Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.
Wilbur is a sweet, naive piglet who doesn’t know much about the world inside the barn, let alone of the world outside. Charlotte, on the other hand, is a very wise spider. She knows quite a lot and becomes friends with Wilbur.
To save him from being butchered in the winter, she weaves words about Wilbur into her web. People believe it is a miracle – after all, spiders can’t really write, can they? Through Charlotte’s efforts, Wilbur becomes a famous pig.
“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
I never read Charlotte’s Web when I was a kid. For some reason it never made it into the huge pile of books my parents assembled for me. In fact, I read it for the first time this year.
I know it is a beloved classic and I can see why. It’s a sweet story about friendship. However, I kind of missed the magic I associate with other children’s books. Maybe it was because I don’t have any nostalgic feelings associated with this book.
Sweet children’s book with some memorable characters.