Saturday, January 30, 2010

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web
By: E.B. White, Illustrated By: Garth Williams
HarperCollins Publishers
May 1974
Ages: 9-12

Charlotte's Web is about a spring pig who is saved from an untimely death by a young girl name Fern, because he is a runt. When Wilbur the pig is sold to fern's uncle, his life becomes in danger once more because Fern's Uncle, Homer Zuckerman, is determined to make Wilbur into bacon when winter rolls around. The animals of the barn decide to help Wilbur and an intelligent, beautfiul spider named Charlotte, with the help of a rotten, self-centered rat named Templeton work on a plan to save Wilbur's life. Charlotte spins a series of webs with complients about Wilbur in them such as "Some Pig", "Terrific" and "Radiant". When Wilbur gets to go to the county fair, Charlotte spins one last word in the web in an effort to save Wilbur's life before she herself dies after laying her eggs. The word is "Humble" and is perhaps the most appropriate word for Wilbur in the end.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Every child dreams and wishes that animals could talk, and in this novel, they can! They have hopes and dreams and wishes just like everyone else and it helps children to learn that they can do anything they set their mind to.
What Problems do you see this book causing?
I do not see this book causing any problems.
What was your reaction?
I was first introduced to Charlotte's Web when I was eight years old. I got it as a baptism present from a very dear and important family friend. I had seen the movie and loved it, but i had never before read the book. But once I did, I immidiately fell in love with the book too. There is just something magical about animals that can talk!

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