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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

by E. B. White
Publisher: HarperCollins
Mass market paperback, 184 pages
Current Retail Price: $8.99

What does a talking spider have to say about life, love, and friendship? Plenty, it turns out—Charlotte affirms to the world that Wilbur is Some Pig, and in the process proves that she's some arachnid.

The story of Fern, a young girl who rescues a runt pig from execution, and her barnyard friends is one of the loveliest stories of our own or any other time.

Wilbur isn't always some pig. He starts out childish, selfish, and afraid, but due to Charlotte's wisdom and friendship, as well as Fern's love and tenderness, he grows into a creature full of graciousness and good sense. He also seems to have a knack for escaping destruction.

Whether it's Fern's father about to kill the baby Wilbur with an axe, or Homer Zuckerman going to turn him into bacon, the pig always gets out of deadly scrapes through the diplomacy and hard work of his best friends. In the end, he demonstrates that the kindness isn't lost on him, and in turn cares for those who ask.

Charlotte's Web ends with one of the sweetest and best lines in all of literature, and only the hardest-hearted reader won't shed a tear, a little sad and a little happy, and a lot grateful for the near-perfect story they've just been told.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Exodus Rating:
FLAWS: Mild implied violence, Death
Summary: When a pig named Wilbur meets a spider named Charlotte, miraculous things begin to happen.

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  Charlotte's Web
Amanda A. of Oregon City, 7/25/2016
It is very interesting when Charlotte writes words in her web. It's really funny when Fern's brother squashes a goose egg. I really like it when Wilbur goes to the fair. Wilbur's friendship with Charlotte was my favorite part of the whole story.
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Book Lover Age 8 of Australia, 6/22/2016
This is a really good book about animals. It's interesting that it's about a spider, a pig, and all the other farm animals. I like the beginning where Fern, the girl, saves the pig from her father who is going to kill him because he was the runt of the litter. Charlotte, the spider, also saves the pig by writing words in her web about him.