Charlotte’s Web


Bibliographic Information: White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. New York: Harper, 1952. Print.

Brief Annotation: Nobody ever expects the runt of the litter to be the best pig.  They usually die off pretty quickly.  However, one little girl named Fern can’t help but fall in love with one little piglet runt she names Wilbur.  Wilbur soon grows up and must be brought to the family farm where the other farm animals aren’t as friendly as his old caretaker.  Until one day Wilbur befriends the most unexpected of the creatures, a spider named Charlotte. It is through their daily talks that the two quickly become close.  Charlotte, knowing how pigs usually end up to humans, does what she can to save her beloved friend.

Genre: Free Choice (Chapter)

Grade Level: Grades 2-5

Readers who will like this: This book would appeal to students that love animals.  It also is a classic story of friendship that nearly anyone can connect with.

Rating/Response: 5. Any book that touches the heart is one that stays in the heart.  That is how I feel about Charlotte’s Web.  This book does an excellent job exemplifying how even the most peculiar friendships will last a lifetime, and sometimes longer.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who here has felt left out before?

Posted by: Natalie Hager


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