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Charlotte's Web (Puffin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

E. B. White , Garth Williams
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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3 Jun 2010 Puffin Modern Classics

Charlotte's Web: A Puffin Modern Classic by E B White

This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. With the unlikely help of Templeton the rat, and a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig.

A time-honoured classic favourite.

"The best books grow old gracefully. They retain their importance and affect each new generation as powerfully as the one before. These are the titles selected for Puffin Modern Classics" - Julia Eccleshare

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 made into a blockbusting film in 2000. 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'.

Also by E B White:

Charlotte's Web; Stuart Little; The Trumpet of the Strong


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; Re-issue edition (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141329688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141329680
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,771 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.

About the Author

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 made into a blockbusting film in 2000. 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'.

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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
Format:Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story 26 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with good reason 10 Feb 2007
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children 11 Jun 2007
By njk_85
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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 Bringing back my childhood 8 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
I have recently got a copy of Charlottes Web & i am looking forward to reading it to my 2 girls as it was my all time fave book as a child.The story is very well written & is acceptable for a wide range of kids,the only draw back is the sad ending to the book which may upset some smaller kids.All in all though an excellent book for kids over 3 year old i would say. I can't wait to read it for my girls & maybe for myself as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Hogs here.... 28 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for adults and children alike.
Such a wonderful story and told with such tenderness. A delight to read, such colourful and interesting descriptions, you will fall in love with all the characters, and recognise... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Arbee
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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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago by Gill Brady
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