E. B. White
“After all, what’s a life anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”
– Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web
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Children’s Literature, Fiction Novel, Fantasy
Friendship, Morality, Coming of Age, Perseverance, Change, Purpose
6 -12 years
When a little runt pig is born on the Arable family farm, Mr Arable, much to his daughter Ferns’s horror, takes his axe to kill him, a common practice for struggling runt animals born on a farm. Fern takes compassion on the pig and saves his life, promising her father she’ll care for him. She names him Wilbur and raises him as her cherished friend.
As Wilbur grows, he’s moved to the Zuckerman Farm, and after facing death for a second time in his short life, he is saved again by a caring spider named Charlotte. She spins beautiful webs describing Wilbur’s great qualities, and people come from far and wide to see him! These events encourage Wilbur and grow his self-esteem, and he learns to show such kindness to others.
This story is about enduring friendship, the cycle of life and death, hope, perseverance, and not judging a person (or spider!) by what they are instead of their character.
Death, Charlotte dies at the end of the novel and this may cause some distress to sensitive children.
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