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Charlottes Web [Paperback]

E. B. White
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Oct 1952
The unforgettable story of a girl called Fern who loves a little pig called Wilbur. It tells how Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful grey spider, saves Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat pigs, by a wonderfully clever plan - a plan so original that no one else could possibly have thought of it!
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books (Oct 1952)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061070106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061070105
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,997,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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E. B. White was born in New York in 1899 and died in 1985. He kept animals on his farm in Maine and some of these creatures crept into his books, such as STUART LITTLE which was recently made into a blockbusting film. He received many awards including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970, an award given every five years to authors who have 'made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children'. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Book 22 Jun 2003
By A Customer
I read this as a child, many many times, and recently rediscovered it with my 7 year old boy. It's a beautiful story, beautifully written. It's about life, death, growing up, the passing of seasons, but mostly about friendship. The end is quite sad, but still hopeful--so do not avoid for fear of tears. Compulsory bedtime reading for all parents with children between 6-10 yrs.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with good reason 10 Feb 2007
This is a beautifully-written story of a little girl, a pig and a spider who become loyal friends and how Charlotte, the intelligent spider, weaves her web to turn fate and rescue the pig from the dinner table. The vocabulary is great, fulsome and stretching for children used to Rainbow Fairies and Horrid Henry, and there's an underlying current of the passing of time, seasons, life and death. Written in the 1950s in America the book reflects an era perhaps gone-by where the world moves at a slower pace and yet the harsh realities of farm life and natural history are less hidden from children. If you are planning on reading Charlotte's Web to a child just moving on from the absolute innocence of early childhood, do be prepared for a couple of upsets: my daughter (6) was horrified at the thought that Wilbur, the runt of the litter and so hand reared for the first month, would be fattened up for the dinner table, and heartbroken when the heroine of the piece, the spider Charlotte, came to the end of her natural life, despite her having admirably achieved what she had set out to do. That said, we both thoroughly enjoyed this wholesome and memorable read and I thoroughly recommend it for 6+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte's Web 27 Feb 2006
A wonderful story of a pig & a spider. It's all about friendship and the harsh realities of life. Poignant ending. I loved it as a child and my 9 and 5 year-old children loved it today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story 26 Jan 2003
This is probably the best book I ever read as a child. A truly heart-warming story about a pig with a confidence problem!
I truly adored Wilbur's relationship with Charlotte and still adore reading this book today.
The story will bring you tears, happiness and sheer joy!
The book is based on Wilbur the pig who has been brought up by Fern, a very loving child who spoils him rotten! As Wilbur grows, he realises that he is being bred to be eaten! With Charlotte and the rest of the farm animals, the race is on for Wilbur to save his bacon!!
I hope you enjoy this wonderful story as mucha s I did!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children 11 Jun 2007
By njk_85
I just recently read this book, at 21 as it came highly recommended by friends as a 'must read classic.' I thought it was a fantastic tale of friendship and didn't have a predictable everyone lives happily ever after ending.

I have heard more positive things about this story from adults than children, and think it is a story truly to be passed through the ages as parents read this much loved story from their childhood to their own children.

It should not just be dismissed as a 'kids book' as all ages can enjoy and identify with it's themes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 Oct 2006
As a child I loved this book, the characters are wonderful especially Charlotte, for a childrens book it is full of depth but in easy to understand language, it is sad but it just makes the book more poignant and i love the way it does not shy away from reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Hogs here.... 28 Jun 2006
One of the best books ever written. If theres one book you must get your children to read, make it this. The ending is a testament to the author, for being very brave, and being able to pull it off with ease!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 8 Dec 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Having a dual form of dyslexia I did not learn to read until later in life. Thus I never read children's books while a child. Maybe that is why I read so many still today. I read this as part of a children's literature course in university.

It is an interesting book, about friendship, commitment, compassion, change and death. As such it deals with a lot of the big questions of life in ways a child can grasp.

For me the most moving part was when Wilber confessed to Charlotte that he did not like the thought of her as a blood sucker, towards the end of her life. Only true friends can be that open and honest.

The book is a powerful tale of true friendship and how our close friends can transform not only us but those around us.

(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special story
Charlotte’s Web is SUCH a special book to me. Charlotte’s Web is a story that was very prominent in my childhood. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Megan ReadingInTheSunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love!
I loved this book as a child and loved it equally as much reading it to my son. I have to say that it is impossible to read this book without crying, or maybe I'm just a big... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KReilly
4.0 out of 5 stars charlotte's web
I bought as a birthday present .but can recall my son saying he loved the story and enjoyed reading it.
Published 1 month ago by mrswinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Charming story
I bought this as it came highly recommended, it certainly lived up to my expectations, I read it to my daughter, it is charming and the story its timeless.
Published 2 months ago by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favourite
For my grand daughter to have as a bed time story. She is scared of spiders, but this may give her an alternative point of view!
Published 5 months ago by vbp
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as I expected
Advertised as being in good condition. Don't mind if dog-eared as used but had stains on several pages and bits of dirt in cover of the book.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Shalini Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Just what I expected although I'd love a smaller children's version of it with larger illustrations! I'm starting to look through it with my three year old Grandson
Published 6 months ago by Gill Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
What's not to love. My daughter (aged 8) didn't want the story to end. She learnt two knew flash words to add to her extensive vocabulary. Read more
Published 6 months ago by wendy james
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Charlotte's web is a story about a little girl called Fern, who as a young child got given a pig, who she named Wilber. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Winks
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's classic
Chosen as a class reader for a Year 6 hailing from all over the world. An introduction to "Good" American literature. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mme S. Chauvelon Girard
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