This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loves a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider who lives with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never does anything for anybody unless there is something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saves the life of Wi...more
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Wilbur the pig is born a runt, and the farmer decides he must face the axe. Kind-hearted little Fern intercedes and saves him. She cares for the undersized pig, who later goes to a nearby farm. Wilbur's life is nearly idyllic until he discovers the fate that has been woven for him: he will likely be the next Christmas ham. Horrified, he looks desperately for a door of escape. His pleas for help are overhead by a...more
My personnel bitchy nature aside, this book was amazing. A quick read, but it makes an impact. Beautiful lessons...more
Not only does CHARLOTTE'S WEB feature one of the most ingenious plots in all of literature, its prose is breathtaking....more
Here is a mini recap of what I thought each time I read it...
4th Grade: Poor piggy! I'm glad he found a nice spider friend. I'm so sad that Charlotte died at the end! But I still hate spiders.
8th Grade: I guess it is a really good outlook on growing up... I didn't...more
It has full of lessons that anyone including adults can learn from or at least be reminded of. It has many interesting characters that anyone can relate to. It's about life - the young pig Wilbur learning his life important lessons from the caring spider Charlotte. It's about friendship - Fern taking care of runt Wilbur, Charlotte weaving for Wilbur, rat doing favors for Wilbur and Charlotte, etc. Most importantly, it's a...more
These lines made me breakdown : "She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."
One of the best stories of friendship I have ever read.
I watched the movie today and it is one of the best movies ever made. I cried like a ba...more
I can't say more than Eudora Welty did:
"What the book is about is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasur...more
A young pig's life is saved by a Charlotte, a wise spider. Through Charlotte, the pig learns important lessons about friendship and loss.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of E.B. White's 1952 classic Charlotte's Web is abundance of endearing, clearly-drawn characters. White's tale of friendship, altruism and loss rings very true because of how quickly the reader comes to care for and identify with the characters. Despite being written for children, each character has charming an...more
FYI this review will NOT do this book justice. Maybe one day I'll spend a year writing a critical analysis titled "Why I Love Children's Literature" and use this book as its topic. Because it's really that good. I know some people don't get kid's books. But I have really found there to be no lack of word crafting, prose, strong characterization and voice, complexity of plot and presentation, or meaning in c...more
Web of Friendship
(A Book Review of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web)
My first encounter with E.B. White is through this slim book called The Elements of Style, written in part by his former English professor William Strunk Jr., and a tiny thing though it is, nonetheless it packs up a lot of amusing, informative and useful instruction in the elementary usage of grammar and composition. If you’re not familiar yet with the book well checking this one out is worth your while, Gentle Reader.
E.B. White lik...more
Charlotte's Web is a book I've been aware of for nearly 40 years but somehow managed to avoid reading when I was little. We picked it up at the hospice last week and read the first half, then had to buy a copy at Waterstones yesterday to finish it off (59 years in print and it's still selling for £6.99 in pap...more
But put that aside, folks, and just enjoy this charming story of a young, innocent pig being saved from the frying pan by his clever spider friend. This is a tender and funny look at loyalty, friendship, and the realities of farm life.
I saw the cartoon movie many times as I kid, but had never read the book, and I was pleased by how...more
Sam loved it and laughed his little bummy off throughout the entire story. I don't remember experiencing so much laughter during any of the other times I have read this book, and I must say, I enjoyed his laughter very much. In fact, I...more
I loved this book! Charlotte's Web is an animal fable where we get to think which world will prevail—the fantasy world in which animals talk, or the human world in which animals must die to provide for people's needs? White brings its moral indirectly: friendship, heroism, constancy, and death, he does not spell them out. The setting may look fantastic but it's perfectly natu...more
Persahabatan antara Wilbur si babi dan Charlotte si laba-laba di sebuah peternakan. Wilbur yang takut disembelih dan dijadikan daging asap, menjadi panik ketika omongan diantara hewan mulai santer bahwa dia akan dipotong di malam natal.
Charlotte, teman sejatinya, berjanji bahwa dia akan membantuny...more
I will admit I was concerned reading some parts of the story to a 4 year old, whether it be the "circle of life" comments by Charlotte or the fear of Wilbur being killed. However, I took it slow, answered questions when needed and had no...more
How I feel about spiders when I see one in my house:
But I really do love this book. Charlotte A. Cavatica, you will live on my heart forever.
On the one hand I really thought that this book was brilliant: the characters are so rich, the themes and messages so simplistic but legitimate, and the overall feel of the book was so genuine. I really like the quote by George Orwell that says "The best books are those that tell you what you know already," because I absolutely agree. This book made me face r...more
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|Goodreads Librari...: Quotes misattributed to "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White||1||16||Jul 23, 2014 09:26AM|