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Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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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 watch the cartoon version of this tear-jerker in school? Did they want to make us weep embarrassingly in front of one another? If so, mission accomplished, you sadistic school district!
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E.B. White
“You have been my friend," replied Charlotte, "That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web


Reading Progress

August 15, 2010 – Shelved
Started Reading
June 7, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Mike Mullin Have you seen the annotated version that shares White's editing process and correspondence with Ursula Nordstrom, his editor? I highly recommend it for writers.


The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) You old softie.


Jason Koivu Mike wrote: "Have you seen the annotated version that shares White's editing process and correspondence with Ursula Nordstrom, his editor? I highly recommend it for writers."

I haven't yet. I'll have to check it out!


Jason Koivu Curmudgeon wrote: "You old softie."

Too true.


message 5: by Richard (last edited Mar 06, 2012 08:16AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Richard I can't believe I still haven't read this. I have seen the animated film though. It had quite a few stars doing the voices. I don't think I cried though.


Jason Koivu Richard wrote: "I can't believe I still haven't read this. I have seen the animated film though. It had quite a few stars doing the voices. I don't think I cried though."

You cold-hearted monster!


Richard Jason wrote: "Richard wrote: "I can't believe I still haven't read this. I have seen the animated film though. It had quite a few stars doing the voices. I don't think I cried though."

You cold-hearted monster!"


LOL!


message 8: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Hmmmm, I've never read this one. I guess I will need to remedy that.


message 9: by Eileen (new)

Eileen My favorite book as a kid. I can't even tell you how many times I've read this book.


message 10: by Kristen (new) - added it

Kristen Hands down my daughter's fave.


Melki Though I saw the animated film when I was a kid - Paul Lynde was born to play Templeton - I didn't get around to reading this til I was almost 50.

Anyone who can make an arachnophobe like me CRY over the death of a spider...


Jason Koivu Melki wrote: "...Paul Lynde was born to play Templeton..."

Too true!


Richard Jason wrote: "Melki wrote: "...Paul Lynde was born to play Templeton..."

Too true!"


But only when his feet didn't hurt:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcZAE-...


Jason Koivu Nice find, Richard!


Richard Jason wrote: "Nice find, Richard!"

I was a big fan of Bewitched back in the day!


Nicole Jason I have a huge amount of respect for you and love your review!


Jason Koivu Nicole wrote: "Jason I have a huge amount of respect for you and love your review!"

Awww, thanks Nicole! That's an incredibly kind thing to say.


Tabitha I cry every time!


Jason Koivu Tabitha the Pabkins wrote: "I cry every time!"

I don't remember what it was, but the other day I thought about C'sW and immediately felt myself welling up within. I stopped and began thinking about football and all was well!


Tabitha Jason wrote: "Tabitha the Pabkins wrote: "I cry every time!"

I don't remember what it was, but the other day I thought about C'sW and immediately felt myself welling up within. I stopped and began thinking abou..."


Haha! You big softy!


Tabitha Yeah well I'm the perpetual 12 year old


Jason Koivu Cody wrote: "According to A.R., this book is for Middle Grades."

All righty, so should I have written "This classic Middle Grades's tale deserves 5 stars for..." instead? I hope not, because it doesn't quite have the same ring, does it? :)


Jason Koivu But to follow up on your point Cody, yes, you are correct. Charlotte's Web could be called a Middle Grade book. I've seen it listed as acceptable for ages anywhere from 6 to 12. I used the shortcut phrase "children's book" in my review because I'm an old man and these reading level classifications didn't exist way back when I was a kid, so I don't really know them without having to look them up. Thank you for your input on that!


Jason Koivu Cody wrote: "Jason wrote: "But to follow up on your point Cody, yes, you are correct. Charlotte's Web could be called a Middle Grade book. I've seen it listed as acceptable for ages anywhere from 6 to 12. I use..."

Well, as they say, ya learn something new every day! Thanks man!


message 25: by Steph (new)

Steph Me too, I'd never thought I'd grow fond of big, talking spiders...... And talented pigs :)


Jason Koivu Steph wrote: "Me too, I'd never thought I'd grow fond of big, talking spiders...... And talented pigs :)"

True that.


message 27: by Morium (new)

Morium THAT BOOK IS ONE OF MY FAVES!!!
YOUR REVIEW WAS INCREDIBLE
HUGE AMOUNTS OF RESPECT FOR U


message 28: by Morium (new)

Morium THAT BOOK IS ONE OF MY FAVES!!!
YOUR REVIEW WAS INCREDIBLE
HUGE AMOUNTS OF RESPECT FOR U


Jason Koivu Thanks!


Zeynep Mehlika How does it work ? I cant read.


message 31: by Kristina (new) - added it

Kristina I think you have me convinced to buy as close to a class set as I can find for next year. Pray I come across inexpensive copies.


Jason Koivu Kristina wrote: "I think you have me convinced to buy as close to a class set as I can find for next year. Pray I come across inexpensive copies."

Cool!


Michelle Nice description


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leah Love it lol it's on good reads


message 35: by Monteya (new) - added it

Monteya Everyone shut up


Jason Koivu Monteya wrote: "Everyone shut up"

Why are you telling everyone to shut up? Explain yourself.


Karrigan Davis I love charlottes web


Karrigan Davis Mrs. Terre used to read it to us in my first grade class but now I'm I third grade


message 39: by Jalaila w (new) - added it

Jalaila w Hay Tabitha follow me


kayleeameliabaca I agree


Olivia Whittam l can't wait to read this book


Jason Koivu Dario Trombas wrote: "Charlotte's Web is actually not that bad of a book. Yes I'm a kid.

If you love spiders or technically any of the animals that you see in a barn then you will like this book. One of the reaso..."



Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dario!


roger grice You are doing a good job with your own eyes


message 44: by Nyla Johnson (new) - added it

Nyla Johnson I love charlottes web


Damon Park charlotte is a different spider than others. Wilbur is all different with the words charlotte brainstorms then writes on her web.


Sandy Loved your review. My favorite childhood book. I just finished reading it to my girls and I always tear up at the end. My baby is named Charlotte and that is no coincidence.


Jason Koivu Sandy wrote: "Loved your review. My favorite childhood book. I just finished reading it to my girls and I always tear up at the end. My baby is named Charlotte and that is no coincidence."

That is a lovely tribute, Sandy!


message 48: by Noly (new) - rated it 5 stars

Noly Mangin Hey Jason koivu he will talk pig is not friends


message 49: by Noly (new) - rated it 5 stars

Noly Mangin He will put to pig the get the eat to rain. Lol


Keagan Hornback I like it


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