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Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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Sep 30, 11

Read in September, 2011

Summary:

Eight year old Fern Arable becomes very upset when she discovers that her father wants to kill a newborn pig because it is a runt. When her father returns from the barn, however, he has had a change of heart and decides to allow Fern to raise the pig herself. She names the pig Wilbur. Fern grows very attached to Wilbur, but when he gets too big for them to keep any longer, her father decides to sell him to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman, who also has a farm with many other animals. Fern goes to visit Wilbur often, and makes friends with the animals, who talk in her presence. Wilbur is lonely, and is befriended by a spider named Charlotte. He is happy to have a new friend. The old sheep soon informs Wilbur that he is being fattened up so that he can be killed and eaten. This upsets him, but Charlotte assures him that she will think of a way to save his life. She soon devises a plan and goes to work spinning a new web, into which she weaves the words "Some Pig". The web is discovered by a farm hand, who tells Mr. Zuckerman. Word spreads quickly, and people come from miles around to see the miracle in the web. Subsequent messages appear in Charlotte's web in an ongoing attempt to save Wilbur's life. Everyone now realizes that Wilbur is a very special pig indeed. It is then decided that Wilbur will be entered in the judging at the county fair. Wilbur receives
special recognition for attracting so many visitors to the fair. Charlotte, however, is dying and asks Wilbur to take her egg sacs home and take care of her children. He lives the rest of his life in the comfort of the barn, and Charlotte's children and their children keep him company for many years. He never forgot his special friend, Charlotte the beautiful gray spider.

Age Range: older primary to intermediate (7-12 years)

Artistic elements: The version I have has black and white pictures
that are probably pen and ink. The drawings
capture the mood of the story.

Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
because it has always been one of my personal
favorites, and it teaches the meaning of true
friendship. This story also shows how children use
their imaginations and that doing so is perfectly
normal!
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