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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Charlotte's Web (1952)

by E. B. White

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This was a re-read (many times over) from my own childhood and my boys' childhoods. ( )
  joyblue | Apr 12, 2019 |
A great chapter book with so many lessons. Students will learn a lot through the pages of Charlotte's Web. Life on the farm is a harsh reality. ( )
  jcj73 | Apr 8, 2019 |
I read this as a child & I loved it! It made me cry, it just touched my tender young heart. ( )
  SPEAR7 | Mar 27, 2019 |
Vivid imagery and vocabulary use really set the tone for this story. Everyone knows the classic Charlotte's Web, and the fun story can be easily brought into the ELAR classroom as more than just another reading book. Have students create campaign posters for why Wilbur should be saved. As a precursor to this activity, the students can examine the vocabulary used by E.B White when he spoke of Wilbur and Fern. They can use their own vocabulary, inspired by the book, to persuade their audience through the poster.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. ( )
  MoCrews3 | Mar 18, 2019 |
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White; (4*)

E.B. White's writing style and use of English is masterful. To accomplish so much in a children's novel is nothing short of astonishing. Many fundamental themes of life are touched upon but the most compelling, emotionally powerful, and moving is the friendship that develops between the two main characters.
If you are emotionally sensative, be well prepared with a box of tissues. I thought I might be alone in how deeply moving I found this book. Then one day I heard that the author had worked on making a recording of his book. There is a section in the book that he attempted several times to read. But each time he would become overwhelmed with emotion and couldn't continue. For a while there was a concern that the project could not be completed, that he would be unable to read this passage. Finally on the 17th attempt he made it through. Just thinking about this part of the book brought me to tears upon reading it.
Charlotte's Web is one of my favorites. I always find it satisfying. I highly recommend it. ( )
  rainpebble | Mar 12, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
White, E. B.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cramer-Klett, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DiCamillo, KateForewordsecondary 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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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141317345, 0141316047, 0141333383

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