Review: Charlotte’s Web

February 14, 2014 Whitney Review 1 Comment

Review: Charlotte’s WebCharlotte's Web by E.B. White
Published by HarperCollins on October 1, 2001
Genres: Childrens
Source: Gift

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 love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. This edition contains color illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

I read Charlotte’s Web to pieces when I was growing up.  I loved the camaraderie between the spider and “Some Pig”.  Now as a twenty-something I was still enchanted by Fern, Charlotte, Wilbur and even Templeton, only this time I was a little less with Wilbur.  The whining and squealing was more than I could bear and I’m not sure how Charlotte put up with it.  Yes, for a pig Wilbur was lovable and I wouldn’t want him to turn into bacon, but he fainted one too many times and SOPed (save our pig) to the point of redundancy.

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I liked how the ending showed the circle of life with each season being anew, it buoyed my spirits a bit and left me radiant.  Charlotte’s Web is in my opinion a classic children’s tale and is simply terrific.


One response to “Review: Charlotte’s Web

  1. I haven't read this book in a long time… but it is a GOOD book. I love it sooo much. Even the movie. Just great. I can't stand spiders and then I think of Charlotte and try not to smash them all.

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