According to the author bio in the book, during his lifetime, E.B. White, was asked by many of his young readers if his stories were true. In a letter written to one of 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.”
Selma’s Book Review
Type of Book
Childrens/Middle Grade Fiction
Published in 1952, it was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970 and was also a Newberry Honor Book in 1953. It was also selected as one of the Top 100 Chapter Books in 2012 in a poll by the School Library Journal.
Summary of the story
Fern Arable, the young girl in our story, lives on a farm with her family. She talks her father into letting her raise a baby piglet, which she names Wilbur. When her father determined that he was big enough to sell at market, Wilbur was moved to the Zuckerman farm where Fern’s Aunt and Uncle lived. Wilbur made friends with all of the animals on the farm and another special creature, a spider named Charlotte. It is a story about growing friendships through day to day life through the eyes of these farm creatures.
Reactions to the book
Reading the book at this point in my life brought me back to my childhood. It is a well written story about how important friendship is, portrayed through animal characters. It was fun to read it again to fill in the parts that I didn’t quite remember from when I read it so long ago.
It is a classic. I would recommend it to middle grade readers and adults too.
How do you get a copy or find out more about the author?
Here is the Amazon.com link to buy the book Charlotte’s Web – Amazon.com
Here is the Wikipedia page to learn more about E.B. White – Author