Charlotte's Web

Paperback | April 10, 2012

byE. B. White, Kate DiCamilloIllustratorGarth Williams

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This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."

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.

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

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One of the most beloved children’s stories of all time, Charlotte’s Web describes how a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte rescues Wilbur, a lovable and naïve pig, from a cruel fate. E.B. White’s classic story, enhanced with delightful illustrations by the late Garth Williams, resonates with humour and wisdom, while combi...

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This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."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 w...

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Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White...

E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics asCharlotte's Web,Stuart Little, andThe Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff ofThe New Yorkermagazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.5 inPublished:April 10, 2012Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064400557

ISBN - 13:9780064400558

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite This book has been a childhood favourite of mine and I still love it. I purchased this book to read to my kids, hoping that they will love it has much as I do.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a favourite! This is one of my favourite childhood books. Recently read it again and it's still a favourite.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great boo, a classic childhood story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 This book is so heartwarming and sweet. I absolutely loved it. I read it when I was 6, and 10 years later I still can't get over how amazing this book is :))
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless A timeless and invaluable children's story that every adult should read!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful. It's a lovely read. I have loved this book since I was a child, I am looking forward to sharing this with my nephew. :)
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlotte's web Such a wonderful story and I lovely book. My girls enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was little. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect story It's so sweet and such a classic #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book is just plain wonderful!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great children's read! I read this before as a child and again when I took my children's literature course. It definitely is a good read for children and adults as it helps children understand the value of friendship and life. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute The story is so cute that you'll fall in love with the plot, settings and characters immediately once you pick it up. Love it to bits and pieces!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This is a great story. Every child should read it.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it so much. I read it when I was younger and loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well-loved favourite Talking animals, intelligent characters, cute story - there isa reason this book is a children's classic. Very enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Classic Whether you're 10 or 100 this book is worth reading. Pass on your copy to your loved ones to share this timeless classic, and make sure to read it to your children.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for every young reader! I must have read this book ten times and I now that I'm reading it to my son it is a joy discovering it all over again!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favorite Charlotte's Web is a classic children's story with rich imagination, characters and plot. It is a beautiful story that will touch the heart of any child and would make a lovely edition to any child's library. This audiobook read and performed by the author is a magical experience for children. His deep and unique voice gives incredible life to the characters of this story. I have memories of hearing this audio recording when I was a child 20 years ago on cassette tape, this updated version is just as wonderful and worth every penny.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simple Heart-warming Story, if not Dated The story itself is simple, so younger readers will find it easy to get into. While simple in nature, the story does a good job of making the reader feel an emotional connection with the characters and their situations. However, in today's world some of the concepts are no longer considered acceptable. The character Fern, in particular, cannot be considered a positive role model for young girls. The story is simple, heart-warming, and easy to read, but has some dated ideas behind it that detract the reader from the story.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MADE ME CRY! A TRULY FANTASTIC BOOK! This is one of my most favourite children's literature book! A must read! Cried so much on this book! Will read this again
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlotte ' s Web I found it a very absurbing and entrancing book. I fought sweet smelling hay when readingit. Anyone who likes hay will love it.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from summery of charlotte's web After sparing the life of a piglet almost killed, a little girl named Fern Arable raises it lovingly, naming it Wilbur. During adulthood, Wilbur is sold to Fern's uncle, Homer Zuckerman, he is left craving for companionship but is dishonored by other barn animals, until charlotte made friends with a barn spider named Charlotte, living on a web, watching Wilbur's actions. Upon Wilbur's discovery that he will be killed, she promises to hatch a plan guaranteed to make his life last longer. Accordingly she secretly piles words that describe him into her web, attracting more people to convine Zuckerman not to kill him. As time passes, more words appear on Charlotte's webs, increasing his life. Therefore Wilbur is entered in the county fair, attended by Charlotte and the rat, Templeton, when she employs in gathering inspiration for her messages. During the fair, Charlotte spins an egg sac containing her unborn baby, and Wilbur, despite winning no prizes, is later celebrated by the fair's staff and visitors, Charlotte remains at the fair and dies shortly after Wilbur's disappearance. Having returned to Zuckerman's farm, Wilbur guards Charlotte's egg sac, and is concerned further when the new spiders leave shortly after hatching, leaving behind their three smallest. Pleased at finding new friends, Wilbur names the spider lings Joy, Nellie, and Aranea, and the book concludes mentioning that more generations of spiders kept him company in following years.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Literature can't get any better than this! It is a classic book, and I recommend this book for people of all ages. If there are any questions, feel free to ask ;)
