Thursday, July 31, 2008

Charlotte's Web

Title: Charlotte's Web
Author: E.B. White

What it's about: Wilbur is a pig who lives in the barn of a farmer by the name of Henry Zuckerman. His best friend is a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur learns of the usual fate for pigs, that is, to be turned into ham or bacon, Charlotte promises to save him. Charlotte is a clever spider, so she uses her web-spinning abilities to help her friend.

What I thought: This is a good tale of friendship. It's a very sweet story with a slow pace and made richer by its detailed descriptions of the farm and the barn. The characters are cute, and the barn is populated by a diverse bunch of creatures, from the simple Wilbur to Templeton the greedy rat, and the goose and gander with their idiosyncratic way of speaking. The story is a simple one, but it's a very good read.

Overall: This classic is definitely worth checking out.

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