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A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider: The Story of E.B.White

A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider: The Story of E.B.White

The giant of a man who wrote the classic children's books, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web, was a sickly boy filled with a list of fears.  E.B. White, Elwyn was his first name, grew up with terrible hay fever.  His father would take him to Maine for fresh air to help him recover.  When he became of age, his parents started him in school despite Elwyn's strong protests.  He was afraid of the dark, the future and failure.  But all through his childhood, Elwyn had a friend, a mouse who lived in his house and kept him company.  When school ended each day, he could run home to the barn and all of its animals where he felt safe, comforted and alive.

This is the biography of E.B. White, the author, who saw life through sensitive, perceptive eyes and who wrote straight to our hearts and our fears because he knew all about them.  Utterly beautiful imagery and lyrical language make this a huge standout.  His love of life and the natural world comes alive in Barbara Herkert's genius for writing and makes E.B. White seem like a friend you might have had.

40 pages    978-1627792455    Ages  5-9

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


A lyrical biography of E. B. White, beloved author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, written by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo.

When young Elwyn White lay in bed as a sickly child, a bold house mouse befriended him. When the time came for kindergarten, an anxious Elwyn longed for the farm, where animal friends awaited him at the end of each day. Propelled by his fascination with the outside world, he began to jot down his reflections in a journal. Writing filled him with joy, and words became his world.

Today, Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web are beloved classics of children’s literature, and E. B. White is recognized as one of the finest American writers of all time.  --from the publisher

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