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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Charlotte's Web (1952)

by E. B. White

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“Charlotte’s Web” is the traditional story about the pig on a farm who is ultimately saved by a spider by the name of charlotte. The story begins when Weber’s owner has to move her pig to her uncle’s farm, where she later finds out he will be slaughtered for meat. While the rest of the animals are in the barn sleeping, Weber hears a voice from above which startles him. Charlotte then comes up with a way to save the big by creating beautiful masterpieces with her webs.
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Charlotte’s web has always been one of my favorite books. I believe it shows the reader that even when it feels like there is no hope left there is always a way to make it through a difficult situation.
1. Have the students write down a least of at least five words that they believe describe the pig
2. Have the students design their own web
  caitlynf | Mar 26, 2017 |
A pig named Wilbur was going to be killed by a farmer because he was born the runt of the group. However, through the love of a girl named Fern Wilbur’s life is spared. When Wilbur’s life is endangered yet again, he is saved by his friend Charlotte, a spider who makes webs telling her positive feelings about the pig for all to see. The central message of this story is that friendship and love can overcome anything, even if it is from a little pig, a barn spider, and a girl. ( )
  KatieSauter | Mar 23, 2017 |
Summary- Wilbur is born the runt of a litter of piglets. The farmers daughter, Fern, begs her dad to let him live. Wilbur has a lively personality and meets new friends, including a spider named Charlotte.

Personal Reaction- I love the meaning behind this story. This truly showcases that just because you are small doesn't mean you can't do something or are worthless.

Classroom Extension Ideas- 1. Make piglet masks 2. Discuss the different animals and the names for their babies.
  LaceyL | Mar 20, 2017 |
In Charlotte's Web, the power of friendship is demonstrated when Charlotte the spider creates a bond with her fellow friends to help save Wilbur's life. This chapter book is strong evidence of how powerful bonds can be between friends in order to help each other out. When Wilbur's life needs to be saved when he is in danger, will his fellow friends be able to save him? ( )
  AllisonBaier | Mar 16, 2017 |
When a young pig, Wilbur, learns his fate he finds an ally in a small barn spider named Charlotte. Charlotte uses her web to send messages to the farmers that eventually save Wilbur. The central message of this story is finding friendship with unlikely person. ( )
  ChristineConrad | Mar 16, 2017 |
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"Charlotte's Web" is a classic story about a wise spider. An extension would be to discuss with the class a time when they helped out a friend by using their skills.
This book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life, and the good backbone of succinctness that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
White, E. B.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cramer-Klett, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Douglas, HazelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrari, AntongionataIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, RosemaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
On foggy mornings, Charlotte’s web was truly a thing of beauty. This morning each thin strand was decorated with dozens of tiny beads of water. The web glistened in the light and made a pattern of loveliness and mystery, like a delicate veil. (77)
“Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy. Wilbur – this lovely world, these precious days…” (164).
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that” (164).
Every day Wilbur would stand and look at the torn, empty web, and a lump would come to his throat. No one had ever had such a friend – so affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful. (173)
Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. (176)
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Charlotte’s Web is a great story that I still so vividly remember reading in school. I truly believe it is a timeless classic. This book offers so many meanings for the reader to reflect upon and thoughts to grow on if children are given the opportunity. I also think the story brings in a great opportunity to expand and explore vocabulary. I just finished reading this story to my son who is first grade. I think I should have waited to read this when he was older, but I do think he enjoyed it.
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Wilbur is a runt,
Zuckerman plans to eat him,
Can Charlotte save him?
Charlotte the spider
Saves Wilbur by inventing
Viral marketing.
In Earth unworthy,
In danger near Christmastime,
But one spider helps.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064410935, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:35 -0400)

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Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

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