Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

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30 Critic Reviews

E.B. White's enduring classic celebrates in style with the release of the Charlotte's Web 5oth Anniversary Retrospective Edition.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte, 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 with a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to be quite some pig.

How all of this comes about is Mr. White's story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. It is also a story of friendship, loyalty, and truth and shows readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes. The beloved story of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language, will continue to delight readers both young and old everywhere for generations to come.

 

About E. B. White

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E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren.Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination." Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations." Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.
 
Published March 17, 2015 by HarperCollins. 196 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction
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All: 30 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 14 2011

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often informative as amusing, and the whole tenor of appealing wit and pathos will make fine entertainment for reading aloud, too.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 01 2002

E.B. White's enduring classic celebrates in style with the release of the Charlotte's Web 5oth Anniversary Retrospective Edition.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Wolfie on Dec 29 2012

Wilbur gets to go to the fair and has many adventures in the barn. I thought this book was very good and I really enjoyed it.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Wolfie on Dec 01 2012

Wilbur gets to go to the fair and has many adventures in the barn. I thought this book was very good I really enjoyed it.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Tiger-watcher on Jun 06 2011

This book is great for people who like classics and a good introduction to ones who don't! It is rather old fashioned (although it was first published in 1952 so this is to be expected) and I found it a bit hard to understand as I live in a town and isn't used to countryside fairs and farms.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Butterfly Rainbow on Mar 30 2011

Homer enters Wilbur in the Somerset County Fair and Wilbur wins a medal. But Charlotte dies. I love this book very much because it tells a story about the spirit of caring and friendship.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Wolfie on Dec 29 2012

Wilbur gets very famous and becomes a star attraction. Wilbur gets to go to the fair and has many adventures in the barn. I thought this book was very good and I really enjoyed it.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Wolfie, aged 9 on Dec 04 2012

I thought this book was very good I really enjoyed it.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Butterfly Rainbow on Mar 30 2011

Wilbur's first friend in the barn is a spider called Charlotte...I love this book very much because it tells a story about the spirit of caring and friendship.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Jan 15 2013

E.B. White did not set out to write one of America’s best loved children’s books, but he did with Charlotte’s Web...

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jul 31 2012

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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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Howard on Sep 11 2008

...White portrays Charlotte’s gracious acceptance in death so beautifully that while some readers will sob like Wilbur others will find it beautiful and dignified.

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Kidz World

Excellent
Reviewed by KidzWorld on Dec 27 2006

Charlotte's Web is certainly a tear-jerker. Every chapter something dreary is happening and you never quite know what the fate of Wilber will be. Despite its sadness, there is also a great message of hope that radiates from this classic tale.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Alphabet Candy on Jun 07 2012

Charlotte's Web displays good prose and mechanics. The pencil drawings are nice. It reads quick and is satisfying throughout.

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Kate Love on Apr 17 2009

In their quest to change the norm, we are taken on a wonderful adventure, making the story fun and enjoyable.

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EzineArticles

Above average
Reviewed by Monica C Licona on May 22 2014

Regardless of the characters' differences, they unite their abilities and capacities to work together and at the end, Wilbur is safe.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on May 22 2014

The main message of the book remains timeless but there are some passages where the language and references have dated a little...

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Gabrielle Zevin on Jul 28 2014

...this book gave me the idea that words and stories could be enormously powerful. If you write “Some Pig,” people might just believe you...Charlotte doesn’t spin these webs to get fame, riches, or even credit for herself. She writes because she is Wilbur’s friend and because the writing, on some level, is its own reward.

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Book Journey

Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila on Sep 24 2011

With tear filled eyes I closed the final page with a sense of once again having experienced something remarkable in E.B. Whites famous childrens book.

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Reading for Sanity

Excellent
Reviewed by Kari on Oct 16 2013

For the sensitive reader: Read away. Besides an inevitable death--an honest depiction of the cycle of life--this story is as clean as they come...it's a classic for a reason.

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Good
on Apr 12 2014

They become your shoulder to cry on, your reason to smile and in many cases the reason you survive in this crazy rollercoaster called life. That is what Charlotte became to Wilber and it is one of the many reasons why their friendship and their story have really stood the test of time.

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https://suite101.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Howard on Sep 11 2008

Charlotte’s Web is wonderful book for children and adults to share. Read it with your child. If you don’t have a child, read it for yourself.

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The Bluestocking Society

Good
Reviewed by JESSICA ANDERSON on Jul 02 2012

Obviously, this is still a lovely children’s classic. But there is also quite a bit here for adults. I can’t wait to read this with my daughter.

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Good
Reviewed by Kerry Madden on Aug 24 2011

SOMETIMES A BOOK COMES ALONG and you feel so lucky that somebody pressed it into your hands to read that you read it right away.

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Shelf Awareness

Excellent
Reviewed by twenty by jenny on May 21 2014

Few books are a greater pleasure to read aloud than Charlotte's Web...Once your child can read it alone, this book will be a staple on the nightstand to be read and reread.

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Kids Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Elsie on Oct 24 2013

Some parts of the book can make people cry but there is a happy ending. Kids from the age of seven up to twelve years would enjoy this book.

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Heart to Heart: The Barnes and Noble Romance Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah-W on Aug 09 2012

For me, Charlotte is still one of the most intelligent and literate animal characters ever created. Her story, about the fictional friendship between pig and spider, is about the way words can literally save a life.

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http://sonderbooks.com

Good
on Apr 03 2013

Now, there’s no need to critique this classic. I was surprised to find little quibbles. What happens to Fern when the whole spider plot happens. Isn’t she in on it? But it’s Charlotte’s Web! The book is genius, and it works.

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Uniflame Creates

Good
Reviewed by Uniflame on Sep 30 2011

The book has been written a long time ago, but I didn't really notice that at all. If you have any children in the age of 8-12, please pick this book up for them, because I think that it really is a well written story that most children will enjoy.

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Oh My Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Gaby on Jul 03 2012

Overall, Charlotte's Web is a very cute and sweet book, already on my list to share with my kids (when I have them hehe).

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