Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

Title: Charlotte’s Web
Author: E.B. White
Pages: 192
Originally Published: 1952
Format I Read: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: [rating:5]

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I reread Charlotte’s Web this year, I think for the first time as an adult. This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I read it probably dozens of times. The basic story of girl saves runty pig from death, and kindly spider then saves grown pig from death is still here. But what I noticed this time was a lot of subtext about writing and how writers are under-appreciated. I also caught a lot more of the humor. Here are some of my favorite quotes from this rereading:

After the appearance of “Some Pig” in the web:

“Well,” said Mrs. Zuckerman, “it seems to me you’re a little off. It seems to me we have no ordinary spider.”

“Oh, no,” said Zuckerman. “It’s the pig that’s unusual. It says so, right there in the middle of the web.” (81)

As Charlotte is calling roll at a barn meeting:

“Gander?”

“Here, here, here!” said the gander.

“You sound like three ganders,” muttered Charlotte. “Why can’t you just say ‘here’? Why do you have to repeat everything?”

“It’s my idio-idio-idiosyncrasy,” replied the gander. (86)

The last two sentences:

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both. (184)

Obviously, this is still a lovely children’s classic. But there is also quite a bit here for adults. I can’t wait to read this with my daughter.

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White [rating:5]