Thursday, June 21, 2012

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

genre: children's literature

I have read Charlotte's Web before.  Several times, actually.  This story of a runty pig that lives a life among the barn animals and befriends a special spider was one of my favorites when I was young.  But, the amazing thing is this: it doesn't get old.  In fact, I think it has gotten even more beautiful to me as I have gotten older.  It's a story of infinite love and patience.  A story of selflessness and kindness.  It's got silly geese, a crabby rat and is about the kind of miracle that could save even a pig's life.

This time through, I read it aloud to my seven year old son.  He couldn't get enough, even though he is familiar with the story.  We read it in doctor's offices, at the pool, snuggled in my bed, laying on the floor of his room, on the couch and in the car.  I brought it with me whenever I went because I knew he would always want to listen.  I was right :)

A 7 year old boys thoughts:

"It's about a spider that's name is Charlotte and she's trying to save a pig named Wilbur.  They are going to the fair and Mr. Zuckerman, he gets $25 for a good pig.  It has funny things it says and I liked when you read it to me and really made it funny.  I think it's nice that Charlotte is saving Wilbur's life."

He's a fan.  And so is his mom.


bermudaonion said...

I'm a fan too!

hdknowles said...

I love this book and I love The Giving Tree - they never get old.

Anna said...

This was my favorite book as a kid, and I still love it. It was the first book my daughter read on her own. So glad you enjoyed sharing it with your son.

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