Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

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by E. B. White

ISBN-10: 0060845945

ISBN-13: 2900060845949

Pub. Date: 08/02/2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White's own view of the

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Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White's own view of the world—of the joy he took in the change of seasons, in farm life, in the miracles of life and death, and, in short, the glory of everything.

We are proud to include Kate DiCamillo's foreword in the 60th anniversary editions of this cherished classic.

Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn.

With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig.

How all this comes about is Mr. White's story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. The thousands of children who loved Stuart Little, the heroic little city mouse, will be entranced with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language.

The forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams have all the wonderful detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his work. Incomparably matched to E.B. White's marvelous story, they speak to each new generation, softly and irresistibly.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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8 - 12 Years

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Charlotte's Web (Playaway Ready-to-Go Audio Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 231 reviews.
AnastasiaSS More than 1 year ago
Charlotte's Web is an amazing book. When I was younger, I never wanted to read it. I have watched the movie and loved it. Now I am homeschooling my daughter and this book popped up for a novel requirement. She was against it at first. But from the very first moment of us reading it together--we were both hooked. I woudl limit it to 2 chapters per day. And after reading those 2 chapters--we both wanted to read more. It was a very hard book to put down. We both loved every minute of it. And i enjoyed reading this book (at the age of 35)--more because I read it with my daughter. We laughed together, we cried together. Imagine me, a 35 year old mother cryong when Charlotte died. This book is truly a wonderful peiece of literature that everyone should read. A true classic. However--now my daughter is begging me for a baby pig. Someday--she will read this to her children and they will hopefully beg her for one also.
JuneBug1983 More than 1 year ago
This book is great for the young reader to explore the land of imagination. The characters wil come alive and he or she will be captivated for hours. The story is set on a farm. A farmer's pig has a lot of newborns and one is a runt. His daughter Dorothy falls in love iwth the runt, named Wilbur, at first sight. He is treated as a human being by her. When he is too large to remain with Dorothy, he is given to Dorothy's uncle Mr. Zuckerman. After some time Uncle Zuckerman decides to fatten and kill Wilbur. With the aid of a spider named Charlotte and a rat named Tippleton, Wilbur's life is spared until the day he passes away on his own. The main characters in the book that will grab and retain a reader's attention is Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Tippleton the rat. Charlotte is a carefree, kind, loving, and a true friend. She spells out adjectives to describe Wilbur throughout the story to save his life from being ended by Zuckerman. She instructs Wilbur on how to conduct himself when Zuckerman and other humans are watching him. Wilbur is a pig that learns to talk and is searching for a friend to replace Dorothy. He meets Charlotte and instantly falls in love with her. His life is spared and in return for Charlotte's help in saving his life, he watches over and cares for her three daughters that remain on the farm. The rat Tippleton exemplifies the true meaning of the word rat. He steals whatever he can get his hands on and lies to get himself out of trouble. He cares only for himself at the beginning of the book but gradually over time has a change of heart. This is largely due to the reality that is Wilbur is killed, then he will not be fed anymore. This prompts him to help Charlotte save Wilbur's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a child and read it many times - I can't wait to give it to my grandson and read it with him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the book Charlotte’s Web by:E.B. White i really liked the book. This book would be a fiction novel . My favorite part was when Charlotte wrote the words in the web. The book is mostly about friendship, life, death, and trust. i would recommend this book to parents and teachers of young children. Charlotte’s web has won a newberry honor award. This a fictional story about a pig a spider and a little girl name Fern. Fern wakes up and sees her papa going outside to the pig house she asked her mom what he was doing and she said some pigs were born last night. There is a spider at her uncles barn and her name is Charlotte. Wilbur the pig and Charlotte become best friends. There is some unexpected things that happen to Wilbur. The Zuckerman’s And Arable’s load up to go to the state fair and enter Wilbur in the pig contest. Fern meets this boy named Henry the go on the farisweel together. The setting for Charlotte’s Web is at the fair and at Fern’s Uncle’s farm. the main character’s are Wilbur, Fern, Henry, Avery, Mr.Arable, Mrs.Arable, Mrs.Zuckerman, Mr.Zuckerman. The theme for this book would be to never give up on something and friends can come from strange places and you can always find a way to do something. I think that overall that Charlotte’s Web is a great book and I would recommend this book to all ages. some main points would be when she wrote in the web and when they went to the fair. I would recommend this book to all ages. I really liked this book and i will probably read it to my kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I read it as a kid. My daughter likes the story too. We got a copy of the book when we bought the DVD. It's a story about animals growing up and making friends. It does have a sad part in it as one of the main characters dies. It is a great story overall.
