- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 25 September 2003
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Last night my daughter and I finished our joint reading of Charlotte's Web. For me, our joint trip into this book was like saying 'hello' to an old friend. I love this classic tale of friendship and love between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider. I haven't read it since I was a child, but my memory of the story of the two friends, the rest of the barnyard ensemble and the Zuckerman and Arable families hadn't faded. I attribute my memory of the book to an exceptional story that one cannot forget. Like Wilbur, Charlotte's Web is terrific, radiant and humble all rolled into one.
This is the copy that my mother got for me from a bookclub when I was about 8 years old. We're talking 40 years ago. Just another 2 or 3 years and my grandson will be old enough for me to read it to him. I can't wait!Every child needs "Charlotte's Web," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Green Eggs and Ham," and "Goodnight Moon."
Summary:Charlotte's Web is the story of a pig named Wilbur, an eight year old farm girl named Fern, and a spider named Charlotte. Wilbur is a boisterous pig, the runt of his litter. Wilbur loves his life! He sometimes feels alone and anxious. One day Wilbur befriends a barn spider named Charlotte. Charlotte is a spider who at first seems barbarous due to her method of catching food. When the old sheep in the barn cellar tells Wilbur that he is going to be killed and eaten at Christmas, he turns to Charlotte for help. In the end Wilbur learns the true meaning of friendship from Charlotte the spider and his beloved Fern. Personal Reaction:I have loved this book since the day I learned how to read. I own at least three copies and can't wait to pass them down to my children!Classroom Extension Ideas:1. My class and I would read this novel and dedicate a few weeks to the study of it. The class would complete worksheets, take quizzes and tests, and interact in other activities relating to the book. 2. After reading this book to my class I would assign an art project. The students would illustrate their own versions of the story.
My all time favorite childhood book. My mom read to me every night from it. I have read it myself so many times. It's just 100% great!
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