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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers on 1952
Genres: children's, classic
Source: the library
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This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend.
They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
This edition contains color illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books. Supports the Common Core State Standards
Ah, Charlotte’s Web. Another childhood classic. I haven’t read this one in years – 30 years, give or take? I knew it was going to make me cry at the end, and the entire book I was just so sad reading it because I knew how it was going to end. I am dying to watch the movie now – or is there two versions of this now?
Anywho, have you read Charlotte’s Web, either recently or as a kid? It’s one of those books that are impossible to review, because all I want to say (all I have to say) is “I love this book! It’s greeeeaaaattttt” and that’s not really helpful in a review… LOL.
So, what do I love about the book? It’s so cute, first of all… animals talking gets me every time. Charlotte (a spider, if you are living under a rock and/or can’t tell from the title of the book) is amazing. She’s so smart, clever, and just adores Wilbur so. Wilbur himself is a bit of a rock… I mean, seriously dude, you are a pig, you don’t know what’s going to happen in a few months? Even when he understands what the farmer has in store for him, Charlotte tells him not to worry so he doesn’t. Every time I read this book I want to see a bit more emotion from Wilbur… but it’s just such a marvelous play of Charlotte & Wilbur’s personalities against each other, that even that tiny bit of negativity isn’t really a negative at all.
And of course, the ending gets me every time. Even if you haven’t read the book before, you’re going to know where the ending is going (as an adult, anyway, as a kid I had no idea) and it just reminds you of how fast life goes by, how important it is to cherish every minute with the people you love…
And as a final sidenote, I just love how we see Fern grow up so quickly in the year this book takes place, though I do wish Fern showed a bit more care towards Wilbur at the end, but again, isn’t that so true of any relationship? People move on, people grow & change…
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