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Charlotte's Web

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,558,698 ratings  ·  19,806 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." This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colorized by Rosemary Wells!

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her fe
Paperback, Full Color Edition, 184 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers (first published October 15th 1952)
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Caitlyn I'd recommend The Trumpet of the Swan, also by E.B. White. It also includes animals, to be specific, swans. …moreI'd recommend The Trumpet of the Swan, also by E.B. White. It also includes animals, to be specific, swans. (less)

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Jason Koivu
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 make us ...more
Lala BooksandLala
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book 23 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
If you've never read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, you are utterly missing out on a classic Newbery Honor award winner. Go to the library now and borrow this book first published in 1952. You shouldn't buy it (unless you have children or are giving it as a present), but choose to embrace the entire experience of being a small child walking through your public library's doors, searching for an amazing book and finding yourself bringing home a tale that will make you cry and fall in love all at t ...more
Mark Lawrence
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
'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 pap
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Look at me reading about spiders again.

Not exactly the same thing as Children of Time but still...

This was part of my "Reading Children Classics for the First Time as an Adult" Challenge for January and... I'm pleasantly surprised!

Cute book about friendship! I'm sure I would have loved it as a kid!
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the great tear-jerkers of my long-lost childhood, the unlikely friendship between a spider and a pig makes for wonderful reading and a shared moment of love when reading it to kids. It is tender and teaches the values of constancy and integrity in a light, beautiful prose. A classic and a masterpiece.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts in a nutshell
Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite childhood books. I watched it so many times and never got bored with it.

The story is about…
Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek.
A little pig who wants to see the first show and who wants to live instead of becoming sausages.

What impressed me the most 😊
This little story has many important feelings and lesson. It teaches us to respect other living creatures and how to live side by side in peace. It told about humi
Ahmad Sharabiani
Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

A girl named Fern saves a pig named Wilbur from death, but knows that the pig will eventually be killed for its meat. On Uncle Homer's farm, Wilbur meets a spider named Charlotte.

Charlotte saves him from the death that awaits him by weaving words on his nets, which describe Wilbur with strange qualities. Wilbur draws people from farms, and villages near and far, and eventually wins a contest in the cunning market. Charlotte, who lost her strength by weaving nets, ...

Another classic read with the kids! I love reading to them – they enjoy a chapter every evening and it gives us some good, quality family time. Also, it is cool to see them disappointed if we don’t have time to read (sad, but cool that it is so important to them!)

If you don’t remember Charlotte’s Web from your childhood, did you even have a childhood?

While it is dated – even more so now than when I read it as a kid – it is a timeless tale of life, death, and friendship. There are so many amazing
Update 6/2018: I will boldly assert here that I think this is the greatest children's book ever written, and I am embarking today on my 4th read of this classic. It is my youngest child's turn to discover the joys and sorrows of friendship and of life, as presented by one of my favorite writers, Mr. E. B. White. Rest in peace, Andy, you beautiful man.

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This is quite ridiculous, that I should read this, at 42-years-old, for the third time in my life, and end up blubbering hot tears
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My 8 years old self would have loved this book, I had been looking for an excuse to read this book for years and just realised on seeing it this week in a book shop that I didn't need an excuse to read it, I can just pick it up and indulge myself in little animal behaviour and so I enjoyed this beautiful story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte.

This book is so beautifully written and the illustrations in the copy I have just made it that much
". . . this lovely world, these precious days . . ."
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
Reading_ Tamishly
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I did something right by picking up this book years after of having it in my to-be-read list!

I picked it up at the right time (as on 11th April 2020) as I have picked up this book at least 4 times before during a span of 2 years.

At first I thought it would be a really short children's fiction with lots of pictures of animals and the family of the little girl on the book cover.

But I got genuinely surprised the way it weaved an unforgettable story of various animals with distinct perso
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The book made me cry as a child. The movie made me cry and it still makes me cry! So there!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
'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.”

Wilbur is some pig who is Radiant and humble. On the top of that, he could do a mean back flip like the Karate Kid.

But would you believe me if I said that this radiant pig was almost killed..... twice? This is Wilbur's remarkable journey from almost being bacon to a beacon in the community! But this is not just his Journey. It's about Fern, the little
Tharindu Dissanayake
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Slowly, slowly!" said Charlotte. "Never hurry and never worry!"

Charlotte's Web is one of those books that anyone can enjoy, irrespective of our age. Language might be very simple and plain, but once you picked up this, you will quickly find out that this is probably one of the best stories you have ever read. Author not only brings the readers a lot of fun with this little story, but also has a very subtle way of conveying a few of life lessons. And as for children, I believe, letting them expe
This is some book!

This well-known classic kids’ book is all it’s cracked up to be. Charlotte is the nicest, wisest spider you’ll ever meet. Wish I could think of sweet Charlotte the next time I see a creepy crawly spider, but I’m sure the memory of her will go right out the window and I’ll run for my life, as always!

Everyone should read this book. Well, probably every one has. But true confession here: When my teacher read the book to our class over a few weeks, my 8-year-old self daydreamed of
David bernardy
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As I now join the million's of readers who have enjoyed this great book, I realize it truly is a book for ALL ages. Loved every minute of it! ...more
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.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: don't remember, probly from elementary school librarian

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

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been listening to or reading Charlotte's Web since 1983. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Bunting, read this magical book to our class, and I can vividly remember sitting on my carpet square, entranced. Her reading that book to our class was the highlight of each day. Later that year, there was a movie in the theaters, and we went to see it as a class field trip. From my memory, everyone in class was excited about the book and the movie. This was book was that important in the lives of early ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was 10 almost 11 the summer I first read Charlotte's Web.

Understanding life and death, the cycle of life, is never an easy experience. Since very little we hear about death and we learn about people and things being born, the two extremes of that cycle. But learning is not understanding.

Later, we perhaps get a baby brother or sister, as it was for me, or the neighbor's cat has kittens and one of those kittens comes to live in our house, to be out four-legged companion. And we start to unders
A beautiful tale of friendship for all ages!
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-shelf, ya
Very little needs to be said about this one. It's a classic. Even my jaded kid-self loved the original cartoon, but it took ALL THIS TIME to finally get around to reading the book.

Tisk, tisk, right?

In reality, it's a story about a con job and the rise of the PR firm, "Charlotte's Web". It becomes a cottage industry for all the fat pigs out there.

Just because it's heartwarming doesn't mean that we can't interpret it with an evil bent. :)

Oh, and my daughter loved it, too. :)
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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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