scholar1 More than 1 year ago
Charlottes web is a wonderful book. This book is great for everybody. Adults will love reading this book, reading to or with there kids or just kids by there self. Everyone will love it.It has a great story-line. You will not want to put ot down. The book has a lot of emotion. I am not going to let you know anymore. You will have to read it to find out. Thank you.
DavidL More than 1 year ago
Charlotte's Web is a wonderufl tale of a young girl, her precious pig Wilbur, and a wonderful spider. The book is a beautiful story of friendship, love, and loyalty. It is a tender story of a lovely young girl and a very smart spider who together instill self esteem and dignity in their friend Wilbur. It truly is a book of life, in that all of the animal characters mirror people in this world who face the challenge of living their lives each day. It reminds me very much of a great series of children's books titled "Why some cats are rascals". In that three-book series the heroic cats also live their lives like humans. Both titles belong to my Top Ten Read-Aloud list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book
USF-Brandi More than 1 year ago
Charlotte's web is a wonderful book perfect for children and adults, which expresses love, courage, and friendship to the reader. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout the entire reading which helps any reader to truly be a part of the story. Charlotte's Web is about a young girl named Fern and her triumphal helpfulness of saving a pig in which her father was about to kill due to it being a runt. Fern takes care of the pig and names him Wilber, and she sits on a stool in Mr. Zuckerman's barn for many days just watching and listening to the noises of the barn. Wilber makes friends with a spider who calls herself Charlotte. Charlotte tries to save Wilber's life by doing all she can as a spider. As an elementary teacher I find this book to be a fantastic read aloud. Students always want to hear more about what is going to happen. The story does end on a happy note which is good for young readers, or listeners. If you decide to read this book for a read aloud, you might want to try some summarizing strategies. I like to give my students 3 post-it sticky notes and have them jot down notes on two sticky notes during the read aloud and return to their desks and write a complete sentence explaining either what was read, what they are thinking about, or what they think might happen next. Then I receive 1 sticky note from each and I can quickly read where they are with their comprehension. I use this in the second grade classroom, and it is great for them, and depending on how you set it up, you could probably use it for higher grade levels too for their responsibility of paying attention.
RockyHP More than 1 year ago
A classic tale with a heart-warming story. It is one of my favorite books-many know this story very well. Defintely one of E.B. White's best!
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
This is a great story that everyone should read. When I was teaching kindergarten, I read it to my class every year. This is a book that every child should read. A great book to snuggle up in bed at night and read together. The story of Wilbur and his life. His friend Charlotte and the amazing things she does as a good, close friend to Wilbur and their adventures with the other animals and a little girl. You will cry and you will laugh. This is a classic story that you can't miss!
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I chose to reread Charlotte's Web for Banned Books Week this year mostly because I haven't read it in probably more than 15 years. I did read it numerous times growing up, so I remembered a lot of it. What I took away this time around was probably more than I ever took away back then though. Most of you already know the story, so I won't go into that. What I will talk about is how the book made me feel. One of those things was Fern. She was loving and caring and full of life. She knew what was going on with the animals and she talked about it all the time. There was something extra special about her. I think what got to me was how much she just enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. Sitting on the stool by Wilbur's pen, taking in the sights and sounds. How many of us get to do that anymore? How many of us wish we could do that right now? Of course, there was also Charlotte. Wonderful and amazing Charlotte. Her outlook on life and her wisdom are amazing. The way she and Wilbur interacted touched my heart. Wilbur learned a lot about life from Charlotte, and in the end he became the terrific pig she always knew he could be. The absolute best thing about their friendship can be summed up in this conversation between the two of them: "Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you." "You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing." That quote... typing it out is bringing the tears to my eyes. It's such a beautiful quote. Reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White again brought back so many memories and caused me to have a brighter outlook on life. Friends are important, helping each other is important, enjoying the simple things in life is important. If you haven't read this one since you were a kid, I strongly recommend that you read it again sometime. It will warm your heart just as it did before. I am certainly glad I took the time to. My Rating: Exceptional
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Barely remember this. But remember the cartoon. Still, wow this. The story, the characters and what happens. Sad but very nostalgic.
sarah_pedigo More than 1 year ago
