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Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery) Paperback – April 10, 2012
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An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.
"Wilbur, a lovable pig, is rescued from a cruel fate by a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte. ?Told with delicacy, humor, and wisdom...a perfect blending of fantasy and complete realism."--" Booklist"
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They say the difference between a little boy who excels and one who does not is measured in words. They call it the “30,000,000 gap”. If that is the case, my little boy is gonna be a genius! But I don’t think its just the quantity of words – it’s the meaning of those words, what they convey, and the healthy emotions that they inspire. It has become obvious that social media, modern television and other “words” increase stress and make people angry and miserable. Now, of course my little boy does not have access to any social media, nor does he have a tablet or an IPhone or play video games or any of the things that mental health experts have said ruined IGen (he does watch cartoons, I am not a monster). There are – nevertheless – too many children who do.
No, instead we read books, lots of them; paper that he can touch and feel and smell, pictures at which he can gaze deliberately and use as a template to build a story in his imagination. And we read good books. “The Hobbit”, teaching him about honor and goodness – right and wrong. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” teaching him about the deep magic and about sacrifice. “Charlotte’s Web”, a story about friendship. The friendship of a spider and a pig. How that spider figured out a way to save Wilbur’s life as her one great act, and then how she left little spiders before she died to carry on the tradition of friendship. It is a story about loss and sadness and renewal; simplicity and the beauty of the human spirit which is often best shown in the anthropomorphization of a spider and a pig and a rat (humans these days are an exceedingly unsympathetic lot, inspiring few emotions and those only mostly bitter).
As my little boy closed his eyes, satisfied though the story was sad, I was grateful. Grateful to E. B. White for giving me a chance to connect with my boy as together we learn (and re-learn, because the process is never-ending) how to live.
The story teaches several really great lessons: 1. Caring more about others than yourself 2. That sometimes the most unlikely people (spiders in this case) can become friends and come through for you to teach you the real meaning of friendship and 3. Death happens to everyone. This book is such a classic and a fantastic read!
Highly recommend this set!
I loved this book but I needed a box of Kleenex. It is so well written. The author pulled me into his world. I was so caught up in the story. The characters are wonderful. The humor is subtle but there. I could picture Templeton at the carnival. It is a great book.
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