Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stuart Little v. NY Public Library

In 1945, Stuart Little was first put into print, after much support from the creator of the children's library, Anne Carroll Moore. Moore, sadly, will become the tiny mouse's greatest opponent -- preventing Stuart Little from inhabiting the shelves of public and school libraries for a time, and possibly cutting off Little from wining literature awards it deserved. The public spoke: teachers and students disobeyed the critics and found EB White's book worthy of library inclusion, and petitioned their local libraries to include it. As the article says, Moore's failure in opposition to Stuart Little "...was like watching a horse fall down, its spindly legs crumpling beneath its great weight."


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