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

by Barbara Herkert and Lauren Castillo

A pleasing look at the life of E. B. White spins fragments and memories and anecdotes... read more

A pleasing look at the life of E. B. White spins fragments and memories and anecdotes drawn from numerous sources into a narrative in which his love of the natural world and of words merge, resulting here in two of the stories for which he is best known: Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. Other aspects of White’s life are also touched on, from his anxiety to college journalism days to his work at The New Yorker. But it’s his love of nature, whether as a boy in the barn or on his Maine farm in adulthood, that will most captivate readers, especially as it connects to the books with which they may be familiar. “Andy filled his barn with stoic sheep, anxious hens, and gossiping geese. But he still had a mouse on his mind.” Congenial mixed-media illustrations accompany a narrative that concludes with a substantial note providing more about White’s life, and a bibliography. (Ages 6-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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