Our last bedtime read-aloud recommendation was The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith which told the story of a brother and sister who have an unusual pet. This time, our newest read is E. B. White's Stuart Little. "When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse..."
The story may be familiar to many, but this was first time we've read it. Our only previous exposure to Stuart Little was the movie which, as it is in many instances, is nothing like the book. The book is charming and filled with much of the language from the time it was written as references are made to an electric refrigerator, the A & P, an inkwell and a car's starter button -- all of which give the book a definite winsome feel.
Stuart was born to the Little family, in Manhattan. He has a brother named George and a family cat, Snowbell, who isn't very trustworthy. Stuart's life take an interesting turn when a small bird named Margalo is taken in by the family after she is hurt. Stuart falls in love with Margalo, who runs away from home to avoid being eaten by Snowbell's friend. The second half of the book deals with Stuart's adventure as he goes off to search for Margalo.
Our son loved hearing about poor Stuart's adventures and misadventures, which involve being accidentally thrown in a garbage truck, becoming a substitute teacher for a day and getting stuck in a rolled up window shade, just to name a few.
Stuart Little is a easy fast read, which can be stretched out to a week's worth of nighttime reading, that your children will enjoy for its vivid language, whimsical illustrations by Garth Williams, simple storyline and spunky protagonist.