Charlotte's Web

E. B. White, Kate DiCamillo
Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White's own view of the world—of the joy he took in the change of seasons, in farm life, in the miracles of life and death, and, in short, the glory of everything. We are proud to include Kate DiCamillo's foreword in the 60th anniversary editions of this cherished classic. Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig. How all this comes about is Mr. White's story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. The thousands of children who loved Stuart Little, the heroic little city mouse, will be entranced with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language. The forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams have all the wonderful detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his work. Incomparably matched to E.B. White's marvelous story, they speak to each new generation, softly and irresistibly.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-12-05

This is one of my favorite books ever. I have read it several times. I recently read it to a second grade as a read aloud. They loved it. I think this book can be for students of any age. For the younger classes it is great for a read aloud book and the older grades can read it on their own. The story is easy to understand for children because they can relate to the characters and the story. 

This book is about a girl named Fern and her pet pig Wilbur. Wilbur was the rut of his liter and Fern's father was going to kill him. Instead Fern saved him and decided to take care of him. Once he started to get to big to have as a pet Wilbur went to live at Fern's unle's farm. She went all the time to visit him. Wilbur at first hated living at the farm because he missed Fern. After awhile he started to make friends with the other animals at the farm. His best friend at the farm was a spider named Charlotte. Charlotte and Wilbur form an unbelieve bond and Charlotte makes Wilbur into a famous pig among the local people. 

Reviewed: 2016-11-01

Charlotte's Web has always been one of my favorite books and I am glad I got the chance to read it again! The book is mainly about Wilbur, a pig, and Charlotte a spider becoming the best of friends. Charlotte tries protecting her friend Wilbur, from being killed by Homer Zuckerman at the farm. She does everything to make people think that Wilbur is one special pig. Charlotte's hard work has paid off, but suddenly she is dying. Now Wilbur wants to save her life because she saved his. One big lesson that students can learn in this book is friendship. The friendship that Charlotte and Wilbur portray in the story is an amazingone. They both have their differences, but yet they can still get along and be loyal to each other. 

Reviewed: 2016-10-18

 

Charlotte's Web is a classic book that every child should get the chance to read.  The story begins with a little girl named Fern who lived on a farm.  One day her dad was going to slaughter the runt of a litter of pigs.  After her father allowed her to keep the pig, she fell in love.  She raised the pig and named him Wilbur.  Once he was big enough, Ferns father made her sell Wilbur to the Zuckerman’s. As the story goes on, it tells the tales of Wilbur’s experiences in the barn and his relationships with the other animals.  He meets Charlotte, a spider, and they become very good friends.  This book teaches a lot about friendship, how you can learn from others and help one another to grow. 

 

Reviewed: 2016-10-12

       Charlotte’s Web, written by E.B. White, is by far a classic that every upper grade Elementary teacher should have in his or her classroom library. Wilbur is considered the runt of the litter and Papa Arable wants nothing but to get rid of him. Eight-year old Fern saves Wilbur by convincing her dad to let her keep Wilbur as a pet. As Wilbur continues to grow, the family cannot keep him anymore and ends up selling him to the Zuckerman’s, but Homer Zuckerman eventually wants to kill Wilbur as well and turn him into ham and bacon. It is up to Charlotte the spider, Wilbur’s unusual friend, to come to the rescue and help save his life. At the end of the story when Wilbur is saved he finds out that his friend Charlotte is dying because spiders do not have a long life span. Now it is Wilbur’s turn to return the favor and help save Charlotte’s eggs since she will not live to see her baby spiders being born.

This story is a classic, and even though it sounds morbid with all the death throughout the storyline, it is a great book to use to teach children about friendship. Charlotte went above and beyond to save her friend Wilbur because she did not want to see him killed and made into food.  She showed what true friendship looks like and in the end Wilbur did the same for her. This story teaches children to go above and beyond to help their friends and that when you are a good friend, and person, people will be good to you in return.

Reviewed: 2016-07-05
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