“It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention.”
Charlotte’s Web is one of the most famous books in Children’s Literature for obvious reasons. Not only is Charlotte’s Web heartwarming, but it also teaches valuable life lessons. Charlotte’s Web #5 on Time’s best YA list, but was my second read from the challenge. I have read Charlotte’s Web a few times and decided to give it another read for fun. If you are interested in barnyard pals, this is the read for you.
I did not own a copy of Charlotte’s Web. I was able to find a rather old copy at my local used bookstore. I promise you will be able to do the same if you have a used bookstore near you. Your local library probably has a few copies as well.
Fern Arable wakes up early one morning and pleas to the save the life a newborn piglet. Fern feeds the runt piglet and names him Wilbur. Wilbur grows and her father knows Wilbur sooner or later will be slaughtered. He sells Wilbur to his bother, trying to make the transition easy for Fern.
Wilbur is dreadfully lonely without Fern, she visits often, but he still cries and cries. Soon he meets a spider named Charlotte and other barnyard pals. Some of the animals are more honest than others and break the news to Wilbur, he will probably be slaughtered. Wilbur is scared and worried, he doesn’t want to die. Charlotte, with the help of Templeton the rat, weaves a web like no other to save Wilbur. After ensuring Wilbur will have a long life, she continues her’s, and Wilbur learns, like Fern, how to say goodbye to a friend.
Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern, and the other characters will teach you about life, love, and friendship. I highly recommend you read Charlotte’s Web if you haven’t already.
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