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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  795,798 ratings  ·  10,041 reviews
This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the l
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Paperback, Full Color Edition, 184 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers (first published 1952)
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Jason Koivu
I don't give a fig if it is a kid's book, Charlotte's Web is one of the most well-crafted stories ever written. This classic children's tale deserves 5 stars for story craft and language usage alone! (Read your Strunk & White to understand this man's talents in that regard.) The fact that it's a heart-warmer/wrencher clinches it. Never was I made to love pigs and spiders so much in my life. Charlotte's Web will always rank high amongst my favorites. But why, for the love of god, did they mak ...more
Richard
I have been familiar with the story for most of my life, but never read it until now.

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
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David bernardy
I grew up without reading this book. For some, that seems to be unimaginable. I can maybe understand why. My wife and I are reading it now, or I should say, I am reading it aloud before bed, and it's really wonderful. I could totally see why it would be a kind of life-formative book. I was reading a passage last night and laughing at it (there is so much in here that is really funny), and it made me wonder about the level of the humor. That is, would the kid me have thought this was funny or is ...more
Stephanie
Sep 05, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who failed English, but love books
Within 3 minutes of reviewing its Top 100 Novels Written in English List, I knew The Modern Library was irrelevant. That's because it failed to include CHARLOTTE'S WEB. I mean, I realize that children's literature is considered a joke by most intellectuals, but get serious. Anybody who reads this story and fails to recognize its greatness doesn't really like books, in my opinion.

Not only does CHARLOTTE'S WEB feature one of the most ingenious plots in all of literature, its prose is breathtaking.
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Shayantani Das
It may sound weird but this is the first time I am reading this book. I don’t know how I missed out on it when I was a kid. Maybe it was the Famous 5 or Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Anyway, if I had read it as a kid I might have mustered some sympathy for Wilbur. Right now though, I am just mad. Such a whinny and annoying crybaby. Met enough people like him in real life. Poor Charlotte!

My personnel bitchy nature aside, this book was amazing. A quick read, but it makes an impact. Beautiful lessons
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TL
Apr 02, 2015 TL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: don't remember, probly from elementary school librarian
Shelves: re-reading






No words I can say but this book is magical and beautiful and everyone should read it... a truly wonderful tale :) <3

Lynda
Ji
I read this book three times and my opinion of the book has changed each time. The importance of this? Just think how complex and well written a book is if you can take different meanings from a novel at different stages of your life.

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
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Mark Lawrence
'pologies to anybody following my reviews in hope of insights into epic fantasy novels - I get through more kids' stuff reading to my little girl (who is too disabled to do it for herself).

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
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Ash
I could not stop myself from crying. I literally had tears in my eyes after I finished reading it. Charlotte was such a sweetheart. And Wilbur's innocence made him look cuter.
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.

Updated:09/28/2012

I watched the movie today and it is one of the best movies ever made. I cried like a ba
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 12, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: 501
Shelves: 501, childrens, fantasy
One of the best books written for children that I've read so far this year.

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
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Susanna
In my desperation for a good night's sleep, I jettisoned my Nguigi wa Thiong'o novel (as Em says "is there any great African literature that's not about war or hunger or political corruption?") and, as after Mom's going, delved into some children's books. This was all I remembered it being when I read it at 8 and 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
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Deanna
Jul 31, 2015 Deanna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of my favorite childhood memories is of reading this book with my mother. I remember how much I giggled at some of the funny situations and cried especially when we read it the first few times. Sobbing into my pillow with my mom rubbing my back I wondered why Charlotte had to die. My mom patiently explaining the gift Charlotte left for Wilbur. Even now I feel a bit of a lump in my throat. It was treasures like this that started my love of books and reading.

I loved it so much I don't know ho
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Natalie Monroe
How I feel about spiders when I read Charlotte's Web:





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.
midnightfaerie
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a classic piece of children's literature I've only recently revisited. My five year-old son and I started reading it together and I was surprised how in to it he was, even though his attention span lagged at some spots such as the extensive descriptives White likes to use. They paint a colorful picture, but there were too many words my son didn't know at once, so it was hard for him to pay attention enough during these parts to expand his vocabulary. Other than t ...more
Michael
Annotation:
A young pig's life is saved by a Charlotte, a wise spider. Through Charlotte, the pig learns important lessons about friendship and loss.

