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
Charlotte, a spider
I always get in the mood for this book when county fair season rolls around. Ah, the midway with it's dizzying rides and scary carny folk. The agriculture buildings featuring prize-winning giant produce and lovingly crafted quilts. And the yummy scents of frying dough competing with the much earthier smells emanating from the livestock tents.
It smelled of hay and it smelled of manure. It smelled of the perspiration of tired h ...more
No words I can say but this book is magical and beautiful and everyone should read it... a truly wonderful tale :) <3
I loved it so much I don't know ho ...more
Not only does CHARLOTTE'S WEB feature one of the most ingenious plots in all of literature, its prose is breathtaking. ...more
My personnel bitchy nature aside, this book was amazing. A quick read, but it makes an impact. Beautiful lessons ...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 pape ...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.
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
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
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
I distinctly remember my grade one teacher, Doris Wright, reading Charlotte’s Web to us, a chapter or two per day. I suspect there was some snivelling when we reached the end of the tale.
Boy, could I identify with the main human character, Fern. I grew up on a small farm like the ones in the book (without the work horses—we used tractors during my childhood) and it was primarily a hog farm. I was very familiar with how sweet baby pigs are. In ...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
I rarely get a chance to meet a young student whose taste for books is paralleled with mine. It just so happened that my student came up wi ...more
Reaction after finishing the book:
My heart broke for Charlotte A.Cavatica. It's still in smithereens, in fact.
I can only say that this is such a touching story that evolves around friendships and loyalty. I personally find Wilbur annoying though, and most of the times I wanted to punch him in the snout. What a big, whiny baby he was! Ugh. I thought he'd be more useful in the book but he still grates my nerve anyway.
Put that aside though and this book is indeed mea ...more
When I was about to start it, an acquaintance told me that its protagonist is a pig and it's about how a spider saved his life; how good it could be? Hearing his opinion I avoided it for about a week but started it a couple of days ago.
I finished it last night. This morning that acquaintance was unfortunately found murdered, stabbed to death, in mysterious circumstances. I wonder why would anyone want to murder him.
I hate pigs.
I hate stories where animals talk.
I hate stories centered around animals.
But not always, apparently, because...
I LOVED this!!!! Seriously. A book can not be more charming! I feel like sending a copy to Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. She has a great literary namesake. :-P
Good-bye!" she whispered. Then she summoned all her strength and waved one of her front legs at him....more
She never moved again. Next day, as the Ferris wheel was being taken apart and the race horses were being loaded into vans and the entertainers were packing up their belongings and driving away in their trailers, Charlotte died. The Fair Grounds were soon deserted. The sheds and buildings were empty and forlorn. The infield was littered wi
The book is a story of a friendship of a pig and a spider and taking reader to their world, a barn where seasons change and curious things happen. I ...more