Introduction Charlotte's Web is a very interesting book. This book is loved by many. It's for any age of any gender. Basically it's an all time American classic. Description and summary of main points This book is about a girl and her family living on a farm. Her name is Fern Able. Her family and her self live on a farm. One late night she heard something. She looked out the window and saw her father walking over to the barn with an axe in his hand. She immediately hurried up and gathered her boots and rain jacket and she ran over to the barn as fast as possible. She asked her dad what he was doing with the axe. He replied and said a baby pig needed killed because he was the runt. The moment she heard those come out of his mouth she tugged and struggled trying to get the axe out of his hand. She saved that little baby pig that night. She named him Wilbur and he soon became a very popular pig in town. He soon became a very important pig all thanks to Charlotte. She wanted to keep Wilbur alive so that he wouldn't be sent to the smoke house. One day she made her web like usual and put a very special word in it. Every one in town came to see everyday what unusual word would be above his pin. They entered him in the town fair since everyone loved him. Evaluation I thought this was a wonderful book. It includes real things people have to go threw. There are happy times but then there are sad times. This book was fairly well written and just something everyone loves. I recommend it to anyone of any gender or age. Conclusion Charlotte's Web, is just an all time American Classic. Many people love this book. Its for anyone old or young boy or girl. To be honest while reading this book it made me realize things throughout my life. Read it you won't regret it. Your final review Like I said Charlotte's Web is a book for everyone.
Dancynash More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun to read and I was surely interested in it. I think it was a good book to read with a class or to read just for fun!:)
pshuart More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child and remember it being a great story - because of that I purchased the book as a gift for my neice
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charlotte's web is one of my favorite books. It teaches many valuable lessons in a fun way, and is a great adventure for anyone. This book shows true friendship and is definitely a classic that you will want to read over, and over again. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone of any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this for an audio book to have around for my little boy. We have loved the book and enjoy listening to it as well with this audio book. I love the fact that it is read by E.B. White himself!! He's got a great audio book voice.
EzaTinyDhs More than 1 year ago
i remember reading this book when i was more younger it was so good. the very first two chapters i read, i got attached . i jst could'nt put the book down. i woul rate this book a ten out of ten and i would definitly read the book again when ever i get the chance.
queen12 More than 1 year ago
The book Charlottes Web is a book that I would recommend people to read. It is a great book about animals, and it has many details. It is funny how they put the pig as the main character though. Wilbur is going to be killed if someone does not help him. Is Charlotte's idea going to help him? I really hope you like the story too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction The place was on a farm. It's a girl that saved a pig that was a runt. He became very famous his name was Wilber. This book is very interesting of how he was famous. It has its ups and downs but is a very good book for children. Description and summary of main points This book is about how a pig named Wilber became famous because people thought he made words out of a spider web, but really it was charlotte. He was entered into many contests because of what people thought. Evaluation My opinion about this book is that it is a very well written and it keeps children interested in it. I still love this book because it's creative and has a good background of it. It also teaches kids a good lesson in life to enjoy what you have and not to lie. So that's why I love this book so much. Conclusion This story ended on a sad note. The reason this being is that one of Wilber's best friends died which was charlotte. He was very depressed and upset. He really didn't have anyone else to talk to because Charlotte was his only friend in the barn. Your final review My final review of the book is that it's a great story and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also you will just be waiting to hear the next part of what's going to happen. It teaches a valuable message to young people to respect what you have and not to lie.
pirateMama More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about friendship, trust, love, loss and rebirth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started this book i thought (me personally) the book started out poor, but as I kept reading it I thought hey this book is good! So, I'm giving it four stars. So, 'Some Pig' or 'Terrific'? I think Terrific! This movie will probably be good too. Including a great cast: Dakota Fanning, Cedric The Entertainer, Whoppie Goldberg and more (movie opens 12/20/06).
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a pig lover I honestly enjoyed this book. I can read it over and over tons of times and never get tired of it. It's an amazing childrens book and great for kids and adults of all ages!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because it is a famous story about a pig. I knew by the cover of the book that this story was about a little girl who loves animals. This book type is animal fiction and the author is E.B. White. The main characters in this book are Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern the little girl. Charlotte becomes Wilbur¿s best friend, because he was lonely. She was very nice to him. This book was so exciting. Charlotte figures out a way to save Wilbur¿s life. Wilbur was Fern¿s pig and then her uncle bought him. She still got to visit him a lot though. Fern was so scared that her uncle was going to kill Wilbur and eat him. I liked the book because it was interesting how Charlotte learned to spin her web to save Wilbur¿s life. The book also showed how animals and people become friends. This book gave me a good feeling inside, but also made me sad sometimes. My favorite part of the book is when Charlotte spins into her web ¿Some Pig.¿ I learned that it doesn¿t matter how big or small you are you can make a difference. I think this book is great and can be read by all ages! Everyone should read this book at least once in their life, maybe twice. On a scale of 1 through 5 I would rate this book as a 4 1/2. Do not miss out on this awesome book.