Review:

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
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Kristine
{spoilers ahead, but on the other hand, if you've seen the Disney movie, you should be ok}

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
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Joey
Lo and behold, my young student lent me – although I abhor to do so- this in tatters considering that I am now finicky about book covers. I prefer pristine books to crispy ones since I would love to build my own private library someday where in I would definitely hole up reading the books I would like to keep up with. (Stargazing) Yippie! I can’t wait for it.

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
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Short, sweet and full of impact.

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
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Helen
It's always difficult for me to try and pick a favorite book from my childhood, but I love this story so much that, if I had to choose, I think it would be a front runner. It's just such a beautiful story and so elegantly written. I open the book occasionally to random pages and just start reading. Without exception, I always find something on the page to make me smile, or laugh, or cry. This is the kind of book you hug to your chest. If your older now and have never read this, don't hesitate an ...more
Sam Quixote
Wilbur is the runt of the litter and about to be put down - but Fern, the farmer’s daughter, saves him from the axe and raises him herself. After he begins to grow, she has to give up Wilbur to her uncle to look after and at the uncle’s farm the pig meets Charlotte, an intelligent and worldly spider, who takes it upon herself to save Wilbur’s bacon again.

Ok, first of all - yes, I know this is aimed at 6 year olds up to around 11 or so. But I honestly tried reading this with a kid’s eye and even
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jzhunagev
Apr 30, 2011 jzhunagev rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids at ♥!
Recommended to jzhunagev by: the "Voice"
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 li
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Cassandra
This bedtime re-reading with the little ones, as well as gaining an extra star in my rating, reminded me why I love this book, with all its wise innocence and profound earthy charm. This is not the cheerful, humorous talking-animals fable it presents itself as. Without being heavy-handed on the moral-of-the-story (as so many well-meaning children's authors tend to) Mr. White has delivered, modestly and graciously, a loving homage to this beautiful, messy, miracle we call life--from the migrating ...more
Naomi Bennet
I hate spiders.
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
Beth F.
This was the very first book that ever made me cry. I cried for days after finishing this one. I've always meant to re-read it but I'm afraid it will make me cry all over again (some things never change, even with age).
Amalie
I watched the movie and I just had to read it! A children's book which has much to offer to older teen and adult readers.

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
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Sylvia
Kelar dalam beberapa jam! What a wonderful story! Kenapa juga nggak baca dari dulu? Karena gw pikir ini cerita anak-anak *emang iya sih* dan gak seru. Tapi ternyata... uhuu seru banget, dan mengharukan!

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
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lAuRa
Okay I have a lot to say about this book! I couldn't have read this at a more perfect time in my life. Charlotte's Web to me is a story about true friendship, standing up for those and what you believe in, and heroes. Charlotte was obviously the main hero because she was so brave, humble, and kind to take on the act of saving Wilbur's life. She asked for NOTHING in return and that is what a true friend is. When she died Wilbur wanted to take her children and she knew they would be safe with him ...more
Susan
A beautiful book. I think one of my favorite things about it (and probably one of my favorite things when I was a kid reading it) is that it doesn't talk down to the reader while providing a whole lot of interesting information. Let's face it, you learn a lot about spiders! I could never convince myself that any of them were as cool as Charlotte, but it was nice to know why they did what they did. The feelings were also very recognizable, even if life on a farm was not, starting with Fern's love ...more
J.R.
I read Charlotte's Web as a child, and loved it. Recently I had the pleasure of rereading it with my daughter, taking on a chapter a day. The descriptive phrases E.B. White uses while helping us to fall in love with the characters and their world are wonderful.

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
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Elwyn Brooks White was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet and literary stylist and author of such beloved children's classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine. He authored over seventeen books of prose and poetry and was elected to t ...more
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“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 6617 likes
“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” 1009 likes
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