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Colorful illustrations made a huge difference for my 7-year old daughter! She began reading it right away. Lovely edition.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classical Who doesn't love this classical story? I remember as a child reading this book over and over again. A story made for everyone.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Children's Classic! Reason for Reading: Read aloud to ds. I'll keep this one short. There must be thousand's of reviews already of this modern classic. The edition that I have is the hardcover reprint with the gently colourized original illustration by Rosemary Wells, a beautiful book and a keeper for my personal library. This was my first re-read since my original reading as a child and it struck me again as being a wonderful book so full of feeling, even though I'd seen the cartoon movie year after year as a child. I was surprised that Fern wasn't really that big a part of the story as I had expected her to be and Templeton was all Paul Lynde to me. I heard his voice every time he spoke! This was my son's first exposure to Charlotte's Web. I've kept him away from the new version of the movie purposely until we'd read the book and the animated version just doesn't show up on TV like it used to. I wouldn't say say he absolutely loved it. He didn't cry are feel bad at the end, at all. It was very much "c'est la vie" for him. But he did laugh at all the funny parts and enjoyed Wilbur as a character the most. Oh, and the geese, he loved their double talk! So he enjoyed the book and we've got a hold on the animated movie version at the library to watch and will watch the newer real life version if he's interested afterwards for comparison. (I personally do not like talking animal movies). For myself it was a great enjoyment to re-acquaint myself with the original book and remember why E.B. White was such a beloved children's author. Why did he have to leave us with only three children's books, though?? That is the sad part. The Trumpet of the Swan is still my favourite of the three.
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! I don't really know what to say, this book is simply a classic, my grade 3 teacher made us read this novel and ever since I've loved it! It doesn't matter how many times you read it it still seems fresh! A must read for anyone!
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Friendship ! This book is all about one thing friendship between a pig and a spider. A magical story about Wilber a pig who needs to go live on a farm because fern a little girl cant keep wilber in the house because he has grown so wilber goes to a farm filled with animals thats been living there for all their lives, wilber meets charlotte a kind and wonderful spider who gives wilber a promise that at fall they wont eat wilber for their meal. But the question is will it work will she acheive her promise you will have to read it to know!
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Story 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.)
Date published: 2008-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love for animals Charlotte's web is a touching story about a little farm girl who saves the life of a pig. Wilbert, the pig, discovers the world aroung him and gets himself into the spotlight with the help of Charlotte, the friendly spider. They quickly become friends until the fall. This book is E.B White's most appreciated work. Anybody could reread it over and over again withour getting board.
Date published: 2008-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charloette's web I have seen the movie many times and loved it, it showes how a girl will do anything to protect her pet. Im starting to read this book today. It will be great!
Date published: 2006-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOME BOOK If someone asked me to read a book about talking animals that wasn't "Animal Farm", I'd probably laugh in their face. But after reading this I'd seriously have to reconsider. EB White took something as simple as a pig who is meant to be eaten, and escalated it into a story about friendship, loss, and courage. Although Charlotte is only a spider, she is one of the greatest heroines I have read about in children's lit (and possibly in adult lit as well).
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~F.a.N.t.A.s.T.i.C~ §o cool it's birth it's love it's sad it's happy you'll wanna read it or watch it again and again it's a kid and i think an adult story about a pig named wilbur and the love he has for fern avery and charlotte on his wonderful adventure i hope everybody reads this one or at the least watch it!!
Date published: 2004-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book This is the greatest book I've ever read! Even all of my friends say it's a great book! I advise everyone to read it! It's very interesting and intrigues the mind! What an excellent book!
Date published: 2002-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of all Time Charlotte's Web was my most favorite book when I was growing up. I read this book over and over. I am 30 now and I even bought it again a couple months ago to read it again. I also bought another one for my daughter so she could have her own copy. She has started reading it and loves it also.
Date published: 2001-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love this book. I think that everyone should read this one. TO EVERYBODY, that's a great book to read!!
Date published: 2001-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome i loved this book! i read it in grade 4 and i totally loved it.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific First time I read this book.I Loved so much I bought the great movie. Buy this book.
Date published: 2000-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pig-erific I fell in love with this book the first time i read it, when i was in gr, 3 i think that i have read it over 25 times in the past 2 years. I felt as though when i read it that the stroy was really real that charlotte could talk and help. It made me see spiders in an other light! It is i think a true work of art. ANd the best part is that it is great for any child of any age, even adults would like it. I think that if you haven't read this book, that you should because even though it is make believe it help you understand life and the goodness of people. When i first read it i came to school the next day and told everyoen that charlotte was my best friend. My peers just looked at me funny, but that is the way the book makes you feel.. like all the characters are your best friends and for the time that you read that book they let you in their perfect world.
Date published: 2000-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlotte's Web Love transforms us all. There is no way that one can read about the love that Wilbur has for Charlotte and not be changed in some way forever. It is a love that celebrates difference. It is a love that survives, despite complications, beyond Charlotte's short life. I make sure to give a copy of this book to all the important young people in my life. It is the best book I've ever read because of its message that all beings are worthy of love.
Date published: 2000-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book !! My age is 7. This was the thickest chapter book I've read. It was a bit hard for me but I love the story. I saw the movie, then went and got the book the same day because I liked it so much. My favourite part was when they swang on the rope into the air. This is still one of my most favourite books.
Date published: 1999-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 4 all ages! My Name is Kelly! And i am 13 years old!! I can not remember the first time i read charlottes web, but i have read it at least 50 times since! I love this book, and its a great way to start reading, for gade 3 and up at least! Its a great book!! Unfortunatley i have lost my copy, so you can imagin how sad i am!! I would probably be reading it right now!! Well all i can say is pick it up, its a great book, if you love animals, then you'll love this Story about Fern and her little pig, Wilber! and of couse Charlotte, wilbers best friend! Well and you can't forget the other farmyard animals! Well i will leave the rest of the book for you to read!!
Date published: 1999-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlotte's Web I think this is a wonderful book written by E.B.White. It is very touching and it shows the ways of real friendship. I do recommend readers to read this book if they haven't already, because it is just a marvellous piece of work.
Date published: 1999-08-15

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From Our Editors

One of the most beloved children’s stories of all time, Charlotte’s Web describes how a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte rescues Wilbur, a lovable and naïve pig, from a cruel fate. E.B. White’s classic story, enhanced with delightful illustrations by the late Garth Williams, resonates with humour and wisdom, while combining the perfect blending of fantasy and realism.

Editorial Reviews

?Wilbur, a lovable pig, is rescued from a cruel fate by a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte.Told with delicacy, humor, and wisdom...a perfect blending of fantasy and complete realism.? (Booklist)