Book Review: Charlotte’s Web

charlwebToday is the birthday of our youngest granddaughter, Lou. She is four-years-old today. She and her mom (our daughter Candice) have been reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I’ve also been reading the book for the Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge. I thought today would be a good day to share my book review.

Thanks to the movie, the plot of this book is well known to most children. [I love the version with Julia Robert’s voice as Charlotte.] In case you missed it, here is the story line: Wilbur, the Pig, lives on the Zuckerman Farm. He was horrified to learn he will be killed and made into bacon and ham. His best friend, Charlotte the Spider, vows to save him. Charlotte does her thing, which is to spin a web with the words ‘some pig’ in it. Will that be enough to save Wilbur?

There are more characters than Wilbur and Charlotte. There is Templeton the Rat, the old sheep, the goose and the gander who talk funny. And, there is Fern, the eight-year-old girl, who understands what the animals are saying. There are some grown-ups as well.

Published in 1952, this book has served several generations. I remember first reading it when I was a young teenager to the children I was hired to babysit. Each week they were anxious for me to come and read more chapters to them. My children loved the story too and now the granddaughters.

berternie1 One of the things I like best about this book is that it does not talk down to children. Charlotte has an excellent vocabulary and uses words like versatile and languishing. Wilbur always asks Charlotte what the word means and Charlotte gives an easy to understand definition.

This is a good book for our Lou as she loves big words and already has a huge vocabulary. I recommend it for children three and up as a read-to book and as read-alound book for big sisters of ten and up.

Happy Birthday Lou!!!

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, HarperCollins Publications, 1952.

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6 Responses to Book Review: Charlotte’s Web

  1. I’m sure that I loved this as a child – I can’t remember anything about it though – I’ll have to remember to find a copy once my boys are a bit bigger.

  2. Beth F says:

    Happy birthday Lou! I read this book in third or fourth grade. I loved it!

  3. Kathy says:

    I love the picture of Candice and Lou reading together! What a joy to see that. Charlotte’s Web is definitely a classic! Happy Birthday Lou!

  4. hopeinbrazil says:

    I first encountered this book as an adult when I bought it to read aloud to my sons. I was amazed at how insightful and humorous it was. Delightful!

  5. What a beautiful picture — that’s one that will definitely be treasured by your granddaughter, just as she’ll treasure the experience of having this book read to her. (Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of my mother reading to me.)

    This book was introduced to me by my second grade teacher, and has been one of my favorites ever since. Such a beautiful story.

    Happy Birthday Lou!

  6. Happy Birthday, Lou! It looks like your daughter and granddaughter also have the reading “bug,” Margot 🙂

    Charlotte’s Web is a favorite around here, also. I remember reading it aloud to my daughter and son back when she was in Kindergarten. It was afternoon Kindergarten, and we’d have lunch, read for 20 minutes or so, then she’d get on the bus. It was a nice tradition.

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