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Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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Dec 16, 08

bookshelves: juvenile-fiction, newbery
Read in December, 2008

"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." These concluding lines rank among my favorites. I return to Charlotte's Web every couple of years as another one of my children becomes old enough to enjoy it. This book lives because of the relationship between Charlotte, a spider, and Wilbur, a pig, and all the other animals on the farm. I love the way Charlotte defines words for Wilbur, a way for White to improve children's vocabulary without seeming didactic. White's descriptions are also memorable. My son Jack has been going around all morning saying "Templeton's belly is as big as a jelly jar" because White described it that way after the rat gorged himself at the fair.Fern, the girl who first befriended Wilbur, spends her days on the farm until she begins to grow up and lose interest in watching animals all day. This adds another layer to the book, an element of nostalgia for the magic of childhood, that appeals to me as an adult reading the book aloud to children. In all, I think every parent should share Charlotte's Web with their children
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