Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2006?]
ISBN: 9780061124952
Branch Call Number: J WH
Characteristics: 184 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Aug 05, 2020

Wilbur is a cute little pig who was just a baby when Fern, a human girl, saved his life. From then on Wilbur has lived in a barn. The only thing he can look forward to is waiting for Fern to come to visit him. His life is uneventful and boring until an unexpected friendship sparks between Wilbur and Charlotte, a barn spider.

This book is about friendship, trust, and doing the impossible. It’s a great book with an important message that is suitable for young readers.

Jul 01, 2020

4 1/2-5 stars. This was my very favourite book of childhood and I read it again and again. I recently treated myself to a new copy and settled in to read it as an older adult and found it a lovely read with a lot of insight into how to get along in the world. Wilbur is a pig, adopted by Fern, who soon discovers what his destiny in life is and is horrified. His friend Charlotte the spider helps him avoid his inevitable demise by spinning webs with words like "some pig", "terrific" and the farmer notices and the people in the area notice and Wilbur becomes quite famous. It's also about Fern, a little girl who loves animals and who hears what they say to her. I thought this was a lovely book and it still has a place in my heart.

RyanR_KCMO Mar 11, 2020

A perfect story. Whereas White’s first work, Stuart Little, is more of a collection of vignettes; Charlotte’s Web is a consistent and masterfully crafted narrative. Returning to this work as an adult was delightful, if heartbreaking. White’s superb proficiency with the English language delivers his observations on our existence in an efficient and powerful manner.

AndreaG_KCMO Mar 09, 2020

A gem on every page.

Charlotte's sage advice to Wilbur: "I want you to get plenty of sleep, and stop worrying! Never hurry and never worry...Keep fit and don't lose your nerve."

The goose's retort upon being congratulated for hatching seven goslings: "Luck had nothing to do with this...It was good management and hard work."

Wilbur speaking for all of us: "I don't want to die...I want to breathe the beautiful air and lie in the beautiful sun."

"Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen..."

"You're my best friend, and I think you're sensational."

Re-reading this little book was the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon outside.

Dec 17, 2019

The story is touching and even rather sad; it deals with death tenderly. I thought that the writing included too many American vulgarisms. This audiobook was read by the author: it wasn't very good.

Sep 02, 2019

This is the first book I read on November 4th,2018 after watching the Great American Read on PBS.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 19, 2019

I don't think it's possible NOT to love this book!

Jan 10, 2019

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CarleeMcDot Dec 29, 2018

I know, I know, it's probably crazy that I didn't read this as a child, but let me tell you... reading was NOT my jam when I was in school. In fact, I don't know that I read a full book when I was younger - CliffsNotes were my best friend. With that said, I saw this book at our little free library before we were getting ready to fly to Michigan for Christmas and thought it would be a perfect read for the flight. And, wouldn't you know?! I was right! This is such a cute (and touching) little story. I can totally see why it is referred to as one of America's top 100 most-loved novels. And can you believe it was written in 1952?! WOWSER! I love how the beauty of friendship is told page after page - makes my heart smile! I would give it a 10 out of 10.

Nov 24, 2018

I'm a 62 year old guy with a diverse literary appetite.

I thoroughly enjoyed Charlotte's Web. It's a remarkably honest and straight forward book about friendship and love. It's about the evolution of relationships. It's about the complexity of individuals, how one can be seemingly cruel but caring or greedy and selfish but helpful.

I'm glad I read it now, at this stage of my life.

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Jun 23, 2016

Wilbur is a pig with lots of talent, owned by Mr. Zuckerman, but as we all know, pigs get killed for meat, and it is up to Charlotte and Templeton to save him!

mano24 Jul 22, 2015

This book is very nice any who reads it will like it

Jun 16, 2015

The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte and other animals on the farm.

Jul 29, 2014

'Charlotte's Web' is a story which deals with the strong friendship that breaks the barrier between two very unrelated species, a spider and a pig.
One day a small and week pig was born. He's Wilbur. MR. Arable planned to kill him but his little daughter Fern stopped him. Therefore Wilbur could alive at MR. Zuckerman's barn. One day he heard that MR. Zuckerman is going to kill him. So Wilbur asked for a help to all animals. Spider Charlotte had an idea to protect Wilbur from death. The idea was to make a letter on her web. She wrote words like 'terrific' and 'some pig'. By doing so Wilbur became famous and made to participate at the fail with Charlotte. At that time Charlotte was almost dead because she's too old. But after she made egg sac she wrote word 'humble' and died. So Wilbur could get a prize. MR. Zuckerman was proud of WIlbur and decided to never eat or sell wilbur. After WIlber came back to the barn, he looked after Charlotte's children with great care and love.
I think Charlotte and Wilbur's actions were only possible because of their intimate relationship.
By looking at these two characters, we are able to realize what true friendship actually means. I was impressed when Charlotte tried to help Wilbur and thought another people more than herself.

Jul 05, 2014

A young girl, a runt pig, and a unique spider embark on a unforgettable journey to keep Wilbur from the slaughterhouse

Feb 23, 2013

This book is about a little girl, a pig, and a spider who are all friends. The spider and the little girl try to save the life of the pig by having him do tricks and perform in front of people. The pig then wins the hearts of the whole town and is able to keep his life!


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Apr 16, 2016

Some Pig!

Jun 16, 2015

"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."

Feb 23, 2013

"If Wilbur is killed and his trough stands empty day after day, you'll grow so thin we can look right through your stomach and see objects on the other side".

Apr 26, 2012



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