York City, anything can happen," the Littles accept young Stuart into their family unquestioningly--with the exception of Snowbell the feline who is unable to overcome his instinctive dislike for the little mouse. They build him a bed from a matchbox, and supply him with all of the accoutrements a young mouse could need. Mrs. Little even fashions him a suit, because baby clothes would obviously be unsuitable for such a sophisticated mouse. In return, Stuart helps his tall family with errant Ping-Pong balls that roll outside of their reach. E. B. White takes Stuart on a hero's quest across the American countryside, introducing the mouse--and the reader--to a myriad of delightful characters. Little finds himself embroiled in one adventure after another from the excitement of racing sailboats to the unseen horrors of substitute teaching. This is a story of leaving home for the first time, of growing up, and ultimately of discovering oneself. At times, doesn't everyone feel like the sole mouse in a family--and a world--of extremely tall people? 

Discussion Questions

Have you ever heard of E. B. White? Do you know what other books he has written? [Charlotte’s Web]

This book was published in 1945. This is when your grandparents or great-grandparents lived. How do you think life was different then than it is now? How do the pictures look different from today?


Look at the cover. What is Stuart? What do you know about how mice live?


Do you think this book is realistic or fantasy, or a little of both?

Are you familiar with the movie about Stuart Little?

What is the Little family’s reaction to the arrival of Stuart? Does this surprise you? How?


What are some of the ways in which Stuart is different from other “babies”?


In what ways is Stuart helpful around the Little household? What are some of the challenges to him and his family?


Does Stuart act more like a mouse or a boy—or even a grownup?


In what ways does the author make Stuart’s adventures believable? What does the author do to make you believe that all this could actually happen?


Do you think a mouse can live with people? What will Stuart do as he gets older?