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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Charlotte's Web"

by E.B. White, YR, 2006, first pub 1952, 184p, rating=5
source: library

An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things. (Goodreads)

Mr. Arable's young daughter, Fern, could not bear to have a piglet be killed just because he was the runt of the litter.  Mr. Arable took sympathy in his daughter and agreed to her offer to take care of the little pig she named Wilbur.  Wilbur thrived and later grew enough to be sold.  Luckily to Fern's uncle, where then she had visiting privileges.  At the farm, Wilbur got to befriend a seen-it-all old goose, a rascal of a rat, and a dear spider named Charlotte.  Also there, Wilbur discovered his fate to be Christmas dinner.  Charlotte a true friend then assured Wilbur that she will save him from such demise.  Clearly the heartwarming adventure that followed gave Wilbur a lesson about the circle of life.

This read was oozing in compassion.  Charlotte set a great standard for children and adults alike to follow.  What touching tale.  A wonderful rally for true friendship, trust, love, joy, acceptance, and everything in between!  This is a fantastic book!!

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  1. One of my favourite childhood stories, I still cry whenever I read this.

  2. I remember reading this book when I was in the third grade,probably one of my first chapter books:).

  3. I don't think I went to bad schools that didn't have me read ..I just lost some of my memory so every book I come across is brand new to me! This was such a treat. --Thanks for stoppin' by Tracy and Brenda. :)


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